Kellee’s #MustReadin2021 Recap & #MustReadin2022 Intro

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I love the Must Read challenge! I took part in 2015-2019 & 2021, so I am happy to join again! It helps me remember to read certain books!

Thank you to Carrie at There’s A Book for That for starting this challenge and to Leigh Ann of A Day in the Life and Cheriee of Library Matters for co-hosting the revival.

For those of you new to the challenge, it has you take a look at the books you wanted to read, but for whatever reason, you have not gotten to them. You then make your own personal list of books you want to commit to (trying to) read.

There is no set number of books and books can be published from any year, in any genre or format, and in any category. These books will not be the only ones you read this year but will be the ones included in your personal challenge.

Visit HERE to see the #MustReadin2021 year end updates!

Visit HERE to see the #MustReadin2022 Roundup!

2021 was my most successful #MustRead challenge I’ve had so far! I finished all but 2 books (40/42)!

For my #MustReadin2022 I let my students choose some titles for me! The ones marked * below are the ones they chose for me; the rest were chosen by me 🙂

  1. The Accidental Hero by Matt Myklusch*
  2. Alice in the Country of Hearts by Quin Rose
  3. All Four Stars by Tara Dairman*
  4. Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
  5. Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
  6. Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  7. Brave Enough by Kati Gardner*
  8. Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester*
  9. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller*
  10. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik*
  11. Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly*
  12. Delirium (and sequels) by Lauren Oliver*
  13. Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon
  14. Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
  15. Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie*
  16. The Fire Within by Chris d’Lacey*
  17. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart*
  18. Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy
  19. Hunter X Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi
  20. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  21. The Inheritance Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes*
  22. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover*
  23. The Magi by Kevin M. Turner*
  24. The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
  25. The Million Dollar Race by Matthew Ross Smith*
  26. Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez*
  27. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart*
  28. The Nerdy Dozen by Jeff Miller*
  29. #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leaderdale
  30. Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith
  31. Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes*
  32. Randoms by David Liss*
  33. The Resolutions by Mia Garcia*
  34. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid*
  35. A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams Garcia
  36. Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
  37. That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger*
  38. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo*
  39. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart*
  40. When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris
  41. The Whisperer by Fiona McIntosh*
  42. Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

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Kellee’s #MustReadIn2021 Fall Update!

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First, thank you to Carrie at There’s A Book for That for starting this challenge and to Leigh Ann of A Day in the Life and Cheriee of Library Matters for co-hosting the revival. Check out others’ fall updates on Library Matters.

In January, I shared about the #MustReadin2021 challenge and my plans. In April and June, I updated you all and it is time for the Fall update!

I chose 42 novels for my #MustReadin2021 challenge, and thus far, as of April I had read 13 of them, in June I was up to 20, and now I am at 25! (16 left to go!) I have linked each title to the IMWAYR post where I shared my thoughts on the books.

I also finished my #BitAbout Books Summer 2021 Reading Challenge!

I also challenged myself to the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge: 30 Books in 3 Months! I separated my challenge, and I aimed to complete 30 prose books and 30 graphic books from June to Labor Day. And I didn’t exactly meet my challenge, but I did finish reading 60 books in 3 months!

I finished my prose YA & MG books challenge and have moved into my second 30.

I almost finished my graphic novel/manga challenge, but if I add in the prose YA & MG novels I’ve read in addition to the 30 above, it perfectly finishes it!

I’m having so much fun doing these challenges!! Check out my Goodreads 2021 Challenge or my Goodreads Read Bookshelf to learn more about any of these books as well 😊
What are you reading? 

Kellee’s #MustReadIn2021 Summer Update!

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In January, I shared about the #MustReadin2021 challenge and my plans. In April, I updated you all and today I am happy to update my progress!

I chose 42 novels for my #MustReadin2021 challenge, and thus far, as of April I had read 13 of them and now I am up to 20 of them! I have linked each title to the IMWAYR post where I shared my thoughts on the book.

I also finished the Spring #BitAboutBooks Challenge!

I also challenged myself to read all of the 2021-2022 Sunshine State Young Readers Award titles for grades 6-8, and my recovery was perfect time to tackle it. 

And finally, I have started the Summer #BitAboutBooks Challenge!

  • Book on Your Shelf: Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, & Nicola Yoon
  • Sunset/Sunrise/Nature Picture: ????
  • Nonfiction Book: ????
  • Share a Summer Recipe: ????
  • Book Highlighting a Summer Activity: ????
  • Share a MG Blog or Twitter: ????
  • Book Related to Gardening: Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
  • Book Purchased: Hatched by Kenneth Oppel
  • Favourite Summer Treat: ????
  • Different Format: The Promised Neverland Volume 20 by Kaiu Shirai, Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
  • Book Cover You Love: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • Different Genre: ????
  • Book of Your Choice: Thrive by Kenneth Oppel
  • Summer Activity You Enjoy: ????
  • Place You Read in the Summer: ????
  • Book You Want to Buy: ????
  • Backlist Book: ????
  • Recommended Book: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
  • Picture of a Colour You See in Summer: ????
  • A Favourite: ????
  • Adult: ????
  • Favourite Drink in the Summer: ????
  • Book with a Summer Setting: ????
  • Book from the Library: ????

I’m having so much fun doing these challenges!!
What are you reading? 

Kellee’s #MustReadIn2021 Spring Update!

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In January, I shared about the #MustReadin2021 challenge and my plans. Today, I am happy to share my progress!

(And make sure to check out Library Matters to see others’ updates!)

I chose 42 novels for my #MustReadin2021 challenge, and thus far, I have read 13 of them! I have linked each title to the IMWAYR post where I shared my thoughts on the book.

I also finished the Winter #BitAboutBooks challenge!

I have now started the Spring #BitAboutBooks Challenge and am almost done:

I’m having so much fun doing these challenges!
What are you reading? 

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Kellee’s #MustReadin2021

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I love the Must Read challenge! I took part in 2015-2019, so I am so glad that it is back for 2021! Thank you to Carrie at There’s A Book for That for starting this challenge and to Leigh Ann of A Day in the Life and Cheriee of Library Matters for co-hosting the revival.

For those of you new to the challenge, #mustreadin2021 has you take a look at the books you wanted to read in 2020, but for whatever reason, did not get to them.  You then make your own personal list of books you want to commit to reading in 2021.

There is no set number of books and books can be published from any year, in any genre or format, and in any category. These books will not be the only ones you read this year but will be the ones included in your personal challenge.

If you’d like to see others taking part, visit the #MustReadin2021 Round Up!

For my #MustReadin2021 challenge this year, I am going to mix it up a bit! I’m going to have two parts to it:

FIRST PART

The first part will be my traditional #MustReadin2021 list although I am not going to include any 2021 titles on it to keep with the description of the challenge. I particularly looked at MG and YA books that came out over my time on the Schneider Award committee and try to read what I’ve missed, but like always it’ll be a mish-mash of things and will probably be WAY too long.

  • #NoEscape by Gretchen McNeil
  • 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
  • A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Rainée
  • Alex Rider: Nightshade by Anthony Horowitz
  • Alex Rider: Secret Weapon by Anthony Horowitz
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  • Apple by Eric Gansworth
  • Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  • Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
  • Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Hello from Renn Lake by Michele Weber Hurwitz
  • Jackpot by Nic Stone
  • Killing November by Adriana Mather
  • King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
  • Land of Cranes by Aida Salazar
  • Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
  • Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen
  • On the Horizon by Lois Lowry
  • Once Upon an Eid Edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  • Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
  • Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza
  • Shuri by Nic Stone
  • Slay by Brittney Morris
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  • The Cousins by Karen McManus
  • The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
  • The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep by Allan Wolf
  • This is My America by Kim Johnson
  • This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams
  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
  • War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
  • We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
  • Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton
  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

SECOND PART

When Goodreads first started, groups were really big, and I helped moderate an amazing group called Wild Things for YA which had all sorts of fun reading challenges, so when I saw the #BitAboutBooks Winter 2021 challenge, I knew I had to take part! So, for the second part of my #MustReadin2021 challenge, I want to challenge myself to take part in some other fun challenges like this during the year. I might even do some read-a-thons or other fun things.

Here is my #BitAboutBooks Winter 2021 Challenge plan:

  • Any book of my choice: Tales of Witchcraft by Chris Colfer
  • Any book with 100-200 pages: Diana Princess of the Amazon by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
  • A book with one word in the title: Starfish by Lisa Fipps
  • An author’s debut book: From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  • A book with with an animal main character: The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
  • A book that has a direction in the title: The Boys in the Back Row by Mike Jung
  • A book published in 2021: That Weekend by Kara Thomas
  • A book set in a country that is not where you currently live: The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
  • A book that won an award: All of the Schneider Family Book Award winners 🙂
  • A book with a name in the title: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Two books by the same author: (Don’t) Call Me Crazy and Here We Are both edited by Kelly Jensen

Here’s to an awesome year of reading!

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Kellee and Ricki’s #MustReadin2019 Lists

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Must Read lists were a challenge started by Carrie at There is a Book for That. She shares on her 2019 intro post:

“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 that you want to commit to reading in 2019.

10? 20? 30? more? It’s up to you

Books can be published in any year, be from any genre, and from any category: adult, YA, MG, Graphics, NF, etc. .  All that matters is that they are books you want to be sure not to forget as that TBR list continues to grow! These aren’t the only titles you will read over the year, but a list to help guide your reading. A list to lure you back to a reading path you have set for yourself. Many, many new books will tempt you! Go ahead and read them but having a list like this ensures you will not forget some titles you were determined to read. That’s the intention and spirit of this challenge.”

Here at Unleashing Readers, we focus on novels and call our Must Read lists our HOPE TO lists 🙂

Without further adieu, here are our lists!

Ricki

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Completed February 3, 2019

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi Completed January 27, 2019

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera Completed February 19, 2019

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Read: 3 of 16

Kellee

I may have gone a bit crazy this year, and I know that I probably won’t get to all of these amazing titles, but I couldn’t cut any once I made this list. (Anyone who has been an UR reader for a while knows that I am not good at narrowing down lists.) This led to my list having FIFTY titles. I cultivated titles from my Kindle, my students, and my Goodreads TBR to complete the list. We’ll see what I can do this year!

Update: Since I made this list, I had the honor of accepting a spot on an ALA Book Award Jury, so plans have changed a bit 🙂 

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Chomp (and other Hiaasen books) by Carl Hiaasen

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

Dash and Lilly’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs Completed 1/13/19

Downsiders by Neal Shusterman
Read Shadow Club, The Schwa Was Here, and Dark Side of Nowhere instead
Completed 4/21/19, 4/27/19, 5/14/19

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Fallout by Todd Strasser

First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel Completed 1/19/19

I Survived books by Lauren Tarshis

Killing November by Adriana Mather

Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell (and its sequels) by Chris Colfer
The Wishing Spell Completed 1/12/19
The Enchantress Returns Completed 2/9/19
A Grimm Warning Completed 4/9/19
Beyond the Kingdoms Completed 5/1/19
An Author’s Odyssey Completed 5/28/19

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu Completed 2/4/19

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak by Pablo Cartaya

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina Completed 2/10/19

#MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil Completed 3/28/19

Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage by 48 Authors

Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd

Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Completed 2/8/19

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen Completed 2/16/19

Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Right As Rain by Lindsey Stoddard

Rowling’s Novellas and Short Stories from Pottermore

Rules of the Road (and other Bauer books recommended to me by a student) by Joan Bauer

The Seasons of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

The Selection (and its sequels) by Kiera Cass

The Selkie of San Francisco by Todd Calgi Gallicano

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson Completed 5/23/19

Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Surface Tension by Mike Mullin

Survivor’s Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat

Swing by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess

Tight by Torrey Maldonado

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzner

Tradition by Brendan Kiely

Two Can Keep a Secret by Kerry M. McManus Completed 4/2/19

Warcross (and Wildcard) by Marie Lu
Warcross Completed 1/26/19
Wildcard Completed 2/24/19

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan

We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.

Read: 12 of 50

What are your #mustreadin2019 titles? 

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Ricki and Kellee’s #MustReadIn2018 Final Update

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#MustReadIn2018 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.”

To see our complete lists and our rationale, see our original post, and to see our other updates visit our Spring and Fall posts. Today we’re happy to share our final update on our 2018 lists!

Kellee’s #mustreadin2018

I have not read any from the list since our Fall Update so no reviews today, but I am still so happy with my progress this year!

Laurie Halse Anderson
Vet Volunteers #1: Fight for Life 6/14/2018
Vet Volunteers #2: Homeless 6/19/18
Vet Volunteers #3: Trickster 6/19/18
Twisted 6/20/18
Vet Volunteers #4: Manatee Blues
7/7/18
Vet Volunteers #5: Say Goodbye 
7/19/18
Vet Volunteers #6: Storm Rescue 7/27/18
Vet Volunteers #7: Teacher’s Pet 7/27/18
Vet Volunteers #8: Trapped 8/5/18

Joseph Bruchac
Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story 7/21/18
“Choke” from Guys Read: Sports Pages 7/21/18

Eric Gansworth
“Don’t Pass Me By” from Fresh Ink 2/26/2018

Dan Gemeinhart
Some Kind of Courage 
4/21/2018 
Good Dog 4/28/2018

Alan Gratz
Prisoner B-3087 2/8/2018

Mitali Perkins
Open Mic edited by Mitali Perkins including her story “Three-Pointer” 3/17/2018
Tiger Boy 5/15/2018
Rickshaw Girl 5/13/2018

Gae Polisner
The Memory of Things 1/22/2018

Rick Riordan
Reread The Lost Hero 7/13/18
Son of Neptune 7/29/18
Mark of Athena 8/16/18
House of Hades 9/1/18

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
“Confessions of a Black Geek” from Open Mic 3/17/2018
Two Naomis 3/27/2018

Eliot Schrefer
The Deadly Sister  2/11/2018
Mez’s Magic 2/25/2018
Orphaned 7/6/18

Laurel Snyder
Swan 1/6/2018
The Longest Night 1/6/2018
Forever Garden 1/11/2018
Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher
1/13/2018
Any Which Wall 1/13/2018
Seven Stories Up 1/14/2018
Bigger Than a Breadbox (reread) 1/15/2018
Good night, laila tov 1/16/2018
Orphan Island 1/17/2018

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed 7/19/18

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan 7/15/18

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy 8/12/18

The False Prince trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The False Prince 3/4/2018
The Runaway King 3/13/2018
The Shadow Throne 4/3/2018

The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
Started, but then my library loan expired. Will continue listening as soon as it is available.

Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn 1/27/2018

A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket
The Bad Beginning 2/14/2018

Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
Decided to wait until more of the series is out.

Solo by Kwame Alexander 8/18/2018

Stung series by Bethany Wiggins
Stung 4/1/2018
Cured 4/4/2018

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman 1/5/2018

What Girls are Made of by Elana K. Arnold 7/25/18

Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu
Young Elites 9/27/18

Completed: 22 out of 33

Ricki’s #mustreadin2018

There’s a chance that my brother-in-law won’t read this post for the third year in a row and make fun of me for over-promising and underdelivering on my must read list. Ha!

When I create a list like this, I have a hard time reading the books because they feel like requirements. It really helps remind me that requiring reading (even of ourselves) is not the best practice. Instead, I end up circling around the books and reading other books instead. The funny part? For eight of the books on the list, I read half of the book. The eight books are still on my nightstand. I enjoyed them and was forced to read a different book that I assigned my students that week for classes.

The good news is that next semester, I am not teaching my YAL course, so I have much more time that I won’t need to reread YA texts that I love. Instead, I will be able to focus on the books I add to my #mustreadin2019 list! I am terrible at this list!

I read and loved Blood Water Paint and Ghost Boys since the final update. Perhaps I need to finish the others because I know I will love them. There are three or four that I will be moving to my next list. I am still sticking with 16, and I think I’ll actually make it this time. Other authors need to avoid publishing enticing books, please.

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough December 2018

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes December 2018

Completed: 2 out of 16

Have you read any of these titles? What’s on your #mustreadin2018 list?

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