1.25.2016

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 will be denoted with an asterisk.

My local public library system's reading challenge:
  1. A book by a local author or set in the DC / MD / VA area:
  2. A book from a genre you don't typically read:
  3. An audiobook (CD, e-audio, etc.):
  4. A graphic novel or comic book:
  • Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks (January)*
  1. A book by an author whose race, religion, or ethnicity is different from your own:
  2. A book published this year:
  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (read the ARC in January)*
  1. A nonfiction book:
  2. A memoir, biography, or autobiography of someone who is still alive:
  3. A book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, children to adults:
  • Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks (January)*
  1. A book that has been made into a movie:
  2. A book recommended by another person or organization (like your library!):
  3. An award winner:
  4. BONUS: A book that takes place in the future:

Book Riot's 2016 Read Harder Challenge:
  1. Read a horror book:
  2. Read a nonfiction book about science:
  • Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks (January)*
  1. Read a collection of essays:
  2. Read a book out loud to someone else:
  3. Read a middle grade novel:
  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (read the ARC in January)*
  1. Read a biography (not a memoir or autobiography):
  2. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel:
  3. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born:
  4. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie award:
  5. Read a book over 500 pages long:
  6. Read a book under 100 pages:
  7. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender:
  8. Read a book that is set in the Middle East:
  9. Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia:
  10. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900:
  11. Read the first book in a series by a person of color:
  12. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years:
  13. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better:
  14. Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes:
  15. Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction):
  16. Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction):
  17. Read a food memoir:
  18. Read a play:
  19. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness:

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