Must Read in 2014 – Update #2

With July upon us, we are now halfway through 2014 and it is the perfect opportunity to check in with where I am on my 2014 reading challenge, known fondly on Twitter as the #MustReadIn2014 Challenge. Carrie got us all organized to do this, so be sure to head over to her blog for the official link up. I’ve been on a pretty good pace with these books and am about half way through the list. Below is the list of books I initially posted about in January that I wanted to read during 2014. It is mix of older titles, 2013 titles, and new 2014 titles. I’ve crossed out the books I have read to date. I’m still reading plenty of other books too, but this is a sort of check list to books I really want to read. Books I’ve finished in the last three months are marked in red; previous titles are denoted in blue. Ones that I especially adored and recommend are marked with **. My Caldecott Challenge is still sorely lagging, but I’m hoping to remedy that a bit during July and August. 

If you’ve done an update for this challenge, please share the link in the comments. I’d love to come check out what you’ve enjoyed, too! Happy Reading and happy summer reading!


Must Read Books in 2014

Read to date 19/38

Books for Adults


Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson Read April 2014
Delancey by Molly Wizenberg Read in June 2014**

Middle Grade Novels


Runaway King (Ascendance Trilogy #2) by Jennifer Nielsen (2013)
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett (2013) 
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (2013) Read January 2014 **
The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand (2013)


The Apprentices (The Apothecary #2) by Maile Meloy (2013)
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton (2013)
Rump by Liesl Shurtliff (2013) | Read January 2014 **
Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz (2013) Read January 2014


May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (2012) Read in May 2014**
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson (2012)
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2011) Read in May 2014**
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean (2012)
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (2010)
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (2011) Read January 2014
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (2009)
Al Capone Does My Homework  by Gennifer Choldenko (2013)
Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery (2012)

Young Adult Titles


Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (2013)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (2013) Read January 2014 **
The Living by Matt de la Pena (2013) Read January 2014 **
The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner (2011)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007) Read in May 2014**
Aristotle and Dante by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)


Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

Graphic Novels


Drama by Raina Telgemeier (2012) Read in May 2014**
The Great American Dust Bowl by Dan Brown (2013) Read January 2014 **

2014 Titles I’m most looking forward to reading:



Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue by Tom Angleberger Read in May 2014**
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore Read in June 2014**
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee Read in February 2014 **
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle Read in February 2014 **
The 26-Story Tree House by Andy Griffiths Read in April 2014 **
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!by Kate Messner Read in March 2014 **
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm



Newbery Challenge Goal

Read to date: 5/12

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, Newbery Medal 1949 Read in February 2014

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli, Newbery Medal 1950 Read in March 2014

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates, Newbery Medal 1951 Read in May 2014

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes, Newbery Medal 1952 Read in May 2014

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark, Newbery Medal 1953 Read in June 2014

I’m shooting for 12 books, or an average of one per month. I’m grateful to have fellow blogger, Elisabeth, from The Dirigible Plum along for the ride as we slowly plug through the challenging middle years of the Newbery Challenge.




Caldecott Challenge Goal

Progress to date : Meh

I’m aiming to get through all Caldecott Medal and Honor winners through 1979. I found I really got weighed down in the 1950s, but I’m hoping to get back some steam for the Caldecott Challenge.



Cheers and may your 2014 be filled with many wonderful reading memories!


13 comments on “Must Read in 2014 – Update #2

  1. Nicely done! Lots of great titles, including some I’m still hoping to read. Too many books, too little time!

  2. Lorna says:

    I hear you on the “too many” titles problem! I am very distracted by new releases not on my list and they have all come in to the library at the same time. I’ve got We Were Liars, Revolution, and Circa Now staring me down right now! 🙂 Must. Read. Faster.

  3. Julee Murphy says:

    As I read your post, it was all “Oh, that was a good book” and “aww, I loved that one”. May B so sweet and poor little girl out there all alone! What a survivor. Al Capone series-we have done a fun Twitter #virtualbookclub chat on her books and another chat for Rump-oh my, all the goofy jokes we made over that books. Hold Fast was fabulous, wonderful, and one of my all time favorites. Year of Shadows-Clarie was so sweet to send me bookmarks before I even had the book.You have made an excellent list.

    My update:

  4. Crystal says:

    I am having a meh kind of time with the Caldecott Challenge also. I totally let that challenge slide while I was doing the Newbery Challenge then I never got serious about it again. I still have a little over half of them to go. Looks like you are making good steady progress on your #MustReads. I want to get to The Fourteenth Goldfish too.

  5. carriegelson says:

    So many great titles here. I appreciated that you marked your favourites with the 2 stars! You have made excellent progress! I see many of my favourites here in the books you’ve read – especially Rump, May B and both Nate titles. I look forward to hearing about what you think about some of your still to read titles that were favourites of mine: Beholding Bee, Aristotle and Dante and A Dog Called Homeless. I have missed reading your #IMWAYR posts – we often have the same book instincts 🙂 so it was lovely to get a peek into your reading life here!

  6. Great progress. There’s hardly anything I like better than crossing things off on a list! With my reading challenges, I realized I’ve made them too open ended so there’s no urgency or accountability for me. Oh, well. Happy reading!

  7. Ann says:

    Oh wow. I love your list! We have many similar titles, and many that I need to add to my list…for 2015 though! Right? Right! No more books on the 2014 list! 🙂

    Aristotle is a personal favorite of mine. Just seeing it sit on my shelf makes me so happy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And interestingly, someone just recommended an Erik Larson book to me this past weekend. Let me know what you think when you read it.

    Thanks so much for sharing your reading life! Happy reading!

  8. Lorna says:

    @Julee–isn’t it fun to see dear favorites on the list of others? Glad some of my yet to reads are highly loved!

  9. Lorna says:

    @Carrie–I’m mapping out the reading plan for the next few weeks. Hoping for some generous lots of reading time to get to some of these! Fun to know some great ones lie ahead!

  10. Lorna says:

    @Earl–physically checking things off is a good feeling, but I am so distracted lately with lots of shiny new titles that are passing through my hold shelf!

  11. Lorna says:

    @Ann–I think I might need to move Aristotle up a bit in the pile! I hear it from many that it is terrific.

  12. Stacey H. says:

    You got some great books on your list. I love The Fourteenth Goldfish. At first I didn’t think I would like it, once I get into the story I couldn’t stop until I finished it.

  13. Fats Suela says:

    Beautifully presented! So many great titles, too! I enjoyed reading Aristotle and Dante, as well as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I may have to refer back to your list to add titles to my own list! =)

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