Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Month in Review: May '11

MAY '11

Books Read: 48

1. Secrets by Christine Harris
2. Mayhem on Mackinac Islands by Jonathan Rand
3. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
4. Dead on Target by Franklin W. Dixon
5. Secrets Can Kill by Carolyn Keene
6. The Giver by Lois Lowry
7. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
8. Holes by Louis Sachar
9. Nim's Island by Wendy Orr
10. All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall
11. The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
12. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
13. Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto
14. Amelia Earhard: The Legend of the Lost Aviator by Shelley Tanaka
15. Friendship Bracelets by Laura Torres
16. Sharks! by Anne Schreiber
17. Baseball's Best by Andrew Futelle
18. Nascar's Greatest Drivers by Angela Roberts
19. The Great Houdini by Monica Kulling
20. Moonwalk by Judy Donnelly
21. Raptor Pack by Dr. Robert T. Bakker
22. Girls and Their Horses by American Girl
23. Michael Jordan by Matt Christopher
24. Pierre Auguste-Renoir by True Kelley
25. The Boy's Body Book by Kelli Dunham
26. The Girl's Body Book by Kelli Dunham
27. The Attack on Pearl Harbor by Lassieur
28. How to Draw 101 Monsters by Dan Green
29. My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
30. The Woman in the Wall by Patrice Kindl
31. Quest for the Tree Kangaroo by Sy Montgomery
32. All for the Better: A Story of El Barrio by Nicholasa Mohr
33. Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag by Ann Weil
34. Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
35. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
36. The Boxcar Children (graphic novel) by Shannon E. Denton
37. The Little Prince (graphic novel) by Joann Sfar
38. Basil in the Wild West by Eve Titus
39. Sierra by Kathleen Duey
40. Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
41. Demons Not Allowed by Cheyenne McCray
42. Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast
43. No Werewolves Allowed by Cheyenne McCray
44. Switched by Sophie Mercer
45. Eve by Anna Carey
46. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
47. Notes from the Blender by Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin
48. MAX by James Patterson

Mayhem on Mackinac Island by Jonathan Rand

Updates on Reading Challenges
50 States Challenge 12/50
A to Z Challenges 87/130

Aussie YA Reading Challenge 7/12
Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge 3/15

British Books Challenge 4/12
Debut Author Challenge 12/12 COMPLETED
Dystopia Challenge 9/30
First in a Series Challenge 20/20 COMPLETED
Full Steampunk Ahead Challenge 0/10
Futuristic/SciFi Challenge 0/4
Global Reading Challenge 6/7
Harlequin Nocturne Challenge 1/12
Harry Potter Challenge 1/7

Highlander Challenge 8/20
Historical Romance Challenge 5/12
Immortals After Dark Challenge 0/4
Mystery & Suspense Challenge 0/12
Off the Shelf Challenge 49/50
Outdo Yourself Challenge 141/290+
Page to Screen Reading Challenge 4/5
Read the Month/Season Challenges

Twenty Eleven Reading Challenge 18/20
YA Reading Challenge 50/50 COMPLETED
YA of the 80s and 90s Challenge 15
YA Historical Challenge 0/3

100 books in 8 weeks!

One of the main reasons I haven't been blogging much recently is a HUGE assignment for my children's lit class that requires us to read 100 books (well, 8 of them were games and movies based on books) during the 8-week semester. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm no good at skimming books, because I inevitably get sucked in and need to know every little detail, so needless to say I haven't had a lot of free time of late. But I thought that you all might be interested in reading some of the reviews that I wrote for my class blog, so I'll be posting them periodically, starting later tonight. It's been eye-opening, as we are required to read from many different genres, and I hope they're helpful to you if you need to pick out books for kids in grades 4 - 8!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Week in Books (32) - BEA Edition

Credit for IMM goes to The Story Siren

Welcome to this very special edition of My Week in Books! I was so lucky to be able to attend BEA and meet so many great people - bloggers, authors, publishers, etc. I hope I'll be able to attend this event many more times - it was amazing!

I just want to say that I'm not trying to brag about my haul at all in this post. I'm just so excited about all of these books!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm back!

Well, it's been much longer than anticipated, but I'm finally back! With big news, too - I'm headed to BEA in the morning! Check back later this week for pictures of loot and lots of fun.