The Year in Books -2015

In the corner of my office there is a milk crate that holds a couple of binders, and another box.  Inside that box is the majority of the reading logs I have kept since I began teaching.  My mentor teacher – who has since gone on to be a librarian as well – showed me her reading summary logs my first year teaching, and I have been keeping those logs myself since then.

I admit, I don’t write everything down, but I try to write about most books I read, especially those I read that might appeal to students.  It has helped me to pull together book talks, refresh my memory on  a book I have read, and writing a little about a book helps me summarize the information into a quick distillation, which is useful for book talks.

Also, as  a result of those notebooks, I have the information to make my list of what I read this year. I know it will join the rest of the end of year lists, but I like the idea of putting that list in one place for now

  1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John
  2. Connor Dinner Party by Nathan Hale
  3. DJ Rising by Love Maia
  4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  5. Explorer: The Mystery Boxes Edited by Kazu Kibuishi
  6. Winger by Andrew Smith
  7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  8. The Moon Moth by Jack Vance
  9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  10. There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
  11. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  12. Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  13. Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Faith Erin Hicks
  14. And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
  15. The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
  16. Tower of Treasure by Scott Chantler
  17. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  18. Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
  19. Essex County Vol. 1- Tales from the Farm by Jeff Lemire
  20. Glory O’ Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
  21. Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince
  22. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
  23. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  24. The One by Kiera Cass
  25. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  26. The Mortal Instruments Book Six – City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  27. Bellwether Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
  28. The Shades of London Book Three – The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
  29. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  30. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  31. May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
  32. Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl with Ari Benjamin
  33. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  34. This Song will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  35. Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
  36. Dead to Me by Lisa McMann
  37. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  38. Hidden by Helen Frost
  39. The Diviners by Libby Bray
  40. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  41. Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
  42. Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
  43. Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones
  44. Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
  45. Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon
  46. X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
  47. Countdown by Deborah Wiles
  48. All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
  49. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  50. Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  51. The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go
  52. The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
  53. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  54. Confessions by Kanae Minato
  55. Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway
  56. How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  57. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  58. Ghosts of Galena by Dahly Watson
  59. Dune by Frank Herbert
  60. Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
  61. Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody
  62. This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
  63. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  64. One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard
  65. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  66. This Journal Begins to Rachet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  67. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  68. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  69. World of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace at Your School by Laura Fleming
  70. Steel heart by Brandon Sanderson
  71. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
  72. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  73. Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  74. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  75. Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus
  76. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  77. Those who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
  78. Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
  79. Chomp by Carl Hiassen
  80. Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin
  81. The President has been Shot: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson
  82. See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
  83. Lock In by John Scalzi
  84. Butter by Erin Jade Lange
  85. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
  86. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  87. Hidden by Loic Dauvillier
  88. Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods
  89. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullally Hunt
  90. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  91. Dark Life by Kat Fells
  92. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  93. Doll Bones by Holly Black
  94. Boy Nothing by Allen Zadoff
  95. Guys Read: True Stories Edited by Jon Scieszka
  96. Wildfire by Elizabeth Starr Hill
  97. Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf
  98. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwambe and Bryan Mealer
  99. The Christmas Killer by Patricia Windsor
  100. Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen
  101. I Don’t Like Koala by Ferrell
  102. It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee
  103. Jim’s Lion by Richard Hoban
  104. And What If I Won’t by Maureen Fergus
  105. Ben Draws Trouble by Matt Davies
  106. Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker
  107. A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmiko
  108. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  109. Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak
  110. Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  111. Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, Alexis Frederick- Frost
  112. Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
  113. Lunch Lady And the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  114. Babymouse: Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  115. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale
  116. Mercury by Hope Larson
  117. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  118. Say What you Will by Cammie McGovern
  119. Return to Me by Justina Chen
  120. I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer
  121. Who Was Amelia Earhart by Kate Boehner Jerome
  122. The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escapes of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden
  123. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh
  124. Noah Webster and his Words by Jeri Chase Ferris
  125. The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
  126. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer L. Smith
  127. Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  128.  The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  129. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  130. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  131. Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
  132. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
  133. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  134. Crooked House by Agatha Christie