Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Books I Still Want to Read Before 2013

So, it is time for the annual holiday #bookaday. I am always so excited because early in December I believe that I can get rid of my TBR stack. Then I begin my pile and I realize I'd need to do #bookanhour if I really wanted to make a dent.  And I start to feel overwhelmed about all of the books I will miss.  No question I won't get finished with the books on my stack before some great 2013 books start coming out.  I asked on Twitter to send me titles of great books form the year. I got tons of great titles. I had to cut lots of great ones from my list if  I am serious about TRYING to get to the books on my list.  These are the books that sound like fabulous, not to miss book. I guess I know deep down that I won't get to the whole list, but this is my starting point for my next several weeks of reading.   I narrowed it down to 20 books from 2012 I just don't want to miss.

Young Adult
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
 Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Middle Grade
The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
After Eli by Rebecca Rupp
Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed
The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron
Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell
The Peculiars by Maureen McQuerry
Keeping Safe the Stars by Sheila O'Connor
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Chained by Lynne Kelly
The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers by Penny Kittle
Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst


  1. Thanks for sharing titles Franki. Somehow missed Chained. Looks like an interesting read. I don't see H.I.V.E. on this list. :)

    1. This is my 2012 pub list. HIVE is on my #bookchallenge gap list. No worries --I won't let you down!

  2. Not seeing a lot of itchy dress books on this list.

    1. No itchy dresses on here. I try to avoid those at all costs!

  3. I finally read Mighty Miss Malone (after having a signed copy for about 9 months!)--so good. And Twelve Kinds of Ice is on the table right now--hoping to get to it next week! Have fun reading!

    1. I can't believe I haven't read The Mighty Miss Malone-I've had it for so long and have wanted to read it. A good year for books!

  4. I am in the middle of reading the same two professional books - both are excellent. Happy reading!

  5. I loved listening to The Mighty Miss Malone, you might too! Loved Three Times Lucky. Wanted to read Splendor and Gloom and renewed it twice - never got past first few pages, need to try again! Love your Middle Grade list, I will take some suggestions!

    Professional books sound great too.


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