It's a perfect time, though, for a Must Read in 2016 update.
Way back at the beginning of the New Year, while chilling on the Carolina coast, I created my absolute must-read list for 2016. It looked like this:
It still excites me to view this list. I've really enjoyed most of the books I've read so far, and am so looking forward to the remaining titles. I'm also happy with my progress - 40%.
Here are the six Must Read in 2016 books that I have completed:
|Buddy and Earl by Maureen Fergus, pictures by Carey Sookocheff (Groundwood, 2015).|
I love the imagination and the mismatched friendship in this debut of the Buddy and Earl series. Great fun! I can't wait to read and add the other titles (Buddy and Earl Go Exploring and Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby) to my library. Of course, I have to mention that this kidlit gem is also CanLit.
|Young Charlottte: Filmmaker by Frank Viva (MoMA, 2015).|
|The Dogs by Allan Stratton (Scholastic Canada. 2015).|
|Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (HarperCollins, 2015).|
I can't say with total certainty that books like this didn't exist when I was a teen, but if they did, I was not aware of them. It makes me happy to see the strong, confident, and more diverse characters that are available to young readers today. I enjoyed connecting with Willowdean, and I think my younger self would have loved her. A good choice for the older YA crowd.
|Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Scribners orig. pub. 1934).|
|Villa America by Liza Klaussmann (Doubleday Canada, 2015).|
Next up? I have just begun Dead Wake by Erik Larson. My husband recently finished it and gave it a thumbs-up. We are both huge fans of Larson's work. I am saving a couple titles for those long summer days when I can read slowly - poolside, at the beach, on a train, or in the shade of my backyard. Cold drink in hand, naturally.
I would like to thank Carrie of There's A Book For That for hosting the Must Read meme. Carrie is such a wonderful book resource, and I appreciate the inspiration she provides to keep writing about my reading. You can check out the progress of the whole Must Read community in the comments section of her Must Read post on her blog.