#Must Read in 2019- Update #1

Time for our first update! This is a good check-up for me to make sure that I am making some progress. I have 64 books on my list this year. Last year, I was pleased to make it 50 books and I am seeing this list in the same light. If I had a quarter of 50-64 at this point that would be a nice start (12-16). I am right in the middle of that range with 14 read at this point. Here are the fourteen I have read so far:

Lu A great addition to the Track series with an ending you shouldn’t miss.

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster This is another writer whose books are really unique and memorable.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise I have an ongoing conversation with a student I have taught the last two years about which Dan Gemeinhart book we love the most and this one is in the mix. Great characters in an emotional adventure.

My Heart Another great writer from Washington State, this is a terrific picture book about living with kindness and taking care of yourself and others.

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga A informative picture book that shows how one nation, the Cherokee show gratitude. Nice information at the back as well.

Hilo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong Still love this graphic novel series filled with humour, action and engaging visuals.

The Parker Inheritance This was a book I really felt I should have read in 2018 so I put it here to make sure I did not miss out. There is so much going on here including a great mystery.

Misunderstood Shark: Friends Don't Eat Friends I pretty much always need to read Ame Dyckman’s works to kids. It is so much fun to laugh in a big group. The illustrations by Scott Magoon are also excellent.

The Rule of Three: Fight for Power I sometimes don’t let myself read enough sequels as I try to get coverage of more authors and series that I have in my library, so I placed a few on this list to allow my self to indulge. I enjoyed the first Rule of Three book and I want to finish this series to see how it all plays out.

The Shores Beyond Time (Chronicle of the Dark Star, #3) The conclusion to an excellent science-fiction series is filled with the big ideas that make science fiction so engaging for me to read.

Big Foot and Little Foot (Book #1) This is the beginning of a cute chapter book in which two unlikely friends view each other’s worlds.

It's Not Hansel and Gretel Another picture book writer that makes my school community laugh together. These fractured fairy tales see the character’s voices shine. We can’t wait for the next one featuring Red Riding Hood. Josh Funk and Edwardian Taylor have something really great here.

Hey, Kiddo A super emotional, and frank memoir told in graphic novel format. A lot of high school students will see characters they recognize in this story and will be better for having read it.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1) A fun series opening MG novel with memorable characters and world building.


That is the start of my Must Read in 2019 year. I am currently reading Endling: The Last, which would be the 15th on my list. Distractions are always a barrier in terms of other great books. Several of mine are still not published, and also I am re-reading a lot of books to write questions for our Battle of the Books but I am still confident in reaching at least 50 of the 64.

Thanks to Carrie Gelson for hosting this fun challenge and sending us update reminder. I look forward to seeing other people’s updates and thank-you all for stopping here and reading my update.

4 thoughts on “#Must Read in 2019- Update #1

  1. I’ve read many of your books shared, Aaron, but have not read any of the Hilo books. Time to look for at least one of them! And I need to read more of Jason Reynolds, just haven’t kept up! I agree about Coyote Sunrise, a marvelous story. Dan Gemeinhart’s books are gems. And I adored Sweep, was sad to see it end! Wow, 64 books! Congrats on that goal!


  2. Great progress, Aaron! I’ve read 9 of the 14 you’ve finished. I love Gemeinhart — I still have one more of his books to finish, but I love them all. I thoroughly enjoyed Sweep and I felt The Parker Inheritance was such a complete package in storytelling, if that makes sense. Just so much going on there, but still fit the middle grade level. You already know about my love affair with the Nevermoor series (soooo happy with book #2) and Hey, Kiddo was everything everyone told me it would be and MORE. I still hope to get to the remainder of The Chronicle of the Dark Star series, We Are Grateful, and Hilo in 2019. Looks like you’re right on track!


  3. Congratulations on your progress! Like others here, I am looking forward to reading Coyote Sunrise. I enjoyed so many of the books on your list. I”m so happy that Sweep is getting so much love and that he is Canadian. The sequel to Big Foot & Little Foot is also delightful. I’m so happy these books are here for beginning chapter book readers.


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