Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Sunday Salon - Are You Up to the Challenge?

I usually avoid entering challenges because I never complete them; I'm a better sprinter than marathoner. (sorry Dana Reinhardt)

But this year I'm focused on Generosity; including cutting myself some slack.  Doing #bookaday has reminded me that the journey counts just as much as the outcome.  So, here are some challenges that I'm joining in 2011:

POC Challenge - it's important that I continue to diversify my reading but in addition i need to write about the books I read.  I'll be joining at Level 5  and here are some of the books I plan on reading:

  1. Latte Rebellion
  2. The Trouble With Half a Moon
  3. Great Wall of Lucy Lu
  4. What Can't Wait
  5. Vanished
  6. Red Scarf Girl
  7. The Kayla Chronicles
  8. Revolution is not a Dinner Party
  9. Hole in My Life
  10. Flygirl
  11. A Girl Named Mister
  12. Windup Girl
  13. Does My Head Look Big in This
  14. Shine
  15. We Could Be Brothers
  16. Where the Streets Had a Name
  17. Bitter Melon
  18. Standing Against the Wind
update 12/12/11 Terrible. Only 3 titles.
Books I Should Have Read In School - Each year the 8th graders have to read and debate whether a known classic should continue being read.  It's been a long time since I've had to read these and I need a refresher and I need to expand my knowledge so that I can book talk more choices.  I'm entering this one at the Graduate School level.

  1. Little Women
  2. A Tale of Two Cities
  3. Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  4. Anne of Green Gables
  5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  6. To Kill A Mockingbird
update 12/12/11 NONE!
Graphic Novels Challenge - This a tough format for me because I don't come across them as much as I do ebooks since not all books make good graphic novels.  I know many students become hooked once they discover this area so I need to bone up for book talks. I'm going for the Expert level.
  1. Copper
  2. Spacehaedz
  3. Hereville
  4. Secret Science Alliance
  5. Resistance
  6. Ghostopolis
  7. Cloud Searchers (I've read and loved the first two)
  8. Athena
  9. The Unsinkable Walker Bean
  10. The Sons of Liberty
update 12/12/11 only 40% - fail.
Debut Author Challenge - I like new: new clothes, new books, new authors.  This is purely for fun! Finding new writers and then watching their careers is mighty awesome let me tell you.  This list will change the most! 
  1. The False Princess
  2. Water Wars
  3. Great Wall of Lucy Liu
  4. Here Lies Bridget
  5. Ten Miles Past Normal
  6. The Latte Rebellion
  7. Trouble with Half a Moon
  8. What Can't Wait
  9. Vanished
  10. Sequins, Secrets and Silver Linings
  11. ?
  12. ?
UPDATE: 12/12/11 actually read more - they are just not listed! Will plan better next year.
One,Two Theme - seems like an interesting way to learn more about things.  This will also help me increase my nonfiction readings.
  1. Education 1 book
  2. Race Relations 2 books 
  3. Poverty 3 books
update: another fail.
NOTE: All reading lists are subject to change as I learn about other offerings and start reading for Mock Newbery and Mock Printz clubs.  I will also try to increase my nonfiction reading.

12.12.11 Update - All in all - I need to plan out this better.  I know what my reading normally looks like - I just need to expand in some areas and pull back in others. I'll join these same challenges if they are open next year. 


  1. I see that we're joining some of the same challenges! Good luck with your reading. Happy New Year!

  2. I am not doing more than three challenges..

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Have a wonderful reading 2011!!!

    Here is my Sunday Salon post!

  3. Welcome to the One Two Theme challenge, looking forward to seeing what books you choose!

  4. Hi, I am your newest follower though I am a member of your Goodreads Mock Printz group. I was looking around trying to figure out what that group decided would be the Printz Award winner and couldn't find it so I thought I'd try your blog. Still no luck. What was the decision of the group? Would you mind answering on my blog or via e-mail:

    I am a high school librarian. We hold our mock Printz Selection Party tomorrow after school. I had over 30 students reading a list of 12 books for the past few months and tomorrow we will try to figure out which of the books will be the winner. Thanks for hosting the Goodreads site!


  5. thanks so much for joining the DAC, Kathy!!! I'm so glad to have you! here's hoping for some awesome debuts this year! happy reading and good luck!


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