Must Read in 2014 – Update #3

It is mid-way through October and we are now more than three-fourths the way through 2014. How am I doing on my reading goals for the year? This is part of 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. My pace of reading titles from this list have slowed a bit, but I’m steadily chipping away at it. 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 am hoping to get to by year’s end. Books I’ve finished in the last three months or am currently reading are marked in red; previously completed titles are denoted in blue. Ones that I especially adored and recommend are marked with double asterisks, **. That Caldecott Challenge? Hmm . . . not so good on that one. Maybe next year? And as for the thirteen remaining titles on my list, plus my goal of four more Newbery titles by December 31 means only one thing. Must. Read. Faster.

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 25/38

Books for Adults


Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri Currently Reading
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) Currently “reading with my ears”
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) Read in August 2014**
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) Read in August 2014**
Al Capone Does My Homework  by Gennifer Choldenko (2013) Read in September 2014**
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)  Read in August 2014**
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 Read in July 2014**
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles Read in August 2014**

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: 8/12

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

And Now Miguel . . . by Joseph Crumhold, Newbery Medal 1954 Read in August 2014

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, Newbery Medal 1984 Read in August 2014**

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, Newbery Medal 1995 Read in August 2014**

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Newbery Medal Currently Reading

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!


9 comments on “Must Read in 2014 – Update #3

  1. Julie says:

    I love the layout of your update, Lorna. Although not on my Must Read list, I have read many of your same titles this year. Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s my modest update:

  2. You have got some books I love on your list. on your list. Federle’s books are wonderful and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is one of my all time favourite. I’m excited to see The Apprentices on your list. I figured there had to be a sequel to The Apothecary, but didn’t know what it was. Good luck finishing your list.

  3. Loved reading your update! I have made dismal progress on the Newbery challenge. I’ve finally decided that I have to skip ahead a few decades and try to catch up on some of the 80s and 90s titles I missed. I still have 11 Newberys to go this year! Yikes! I haven’t done much on the Caldecott challenge either, though I did check out a few books a couple of weeks ago. I’m having trouble finding many of the older titles and slowly requesting via interlibrary loan.

  4. carriegelson says:

    I keep coming back to this update and not commenting because I end up reading more about one of your books or adding it to my TBR list. Many of my favourites are here. Did you enjoy Me, Earl and the Dying Girl? This is the book I just can’t seem to start. I have to find the new Marty and bring it in. We enjoyed Marty titles a lot in my room last year. Rose under Fire is on my list to still read this year too – I am thinking of reading it over the holidays when I have more time. Really looking forward to it.

  5. Lorna says:

    Elisabeth–I hear you on the drag that can be the Newbery Challenge. I’ve departed from early plan to read them, more-or-less, in order. I’m bouncing around a bit and over the summer read several as read alouds with my youngest, which has been fun. I will probably continue to do that, alternating contemporary titles with the older ones.

  6. Lorna says:

    Hi Cheriee–it is fun to see familiar books on the lists of others, isn’t it? Federle’s books were delightful and I especially love The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian as I grew up about an 1 1/2 south of that area in Idaho. The scenes he paints are very familiar. I’m looking forward to picking up The Apprentices, as my daughter said it was great, just like the firsts title.

  7. Lorna says:

    Hi Julie–thanks for stopping by!Isn’t it fun to delight in the familiar titles on the other challenges lists? Many more good ones to look forward to, I hear!

  8. Lorna says:

    Hi Carrie,
    I’m pokey in getting around to everyone’s posts this week, but today is the day! Half days for the kids all week due to conferences, house guests rolling in, and even an interview for a new job had me on the move this week! It’s teeny, tiny role at a public schools foundation but I start Monday. 🙂

    I liked, but didn’t love Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. I loved the voice but it just didn’t grab me a a resounding way. Oh, I adore Marty. I love her imperfectness.

  9. carriegelson says:

    Lorna – I keep meaning to come back and say Congratulations! So here it is Congrats!

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