The List of Ten

Michelle at Galleysmith recently posted about coming up with a list of 10 books that she’s going to stick with until she finishes them and then create a new list of ten.  She’s decided to do this so she can weed out her TBR pile between now and the end of the year; she’s also hoping to get some backlist titles read.  I love her idea and have decided to follow suit.  You can read Michelle’s post here.

I was at NCTE/ALAN from Thursday night through Monday afternoon, which meant I didn’t get much reading done, but I did get TONS of books.  I was already feeling overwhelmed by the amount of books I need to read, so reading Michelle’s post was just what I needed to calm my “How will I possibly decide what to read next” nerves.  I’m not always good at sticking to reading lists, but I spent quite a bit of time last night going through my pile(s) to make my first list.  Plus, you can always check up on me to make sure I stick with it! 🙂  **Note–If I’m presented with an opportunity to read a book for a tour or something similar, I’ll allow myself to tweak the list.**

Here we go…

1. Pie by Sarah Weeks (MG title)
2. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Illustrated by Maira Kalman (ARC–Book club book)
3. Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles (Backlist)
4. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (MG title/Verse)
5. Wintertown by Stephen Emond (ARC)
6. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (Graphic Novel)
7. DJ Rising by Love Maia (ARC)
8. Legend by Marie Lu (ARC)
9. We Were Here by Matt de la Pena (Backlist)
10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (New release)

** Changes**
2. My students in book club didn’t care for Why We Broke Up so I’m going to switch that for now to Audition by Stacia Ward Kehoe b/c that’s our next book club choice.
7. I’ve started DJ Rising and I’m not excited about it yet. I’ll give it more of a chance before possibly switching it.  If it doesn’t work I’m going to switch it to Need by Carrie Jones, which is a student recommended backlist title.

Normally I’d probably make this a list of 8 or something, but since I have a graphic novel and a verse novel included, I think I can tackle all 10.  I really hope I like all of these.  I have a couple books in mind just in case one or two of these books don’t work for me.


  1. This is a great list! I have a few of these titles in my bookcase as well. I suspect they may show up on one of my lists! LOL

  2. Shatter Me was awesome. I hope you like it as much as I did!

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I just started it and I’m awed by the writing. I want to know more about Juliette and just keep reading. It’s sooo good!

      • So many must reads on this list.

        First of all, Matt De La Pena? SWOON!!!

        Secondly, Maira Kalman illustrated?!?! She is, hands down, one of my favorite writer/artists in the world. MUST have this.

        Third, love (love, LOVE) Sarah Week.

        And must read Jo Knowles (what am I waiting for???!? Oh yeah, time…) and Inside Out and Back Again.


  3. Interesting to hear your students didn’t love Why We Broke Up. I just ordered it. I love Maira Kalman so very much, I’m sure I’ll be rapt by her illustrations. I’ll let you know. . .

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      They really didn’t like it at all. One of the girls said it was okay, but the rest really didn’t want to talk about it. They pretty much told me not to read it :/

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