Getting ready for the 48-Hour Book Challenge

Motherreader’s 48-Hour Book Challenge is more than half the reason I started this blog. Or, maybe, it just gave me the kick in the pants to actually go through with it. Anyway, it’s nearly upon us, and, if the fun of getting ready for it is any indication, this weekend is gonna be an absolute blast. (If, by “absolute blast,” I mean I’m gonna sequester myself in my apartment with a huge stack of YA books and some snacks. It’s a blast on my terms, people.. it’s all relative.)

Mr. Penny will be away all day Saturday, so I’ve just about cleared my calendar for a two day window from Friday to Sunday evening. Honestly, I think my biggest downfall will be afternoon napping, which has sabotaged many a plan to finish a book over the weekend. Abby the Librarian had some good tips for planning and pacing yourself over the weekend that I’m going to try to take to heart. I’m assembling a stack of books from school to match the leftovers from last summer (my summer reading eyes are bigger than my… summer reading eyes?) and I’m hoping to bat cleanup on the YA books I’ve got out from the public library too. Of course it will be way more than is humanly possible to read in 48 hours, says the girl who just hit the limit on her Netflix queue and has a “to-be-read” spreadsheet that tops 6000 books.

Published in: on June 1, 2009 at 11:02 pm  Comments (2)  

What Are the Kids Reading?

I’ll ease into this with a meme from The Well-Read Child: what are my kids reading today? I saw three classes today for independent reading blocks, plus lots of walk-ins, so let’s take a look at what they borrowed:

The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman, 95 Pounds of Hope by Anna Gavalda, 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher by Lee Wardlaw (why does it always seem that the kids who borrow this book don’t need any help on this matter?), Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret and Then Again, Maybe I Won’t to a student who said that her mother wanted her to read fewer books about teenage drama and romance and more “adventurous books she could learn something from, like Judy Blume books” (I refrained from pointing out any irony here), the All-About Guide for AIDS, The Creation of Spiderman fresh from a box of new books, Cruise Control by Terry Trueman, the DK nature encyclopedia, The Dear One by Jacqueline Woodson, The Dark-angel by Meredith Ann Pierce, Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (totally surprised to see this cross my desk… I loved it when I was a kid, but most Voigt is very rarely checked out), Jinx by Meg Cabot, November Blues by Sharon Draper, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (yay!), The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin, Savvy by Ingrid Law, Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, Skateboarder’s Start-Up, the Oceans Visual Guide, the short story collection The Haunting Hour by R.L. Stine, and the poetry anthology Revenge and Forgiveness

Many different books from these series: Captain Underpants, Dear Dumb Diary books, Bluford High, Gossip Girl, Goosebumps, Cirque du Freak, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Fear Street, Andrew Lost, Demonata

Comics: Spider-Man in flavors Amazing and Ultimate, Babymouse, Simpsons comics, Baby-Sitter’s Club, the Batman DK Ultimate Guide, Far Side, Bleach, Bone, Goosebumps, Fruits Basket, Garfield, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kingdom Hearts, Tokyo Mew Mew, Naruto, Yu Gi Oh

A pretty typical day, with over a hundred books checked out. When I got a chance, I was working on Live Through This by Debra Gwartney, since I need to get it back to the library ASAP. Oh, and I had a sixth-grader ask me if I had any copies of Another Country by James Baldwin, since his teacher was reading it, and I tried to let him down gently.

Published in: on May 28, 2009 at 5:37 pm  Leave a Comment