Update #3 — Year End Wrap Up: 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** — finished in September
  • 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 — finished in December; I liked this, but I probably prefer Revolution by Deborah Wiles for stories of a similar theme.

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  • Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  • Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by Jon Scieszka — finished in December
  • 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 – finished in November

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  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein — finished in December
  • The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner — finished in September




3 comments on “Update #3 — Year End Wrap Up: My Must Read Books in 2015

  1. carriegelson says:

    Isn’t Aristotle and Dante an incredible read? West of the Moon was a title I didn’t get to either. Some books definitely for another time. I hope you will join in for 2016!

  2. vgpratt says:

    Lorna, you read some really great titles. I was glad for your insight regarding Glory Be and Revolution. I read Glory Be and liked it very well, so now I know I need to add Revolution to my 2016 list! Of the ones you didn’t get around to, I can wholeheartedly recommend One Crazy Summer (the audio edition of this is fantastic!), Rain Reign, and Under the Egg. I have to admit that I read West of the Moon and really did not like it! 😦 It seemed depressing and odd to me. Have fun making a 2016 list! 🙂

  3. I agree with Virginia about West of the Moon. I started it and abandoned it. I also agree with her about One Crazy Summer. It is a must must read. In fact this whole series is stunning. The Meaning of Maggie is one of my favourites from last year.

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