#Must Read in 2019 Fall Update

Must Read… has been a very fun group to help me focus my reading time. Hosted by Carrie Gelson at There’s a Book for That, a diverse group of readers blogs about books they consider “must reads” for a given year and then keep track of the books they were able to get to from teetering to-read stacks. Check out Carrie’s Twitter feed or blog for more updates and some excellent titles to add to your reading list. This is my fall update, showing progress on  the 64 books I included in my list. Realistically, I hope to get about 50 of these read by the end of the year, so I was hoping about 30-35 of them would have been done by now.

The actual number is 31, so I am okay with how I have been doing so far. I was quite distracted this month and parts of the summer by other books. Also, I don’t have access to a few of the books on my list such as Fall, Words on Fire (out soon) and Race to the Sun (also, soon, I hope).

Here is what I have read since the last update:

kat greeneReally enjoyed this story about a child dealing with her mother having OCD.

AwkwardI thought I would probably rip through this whole series, but I haven’t really felt the need to. Eventually, I will as I remember liking it. A popular middle school graphic novel series in my library.

The Last (Endling, #1)I enjoyed the beginning of this fantasy series, but haven’t read the sequel yet.

Small SpacesI enjoyed this creepy series opener, and will be reading the sequel soon.

The Basque Dragon (The Unicorn Rescue Society Book 2) Another series opener. This one hasn’t really caught on yet at my school the way I thought it would. Great premise and funny. I have the next two, and am hoping to read them soon.

Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1) Again, a first in a series, but this one has been out in a while. I found it to drag on a little but the premise was very interesting.

Three Pennies I really liked this story about girl in the foster care system told from multiple perspectives.

Changeling (The Oddmire #1) The first in a creepy series full of dark forests, and creatures.

Legends of the Lost Causes A middle grade fantasy series set in the Old West.

A World Below I enjoyed this odd little book about a field trip to the Carlsbad Caverns that goes awry when there is a cave in.

Grenade Another really good Alan Gratz novel involving a dark piece of history told from multiple perspectives.

Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl This was a very satisfying link-up between Ben Hatke’s two graphic novel series. I read an ARC this summer and just got our library copy this week. A highly anticipated book at my school.

ghosts I loved this YA series with a supernatural twist that takes place on a reserve in northern Manitoba. The third book wrapped it up well.

The Serpent King This is one of my favourites from this list. Such good characters and I felt like I really understood them at the end.

Miscalculations of Lightning Girl This was a book I wished I had read while my class was reading OCDaniel last year, it would have paired really well. But I am offering it to kids that enjoyed reading OCDaniel last year and learning about mental illness.

The Size of the Truth (Sam Abernathy, #1) A book I really looked forward to having loved Andrew Smith’s Winger series, The Size of the Truth made me laugh often.


That is my update. I have read just under half of my whole list (31/64). I have a lot of books on the go right now, but then I am hoping to get focused and read another 15-20 of the books from my list. Thanks for reading, I hope to see lots of great lists at Carrie’s site There’s a Book for That.

3 thoughts on “#Must Read in 2019 Fall Update

  1. Oh Wow! I just went and put a hold on Mighty Jack and Zita the Space Girl and there are already 19 holds on 10 copies that are only on order. Then I came back and read the rest of your post. I’ve read many of the books on your list, and agree with you about The Serpent King. It’s one of the best I’ve read so far this year. I loved Svetlana Chmakova’s entire series, but Crush is my favourite. Good luck with the rest of your list.


  2. I see that Andrew Smith book again, now on my list for sure, Aaron. I loved The Serpent King, too, a powerful story that shows so much about a town. And I’ve read both of the Endling books, enjoyed them. Others are on my list, like Grenade by Gratz, still haven’t taken time for it. You’ve introduced a few new to me, Aaron. Thanks!


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