Saturday, June 07, 2014

Reading Resolutions update

Updated June 2, 2014

1. Participate in at least one 48-hour Reading ChallengeIf not done by June 30, 2014, organize my own.

2. Read more books from the below lists.


Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien


How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool 

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner 

Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

CSK author

March: Book One by John Lewis

3. Set aside time each week to read the libraryland blogs, journals and other news sources. This really needs to be a part of my regular workweek.  Ever since Google’s blog reader bit the dust, I’ve fallen behind on reading blogs.  Any suggestions? I do follow several literacy resources on Facebook.  That seems to help some.

4. Keep up with tracking books read!  I read over 775 books in 2013.  I’d like to read an even 1000 in 2014.  I have been using Goodreads for years, and plan to continue. According to Goodreads, I have completed over 400 books so far this year and am currently around 30 behind schedule.  I’ve been trying to read more picture books, especially the new ones that arrive in our library system.  Since I no longer order children’s materials, I feel like I don’t have the grasp of new children’s literature that I once had.  So for the past year I have made an extra effort to peruse the new children’s books on a regular basis.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

May Reads

May made up for the slow reading of April.  I completed 90 books in May - including finishing off a few awards! More on that when I do a Reading Resolutions update. Again, several titles I rated five stars on Goodreads.  Those are in bold.

Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
One Busy Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters by Lola M. Schaefer
The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall
Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein
Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family by Cynthia Weill
"The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Elephantantrum! by Gillian Shields
Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
Baby and Me by Emma Dodd
No Ordinary Apple: A Story About Eating Mindfully by Sara Marlowe
Cinderelephant by Emma Dodd
Oliver's Tree by Kit Chase
Read Me a Story, Stella by Marie-Louise Gay
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney
Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair by Kate Bernheimer
Moonday by Adam Rex
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy
Abigail by Catherine Rayner
The War within These Walls by Aline Sax
Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
The Crocodile and the Scorpion by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley
The Pocket Mommy by Rachel Eugster
Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day by Caroline Jayne Church
Dream Friends by You Byun
Fur and Feathers by Thea Feldman and Claire Llewellyn
Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail by James Horvath
Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail by James Horvath
I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School? by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
Shoe Dog by Megan McDonald
The Scraps Book by Lois Ehlert
Upside Down Babies by Jeanne Willis
Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak
Hello in There!: A Big Sister's Book of Waiting by Jo Witek
Tippy and the Night Parade by Lilli Carré
Dog Comes Too by Hazel Hutchins
Yoko Finds Her Way by Rosemary Wells
A Dance like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream by Kristy Dempsey
Momo and Snap Are Not Friends! by Airlie Anderson
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
Mister Orange by Truus Matti
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon
A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Love You More Than Anything by Anna Harber Freeman
Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by James Dean
Two Nests by Laurence Anholt
Little Ducks Go by Emily Arnold McCully
Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler
Rooster Is Off to See the World by Eric Carle
Daisy and Josephine by Melissa Gilbert
Junkyard by Michael Austin
On My Way to Bed by Sarah Maizes
One Word Pearl by Nicole Groeneweg
Dinosaur Rescue! by Penny Dale
Duck to the Rescue by John Himmelman
A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! by Sue Fliess
Bird by Zetta Elliott
Firefly July A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko
Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb
Good Ship Crocodile by J. Patrick Lewis
What's Bugging Nurse Penny?: A Story about Lice by Catherine Stier
The ABC of Fabulous Princesses by Willy Puchner
Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi Little
Miss Muffet by Iza Trapani
Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book by Stephen Savage
I'm Not a Pig in Underpants by Elwood Smith
Duck, Duck, Moose! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill
Spark by Kallie George
Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church
The Bathing Costume: Or the Worst Vacation of My Life by Charlotte Moundlic
Smarty Marty's Got Game by Amy Gutierrez
Tulip Loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg
Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi
Little Owl's Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney
Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships by Jill Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Jana Duggar
It's Not Fairy by Ros Asquith
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Book Bingo

Brindi at Sweet B’s Impressions recently posted a list of activities she hopes to accomplish this summer. One of those items was to read 8 more titles on a Book Bingo sheet.  I had commented that I might have to steal that idea.  When I came to work a few days later, there was a printout waiting for me.  I started it that day (May 19) and should soon have a BINGO!

We talked a little about the free square.  Brindi is using that as an opportunity to read ten juvenile chapter books.  I think I will use it for the Newbery Printz CSK Author portion of my Reading Resolutions.  So…that means I need to read nine more books - 1 Printz, 3 Newbery, and 5 CSK Author – to complete the spot.

Brindi asked what I will do when I get a BINGO.  She is going to buy a book.  I replied that I would likely brag to her about it. Thinking about it a little more, though, I could be convinced to go the same route as Brindi.  Perhaps for Maddiecakes, though?  I think she needs a larger library. 

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

April Reads

April was a slow month for reading.  I only completed 52 books.  A few of them I rated 5 stars on Goodreads.  They are listed in bold.  

My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck
Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox
I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
Max and the Dumb Flower Picture by Martha Alexander
What Moms Can't Do by Douglas Wood
Where's My Mommy? by Jo Brown
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
I Love My Mommy by Sebastien Braun
Where Is My Mommy? by Julie Downing
Please Pick Me Up, Mama! by Robin Luebs
Mama's Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri
I Love My Mommy Because... by Laurel Porter-Gaylord
Penguin in Love by Salina Yoon
Hello, My Name Is Ruby by Philip C. Stead
The Highest Number in the World by Roy MacGregor
Slam!: A Tale of Consequences by Adam Stower
In My Meadow by Sara Gillingham
Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier
Millie in the Snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
Lily Learns about Wants and Needs by Lisa Bullard
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray
Flip Flap Farm by Axel Scheffler
When a Dad Says "I Love You" by Douglas Wood
When Miles Got Mad by Samantha Kurtzman-Counter
Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal      
Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson
Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail
Soo's Boo-Boos by Tilda Balsley
Bunny Isabel's Easter Egg Hunt by Max Haynes
The Bunny Ball by David Steinberg
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas
When Royals Wore Ruffles: A Funny and Fashionable Alphabet! by Chesley McLaren
Little Mouse by Alison Murray
Say Hello like This by Mary Murphy
Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be? by Janet Halfmann
Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! by Mem Fox
I See a Ladybug by Alex Appleby
Millie and the Big Rescue by Alexander Steffensmeier
Her Reluctant Groom by Rose Gordon
Because I Stubbed My Toe by Shawn Byous
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
Whose Nest? by Lynette Evans     
Annie Mouse Meets Her Guardian Angel by Anne M. Slanina
I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs 
Herve Tullet: The Big Book of Art by Hervé Tullet 
Moo! by David LaRochelle
Underwater Dogs: Kids Edition by Seth Casteel
Magic Opposites by Patrick George
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

dry spell

This past week I have hit a bit of a dry spell.  I have several books going right now, but can’t seem to really get into any of them.  This happens from time to time.  My theory is because sometimes my brain gets a little overwhelmed with all the written text I’ve consumed and goes on a mini-vacation.  

Sounds legit, right?

One of the books I was listening to was Scowler by Daniel Kraus.  I’m at least 75% through the book.  The narration is fantastic, and the writing is well-crafted.  The story, though?  It’s freakin’ me out, man.  I last listened to the audiobook during a recent morning commute to work.  I started the book and then within 30 seconds stopped it.  I even said aloud – to myself, as no one else was in the car with me – “I can’t do this. I can’t listen to anymore. Nope. Not happening."

Scowler was the 2014 winner and the last of the Odyssey honors and winners I haven’t listened to– until next January. 

So…that one is on hiatus.  The hubby downloaded it from my account.   I told him to listen to the story and let me know what he thinks.  Specifically, if he thinks I can listen to the rest. 

Then I was listening to Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi.  Again, fantastic narration.  The story had potential to be a lot of fun.  But the tale has too many issues for my like.  Seriously.  It is more of an issue novel than a fun zombie story.   Illegal immigration. Unsafe practices in the food industry. Corporation cover-ups. Corporation bullying. Racism.  All wrapped in a book for middle schoolers.  I have nothing against adding one or two to a story, but when you get that much going on in a short novel it takes away from the rest of the story.  

The third audiobook I’ve been listening to has been a backup audiobook.  It’s an adult non-fiction book about food and kitchen science.  Interesting enough, but easy to set aside.

Have I mentioned how lost I feel when I have no audiobooks to listen to during my commute?  It forces me to listen to the radio.  Commercials annoy me.  If I am going to hear someone talk, I want it to be a great story I can read with my ears!

I have two Audible credits to spend. Soon I will have four.  The hubby would be more than happy to spend them for me, and I might share the wealth, but first I want to find something worth using at least one of them. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

The dry spell also encompasses print versions, but not to the point that I have completely set aside all of the books I’ve been reading.  I’m not certain, but I think that would be a sign of impending doom.