#MustReadIn2021 Fall Update

Carrie Gelson at There's a Book for That started #MustRead as a way to address our GoodReads lists. This year Leigh Anne Eck at A Day In the Life and I are taking over for her.
How's your reading life going?

Are you on top of your goals? Are you asking yourself, what goals? If you joined up with the #MustReadIn2021 challenge, it's time for the optional checkin to update your progress. 

My original goals for this year are posted here. I update my progress on my goals every week and think it helps to keep me on track. Here's where I am at so far this year. 


Since the April update I'ver read 15 more books from my #MustReadIn2021 fiction list. This takes me up to 23/25 titles completed. To read more about the books on this list, check here

Amina's Song by Hena Khan
Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth
Bloom by Kevin Panetta
Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Jackpot by Nic Stone 
Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates


I've read five more from my nonfiction list to equal 9/12. I'm currently reading The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce by Angie Manfredi et al. To read more about the books on this list, check here

The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World by Mike Winchell
Parts of this were fascinating - other times meh.
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
I appreciated reading this collection of essays. Davis always stretches my thinking about the inequities in the world.
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
Reichl's stories of disguising herself to fool restaurateurs are heartbreaking and hilarious. 
A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency by Seth Klein
This brought me hope that, if only we can drum up the political will, we can address the climate crisis. 
The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution by Richard W. Wrangham
I was enthralled by this analysis of how we humans have managed to domesticate ourselves.


I've read another 25 picture books from #MustReadPBIn2021. This brings my total to 48 out of the 100 books I planned to read. This is a list curated for their reviews of excellence. They are all 4 or 5 star books. 

I might not accomplish this goal. I admit to being sidetracked by the shiny covers and smell of new books. Writing this update sent me over to my local library where I put a hold on at least 10 books from the list. I'm not throwing in the towel just yet.

 To read more about the books on this list, check here

A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy
Almost Time by Gary D. Schmidt
And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano
At the Pond by Geraldo Valério
Bad Dog by Mike Boldt
The Bat by Elise Gravel
Because by Mo Willems
Blue Rider by Geraldo Valério
The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats: A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle
The Farmer and the Monkey by Marla Frazee
The Fog by Kyo Maclear
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
I Promise by Catherine Hernandez
Hike by Pete Oswald
Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall
Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love
Mr. Postmouse's Rounds by Marianne Dubuc
Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip by Marianne Dubuc
My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Yee
My Family, Your Family! by Kathryn Cole
Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki
Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet by Sara O'Leary
Story Boat by Kyo Maclear
Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor
Terry Fox and Me by Mary Beth Leatherdale
The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling by Timothy Basil Ering


I finished off another fourteen books for this category so I'm now ahead of the game with 28/25 books read. 
To read more about the books on this list, check here

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith et al
Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Louis Riel Day: The Fur Trade Project by Deborah L Delaronde
Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know by Brittany Luby
Neekna and Chemai by Jeannette Armstrong
My Name Is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling
The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew
Sisters of the Neversea by Leitich Cynthia Smith
Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge by Catching Dreams by Cindy Blackstock
Stand Like a Cedar by Nicola I. Campbell
The Train by Jodie Callaghan
We All Play by Julie Flett


I've read another 51 book by Canadian authors since April bringing my total to 78/100 so far this year. Here is what I've finished since then.  To read more about the books on this list, check here


I was heartbroken to finish up all the Discworld novels. If you are looking for a respite from the real world, these might work for you. Terry Pratchett provides us with a mirror to look at our own world in all it's glorious. Oftentimes he shows us the things that we think we need respite from. The thing is that he does it with such remarkable grace, humour, and tenderness, it makes the real world seem ok again. I am now a serious fan. 

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  1. Cheriee, thank you for doing this. I am so impressed with your post, your record-keeping. I do always read your posts yet feel like I need to go through this carefully to be sure I haven't missed any that I wish to read!

  2. You've read so many books from your list! Like you, I get sidetracked by shiny, new books! There's just way too many books I want to read!

  3. Wow! What a set of lists. My youngest just started in on the Discworld series. One of these days I will read more of them, but it is a seriously long list of books. I have read only the Tiffany Aching series [and loved them to pieces]. I have added quite a few of the books from your Indigenous authors list to my Goodreads TBR. :) Thanks for hosing.

  4. I find your reading organization so inspiring, Cheriee! I'm excited to push forward, despite being so far behind on my list. Thank you for hosting the "must read" community.