The TBR list is something I’ve used for years. It’s a personal list of books I intend to read. At first it was one list, but these days it has become two.
The first is labeled URGENT. Books I’ve promised to read for other authors or books with similar stories to my own.
When there is a lull in that list I’m able to pluck a title from my other list. This one is filled with recommendations from many of you along with titles I can’t resist. Sadly, there are some books more than ten years old on there – too many good ones out there to ever reach the end of this list. Like laundry, the TBR list will never go away.
If you’d like to see what others have on their MG TBR list, a good place to start is through Goodreads Popular Middle Grade list. They compile it according to how many times a middle grade book has been shelved (meaning users have either read, want to read, or are reading). These are the books getting the most all time buzz among readers. Following is their top 25 (I took out the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson Sequels).
I’ve read 16. Can you top that?
- THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Rick Riordan
- HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling
- WONDER by R.J. Palacio
- THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
- HOLES by Louis Sachar
- A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle
- CORALINE by Neil Gaiman
- WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead
- THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate
- THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE by C.S. Lewis
- BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Katherine Paterson
- THE LOST HERO by Rick Riordan
- DOLL BONES by Holly Black
- ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine
- THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznick
- CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E.B. White
- THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
- THE RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan
- MATILDA by Roald Dahl
- THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL by Soman Chainani
- ARTEMIS FOWL by Erin Colfer
- THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING by Catherynne M. Valente
- BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson
- THE IRON TRIAL by Holly Black
- FLORA AND ULYSSES: THE ILLUMINATED ADVENTURES by Kate DiCamillo