Thursday, December 31, 2015

Must Read in 2015 Update


It turns out that when you set reading goals based on the fact that reading is pretty much your ONLY hobby.... and then start a new hobby (crochet).... not all the reading goals get met.

Overall, though, I am fairly pleased with the amount of reading I did this year. (My lack of blogging about said reading is an entirely different matter, of course).

"Must Read in 2015" List  (Pop Sugar Challenge will be a separate post)

I had 39 books on this list. I read 29 of them....

There are four I am still reading (one is a super long audio book, one is a read aloud with my son that I left at home and we are almost done, one is a super long book that I just started)

Six are getting added to the 2016 list. I think 2016 will be my year of mostly "catching up" with just a few new books added.

TitleAuthorCategoryGenreDate ReadNotes, Awards, etc.
FeedAnderson, MTYADystopianNov 2014 ... shhhNot terribly excited by this one. 
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My PrettyHeppermann, ChristineYAPoetryNov 2014Well done - intriguing commentary on modern life through fairy tale allusions
Handbook for Dragon SlayersHaskell, MerrieMGFantasyJanuarySchneider  -- LOVED IT
Period.8Crutcher, ChrisYARealistic FictionJanuarySports book - but with lots of other great plot points. 
Hansel and GretelGaiman, NeilMGFairy TaleJanuarySo creepy - especially with the illustrations
Cure for Dreaming, TheWinters, CatYAHistorical FictionJanuaryI LOVED this one! Lots of great suffrage history. 
Better Nate than EverFederleMGRealistic FictionJanuary audiobook version - so funny! 
JackabyRitter, WilliamYAHistorical Fiction/ ParanormalJanuaryCreepy and good. Okay for younger YA audiences
Witch's Boy, TheBarnhillMGFantasyJanuaryaudiobook - Excellent story and amazing narrator
Shadow Hero, TheYang, Gene LuenYAFantasyJanuaryGraphic Novel, Cybils short list
Blue Lily, Lily BlueStiefvater, MaggieYAFantasyFebruaryI ADORE THIS SERIES. I can't wait for the next one. 
ViciousSchwab, VictoriaYAFantasyFebruaryaudiobook - What if we could gain special powers? Creepy as heck.
SoullessCarriger, GailYAFantasyMarchI REALLY like this series - Steampunk fantasy Rec by @kindleaholic
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseSáenz, Benjamin AlireYARealistic FictionAprilStonewall, Prinze, Pure Belpre  -- excellent story.
Body Electric, TheRevis, BethYAScience FictionApril
Glory O'Brien's History of the FutureKing, ASYAScience Fiction? Aprilaudiobook version -- AMAZING and hard to categorize. 
AfterworldsWesterfield, ScottYAFantasyMayaudiobook version -- tale in two parts -- one of the young author as she moves through the publishing world and one of her story. 
The DungeoneersAnderson, John DavidMGFantasyMayARC from Walden Pond Press -- I LOVE this author and so do my students. 
Adventures in GraphicaThompson, TerryProfessionalNonfictionJuneWhat an excellent resource for those who want to teach with graphic novels/ sequential art. 
AshfallMullin, MikeYAPost-ApocAugustExcellent!! Will definitely continue this series. 
A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the CountryCooper, IleneMGNonfictionAugustLots of great information.
Wishful DrinkingFisher, CarrieAdultMemoirAugustaudiobook version (narrated by Fisher) 
Martian, TheWeir, AndyAdultScience FictionAugustRead it before I saw it!
Phoenix IslandDixon, JohnYAScience Fiction / Action AdventureSeptemberLocal author group
Spider's BiteEstep, JenniferYAFantasySeptemberAudiobook Recommended by Rachel S
AttachmentsRowell, RainbowAdultRealistic FictionOctoberaudiobook version -- interesting story style. 
RevolutionWiles, DeborahMGHistorical FictionOctoberDidn't finish - but called it done
I'll Give You the SunNelson, JandyYARealistic FictionOctoberaudiobook version -- amazing
Pope JoanCross, Donna WollfolkadultHistorical FictionNovemberrecommended by Rachel and Andrea -- This was fascinating! I wanted to punch almost all the male characters in the face throughout, though. 
Night GardenerAuxier, JonathanMGFantasyCURRENTLY READINGReading aloud to my son - we are almost done. 
Johnathan Strange & Mr. NorrellClarke, SusannaAdultFantasy

CURRENTLY READING
Audiobook Recommended by Joyce -- quite good (need to see the series). Listening to it and it is LONG
Caged Graves, TheSalerni, Dianne K.MGHistorical FictionCURRENTLY READINGLocal Author group
Diverse EnergiesBuckell, Tobias SYADystopianDECEMBERShort stories - diverse
WyndeBarr, TriciaYAScience FictionCURRENTLY READING
September GirlsMadison, BennettYAFantasyADD TO 2016 LIST
Circa NowTurner, Amber McReeMGRealistic FictionADD TO 2016 LIST
Unbound, TheSchwab, VictoriaYADystopianADD TO 2016 LIST
Dreams and ShadowsCargill, RobertAdultFantasyADD TO 2016 LIST
The Story of OwenJohnston, EKYAFantasyADD TO 2016 LISTRecommended by Kathy
None of the AboveGregorio, IWYARealistic FictionADD TO 2016 LISTLocal author group

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