One of the things I love about being a media specialist is that I "get" to read for my job...you know, so I will will know the books to recommend to my patrons. To help me keep up with what I read, I post my books on Goodreads.
For the third year in a row, I have participated in Goodreads' reading challenge. Participating in the challenge kept me on track throughout the year and it also helped me encourage my patrons to set a reading goal for themselves when they see how much I've read during the year.
In 2012, I set a goal of 100 books and read 103 books. So I set my goal a little higher in 2013...120 books. I wanted to see if I could challenge myself to read more. And I did.
Here's a snap shot of what I read in 2013:
- Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci (Such a cute and funny picture book)
- Ducks Don't Wear Socks by John Nedwidek
- Miss Brooks Loves Books and I Don't by Barbara Bottner
- I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll
- Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer (LOVE this cute picture book!)
- Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
- Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe Picture Day by Susan Nees
- Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure (Flower Girl World #2) by Lynelle Woolley Loved this book...especially the glossary at the end. I think I've found a new easy chapter book series to add to the library collection.
- Lucy Rose series and Melonhead series by Katy Kelly (Melonhead is super funny and my new go to recommendation for those who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Melonhead is more appropriate for elementary students and it's still funny without being disrespectful.)
- Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (I would recommend this book to any teacher with students who have severe special needs)
- The Universe of Fair by Leslie Bulion
- The Sorta Sisters by Adrian Fogelin (reminded me of a Judy Blume book. =) )
- Sparrow Road by Shelia O'Connor
- The Lemonade War series by Jacqueline Davies (Love that these books pair so well with a unit of study.)
- I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis
- Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (books 1-4) by John Grisham
- The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson (these would make great movies!)
- Storm Runners trilogy by Roland Smith (talk about intense!)
- The Genius Files by Dan Gutman (books 1, 2, and 3...I love how there are clues hidden within each book and how Gutman encourages the reader to follow Coke and Pepsi's journey on the Interenet...makes it interactive and fun! Can't wait to read book 4!)
- The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman
- Stranded by Jeff Probst (book 1 and 2...anxiously awaiting book 3)
- Countdown by Deobrah Wiles (I am not usually a historical fiction fan, but I really enjoyed this book.)
- Ungifted by Gordon Korman
- Son by Lois Lowry
- The Tomorrow Girls by Eva Gray (Books 1-4...so awesome! LOVE these books!)
- Clone Codes by Patricia McKissak (Books 1 and 2...not so crazy about book 3)
- The Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout
- Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth (still haven't seen the movie, but I so want to!)
What's on my nightstand to read right now?
- The Kingdom Keepers books 5 and 6 (Shell Game and Dark Passage) by Ridley Pearson
- The Resisters book 3: Titan Base by Eric Nylund (book 2 was hard to get through, but I enjoyed book 1)
- Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone
- A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Loyd (Such a cool cover...hope the story is just as cool.)
- Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom
- Everyday Angel: New Beginnings by Victoria Schwab
- Hunted (Spirit Animals book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Accidental Time Traveler by Janis Mackay
- After Iris by Natasha Farrant
- Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis
- Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson (recommended by a colleague)
- Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood
- Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix by Graham Salisbury
- Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury
- Penny from Heaven and Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm (after meeting her at the Children's Lit conference, I really want to read some of her older stuff.)
What books am I looking forward to reading later on?
- Memory Maze (The Hypnotists book 2) by Gordon Korman
- Survivors (Stranded book 3) by Jeff Probst
- Revolution by Deborah Wiles
What have been your favorite books this year? Anything you are looking forward to reading this year?