Thursday, December 28, 2017

Final #mustreadin2017 update 12.28.17

I've participated in different meme days, different communities... and there are benefits to all of them.  I am so grateful to be participating in the #mustread community because it encourages me to:
  • be mindful about what I want to read
  • have a community to help me stay on track of my reading
  • have a community that gives me feedback and encouragement
  • get to books I keep meaning to read, but....
As I take this time to reflect on my reading, I see I read at least one book each month that was on my list.  I, yet again, did not finish all of my reading, but I got closer this year!  I think with all of my reading that I do each year, it's sometimes hard to fit in that book that I keep putting off, so sticking with one book a month is helpful.  Something I'll do for next year!

Here's my update since September:

The Testing (The Testing, #1)
The Testing
by Joelle Charbonneau
Wow, I really enjoyed this one!  It's perfect for fans of Hunger Games who are looking for something similar, yet different.  I devoured this one, still need to get to the next two in the series.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
This is one of those books that I had heard a lot of buzz over but I'm not sure if it lived up to it for me.  As I said in my review, it started out as a 3.  I didn't love any of the characters at first, I did not understand the Grisha world and I just wasn't falling into the book.  By the time I finished the book, it was a 5.  I got invested in the characters and the plot was nonstop and exciting.  I may just need to put book 2 on my 2018 list!

All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)
All Fall Down
by Ally Carter
This one had been on my radar for a long time too.  I enjoyed it, didn't love it.  What I was happy to see was how clean it is - can be placed in middle grade libraries and it will feel like a YA book without any issues.  

I am currently reading:

Truly Madly Guilty
Truly Madly Guilty
by Lianne Moriarty
Oh gosh, I've read many by this author and have loved most of them.  I'm having a real hard time falling into this one.  I have to read about 200 pages each day in order to finish before January 1st, but that's my goal!

How did you do with your list?  Looking forward to seeing what you've read!

Be sure to check back next week to see what I'll be reading in 2018!


  1. I've read a few of Liane Moriarty's books, too, but I don't think the one you posted is one of them. I think I heard mixed things about that one. I enjoyed having a must-read list, but sometimes my interests in books I previously wanted to read changed. There's just so many great books out there and the ones that I hear others raving about are the ones that often make it to the top of my reading stack. Have a great New Year!

  2. This is good to know about Truly Madly Guilty. I loved the book Big Little Lies by Moriarty. Happy Reading!

  3. Can't wait to see what is on your 2018 list! I haven't rad any Ally Carter I don't think. Finding I am trying to focus more on MG reads so that might stay that way.

  4. I hadn't ever heard of Truly Madly Guilty. I may have to look for it. I wish you wonderful books for the coming year.

  5. I never finish my must read lists, but I still enjoy participating! I recommend Ally Carter all the time, her books are so much fun. Charbonneau's series is popular at my library, I keep meaning to read it!

  6. I was obsessed with the Embassy Row series--you should read the rest! I LOVE THEM!
    The Testing is on my list for next year (my students added some, and that was one of them).

    Looking forward to your 2018 list! Happy New Year!

  7. I have Six of Crows and have not yet started it though it's been on my list. Thanks for your clear ideas about the books, Michele. There are so many I wish I had time to read! Happy New Year!

  8. I thought The Testing was great - my girls' book club enjoyed it, too. I love Liane Moriarty's books! Big Little Lies remains my favorite! I have Six of Crows but haven't read it yet. Looking forward to 2018 lists!