Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Salon - What Am I Doing? - February 5, 2010

BLOB - Biggest Loser of Books - what a good idea. A group of bloggers are trying to pwn their book coveting habits. I like that. I've adopted that BLOB attitude by coming up with a challenge for myself.

My Own Private Challenge
During the course of the past year, I've requested books and I've accepted books that are now sitting on my shelves. Most of them anyway. These are books that I really want to read but other obligations have pushed them down in the TBR pile. I'm proposing to bring those back to the top. I'm going to work one of those into the rotation in between each book blog tour book. Now, in March, I'll kick my Newbery/Printz reading into high gear. So, I'll have to re-balance the books then.

Newbery/Printz 2011 Search
How is it going you say? Well, I've only read 2 books that might be contenders. I'll tell more about them in March. Here are my top cravings up till now:
The Death Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean - 5 Starred reviews - not eligible for Newbery
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher - 5 Starred reviews - not eligible for Newbery
Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter - 3 starred reviews
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce - 3 starred reviews - not eligible for Newbery
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers - 3 starred reviews - not eligible for Newbery

I have a total of 57 books on my list but I don't have many books for children under 6th grade. I'll look more at those later in the year. Some titles I've listed won't come out until September. Some titles have no stars and I just think they will be significant. I need to hie over to the library to take a look at some review magazines and then do an update.

I'm thinking of adding a new feature called Saturday School. Twice a month I would talk about books being used in our classrooms here. I would give a short review and tell how the teacher is using it, if I know, and other significant information. I'm going to stick with Language Arts classrooms for now. Is there anything in particular you'd like to know about the books? This is in the planning/reading stages and I hope to showcase this starting in March.

Ok, that's my Sunday on a Monday. Hope you have a great week!

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