Update #2: My Must Read Books in 2015

Hello, fellow #MustReadin2015 readers! It’s time for my second check in of the year for what I’ve been reading from my list. In a nutshell, not a whole lot of reading checked off on this list but progress is progress! You can see what else I’ve been reading and enjoying here.

Thanks to encouragement from Carrie, at There’s a Book for That, I created a list of books I really want to read during 2015. My list below does not include any 2015 published works, just 2014 or before. These of course won’t be the only books I read this year. There will be plenty of detours along the way and certainly lots of stopping to check out much praised books of 2015, but it’s a great place to start! To see what I’ve read so far this year, look for titles that have been crossed out–blue means I finished those prior to our first check-in and red means I’ve read those since our last check-in. If I really enjoyed the book, I added an asterisk after the title. So far in 2015, I’ve read some gems!

We’d love to have you join us! Happy reading! Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #mustreadin2015 .

My Must Read Books in 2015

Books read to date: 9/25 

Books for Adults

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  • The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin – finished in August:  I liked this, but it won’t be for everyone. It felt very Steinbeck-like for me with a plot driven by flawed characters, set in Washington State.
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown ** – finished in January

Middle Grade Titles

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  • Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff** – finished in January
  • A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban — currently listening to this on audio
  • Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart** – finished in February

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  • Dory Fantasmagroy by Abby Hanlon** – finished in February
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood — currently listening to this title

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  • Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  • Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by Jon Scieszka
  • Mathilda by Roald Dahl** – finished in February

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  • The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern** – finished in March
  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea** – finished in March on audio
  • Nest by Esther Ehrlich 

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  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  • Secret Hum of Daisy by Tracy Holczer

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  • Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Under the Egg by Laura Mars Fitzgerald
  • West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Graphic Novel


  • Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Young Adult Titles

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  • Aristotle and Dante by Benjamin Alire Saenz – finished in July: I loved this touching, often heart-breaking coming of age story.
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner




4 comments on “Update #2: My Must Read Books in 2015

  1. carriegelson says:

    Some wonderful books ahead – I recommend Rain Reign, Nest and The Summer of Letting Go – loved them all! Thanks for participating! Happy reading this fall.

  2. Linda Baie says:

    Wow, you’ve read a lot, Lorna. I loved The Boys In The Boat, thought it was a great n-f read. Carrie’s suggestions are terrific, enjoyed all of those too, plus I love Elizabeth Wein’s books, like Rose Under Fire. So many books that are wonderful! I like the way you’ve organized-looks terrific!

  3. Crystal says:

    Of those you have left, Nest and Rose Under Fire were two that I really enjoyed. I like the way you color coded to show progress. Have fun with the rest of your reading.

  4. You have read and will read some great books! I am very interested to hear your thoughts on West of the Moon in particular. It seems to generate very different reactions in different readers! I loved Aristotle and Dante as well. It’s such a touching story.

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