Saturday, October 29, 2016

Reading Challenge: Alphabetically Yours

For our newest reading challenge, let's read at least one book from every letter of the alphabet (by author's last name). For an extra challenge, try to complete in alphabetical order rather than skipping around. My plan is to read fiction and non-fiction for each letter, for a total of 52. You can do what you want.

I am thoroughly enjoying all of the extra free time I have these days. I'm finally getting around to reading some of the books that have been on my shelves for longer than I'd care to admit. I also have found a classroom teacher who happily takes books after I'm done with them. It's great to be cleaning clutter from my shelves and only keeping the books that bring my joy.

If anyone is reading along with me, I'd love to see your progress in the comments.

I will update my progress below. F=fiction / NF=nonfiction


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A--Adoff, Jaime (The Death of Jayson Porter) F
     Alender, Katie (Bad Girls Don't Die) F
     Anchor, Shawn (Before Happiness) NF
B--Beals, Melba Pattillo (Warriors Don't Cry) NF
     Berry, Julie (The Passion of Dolssa) F
     Binetti, Marianne and Beck, Alison (Edible Gardening for Washington and Oregon) NF
     Bray, Libba (The Diviners; Lair of Dreams) F
     Buckley, Michael (NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense
     Society; Nerds: M is for   Mama's Boy) F
C--Cameron, Julia (The Artist's Way) NF
     Carman, Patrick (Skeleton Creek; Ghost in the Machine; The Crossbones) F
     Carlin, George (Brain Droppings) NF
     Carlin, George (Napalm & Silly Putty) NF  
     Childs, Tera Lynn (Oh. My. Gods.) F
     Clement-Moore, Rosemary (Prom Dates from Hell; Hell Week;
     Highway to Hell)
     Collins, Ross (Medusa Jones) F
     Creech, Sharon (Hate That Cat; Love That Dog) F
D--de la Pena, Matt (Ball Don't Lie) F
     Davis, Sampson, Jenkins, George, and Hunt, Rameck [with Sharon Draper] (We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Lead to Success) NF
E--Elliott, L.M. (Give Me Liberty) F
     Elliott, L.M. (Annie, Between the States) F
     Esquith, Rafe (Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire) NF
F--Felin, M. Sindy (Touching Snow) F
     Ferguson, Alane (The Christopher Killer; The Angel of Death; The Dying Breath) F
     Fisher, Catherine (Incarceron) F
     Fitzgerald, F. Scott (The Great Gatsby) F
     Fletcher, Charlie (Stoneheart; Ironhand; Sivertongue) F
     Ford, Christopher (Stickman Odyssey) F
     Freedman, Rory & Barnouin, Kim (Skinny Bitch) NF
G--Gerber, Linda (Trance) F
     Gaiman, Neil (American Gods) F
     Gaiman, Neil (Norse Mythology) F
     Gay, Roxanne (Bad Feminist) NF
     Gilbert, Jack (Collected Poems) F - POETRY
     Girard, M-E (Girl Mans Up)
H--Haddix, Margaret Peterson (Shadow Children series, books 1-5)   
     Hassler, Christine (Expectation Hangover) NF
     Hayden, Torey (Ghost Girl; The Tiger's Child) NF
     Hitchcock, Bonnie-Sue (The Smell of Other People's Houses) F
     Hoffman, Alice (Green Angel; Green Witch) F
I--Ishiguro, Kazuo (The Buried Giant) F
     Ishii, Takayuki (One Thousand Paper Cranes) NF
J--Jensen, Derrick & McMillan, Stephanie (As the World Burns) F
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L--Lewis, John (March boxed set, books 1-3) NF
M--
N--Nix, Garth (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen) F
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R--Riotte, Louise (Carrots Love Tomatoes) NF
S--Smith, Matt (The Tale of Despereaux - The Graphic Novel) F
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Now that my move is complete and life is settling into some semblance of a normal routine, I'm finally feeling like I have time to read again. In the spirit of reducing the time I spend in front of a screen and increasing the time I spend in front of a page, I have created my own reading challenge for 2016. 

I've called it "Get Out of Your Comfort Zone" because the focus is on expanding your perspective and being more open to ideas that are different from your own. I believe the world would be a much kinder place if we could all be more empathetic and understanding of others' opinions and life experiences. Even where we differ, humans all have the same basic need to connect with each other and to find meaning in life. 

I'd love it if you'd read along with me and let me know how you're doing!

2016 Reading Challenge: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

o  A book that teaches you a new skill
o  A book that inspires you
o  A book about creativity
o  A book about relationships
o  A book about science
o  A book about a spiritual tradition different from your own
o  A book written from a political viewpoint different from yours
o  A book about one of your personal heroes
o  A book featuring a topic that piques your curiosity
o  A book featuring one or more LGBTQ characters
o  A book with a female protagonist
o  A book by a female author
o  The first book in a series
o  A book set in a foreign country
o  A book not originally written in your native language
o  A book that transports you to a faraway place and/or time
o  A book with gorgeous cover art
o  A book with a green cover
o  A book with green in the title
o  A book written by John Green
o  A classic you SHOULD have read in high school
o  A book you loved as a child or young adult
o  A banned or challenged book
o  A book you are embarrassed to read in public
o  A collection of short stories
o  A book of poetry
o  A mystery
o  Historical fiction set in a time that fascinates you
o  A fairy tale retelling
o  A genre-bending book
o  An award-winning book
o  A book by an author who shares your first or last name
o  A book by an author you would love to meet
o  A book by an author you would NOT want to meet

Here's the printable version of the list in one page and printable bookmarks.





Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Debate Process

I created this meme to sum up the difference between the Republican and Democratic debate process: