I took a leap and joined Carrie Gelson’s challenge #MustReadin2016. It is hard not to get drawn in by Carrie’s enthusiasm and love for books. When I read her blog, her words make me want to run out and by every book. I am proud of what I have read so far. I have read many of the books on my list and I even ventured off the list. I have already read 10/15 books and it is only April.
Here is what I have read so far, in the order that I read them:
The Thing about Jellyfish- Ali Benjamin
Paper Things- Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Written in the Stars- Aisha Saeed
All the Bright Places- Jennifer Niven
Roller Girl- Victoria Jamieson
Count Me in – Sara Leach (not on my original list, but read it for a literature circle project)
The Last Time We Say Goodbye- Cynthia Hand
Small as an Elephant- Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Touching Spirit Bear – Ben Mikaelsen (not on my original list)
Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon
I enjoyed all of the books that I have read so far this year. Many of them had me weeping in parts. The two books that have really stayed with me long after I finished them:
Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon. I read this book on my flight home from Florida and couldn’t stop reading, couldn’t put it down and was finished it well before the flight was over. Madeline is a character that you will think about well after you turn the final page. She has the “Bubble baby disease” and can’t leave her house. At seventeen, she is like Rapunzel trapped in her tower. Madeline sees the world outside and can only imagine what it feels like to feel rain on her face or sunshine. This is the story of what happens when a boy her age moves next door and their ongoing relationship from afar.
Written in the Stars- Naila is in love with a boy that her parents have not chosen for her. They are furious at her and bring her back to Pakistan to explore her roots. But the vacation is changed and what follows is Naila’s story of an arranged marriage and her new life in Pakistan.
I look forward to adding to my list and reading many more books in 2016.