THANK YOU TO JULIE & KARIN, OF WWW.EDIFYINGANDEDGY.COM, FOR HOSTING THIS CHALLENGE. WHAT FUN! I will miss the daily dose of fun and challenges.
DAY 17: BOOK TRAILER FOR MY #1 BOOK OF 2011
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
This one barely squeaked in on 2011 - see my recent blog for more of my thoughts - but it probably would have still been #1 for 2012. Whether you see the movie or not (I haven't and probably won't) all young and old must read this book.
DAY 16: TOP 11 OF 2011
The challenge didn't say we were limited to YA novels, so I'm including everything from children's to adult!
It was definitely tough to come up with just eleven (ten shown here!ah, the mystery) books for the year! This is not so much because I read so many wonderful books, but because I was again reading at all. Work and life had separated me from my love of books, and once we were reunited, it seemed nothing I read was unworthy. (With one exception, and I still can't find any use for the book Jumped. Read it if you want to feel hopeless about this generation of kids.) My dear friend has a term for people like me - people who love everything they read, just love it. It's not a polite term, but it's apropos. :-) I did see a pattern in my favorites, and that is apparently I like books with illustrations. That's a hint at what my top pick will be for tomorrow! Stay tuned.
DAY 15: READING & BLOGGING GOALS
Done! My first goal for 2012 is to have reading and blogging goals! Whoo hoo! That felt good.
I'm going to be careful, here. On Jan. 2nd, I am starting a full time job - one that requires I be some place a certain time and stay there until a certain time. I haven't had this kind of job in nearly 16 years! There will be some adjusting, I believe. On Jan. 17th, I begin my 5th semester of grad school, and I'll not only have my course load, but an exit exam to study for and a portfolio to assemble. Oh, and let's not forget my volunteering obligations and my family to take care of. . .and my husband traveling out of town during the week. I have a tendency to over-commit myself and end-up overwhelmed. So. . .
READING GOAL 1: Don't stress-out about getting books read. Reading is a pleasure activity, and when it becomes an obligation, then it loses much of its charm.
READING GOAL 2: Always have a book in progress, and try to knock-out a couple of YA books each month. And in that regard, refer back to goal 1.
READING GOAL 3: Keep track of books read on Goodreads.
I just started my blog due to a class requirement over the summer, and I have faithfully reviewed all the children's and YA books I've read, and posted links to articles I felt were relevant. But I'm pretty sure that I am the only one who looks at my blog. So. . .
BLOGGING GOAL 1: Get others to look at my blog and comment. I probably will try to do this through the kids on library council or my professional Facebook account, and through Twitter.
BLOGGING GOAL 2: Improve the look and functions of my blog. I am not sure if I'm willing to pay to have a blog, so I may be limited to what I can do, but I will take the time to figure it out.
BLOGGING GOAL 3: Stay committed to blogging about every book I read and posting something YA related at least once a week.
DAY 14: COLLAGE OF ALL BOOKS READ IN 2011
This is very cool. I used shapecollage.com to drag & drop the book covers to make my collage. I did not include all the children's books I read, and I didn't include all the textbooks I had to read for grad school. And since I wasn't using Goodreads until the summer, I probably have forgotten a lot of the books I read! Nonetheless, that left me with 61 YA and adult books read this year - not a bad start for my re-entering the world of reading.
Here's my collage:
DAY 13: 2012 READING CHALLENGES
Since I am newly returned to the world of reading after years in the corporate world, I definitely have my very own reading challenge to fit in (on top of my full time job, grad school, and family obligations). That is very simply to be actively reading a YA book every week, and to try to get through several a month. This is a huge commitment for me! I realize I can't go back and catch-up on this front, but a way to stay current will be to participate in a reading challenge or two. These are two that interested me, and I probably will choose one or the other so I don't spend to much time on new-ish authors.
I like the idea of the sophomore reading challenge - the second time around for an author. We'll see about the book lists that come out. It may be too hard for me to find a sophomore book that's not a sequel to something I haven't read yet!
Should be fun!
DAY 12: GUESS THE COVERS
ACK! I spent waaaaaaay too much time on this and only could figure out 8 of 10! Fun, but a not-so-gentle reminder to me that I have no self-discipline with this kind of stuff. Like a treasure hunt!
DAY 11: 26TH PAGE, 26TH LINE OF BOOK CURRENTLY READING
". . .ticular reason, poisoned him with a dish of spotted eels, . . ."
DAY 10: CHOOSE A BOOK THAT WAS RECEIVED AS A GIFT AND MEANS SOMETHING SPECIAL TO YOU.
Nancy and Plum, by Betty McDonald