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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts added their own twist by hosting a meme that focuses on kidlit, from picture books up to YA!

Finished for #nerdprintz challenge:


Hard Love

 Finished for pleasure:

Between Shades of Grey

Finished for #nerdcott:

The Man Who Walked Between Towers
The Hello, Goodbye Window
A Story, A Story
Kitten’s First Full Moon

This week, I’m planning to read:
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Printz Challenge)
The Book Thief (Audio)
Article 5 (Debut Author Challenge)
…and whichever Caldecotts I can check out from the library!

Happy reading!


Additional 2012 Challenges


Thanks to the inspiration of Kellee and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kristi at The Story Siren, I decided to add a couple other reading challenges to my plate this year.

My absolute favorite genre right now is dystopian, so when Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts mentioned she was joining in on the Dystopia 2012 challenge hosted by Bookish Ardour, I couldn’t resist! My goal right now is to complete the “Contagion” level, which consists of reading 15 dystopian books. So far my list consists of:

  1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  2. Crossed by Allie Condie
  3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  4. Fever by Lauren DeStefano
  5. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  6. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  7. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  9. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  10. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  11. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  12. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
  13. Cinder  by Marissa Meyer (overlap to DAC)
  14. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (overlap from Printz challenge)
  15. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (overlap from Printz)

Jen from Teach Mentor Texts is participating in a YA Audiobook challenge hosted by A Book and a Latte. I have been wanting to check out some good audio books because I have an eight hour drive about every other weekend. That’s a lot of untapped reading time! I’ve heard great things about The Book Thief audio, so I can’t wait to listen to that. I’ll be relying on this Goodreads list of audio books that A Book and a Latte provided!

Finally, I want to participate in the Debut Author Challenge (DAC) that Kristi at The Story Siren hosts each year. This challenge consists of reading twelve YA debut novels during 2012. I’ll be relying on this Goodreads list for great title suggestions.

I’ll be posting reviews of books read for challenges. Also, I’ll keep up with what I’ve read in the Challenge tabs at the top of the blog. Such a fun reading journey this year will be!


The challenge is on!


As I’ve read different blogs written by the inspiring people I follow on Twitter–blogs by teachers, YA book bloggers, librarians, and more–a theme that I noticed was that of reading challenges. Readers challenged themselves to finish a certain number of books in 2011. Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) challenged readers to read a #bookaday during the summer and holiday breaks. Many bloggers joined group challenges to read a certain genre or author. Everywhere I looked, readers were challenging themselves to read more.

I have always loved reading…always been a reader. I devoured books when I was young. However, when I entered my junior year of high school my reading dwindled to a small serving every now and again. I moved from a small K-12 school (where I’d known the librarian since I started there in 2nd grade…and had even dated her son) to a large 4A school (where I didn’t even know where the library was). I got “busy” and reading kind of fell by the way-side. When I started college courses,  naturally I was reading, but not what I really wanted to read. I remember reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to my son on a swing outside because I needed to read, and he needed to be entertained. My favorite college class by far was my Adolescent Lit class where we read banned books — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; The Giver; The Chocolate War; and many others.

I started teaching in the fall of 2006, right after my college graduation, but it wasn’t until I read Nancie Atwell’s In the Middle in the summer of 2008, after my second year of teaching, that I ended my reading famine. That book was an eye-opener professionally, and it helped to re-ignite my passion for reading. In the years since, I read almost as voraciously as I did when I was young. (I say almost because it’s a little hard to have “everyone needs to leave Mommy alone so she can read” when there are young ones around!)

So for this upcoming year, it’s not enough for me to just read. I want to challenge myself to read more as well as discuss and engage with others who are reading. As a proud member of the #nerdybookclub, I have joined in on the #nerdcott and #nerdprintz challenges. LibLaura5 is hosting the #nerdcott challenge and discusses all of the info in this blog post. Kathy (@thebrainlair) is hosting the #nerdprintz and discusses info in this blog post. I chose these two challenges because I know that there will be some quality Twitter discussions among all of the participants. I *love* reading YA, so the Printz award titles are right up my alley, and I *love* reading with my children, so the Caldecott titles are right up my alley!

Both of these challenges are pretty “stress-free” (to steal Mr. Schu’s phrase about his #nerdbery challenge), so here are my personal goals for these two challenges this year:
(1) I challenge myself to read 150 Caldecott winner and honor titles, in as close as I can get to chronological order.
(2) I challenge myself to read 28 Printz winner and honor titles, in chronological order/from bottom to top as listed on the YALSA website.

As a whole by the end of the year, I challenge myself to read 200 books. There are some 2012 releases I cannot WAIT to get my hands on (Insurgent, Bitterblue) and there some 2011 titles that I still need to read. So what about you? What are your goals for the coming year? It doesn’t have to be big…just more.