Carrie Gelson at There's a Book for That, hosts #MustReadIn2017.
If you have a want to read list on Goodreads (or somewhere else) that goes on forever, then you might be interested in joining in. All you have to do is choose any number of specific books on that list, and do your best to read them all. It is completely understood that in this year, you will read many more books than these.
In 2016 I picked 36 books and managed to finish them all. I assume that since 36 is a such a special number, I could count on its mathematical magic and choose 36 books again this year.
It wasn't easy.
Now that I no longer have a library budget I am dependent on my local public library to fuel my reading life. I had a list I thought was good, but then I checked to see if they were available at my library of choice, only to discover that some of them were not even published and others were not available. I sure wish I could integrate goodreads with the VPL and know instantly if a book is available or not!
I went back to my list of over 1200 unread books on Goodreads. I discovered books that I had read but not recorded. I removed some from the list (I seriously need to do more weeding since I no longer need to read so much children's fiction)
My list burgeoned up to another long list of 75, considerably over my planned goal, so I started pruning all over again.
I've done my best to winnow that list down to 36. I took 12 that were nonfiction and created a 2017 Non Fiction Must Read list. That leaves me with one information book to read a month. I should be able to handle that! It might be cheating, but I hope it works. All of the books that made it on my list are novels. Some are best read by adults and others are for readers just starting chapter books. A few are graphic. Many of them are books I have on my shelves and need to just get to. A few are classics that I have been meaning to read. Others are books recently published that I am counting on the VPL purchasing. Then there are others that are to be published this year some time. i'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I hope I don't have to purchase too many of them on my own.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip M. Hoose
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Lost Girl Found by Laura DeLuca
Moon Shadow by Erin Downing
The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1) by Traci Chee
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard (Peter Nimble, #2) by Jonathan Auxier
Tales from the Arabian Nights: Stories of Adventure, Magic, Love, and Betrayal by Donna Jo Napoli
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Empathic Civilization: The Race To Global Consciousness In A World In Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King
One in Every Crowd by Ivan E. Coyote
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Canada celebrates 150 years of colonization this year. I'm contemplating another reading challenge to commemorate this by reading 150 titles by indigenous authors. I'm not sure I can accomplish this, but I'm going to try to read as many as I can.