Reading Challenges 2010, Part Three

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45/50 books
While the blog that was hosting this challenge is gone I still wanted to report on it.  I have also signed up for the same challenge, hosted by another blogger for this year.  We are voracious readers in this house.  I couldn’t afford to keep myself or my kids in books if we had to purchase everything we read.  Thankfully we have a great library, with fabulous librarians and a huge selection.  Considering we live in a small, conservative city, we are so lucky that we have cool librarians who will indulge BAN’s love for  all things Greek mythology and weird little tween vampire series. While I did not hit my goal it was not for lack of trying.  I wonder how many books I checked out from the library last year.
 Reckless (Mirrorworld) Gone The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, 1) Marvel Fairy Tales The Virgin’s Lover (Boleyn)
 American Savior: A Novel of Divine Politics  The Hunger Games  The Constant Princess (Boleyn)  The Poison Eaters: and Other Stories  The Other Queen
 Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)  Foiled  The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet, Book 2)  White Cat (The Curse Workers)  Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
 Everyday Ways to Raise Smart, Strong, Confident Girls: Successful Teens Tell Us What Works  Goth Girl Rising  Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic  Beast  The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
 The Pleasure Palace: Secrets of the Tudor Court #1  What Would Dewey Do?: An Unshelved Collection  Stitches: A Memoir  The Forest of Hands and Teeth  Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books)
 Bad Girl: Confessions Of A Teenage Delinquent  Unshelved  Lenore: Wedgies (Color Edition) (Lenore: Cute Little Dead Girl)  Wonderland  Witch & Wizard
 This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True  The Mom Book Goes to School: Insider Tips to Ensure Your Child Thrives in Elementary and Middle School  Feed  On the Edge (The Edge, Book 1)  The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two
 In the Small  Under the Dome: A Novel  The Sword of the Lady: A Novel of the Change (Change Series)  Phantom  The White Queen (The Cousins’ War)
 Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate)  A People’s History of American Empire  Life As We Knew It (Life As We Knew It Series)  Possessions GN Vol 1: Unclean Getaway

YA-D2 – The YA Dsytopian Reading Challenge

 
While I read a lot of dystopian literature this year and have signed up for a regular dystopian challenge for 2010, this quickie challenge ran from October 1st 2010 through to December 19th 2010. I signed up for level 2 which was 2-4 books in that time. And I made it, but just by the skin of my teeth.
 The Forest of Hands and Teeth Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books)  Gone Feed

Reading Challenges 2010, Part Two

Graphic Novels Challenge

15/10 books
I did well but wish I had read even more.  I have fallen way behind in Fables, which after Sandman is probably my favorite series ever.
 
  1. Foiled by Jane Yolen
  2. In the Small by Michael Hague
  3. Jack of Fables Vol. 1: The (Nearly) Great Escape by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges
  4. Jack of Fables Vol. 2: Jack of Hearts by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges
  5. Kin (The Good Neighbors, Book 1) by Holly Black
  6. Marvel Fairy Tales by C. B. Cebulski
  7. No Future For You (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 2) by Brian K. Vaughan, Joss Whedon
  8. A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki, Paul Buhle
  9. Possessions GN Vol 1: Unclean Getaway by Ray Fawkes
  10. The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet, Book 2) by Kazu Kibuishi
  11. The Vampire Brat: And Other Tales of Supernatural Lawby Batton Lash
  12. Wonderland by Tommy Kovac
  13. Lenore: Wedgies (Color Edition) (Lenore: Cute Little Dead Girl) by Roman Dirge
  14. Unshelved by Gene Ambaum, Bill Barnes
  15. Stitches: A Memoir by David Smal
  16. What Would Dewey Do?: An Unshelved Collection by Gene Ambaum, Bill Barnes
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20 / 10 books

I picked a small number again this year even though I read twice as much as I sign on for because I choose a lot of 2011 Challenges which require reading something other than fantasy.

  1. Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, Rafal Olbinski(Fairy Tale)
  2. Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One by Patricia C. Wrede (Traditional)
  3. Foiledby Jane Yolen (Urban Fantasy)
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)by J.K. Rowling  (Magical Fantasy)
  5. Jack of Fables Vol. 1: The (Nearly) Great Escapeby Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges (Fairy Tale)
  6. Jack of Fables Vol. 2: Jack of Hearts by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges (Fairy Tale)
  7. Kin (The Good Neighbors, Book 1)by Holly Black (Urban Fantasy)
  8. Marvel Fairy Tales by C. B. Cebulski (Fairy Tales)
  9. On the Edge (The Edge, Book 1) by Ilona Andrews (Urban Fantasy)
  10. The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories by Holly Black (Urban Fantasy) 
  11. Reckless (Mirrorworld) by Cornelia Funke (Traditional)
  12. The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet, Book 2) by Kazu Kibuishi (Traditional)
  13. White Cat (The Curse Workers) by Holly Black (Urban Fantasy)
  14. Witch & Wizard by James Patterson (Urban Fantasy)
  15. Wonderland by Tommy Kovac (Fantasy)
  16. Storm Front (Dresden Files) (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher, (Urban Fantasy) 
  17. No Future For You (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 2)by Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, Georges Jeanty (Urban Fantasy)
  18. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, (Supernatural Fantasy)
  19. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, No. 2) by Jim Butcher (Urban Fantasy)
  20. Searching for Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book Two by Patricia C. Wrede, (Traditional)

Reading Challenges 2010, Part One

The two challenges that I always impose on myself and I have been unable to find hosted anywhere are the 50 Book Challenge and the 15000 Page Challenge.  I do both because I could easily hit the 50 Book challenge with graphic novels and never read anything of substance. So how did I do last year, success on both counts.

50 Book Challenge List 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
American Savior: A Novel of Divine Politics
Beast
Dealing with Dragons
Searching for Dragons
Kin
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Stand
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You
Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse
The Other Queen
The Poison Eaters and Other Stories
Foiled
Instructions
Everyday Ways to Raise Smart, Strong, Confident Girls: Successful Teens Tell Us What Works
Soulless
White Cat
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic
The Constant Princess


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58/50 books

15000 Page Challenge

Excluding the two audio books I totaled out at 18323 pages read.  This also excludes unfinished books.
 
18323 / 15000 Pages

 

So by my calculations that puts me over for each of these challenges. Rock!

2010 Year End Best of Lists: Young Adult

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Today’s lists are Young Adult (12-18).  After reading through these I realized that while I might read a lot of young adult books, I am really a genre reader.  I read fantasy, urban fantasy, horror and such but many of these I have never even heard of or seen. 

American Library Association – 2010 Best Books for Young Adults

American Library Assoication’s 2010 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

Goodreads’ 2010 Best Books for Young Adults (Nominations)

January magazine’s Best Books of 2010: Books for Children and Young Adults

Greenlight Bookstore – Holiday 2010: Recommended Young Adult & Middle Reader Books

NPR – Oh, To Be Young: The Year’s Best Teen Reads

Readings.com – Best Kids’ and Young Adult books of 2010

Amazon.com – Best books Teens

2010 Year End Best of Lists: Picture Books

Library School Journal‘s list contains one of our household’s favorites, We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems.

The Huffington Post‘s list  has Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by By Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Dan Santat which we can’t wait to read.

The Children’s Book Review list contains Art & Max by David Wiesner which is on quite a few best ofs this year.

Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010 list from the New York Times includes SHADOW by Suzy Lee, also on a number of lists.

Amazon’s Top 10 Books: Children’s Picture Books includes Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer.  Who does not love Olivia?

Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Books 2010 tops off with Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld.

There are a lot of other lists out there, but these seem to capture all the very best.  Tomorrow, Best of Young Adult.

 

Happy Holidays

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My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still.” ~ Charlton Heston

 

 Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.” ~ Lenore Hershey

 

 

But Ma asked if they were sure the stockings were empty.  Then they put their hands down inside them, to make sure.  And in the very toe of each stocking was a shining bright, new penny!
They had never even thought of such a thing as having a penny.  Think of having a whole penny for your very own.  Think of having a cup and a cake and a stick of candy and a penny.
There never had been such a Christmas.  ~Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

 

Then heigh ho the holly, this life is most jolly. ~ As you Like It by William Shakespeare

 

 

Heap on the wood — the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We’ll keep our Christmas merry still. ~ Sir Walter Scott