Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Must Read in 2016 - Here We Go Again!

Back by popular demand - the Must Read in 2016 list.

I will do lots of reading this year - that's a given. New books will be published that I just have to read, recommendations will be given that sound too good to pass up, and Book Club meetings will see me going home with a whole new stack under my arms. All of this on top of an existing TBR pile.

#MustReadIn2016 is the time and place where I set out what I am absolutely committed to reading in 2016. Hosted by Carrie at thereisabookforthat, it is a self-imposed challenge to add a little structure to my reading plans.

Like last year, my list is realistic. 15 titles worked well, so I'm sticking with that number again. And, just like in 2015, I have a mix of genres: picture books, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, adult fiction, and adult nonfiction. This mixture is reflective of my reading choices. When you ask me what I'm reading, you just never know what my answer will be.

So, here it is! My #MustReadIn2016 list looks like this:

Middle Grade Fiction

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Heart of a Champion by Ellen Schwartz
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

Picture Books

Ask Me by Bernard Waber, illustrated by Suzy Lee
Buddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff
Harry and Walter by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Qin Leng
If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Van Sickle, illustrated by Cale Atkinson
Miss Mary Reporting: the True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber by Sue Macy, illustrated by C.F. Payne
Young Charlotte, Filmmaker by Frank Viva

YA Fiction
The Dogs by Allan Stratton
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Adult Fiction
Salt to the Sea: a novel by Ruta Sepetys
Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzgerald
Villa America by Liza Klaussmann

Adult Nonfiction
Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Stay tuned, as I update my progress throughout the year.


  1. It's a great list. I loved A Night Divided and Salt To The Sea. Harry and Walter is new, & when I looked, see that it's not out yet. I'll look for it Julie! Thanks!

    1. Yes, I'm so looking forward to A Night Divided and Salt to the Sea. I just have to work on reading order now. I believe Harry and Walter releases in March (Annick). Thanks for stopping by, Linda.

  2. Loved A Night Divided! Just ordered two copies so my kiddos can partner read it!

    1. I have only heard good things about A Night Divided. I loved Jennifer's Ascendance Trilogy, and historical fiction is my go-to genre. So it sounds like a perfect combination. Thanks for visiting, Phyllis.

  3. Great list! I've added the picture books to my to read list on Goodreads. I haven't heard of them, but they look very interesting. I've got A Night Divided on my to read list as well. I can't wait to start it. Happy Reading!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Stacey. MISS MARY REPORTING and IF I HAD A GRYPHON release in Feb.; HARRY AND WALTER in March. The other picture books are available now. It sounds like a lot of people are going to be reading A NIGHT DIVIDED!

  4. I just checked out Wolf Wilder. I've heard really good things about it. :)

    1. Yes, I have heard great things about it. Thanks for visiting, Crystal :)

  5. Oh The Wold Wilder! I LOVE this book. I a currently reading A Night Divided aloud to my family and we are loving it!

  6. Oh, I miss family readalouds! Happy to hear you're enjoying both titles, Carrie.

  7. Lots of good titles - I really want to read Dumplin' I'll need to add it to my list.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Claire. I'm so excited for Dumplin'. I haven't heard too much about it - just enough to get me excited :)


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