Year End Update: #MustReadin2018

Once again, I crowdsourced the list of books I included on my #MustReadin2018 list, selecting one title from the #MustRead list of each participant. I ended up with 22 books on my list. I pretty much never finish a reading challenge, so I didn’t read all 22 books on my list, but I did complete 14 and read at least half of 4 more.

There were 4 books that I didn’t even start (Hunger, Sing Unburied Sing, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, and Scythe, though I did check all of them out of the library at least once). I don’t think it’s a coincidence that three of these are books for grown-ups (I always find those more demanding and need to be in just the right mood) and one is dystopian YA (a type of reading I dislike). I completed all of the professional development books and all the graphic novels on the list. For the first time, I included one picture book, and of course that got read too.

Since I last updated, I finished:

I have been very happy with the experience of crowdsourcing my list, so I will continue that tradition next year. Once again, I will try to create the most diverse list that I can. I think I do better with reading challenges that feature more diverse formats and genres too, so my hope is to include even more nonfiction, graphic novels, picture books, verse novels, and poetry.

Thanks again to Carrie Gelson for organizing this annual reading challenge, reminding us to post updates, and commenting on all our posts!





8 responses to “Year End Update: #MustReadin2018”

  1. crbrunelle Avatar

    I need to catch up on the newest Hilo! I want to re-read Miles Morales. I loved it so much and after seeing the movie, I want a re-visit. I am choosing a few books from the lists of others also. I think it’s a nice way of adding to our lists. 🙂

  2. carriegelson Avatar

    I also checked out and then returned some of the titles on my list. Just wasn’t the right time to read them! I really should look at more diverse genres too. Thanks so much for being part of this community!

  3. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar

    I love the idea of crowdsourcing your list! I typically don’t like dystopian, but I have to admit, I loved Scythe. I have picked up a couple of others written by him for 2019. But I have to be in that mood to read that them. I look forward to seeing your list for 2019!

  4. cweichel Avatar

    I have only read the first Hilo. I wanted to read more, but never found time. Sing Unburied Sing was my mind blowing introduction to genre of Southern Gothic. Jesmyn Ward can really write. Salvage the Bones by her will go on my list for 2019.

  5. aaroncleaveley Avatar

    I always enjoy seeing everyone’s list reflected on your list. Of the ones that you most recently read I really enjoyed HiLo (put the fifth on my 2019 list) and Miles Morales. I am also finishing the Track series, probably this week so Lu can make it back to a student.
    I appreciated what you said about having a list with multiple formats too. For me, this practice of making goals is to make sure that I don’t just read middle grade novels, and a few YA. I would. I have to get to graphic novels and picture books as well. Thanks for posting!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      That’s such a good point! I probably don’t need to put any middle grade on my list because I’m certain to read plenty of it with or without a list. But maybe it’s good to have it on the list since then I can feel very successful and accomplished as I’m checking off those middle grade titles! I will be thinking more about genre and format diversity this year, though, because I think having options makes me more likely to complete a list.

  6. Akilah Avatar

    I’m behind on making my list so may do some crowdsourcing as well. Like you, I find the adult books to be more challenging to pick up–probably for the same reasons. But I do like to add them to my list so I can challenge myself.

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