8.22.2016

2016 Reading Challenges

I'm going to attempt two challenges this year, mostly because these seem more doable than last year's Book Riot Challenge. As much as possible I won't choose picture books to fulfill the challenge but I will double (or triple) up if a single book meets multiple challenges; these books are denoted with an asterisk.

My local public library system's reading challenge:


A book by a local author or set in the DC / MD / VA area:
  • Cook Korean! A Comic Book With Recipes by Robin Ha (July)*
A book from a genre you don't typically read:
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen (April)*
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Henry August (June)*
An audiobook (CD, e-audio, etc.):
  • After the Funeral by Agatha Christie (Harper Audio) (July/August)
A graphic novel or comic book:
    • Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks (January)*
    • SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (March)
    • Trashed by Derf Backderf (March)*
    • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It's True by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (March)
    • Manifest Destiny, Vol. 3: Chiroptera & Carniformaves by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, and Owen Gieni (March)*
    • Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda (ongoing, reading single issues as they come out)*
    • Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos (ongoing, reading single issues as they come out)*
    • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (volumes 1, 7, and 8 in English, volume 2 in Japanese) by Hayao Miyazaki (April)*
    • Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson (April)*
    • The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (April)*
    • Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley (May)*
    • Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess (ongoing, reading single issues as they come out)
    • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (read the ARC in May)*
    • Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks (May)*
    • Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland (May)*
    • Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova (June)
    • Lumberjanes, Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese, Brittney Williams, Aimee Fleck, Faith Erin Hicks, Rebecca Tobin, Felicia Choo, and T. Zysk (June)*
    • Lumberjanes Gotham Academy by Chynna Clugston Flores and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (ongoing, reading single issues as they come out)
    • Princeless, Volume 3: The Pirate Princess by Jeremy Whitley, Rosy Higgins, and Ted Brandt (June)*
    • Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (July)*
    • Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci (July)*
    • Cook Korean! A Comic Book With Recipes by Robin Ha (July)*
    • Princeless, Volume 4: Be Yourself by Jeremy Whitley, Emily Martin, and Brett Grunig (July)*
    • Lumberjanes, Volume 4: Out of Time by Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen (July)*
    • Sweaterweather: & Other Short Stories by Sara Varon (July)
    • Ms. Marvel, Volume 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (August)*
    • Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona, and Nico Leon (August)*
    • New Super-Man by Gene Luen Yang and Viktor Bogdanovic (ongoing, reading single issues)*
    A book by an author whose race, religion, or ethnicity is different from your own:
    • My Name Is Jason. Mine Too.: Our Story. Our Way. by Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (April)
    • Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (April/May)*
    • Princeless, Volume 3: The Pirate Princess by Jeremy Whitley, Rosy Higgins, and Ted Brandt (June)*
    • Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci (July)*
    • Princeless, Volume 4: Be Yourself by Jeremy Whitley, Emily Martin, and Brett Grunig (July)*
    • Tru & Nelle by G. Neri (August)*
    • Ms. Marvel, Volume 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (August)*
    • Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona, and Nico Leon (August)*
    A book published this year:
      • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (read the ARC in January)*
      • Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler (read the ARC in January/February)*
      • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (March)*
      • When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin (read the ARC in March)
      • The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (March)
      • Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers (March/April)
      • Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson (April)*
      • The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (April)*
      • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (read the ARC in April)*
      • The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kell (April)*
      • Poison is Not Polite (Wells and Wong #2) by Robin Stevens (May)
      • Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley (May)*
      • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban (May)*
      • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (read the ARC in May)*
      • Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks (May)*
      • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach (read the ARC in May)*
      • Lumberjanes, Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese, Brittney Williams, Aimee Fleck, Faith Erin Hicks, Rebecca Tobin, Felicia Choo, and T. Zysk (June)*
      • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (Flavia de Luce #8) by Alan Bradley (read the ARC in June)
      • Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (July)*
      • Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet (read the ARC in July)*
      • Cook Korean! A Comic Book With Recipes by Robin Ha (July)*
      • Lumberjanes, Volume 4: Out of Time by Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen (July)*
      • Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (read the ARC in July)*
      • Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban (July)*
      • Tru & Nelle by G. Neri (August)*
      • Ms. Marvel, Volume 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (August)*
      • Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona, and Nico Leon (August)*
      • Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley (August)*
      A nonfiction book:
      • Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge (February)
      • The Tortoise and the Soldier: A Story of Courage and Friendship in World War I by Michael Foreman (March)
      • Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks (May)*
      • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach (read the ARC in May)*
      • The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren
      • Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci (July)*
      • Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet (read the ARC in July)*
      • Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (read the ARC in July)*
      • Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson (August)*
      A memoir, biography, or autobiography of someone who is still alive:
      • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik (February)*
      • Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley (May)*
      • Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci (July)*
      • Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (read the ARC in July)*
      A book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, children to adults:
        • Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks (January)*
        • Puppy Pool Party!: An Underwater Dogs Adventure by Seth Casteel (read the ARC in April)
        • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (read the ARC in April)*
        • Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks (May)*
        • Cook Korean! A Comic Book With Recipes by Robin Ha (July)*
        • Hot Pink Flying Saucers and Other Clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney (August)
        A book that has been made into a movie:
        • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (volumes 1, 7, and 8 in English, volume 2 in Japanese) by Hayao Miyazaki (April)*
        A book recommended by another person or organization (like your library!):
        • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik (February)*
        • Trashed by Derf Backderf (March)*
        • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (read the ARC in April)*
        • Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill and Francis Vallejo (April)
        • Space Battle Lunchtime, Issue #1 by Natalie Riess (May)*
        • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban (May)*
        • Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland (May)*
        • Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet (read the ARC in July)*
        • Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (read the ARC in July)*
        • Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban (July)*
        An award winner:
        • The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen (April)*
        • Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson (April)*
        • Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (April/May)*
        • The First Fifteen Lives of Henry August (June)*
        • Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson (August)*
        • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (August)
        BONUS: A book that takes place in the future:

          Book Riot's 2016 Read Harder Challenge:

          Read a horror book:
          • Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda (ongoing)*
          Read a nonfiction book about science:
            • Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks (January)*
            • Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks (May)*
            • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach (read the ARC in May)*
            Read a collection of essays:

            Read a book out loud to someone else:

            Read a middle grade novel:
              • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (read the ARC in January)*
              • Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler (read the ARC in January/February)*
              • When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin (read the ARC in March)
              • The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (March)
              • Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson (April)
              • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (read the ARC in April)*
              • The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kell (April)*
              • The Blackthorn Key (The Blackthorn Key #1) by Kevin Sands (April)*
              • Poison is Not Polite (Wells and Wong #2) by Robin Stevens (May)
              • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban (May)*
              • Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery by Jill Diamond and Lesley Vamos (read the ARC in June)
              • Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban (July)*
              • Tru & Nelle by G. Neri (August)*
              Read a biography (not a memoir or autobiography):
              • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik (February)*
              • Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet (read the ARC in July)*
              • Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson (August)*
              Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel:

              Read a book originally published in the decade you were born:

              Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie award:

              Read a book over 500 pages long:
              • Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley (August)*
              Read a book under 100 pages:
              • The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems, Tony DiTerlizzi (May)
              Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender:
              • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, Shelagh McNicholas (April)
              Read a book that is set in the Middle East:
              • Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci (July)*
              Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia:
              • The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen (April)*
              • The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kell (April)*
              Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900:
              • Newt's Emerald 
              • by Garth Nix (January)
              • Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler (read the ARC in January/February)*
              • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (March)*
              • The Blackthorn Key (The Blackthorn Key #1) by Kevin Sands (April)*
              • Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland (May)*
              Read the first book in a series by a person of color:

              Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years:
              • Manifest Destiny by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, and Owen Gieni (ongoing)
              • Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda (ongoing)
              • Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos (ongoing)
              • Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson (April)*
              • The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (April)*
              • Goldie Vance, Issue #1 by Hope Larson, Brittany Williams, and Sarah Stern (April)
              • Space Battle Lunchtime, Issue #1 by Natalie Riess (May)*
              Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better:
              • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (volumes 1, 7, and 8 in English, volume 2 in Japanese) by Hayao Miyazaki (April)* 
              Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes:
              • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik (February)*
              • Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley (May)*
              Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction):
              • Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland (May)* Kind of?
              Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction):
              • The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen (April)*
              Read a food memoir:
              • Cook Korean! A Comic Book With Recipes by Robin Ha (July)*
              Read a play:

              Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness:

                1.25.2016

                It's Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA


                It's the last Monday in January but I'm hoping to get back into posting my weekly reads. The reason I haven't been posting recently is because I got a job in early October and I just haven't had the time to blog.

                It may not be every week, but my aim is to not abandon this project entirely. So, here goes for what I've read since the beginning of 2016 ...

                [To rehash the concept :: post what you read last week, what you're reading now, and what you plan to read this week. If you have a review of the book(s), great! If you have a picture of the book(s), wonderful! If you have a book giveaway, fantastic! If you just list the title(s) of the book(s), not a problem! Make it as simple or as complex as you need it to be. At least, that's the message I got. This version of the meme is hosted by Jen and Kellee of Teach Mentor Text, which, in turn, was inspired by Sheila over at Book Journey, who hosts the original It's Monday! What Are You Reading?]

                WHAT I READ SINCE JANUARY 1:



                Apple blossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan, illustrated by Gary A. Rosen

                The Babe & I by David A. Adler, illustrated by Terry Widener

                Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

                A Day at an Indian Market by Catherine Chambers

                Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass by Doreen Rappoport, illustrated by London Ladd

                Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds

                Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
                (publication date: April 19, 2016)


                Grandma in Blue with Red Hat by Scott Menchin, illustrated by Harry Bliss

                Hip & Hop, Don't Stop! by Jef Czekaj

                Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks

                I Yam a Donkey! by Cece Bell

                Let Me Finish! by Minh Le, illustrated by Isabel Roxas
                (publication date: June 7, 2016)

                Ling & Ting #3: Twice as Silly by Grace Lin

                Madame Eiffel by , illustrated by 

                My Friend Maggie by Hannah E. Harrison
                (publication date: August 9, 2016)

                Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

                Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson by Sue Stauffacher, illustrated by Greg Couch

                The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora
                (publication date: July 19, 2016)

                One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recyling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

                Please, Open This Book! by Adam Leherhaupt, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

                Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
                (publication date: April 12, 2016)

                Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Mike Holmes

                Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

                The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

                Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee

                The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1: Squirrel Power by 

                What James Said by Liz Rosenberg, illustrated by Matt Myers

                WHAT I'M READING NOW:

                Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler
                (publication date: June 15, 2016)

                Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

                WHAT I PLAN TO READ THIS WEEK:

                Trombone Shorty by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier

                12.31.2015

                My 2015 Year in Reading

                According to Goodreads, I read 530 books in 2015; they somehow calculated that I read 41,640 pages. (I'm pretty sure that's not correct because they listed the shortest book I read--Douglas Florian's A Painter--as being only 1 page in length.) Considering my goal was to read, on average, a book a day, it wasn't too shabby of a year!

                2015Goodreads




                9.28.2015

                It's Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA


                I'm back after three weeks of neglecting to post my reads. And, honestly, I'm too tired and swamped with other stuff to go back and try to post them retroactively. Sometimes, you have to cut your losses and move on!

                This week it's pretty obvious that I focused on reading graphic novels/comics and books about butterflies. I think I've mentioned before that I default to reading GNs/comics when I feel a bit too overwhelmed to start a chapter book but I need to be reading something. And I have a read-aloud for The Reading Connection this coming week, hence the caterpillar/butterfly-themed books. 

                I decided to omit the "What I'm Reading Now" and "What I Plan to Read This Week" sections because having them looming over me unchanged from previous weeks when I know I won't get around to those books makes me feel guilty!

                [To rehash the concept :: post what you read last week, what you're reading now, and what you plan to read this week. If you have a review of the book(s), great! If you have a picture of the book(s), wonderful! If you have a book giveaway, fantastic! If you just list the title(s) of the book(s), not a problem! Make it as simple or as complex as you need it to be. At least, that's the message I got. This version of the meme is hosted by Jen and Kellee of Teach Mentor Text, which, in turn, was inspired by Sheila over at Book Journey, who hosts the original It's Monday! What Are You Reading?]

                WHAT I READ LAST WEEK:


                Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar by Clare Jarrett

                Butterfly Tree by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Leslie Wu

                Fancy Nancy, Bonjour Butterfly by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

                Flop to the Top! by Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing

                Houdini the Amazing Caterpillar by Janet Pedersen

                Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine O Flatharta, illustrated by Meilo So

                Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

                Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

                Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors by Keith Baker

                The Mitten String by Jennifer Rosner, illustrated by Kristina Swarner

                Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, #5: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale

                Owly & Wormy, Friends All Aflutter! by Andy Runton

                Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson 

                Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

                Totally Tardy Marty by Erica S. Perl, illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

                Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

                Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

                The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks

                Water is Water by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin

                Where Are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi