Wrap up of 2010

Here I am back on the blog! I  got out of the habit and I’ve really missed blogging. I hope to make more regular updates in 2011.

To get back up on my blogging feet, I thought I would start with this survey from The Perpetual Page-Turner. I don’t have many books to choose from or my “best of” list, since I only read 29 books this year, but here I go! Below that, I’ve posted my stats for the year.

Happy New Year everyone!

1. Best book of 2010? I have 2 books I could not stop thinking about after reading: A Dog’s Purpose and Unwind. My top choice for the year has to be A Dog’s Purpose.

2. Worst book of 2010? I know I did start and then stop a book this year. But for the life of me, I can’t remember what it was! That really is my worst book of the year because I couldn’t read it. Out of the ones I read, probably Eclipse because I’m not really a fan of the series.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010? As I look back over my list of read books, I realize that I can’t remember anything about the book Story of a Girl. Even after read the synopsis, I can’t recall reading it all. I don’t know if disappointing is the best place to list it, but I’m going to.

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I did try reading this once earlier in the year and couldn’t get into it. My aunt told me to try it again and I’m so glad I did. I loved it and soon after read the second book. I hope to read the third one soon.

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010? A Dog’s Purpose Instead of recommending it, I gave it to many people for Christmas.
6. Best series you discovered in 2010? The Millennium trilogy. I feel like I was the last one on the planet to get into it.

7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010? Stieg Larsson, Neal Shusterman, W. Bruce Cameron

8. Most hilarious read of 2010? I don’t think I have one this year.

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010? The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Passage
10. Book you most anticipated in 2010? Mockingjay

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010? I didn’t have one this year.

12. Most memorable character in 2010? Katniss Everdeen from Mockingjay and the dog from A Dog’s Purpose

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010?

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010? A Dog’s Purpose

15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read? The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Here are my stats for reading in 2010

Books read wrap up

  • Total number of books: 30
  • Total number of pages: 9,951
  • Male authors: 12
  • Female authors: 18
  • Fiction: 25
  • Nonfiction: 5
  • Graphic Novels: 3
  • Young Adult: 9
  • Middle Grade: 5

I did not meet my goal of 100… I didn’t even do as well as last year (58 books).

As for challenges, I completed 2, yep only 2 challenges.

Challenges completed:

Bring on 2011!

Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon Wrap Up (10/10/10)

You can see other Sunday Salon posts and join in on the fun at The Sunday Salon.

I had a great time participating in the 24 Hour Read-a-thon. I didn’t read for the entire time, but I was able to finish 1 book and get 1/2 through another. Spending a good part of the day on Saturday reading was a great way to get  me out of my reading slump. Between the start of the school year and hurting my back, I haven’t been able to sit and read for quite awhile.

I was able to start reading right at 8:00 yesterday morning, but I did go to bed when I got tired last night. Then, I was able to sneak in a little bit more reading this morning before it officially ended.  Here are my totals:

  • pages read: 508
  • time reading: 7 hours
  • mini challenges: 4
  • books: 1 full book, 1/2 of another

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I got tired around 9PM and went to bed. Once I’m tired I have to give in!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? In the past, I’ve enjoyed reading graphic novels. I picked up a book from the DCF list this year so the print was a little bigger.  Larger print is good for when your eyes are getting tired.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think you all do such a great job!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Wow those cheerleaders were fantastic! I loved the hourly updates on the main site.
5. How many books did you read? 1 full book and 1/2 if another
6. What were the names of the books you read? Shutter Island and Everything for a Dog (only got through 1/2 of this one)
7. Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed them both.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I can’t wait for the next one!

Did you participate in the read-a-thon? How did you do?

Read-a-thon update 5

Well, I think I’m stopping for the night, my eyes are getting heaving. If I wake up during the night I’ll read a bit more; if not, I’ll be back in the morning.  Happy reading everyone!

Title of book(s) read since last update: Shutter Island, I’m about halfway through Everything for a Dog
Number of books read since you started: 1 and a half
Pages read since last update: 126
Running total of pages read since you started:   458
Amount of time spent reading since last update: hour and 30 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 6 hours 30 minutes
Mini-challenges completed: 2

Read-a-thon mid event survey

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? During the last hour I started a book from the DCF list: Everything for a Dog, by Ann M. Martin
2. How many books have you read so far? I finished one and I’ve started a second.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I loved my first book so much! I think I will really enjoy my current read, it’s just very different from the first book I read.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I told myself no schoolwork! I did have to run a few errands (grocery and library). Unfortunately I had to go to the grocery story twice because I forgot carrots the first time!
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? The only interruptions were my errands.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I was surprised how much I enjoyed my first book.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? None.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Try not to do any errands! I would like to have some audio books handy so I could do some chores.
9. Are you getting tired yet? I’m just starting to get tired.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Just a huge thank you to all the cheerleaders and participants. I love all the great comments people have been leaving.

Read-a-thon update 3

I’ve had some soup, finished a book, and sneaked in a little laundry. The book I finished was Shutter Island. It was so different from what I was expecting. I loved it! Now I need to pick a new book. I don’t know if I want to work on another one I’ve already started or start a completely different one. What’s your favorite book you’ve read so far?

Title of book(s) read since last update: Shutter Island
Number of books read since you started: 1
Pages read since last update: 125
Running total of pages read since you started: 332
Amount of time spent reading since last update: hour and 45 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 5 hours
Mini-challenges completed: 2

Read-a-thon Update 2

It’s been a cozy couple of hours. I am loving Shutter Island. It’s a great book for a read-a-thon. I wasn’t planning on reading this book, but  my aunt was raving about it. I kept picturing the trailer for the movie, and it seemed so scary. The book is very different from what I pictured.

I might have to take a quick break soon  to make some soup. Then I’ll get back into reading position!

Title of book(s) read since last update: still reading Shutter Island
Number of books read since you started: still reading first one
Pages read since last update: 121 pages
Running total of pages read since you started: 207
Amount of time spent reading since last update: hour 45 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 3 hours and 15 minutes
Mini-challenges completed: 2

Read-a-thon Update

Well I had to take a break from the 10-11am hour so I could go to the grocery store and the library. It was really hard to put down the book I’m reading, Shutter Island.

Title of book(s) read since last update: still reading Shutter Island
Number of books read since you started: still reading first one
Pages read since last update: 86
Running total of pages read since you started: 86
Amount of time spent reading since last update: hour and a half
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) hour and a half
Mini-challenges completed: 2 (children’s book and 6 word celebration)

How are you doing with your reading? Finished any books yet?

Read-a-Thon Picks and Hour 1 Meme

Read-a-thon! Read-a-thon! Woo hoo!

Where are you reading from today?

Vermont

3 facts about me …

  1. I  teach first grade and I have 7 different countries/languages represented in my classroom!
  2. I am still terrified of going down into the basement at night after seeing The Blair Witch Project over 10 years ago!
  3. I have 2 dogs.

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

I have two books started:

  1. Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehand
  2. Teach Like a Champion, by Doug Lemov

I’m hoping to finish or at least get a good chunk of these books done. I hurt my back a few weeks ago, and sitting has been difficult so I’m really behind in my reading. This weekend, my back is doing so much better and I’m looking forward to curling up in my favorite chair with my books. Once the library opens, I’ll be making a trip over there to pick up a couple other books to add some variety. I am in the mood for a graphic novel, but I don’t have a specific one in mind. Any suggestions?

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?

Just to relax and enjoy myself!

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?

Have fun!

 

Sunday Salon – A recap of summer reading (9/5/10)

You can see other Sunday Salon posts and join in on the fun at The Sunday Salon.

I had a great summer of reading! I did a terrible job keeping up with my blog this summer, so I thought I would take this Sunday to do a wrap up.  Summer for me starts when I’m on summer vacation. School is out, and I’m on my own schedule. My summer schedule usually involves getting up early, and curling up with my current read. I also spend a lot of time out on the deck reading or at the beach. I did not read the number of  books I was hoping to cover this summer, but I really enjoyed all the books I completed. This summer I read 11 books. A Dog’s Purpose is one of my favorite books of the year! If you are a dog person, you’ve got to read this book. I also really enjoyed The Passage but I didn’t get a chance to post a review about it. I can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out.

  1. Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood, 389 pages, June 18, 2010
  2. Refresh, Refresh, by James Ponsoldt, Benjamin Percy, Danica Novgorodoff, 144 pages, June 18, 2010
  3. Refugees, by Catherine Stine, 277 pages, June 27, 2010
  4. The Lost City of Z, by David Grann, 282 pages, July 3, 2010
  5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, 590 pages, July 9, 2010
  6. Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer, 629 pages, July 16
  7. A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron, 319 pages July 26
  8. The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson, 630 pages, August 13
  9. The Morning Meeting Book, by Roxann Kriete, 218 pages, August 15
  10. Quick Tips: Morning Message K-2, by Anne Adams, Diane Farnham, Carol McQuillen, and Donna Peabody,80 pages,  August 15, 2010
  11. The Passage, by Justin Cronin, 766 pages, August 29, 2010

Even though I’m behind in the amount of books read, I did manage to complete one reading challenge this summer: The Chunkster Challenge. Will I complete any others? Your guess is as good as mine!

I read a picture book that was new to me this week with my first graders. It is I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe and Ed Young. What a wonderful story! I borrowed it from a coworker this year, but I will be buying my own copy for next year.

I hope to be back visiting people’s blogs and commenting this week. I hope you enjoyed your summer as much as I did!

Nan’s Notes: A Dog’s Purpose

by W. Bruce Cameron

  • 319 pages
  • Published: July 2010
  • bought book

I picked up this book after reading about it on a couple of blogs. The summaries sounded like a book that I would love. A Dog’s Purpose follows a dog through many lives as he (sometimes she) learns his purpose in life.

My only hesitation in picking up the book was knowing that there would be really sad parts when the dog would die. I ended up buying it and decided not bring it to the beach to read, but instead read it in the privacy of my own home. There were some parts where I was bawling my eyes out. But there were other parts where I was also crying from laughing so hard! I had marked some of these funny parts in my book to share on this blog, but now I don’t think I’m going to. I don’t want to ruin those parts… you’ll  have to read them for yourself. 🙂 If you have dogs, you will really appreciate these parts!

The only thing that bothered me a few times, sort of pulled me out of the story, was when the narrator (the dog) would describe something that he was seeing because he didn’t know what it was called, but a few pages later, he would use the correct word for it. Those little inconsistencies would give me a little jolt, but I quickly got back into the story.

Dog people will love this book, but if you are not a dog person, I don’t thing it is the book for you. If you read and enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain, pick up this book. Have tissues handy.

Now, I’m going to go play with my dogs.