Tuesday, January 1, 2019


The #MustReadin2019 is a reading challenge led by Carrie Gelson at There is a Book for That. I have really enjoyed being part of the group of readers setting and aiming for their own unique reading goals and have been participating since 2014.

My 2019 List

Book list also available on Goodreads
Tilly, Speaking Our Truth, and Tilly and the Crazy Eights by Monique Gray Smith
Even This Page is White by Vivek Shraya (a repeat from last year that I didn't get to)
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Malik Ayisha
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Undocumented: A Worker's Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Becoming by Michelle Obama
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Blended by Sharon Draper
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America ed by Ibi Zoboi
Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley
Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith
Go Home! by ed byRowan Hisayo Buchanan
If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
Everyday People ed by Jennifer Baker
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Niciole Chung
Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories by May-lee Chai
(Don't) Call Me Crazy ed by Kelly Jensen
What If It's Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
Breakout by Kate Messner
Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot
Game Changer! by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp
All the Stars Denied by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Coyote Tales by Thomas King
Make Space by David Kelley
Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Like last year, I chose a few books from the post 46 Books by Women of Color to Read in 2018 and I included a few titles from my Goodreads TBR. While reading everyone's final updates for 2018, I kept my Goodreads account open and added a few more titles to my list. I also added a few that I want to review for Rich in Color. I love this challenge because it gets me to read more books for adults and it's very low stress. We can change our list anytime and it's totally acceptable to skip or abandon books too. I hope you have a fabulous year filled with fabulous books.


  1. So pleased to peruse this list. Off to Goodreads I go!

  2. I enjoyed Undocumented by Tonatiuh very much and Breakout, too. I'm looking forward to Angie Thomas' new book, and will add more from your list to my 'growing' second list. Lots of good reading to come, right? Thanks, Crystal, and Happy New Year!

  3. I’ve read a few of these and a few others have been on my radar, but many are new to me. So many great books to check out!

  4. You make the best #MustRead lists! Really excited to see the new Lucy Knisley, Nicole Chung's memoir, and Apple in the Middle. All books I must read in 2019 too!

  5. I'm inspired by your lists and your blog posts all the time Crystal! We have some of the same books on our lists which tells me I have done a good job choosing.
    Heart Berries is intense, but profound. Tilly and Speaking our Truth are books I hope to get to this year from my Indigenous list. What If It's Us is in a pile of books I have from the library now. Happy reading in 2019!

  6. Becoming and Game Changer aren't a part of my 40. But they should be. When you get to Make Space I would love to hear your thoughts. I've had it in my pile for a bit now. Thank you for sharing. Happy Reading!

  7. We share at least 3 "must read" books in common, Crystal, and I've loved the ones on your list that I've already read. I'm going to have to go check on a couple of these that I'm unfamiliar with, presently. Also, this is my first year to participate in the must read challenge, so I'm looking forward to all the future updates!