Being part of several reading communities rewards me with many book recommendations, sometimes too many. This past year has been no different. It is time to reflect on what was read in 2016 and round up those books that we didn't read because 2017 came too quickly. I am joining Carrie Gelson of There's A Book For That, and many other bloggers to create my Must Read in 2017 List.
I keep several boxes and stacks of books at my house. My TBR boxes. Most of these boxes contain books that I want to read before I hand them over to my students. When too much time goes by, new books are purchased, or boxes are overflowing, I begin to purge the stacks. As I was purging during my Christmas break, I pulled out the ones I truly wanted to read in 2017. These are the books that will stay with me just a little bit longer before I take them to school.
So here is my #MustReadin2017 list:
I have been trying to stock my classroom library with nonfiction for upper grade levels. I brought many lower to middle grade books with me when I moved to 6th grade, but needed to think about titles for middle school readers. I recently had a Donor's Choose project of nonfiction books funded, so I have added two of those titles to my list.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Several books in my boxes were awarded a Nerdy this year. (I must have good taste...just not enough time!) Here are three titles that made my list.
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
And several books in my boxes were awarded a Nerdy in 2015.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
A Little Help from My Friends
Summerlost by Ally Condie
Mayday by Karen Harrington
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks
OCDaniel by Wesley King
Last but not least, I am in a group of middle grade teachers who receive ARCs from various authors and publishers. We read the books, talk about them on social media and blogs, and then share them with each other. This group has brought a new perspective to my reading life. It is fun receiving books in the mail filled with their thoughts written on sticky notes and tear-dried stains. I received this ARC back in the summer, and it has now made it to my #mustreadin2017. (I want avoid being kicked out by my relay team!)
I know many of these books will make it out of my boxes and will be replaced with 2017 books. This coming year looks to be a great year for reading. Follow along with us and mark your calendars for these updates on our progress.
Thank you for being a part of this community. You all make my reading experiences so much richer!