Ricki and Kellee’s #MustReadIn2017 Final Update!



#MustReadIn2017 is hosted by Carrie Gelson at There Is A Book For That:

“For anyone out there with a To Be Read list that seems like it will never end, this challenge is for you! This is all about making your own personal list of books (5? 10? 20? 30? more?) that you commit to reading in 2016. Books can be published in any year, be from any genre, and be from any category (adult, YA, MG, Graphics, NF, etc.).  As your TBR list grows, you promise you will get to the books on this list.”

Our (hopeful) #mustreadin2017 Lists:




I completed 5 out of 20. This is disappointing to me because I usually do much better to this. Moving to Colorado really put a damper on my reading. I still can’t find most of these books in the boxes that I packed back in July, and I don’t feel compelled to buy new copies. I did read a lot this year, but I didn’t focus strongly enough on this list. I won’t do as poorly next year. Bah!

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Finished 10/23/17

I absolutely adore this book. It’s written so beautifully. I can’t wait to read Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s next book. Her writing is so different. She is wildly talented. It also doesn’t hurt that she is a fantastic person.


I completed 16 out of 20!

I always have a slow start to my #mustread lists, but I pick it up as the year goes on, and this year was the best yet! 80% read!

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Finished 11/8/17

Burn Baby Burn was such a good read! It is so much more than I thought it was going to be. It was a look at the effects of divorce, the challenges of having a mentally ill sibling, the struggles during the summer of Son of Sam and the NYC blackout, and mostly about growing up and figuring out what you want to be.

Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett
Finished 9/15/17

I picked this because it reminded me a bit of More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, but it ended up being more different than the same. The only similarity was the manipulation of memory.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Finished 10/9/17

Whoa. What a roller coaster. The book switches between the past where Griffin and Theo were in love and the present where Theo has passed away and his current boyfriend, Jackson, comes to town for the funeral. Heartbreaking yet hopeful. You’ll only understand if you read.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Finished 10/6/17

Little Monsters was a mystery that I just couldn’t solve which is my favorite type! The ending was shocking and overall the story was so crazy and messed up!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Finished 9/5/17

This may be one of my favorite books of all time. I cannot wait to read Thunderhead. If you haven’t read this, just trust me: READ IT!

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Finished 9/30/17

I loved this look at how one thing cannot define a person. And although I loved Julia’s story, it was the secondary characters who made this story for me.

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper 
Finished 10/18/17

Draper is brilliant at everything she does. Stella lives in the segregated South but all had been primarily peaceful until one night the KKK shows itself in the darkness. Stella by Starlight is the story of Stella’s coming of age but also of her community’s fight in a place full of prejudice.

How did you do with your #mustreadin2017 list?


11 thoughts on “Ricki and Kellee’s #MustReadIn2017 Final Update!”

  1. Whether we finished all the books on our lists or not, we’ve all accomplished some great reading this year! There are so many great books and so little time! Communities like #mustreadin2017 and #imwayr definitely help to keep me on track with my reading!

  2. Thanks to both of you for participating in our Must Read community! I love the idea of those books in boxes just waiting for you Ricki! Kellee I agree with you about Short – such fantastic characters all around!

  3. Ladies! I was looking at your lists and thinking about how lots of what you read ended up on my TBR lists. Here’s to finding the books in the boxes! And I’ve already started a 2018 list and just added Burn Baby Burn to it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I really loved Scythe and Stella by Starlight as well. I saw Thunderhead on NetGalley last night, and I am not sure if I want to read it there or buy a copy. Its on my 2018 list!

  5. Moving can really alter our lives in ways we don’t anticipate Ricki. You’ve had a lot going on this year.

    I really Burn Baby Burn, History, and Stella. Short was fun too. There are a lot of fun books there Kellee.

    I wish you a wonderful 2018 filled with awesome books.

  6. I only read about 1/3 of the books on my list, so I totally understand how life can unfortunately get in the way sometimes! The Teen Book Club at our library is reading The Smell of Other People’s Houses next week, I’m eager to hear what they think. It sounds so intriguing.

    Burn Baby Burn was on my list for 2017, but I didn’t get to it! I’ll have to put it back on a future list, especially after how much you enjoyed it Kellee. I, too, read Scythe this year. It’s SO good!!

  7. I’m late sharing, but finally have! There are many books that I found that also drew me away from my list, and now, looking at both of yours, I’ll add some to next year’s #MustRead. Thanks for sharing about the special books. It helps to know why! Happy New Year to you both!

  8. Nice job! (you, too, Ricki – surprising you had ANY time to read with all the changes in your life this year!)

    You each have a few on your lists that I have enjoyed and even more on my TBR lists/shelves!

    Here’s to a happy & healthy new year filled with wonderful books!


    Book By Book


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