Fall Into Reading 2010

It’s time for the Fall Into Reading Challenge for 2010. Hmmm, what to list for books? It’s not a very ambitious list but at least it’s  something!

  1. Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson
  2. Teach Like a Champion, by Doug Lemov
  3. Scat, by Carl Hiassen
  4. Everything for a Dog, by Ann M. Martin finished 10/10/10
  5. The Nobodies Album, by Carolyn Parkhurst
  6. Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane – finished 10/9/10


Personal Challenge: DCF Reading List 2010-2011

Last year, I attempted to read all the DCF nominated books. I only read 11 out of 30. Let’s see if I can do a better job with the 2010/2011 list of books!

I hope to read as many as I can by April 1, 2011. I’ll keep track of the ones I read on this post.

AUTHOR                                          TITLE
Baskin, Nora Raleigh                  Anything But Typical
Burg, Ann                                        All the Broken Pieces
Collard III, Sneed B.                   Double Eagle
Couloumbis, Audrey & Akila   War Games
Fleischman, Paul                          The Dunderheads
Fleming, Candace                         The Great and Only Barnum
Hahn, Mary Downing                  Closed for the Season
Hartinger, Brent                            Project Sweet Life
Hiaasen, Carl                                   Scat
Hoose, Phillip                                 Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Jennings, Patrick                          We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes
Kelly, Jacqueline                          The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Ketchum, Liza                                Newsgirl
Knudsen, Michelle                       The Dragon of Trelian
Korman, Gordon                           Pop
Lin, Grace                                        Where the Mountain Meets the Moon read as an ARC
Marino, Nan                                   Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other                                                                   Lies  Muscle Man McGinty Told Me
Martin, Ann M.                             Everything for a Dog 10/10/10
Mass, Wendy                                 11 Birthdays
McKinnon, Hannah Roberts   Franny Parker
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds         Faith, Hope, and Ivy June
O’Connor, Barbara                      The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
Philbrick, Rodman                      The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Potter, Ellen                                   Slob
Preller, James                               Bystander
Slade, Arthur                                The Hunchback Assignments
Stead, Rebecca                             When You Reach Me
Sturm, James,                              Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn
Andrew Arnold &                       Your Doodles Into Comics
Alexis Frederick Frost
Taylor, Greg                                  Killer Pizza
Wolf-Morgenländer, Karl        Ragtag

100 Mile Fitness Challenge 3

I participated in other rounds of this challenge and had such a good time. I came close to getting 100 miles last time… I really hope to make it this time! I’ll keep track of my miles below.

Here’s how it works:
In order to complete this Challenge, you will need to “travel” 100 miles from April 1 through June 30, 2010.

Here’s how you calculate your mileage:
*Running or walking 1 mile outside or on a treadmill equals 1 mile.

*15 minutes of other workouts equals 1 mile (elliptical, swimming, weight lifting, workout video, workout classes, etc.).

total: 54 miles

  • 6/23 – 2 miles
  • 6/19 – 2 miles
  • 6/18 – 2  miles
  • 6/17 – 4 miles
  • 6/13 – 2 miles
  • 6/12 – 2 miles
  • 6/8 – 2 miles
  • 6/7 – 2 miles
  • 6/6 – 2 miles
  • 5/30 – 2 miles
  • 5/27 – 2 miles
  • 5/14 – 2 miles
  • 5/10 – 2 miles
  • 5/5 – 2 miles
  • 5/4 – 2 miles
  • 5/3 – 2 miles
  • 5/2 – 2 miles
  • 4/29 – 2 miles
  • 4/20 – 2 miles
  • 4/19 – 1 mile
  • 4/14 –  2 miles
  • 4/13 – 2 miles
  • 4/12 – 2 miles
  • 4/11 – 3 miles
  • 4/8 – 2 miles
  • 4/6 – 2 miles

What an Animal Challenge III

Last year, I participated in the What An Animal II Challenge which was hosted by Passion for the Page . This year, the What An Animal III Challenge is being hosted over at Socrates’ Book Reviews.

Dates: March 1, 2010 to February 28, 2011

Goal: Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:

a. there is an animal in the title of the book
b. there is an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal plays a major role in the book
d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you’d like).

  1. The Day of the Pelican, by Katherine Paterson, 160 pages, June 2010 (animal in title)
  2. A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron, 319 pages July 26 (main character is animal)
  3. Everything for a Dog, by Ann M. Martin, 211 pages, October 10, 2010

Challenge Completed!

CHALLENGED COMPLETED!

Hooray I finished another challenge! The What an Animal II Challenge was hosted by Passion for the Page. Socrates’ Book Reviews will be hosting the What an Animal III Challenge.

I read 6 books that were about animals or had an animal featured in the story. My least favorite was The Leanin’ Dog. I loved Diamond Willow and Hate That Cat.

  1. Diamond Willow, by Helen Frost 111 pages, July 11
  2. New Moon, by Stephanie Meyer, 563 pages, July 22
  3. The Leanin’ Dog, by K.A. Nuzum, 250 pages, July 26
  4. Fragment, by Warren Fahy, 356 pages, July 28
  5. Flawed Dogs: The shocking raid on Westminster, by Berkley Breathed, 217 pages, February 2, 2010
  6. Hate That Cat, by Sharon Creech, 153 pages, February 24, 2010

100 Mile Fitness Challenge 2

I participated in the first round of this challenge and did terrible! But, I’m healthy again and I’m hoping to get back on track with the 100 Mile Fitness Challenge 2. I’ll keep track of my miles below.

Here’s how it works:
In order to complete this Challenge, you will need to “travel” 100 miles from January 1st through March 31st.

Here’s how you calculate your mileage:
*Running or walking 1 mile outside or on a treadmill equals 1 mile.

*15 minutes of other workouts equals 1 mile (elliptical, swimming, weight lifting, workout video, workout classes, etc.).

total: 74 miles

  • 3/21 – 2 miles
  • 3/16 – 2 miles
  • 3/15 – 2 miles
  • 3/14 -1 mile
  • 3/11 – 3 miles
  • 3/8 – 2 miles
  • 3/7 – 2 miles
  • 3/6 – 2 miles
  • 3/3 2 miles
  • 3/1 – 2 miles
  • 2/28 – 2 miles
  • 2/26 – 2 miles
  • 2/25 – 2 miles
  • 2/24 – 2 miles
  • 2/21 – 6 miles
  • 2/18 – 1 mile
  • 2/16 – 2 miles
  • 2/15 – 2 miles
  • 2/14 – 2 miles
  • 2/13 – 1 mile
  • 2/12 – 1 mile
  • 2/11 – 2 miles
  • 2/10 – 3 miles
  • 2/9 – 2 miles
  • 2/8 – 2 miles
  • 2/7 – 2 miles
  • 2/6 – 2 miles
  • 1/27 – 1 mile
  • 1/25 – 1 mile
  • 1/21 – 2 miles
  • 1/19 – 1 mile
  • 1/18 – 1 mile
  • 1/17 – 3 miles
  • 1/12 – 1 mile
  • 1/6 – 1 mile
  • 1/5 – 1 mile
  • 1/4 – 1 mile
  • 1/3 – 3 miles
  • 1/2 -1 mile
  • 1/1 – 1 mile

2010 Take Another Chance

Although I did not do well with the 2009 Take a Chance Challenge, I did have fun participating. Here’s the info for the 2010 Take Another Chance challenge:

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010.
  • I am participating at the smallest level –  A Small Gamble: Complete any 3 of the 12 challenges described below.
  • Each challenge you complete and link up in the correct Mr. Linky spots (which will be posted on January 1, 2010) will earn you entries into a prize drawing at the end of the challenge. Some of the challenges are harder and will earn you more entries. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will earn 5 extra entries into the drawing.
  • The prize is a book of the winner’s choice from Amazon (worth $25 or less).
  • Crossover books from other challenges is fine.
The 12 Challenges
  • Challenge 1: Read Your Doppelganger (worth 1 entry)
  • Challenge 2: Blogroll Roulette (worth 1 entry)
  • Challenge 3: 100 Best Book (worth 1 entry)
  • Challenge 4: Prize Winner Book (worth 1 entry)
  • Challenge 5: Title Word Count (worth 1 entry)
  • Challenge 6: Genre Switch-Up (worth 1 entry)
  • Challenge 7: Break A Prejudice (worth 1 entry)
  • Challenge 8: Real and Inspired (worth 2 entries)
  • Challenge 9: Same Word, Different Book (worth 2 entries)
  • Challenge 10: Become A Character (worth 2 entries)
  • Challenge 11: All in the Family (worth 2 entries)
  • Challenge 12: Author Anthology Pick (worth 2 entries)