Sunday, December 30, 2018

#MustReadin2018 Final Update

The #MustReadin2018 is a reading challenge led by Carrie Gelson at There is a Book for That. I enjoy being part of the group of readers setting and aiming for their own unique reading goals and many of us have been joining Carrie for the past several years. Here are the books I chose at the beginning of the year. There is also a list at my Goodreads account.

Here are my previous posts: January, Spring Update, Fall Update

For the final portion of the year, I've read another nine books.


All That I Can Fix is unique and deals with mental health and how a family works through that. 

Voices in the Air is a wonderful collection of poetry. I reviewed it here

I was less than impressed with Invisible Emmie, but I understand why readers would enjoy it. I didn't like the disability references in particular, but again, it's a realistic graphic novel with humor so many readers will likely pick it up. My review is here

Pashmina is a wonderful YA graphic novel with a bit of magical realism about bridging cultures.

This Will Be My Undoing is a great collection of essays sharing MorganJerkins' perspective on living in the U.S. as a Black woman & feminist.

A Girl Like That wasn't a favorite of mine and then I read a review that indicates it may have some problematic content. I probably wouldn't recommend it since there are so many other books I've loved this year that I appreciated more.

I listened to the audio of Homegoing. It was truly an amazing collections of stories. It's definitely worth a read.  

Invisible Man was the most challenging book to read this year. I sometimes felt that I was not understanding all that I was supposed to, but eventually things would start to make sense again. It was like reading a school assignment, but I was ultimately glad that I stuck with it. 

I did not get to three of the books on my list: Even This Page is White, Furthermore, and Binti, but I plan to read at least two more of them soon. 

My favorites of the year were Voices in the Air, Homegoing, Rebel Seoul, American Panda, So You Want to Talk About Race, From Twinkle with Love, Give Me Some Truth, and Amal Unbound.

I'm thankful for this challenge because it helps me get to books I would never get around to reading. I hope you had a great year of reading and I wish you many wonderful books in 2019.


  1. So glad you are part of this community! I love coming to your blog and reading about your thoughts on various titles. Helps me decide on what to read next!

  2. So glad you shared your favorites at the end! Several of these are on my TBR but haven't gotten around to them yet. I especially meant to get to So You Want to Talk about Race and Homegoing this year. Maybe next year! Invisible Emmie wasn't a favorite for me either, though like you I did understand why readers are enjoying it.

  3. Nice work on your list! I am adding Give Me Some Truth on my 2019 list. I bought it but did not make time to read it. My work keeps me a little more MG focused and I don't read as much YA as I might otherwise, but I really enjoyed his previous work so I need to get to that.

  4. I've added Amal Unbound to my list after stopping here. Also, Rest In Power. I'm catching up today, and looking forward to seeing some 2019 lists too!