Thursday, September 6, 2018

Books I Planned to Read in 2018 Update #2

In January, I made a list of "must reads" for 2018 along with Carrie Gelson of There's a Book for That and a community of other bloggers. The #MustReadin2018 community is sharing another update on the progress they have made with their reading lists. I am sharing my progress along with them. Check Carrie Gelson's blog or the Twitter hashtag to find out what others are reading in 2018 and get ideas to add to your own to-be-read list.

My #MustReadin2018 List

Middle Grade Books

Previous to my last update, which you can read here, I had read the following books:

  • Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana Arnold
  • Breakout by Kate Messner
  • Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender 
  • Maggie & Abby's Neverending Pillow Fort by Will Taylor
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers
  • Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O'Connor 
  • You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
As of this update, these are the books I have now read:
  • Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff which is imaginative and engaging.
  • Elephant Secret by Eric Waters, which is a book I absolutely loved. There is a twist in the story that makes it an intriguing read.
  • The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr, which I got about half-way through because it just didn't grab me at the time.

Professional Books

As of last April, I had read two out of the four professional reads I had on my list. These are the books I read:
  • Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes by Jimmy Casas
  • The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads by Daniel Willingham
I have since finished the other two professional books I had on my list. Both are excellent, insightful reads. 

Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners by Regie Routman
To find out more about this book, you can read the following posts:

Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers by Ruth Ayres
Read my post here to find out more about my thoughts on this book.


  1. Ruth's book is very special. You have more than one book on the list you read last time that I want to read, like The Night Diary, The Parker Inheritance & You Go First. Wow, there are so many wonderful books out. I also want to read Grump, love Liesl Shurtliff's stories. Elephant Secret is a new one, will look for it. Thanks, Lisa!

  2. I haven't heard of Elephant Secret either, definitely checking that one out, I love stories with twists! I need to read Grump too - I've had so many people tell me how great Shurtliff's books are!

  3. Jealous that you have read Grump - can't wait to read this one!

  4. I am adding myself to the list of people that are needing to read Grump. I have it, but haven't got to it yet. I also enjoyed Elephant Secret this summer. It wasn't on my list though. Another distraction book that I enjoyed. Great progress on your list!

  5. Elephant Secret is on my list as well and I am waiting for it to arrive at my local library.