Wednesday, July 1, 2015

#mustreadin2015 July 1 update

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I've been linking up this year with Carrie Gelson and many other bloggers to keep track of our #mustreadin2015 books and goals.  You can check out other bloggers lists at 

Goals.  We make them all the time.  Sometimes we make them with the intent of hitting our goal.  Sometimes we make them because it sounded like a good idea.  
Goals give us something to work towards.  It's a target.  As Rick Stiggens stated in 2004, "Students can hit any target that holds still for them."  
I give myself a reading goal because it's something I intend to accomplish.  My current reading list is large.  Will I finish all of them?  I'll let you know December 31 :)  Am I going to be upset if I don't?  No, because I am taking this time to reflect.  I can see that I am working on my goal.  I can see what I still need to do in order to accomplish my goal.  What if I don't hit it in December?  I will look at my journey and reflect more.
As Jennifer Serravallo tells us, if a student cannot hit a goal that we set in front of them, it may be because we set the goal too high.  We need to see what a student can do, and see what the next step is.  Looking at my list, I may have set my goal a bit too high.  But what can I do?  Well, I've read 22 books.  I'm going to aim to read another 22 before the end of the year.  And maybe, just maybe, we'll see if I can completely hit the target!
I challenge all readers to reflect on their goals!  We ask our students to do this, shouldn't we do it as well?

Books that are coming out in 2015
Wish Girl by Niki Loftin read 5.14.15
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven read 1.21.15
The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood read 1.04.15
How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating read 1.02.15
Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper read 2.04.15
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John read 2.23.15
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks
Jack by Liesl Shirtliff read 5.07.15
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
Cody and the Fountain of Happiness by Tricia Springstubb
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen read 3.05.15
The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
The Quirks and the Quirkalicious Birthday by Erin Soderberg
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan read 5.01.15

Books that are part of a series
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle listened to 6.19.15
That Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen read 2.22.15
Countdown by Deborah Wiles read 6.13.15
Revolution by Deborah Wiles read 6.21.15
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Villainous by Matthew Cody
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer read 4.10.15
Always Abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Books that are on the IL 2015 Bluestem list
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean read 4.04.15
Amulet The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi read 3.27.15

Books that have Newbery buzz
Greenglass House by Kate Milford read 1.29.15
West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Books that I haven't read and I really want to
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner read 1.10.15
Glory Be by August Scattergood
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Blakemore
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
Rules by Cynthia Lord read 6.23.15
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
The Nightingale's Nest by Niki Loftin
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana
The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha Lowe

Young Adults
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson read 7.01.15
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson read 6.27.15
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

Transitional Chapter Books
Lulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst read 3.24.15

Adult Reads
Wild Things! by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, Peter D. Sieruta
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik

So, as of July 1, I've read 22/59.  I have 37 more to read.  Hmmmmm.....
Next on my list is the new Judy Blume!

Are nonfiction picture books on your list to read?  Take a look at this picture book biography collection I found here.  Find more NFPB love at  I promise you'll find something else to add to your reading list!


  1. Congratulations! I've got a few of the same books on my list (I am not so efficient as you are at keeping track) I've got Wish Girl on my list for this summer.

  2. I like the way you've arranged all the books, Michele. I am only dwelling on the must reads, but may make some new lists after I get all these books out & organized, etc. Good for you for reading so many!