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.
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)
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
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
Lenore: Wedgies (Color Edition) (Lenore: Cute Little Dead Girl)
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
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)
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 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.
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.
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.
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