Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My #MustReadin2014, update April 1

When I first look at this list, I must admit, I get a little depressed.  That's all I've read so far?  I really expected to have a bigger dent in this list.  Especially because since I've made this list, I've bought A LOT of other books that I want to get to, maybe even sooner than the books on this list!  When am I going to read everything?  Am I a failure because I haven't read more?  And my husband is going to kill me when he figures out that the pile of TBR books that have since grown are not all library books but purchased books...
But then I remind myself, take a deep breath and calm down.  This is only my list.  I'm the only one that has control over it and if I don't finish all of them, I can choose to not get in trouble with myself.  I'm reading.  I'm reading a lot.  According to GoodReads, I've already read 134 books this year, probably more by the time this post goes up!  I cannot read everything.  It's in my nature to want to read everything.  If I skip that book, what if it's the next great book and I missed it??  It's ok.  Read what you can.  It's a lot, and I have to be ok with it.  I try everyday to remind myself that and really really try hard to just read the ones I know I want to read.  If it's really a not-to-be-missed book, I'll get to it.  
I'm sure other readers have this same anxiety.  I can't be the only one.
So, without further ado.  Here's my #MustReadin2014 list.  I've crossed out what I've read.  As you can see, there are a few to go!  Especially that pesky adult reads pile.  I seem to be neglecting that area this year.  But I'm going to be ok with that.  Really, I am.  I just need to repeat saying that over and over and over and over...


While I am so excited to have found this wonderful community in Twitter and blogging, however it has killed my TBR pile.  As in increased it.  Amazon loves me.  Bookstores love me.  My library card is maxed out.  But that's all a good thing, right?  

My daughter is loving it.  She has always been a reader and the only time she listens to me is when I am giving her a book recommendation.  So many of my TBR books end up in her pile and she often gets to them before I do.

I know I am going to read a lot of books in 2014, but there are some I feel strongly that I MUST get to.

I started using Twitter the day after Christmas.  It has been a great place to see what is going on in the literacy world, but also to get {more} book titles.  As soon as the New Year hit, people started using #mustreadin2014.  Now this is where I could post my titles and almost be held accountable for reading them.

Soon, I found Carrie Gelson and a couple other bloggers were putting together a list of everybody's Must Read list on her blog.  Find all the details HERE.  I knew I had to join them.  Of course when all this started I didn't even have a blog yet!  Had to get that going first :)  So, blog done, now time for the list.  
Introducing my #MustReadin2014 list!!

I'm not including any picture books - literature or informational texts.  I'll always read those.  Rarely do I have a TBR pile for those only because I can get through them so much faster.

Middle grade:

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Treasure Hunters by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo read 2.16.14
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Quirks by Erin Soderberg
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt read 1.28.14
Rump by Liesl Shurtliff started this book this week!
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
Winners Take All by Fred Bowen
The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff
Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder read 3.15.14
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd read 1.31.14


eleanor & park by Rainbow Rowell read 2.23.14
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
delirium by Lauren Oliver
Divergent by Veronica Roth read 2.27.14
The Land of Stories The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer


Dream It! Do It! by Marty Sklar
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Morning Glory by Sarah Jio
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Inferno by Dan Brown

I think I'll be busy.  Look for all of these to be crossed out :)
The sad thing is there are barely any 2014 releases on this list and I KNOW I'll be reading those when they come out too!  What a problem to have :)

Happy Reading!


  1. I hear you, I feel the same, old wonderful books, new ones coming, what in the world can I do? But, as you said, keep reading, & sometimes I've just kept the list, but donated some books to our library. I know they're there if I want to read them, but now others can have the opportunity too. You've done so much since the beginning of the year, Michele-a blog & all the reading! Wow!

    1. It has been a crazy few months! That's a good idea - giving them to the library! I do love seeing the kids be so excited about new books there!

  2. I think you're being too hard on yourself, Michele.
    BTW, thanks, you just added to my TBR pile :)

    1. :) It's that need to do everything I set forth to do! But, yes I understand that always adding to TBR pile!!

  3. Great progress! Oh, you have some fantastic titles to look forward to! I too had Rump and A Snicker of Magic on my list and enjoyed them both. Thanks for sharing and celebrating and happy reading!

    My #mustreadin2014 post: http://bit.ly/PdN5ck


    1. I'm getting there :) I am excited for the reading ahead of me!!!

  4. So many great titles here - just change your philosophy and think - Wow, I have so many great stories ahead of me! :-) You have done some great reading. I rarely read adult titles anymore and don't put them on a list - if I get to them I do, but if not, no worries. Enjoy Rump! I loved it. I also think you will love Bigger than a Breadbox. I was so pleased by that book. So happy you are part of this reading community!

  5. Michele, we have been reading all the same books. Let me recommend The Testing for a YA choice-what a thriller. I have been wanting to read The False Prince for a long time and it is now back in my library so maybe after Texas Library Assoc. Conference I will begin to read it. Rump is really cute. I am a Lisa Graff fan so I will need to hunt down a copy of The Thing about Georgie. Well, enjoy the rest of your TBR pile.