Saturday, August 16, 2014

Celebrate This Week 8.16.14

It's always good to end the week on a positive note.  Sometimes we concentrate on the negatives.  We have a choice.  Choose positive.  Choose to celebrate.  I will be joining Ruth Ayres and her weekly link-up, Celebrate This Week.  Check out all the other celebrations HERE

I had quite the week!  It started out with my first triathlon and will end with going back to school!
You may or may not remember my original Summer Reading post.  I celebrated summer reading and showed off my stacks.  This is the post where I go back and show you how I read everything!  Ooops, not going to be that post!  I did read.  Just not always from my stack.  But looking at my numbers at the end shows I did pretty well overall!

1.  Read some book series that I've really wanted to read, but just haven't done:
The Land of Stories, books 2 + 3 by Chris Colfer  Read book 2 7.30.14
Countdown and Revolution by Deborah Wiles
The False Prince trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen  Read book 1 6.27.14
The Testing trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Unwanteds series by Jennifer McMann
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

2.  Get through my TBR pile!  Well, I'll never actually get all the way through it over the summer, but at least make a dent is a reasonable goal.  I have a middle grade TBR list, a young adult TBR list and an adult TBR list!  I need to get busy :)
Middle Grade
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff  Read 6.19.14
How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating  Read 7.04.14
Dash by Greg Armamentos
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier  Read 8.14.14
Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Young Adult
we were liars by e. lockhart  Read 8.03.14
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner starting next, does that count?
the impossible knife of memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin  Read 8.08.14
Dream It! Do It! by Marty Sklar
Inferno by Dan Brown
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen
The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

3.  I've read some Newberys, but not as many as I should!  I'm going to read some Newbery Award winners and some Honors this summer.  I'll start with:

Paperboy by Vince Vawter  currently reading!
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Read A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin 6.27.14

Totals This Summer
Picture Books 77
Informational Texts 39
Wordless Picture Books  2
Graphic Novels  5
Poetry  3
Chapter Books for 2nd/3rd graders  5
Middle Grade 17
YA 1
Adult  5
Professional Literature  3
202 Total!

I may not have crossed everything (or even half) off my summer reading list, but as you can see, I did read!  I'll keep plugging through this list.  Now it's my Fall TBR list :)


  1. So many books, so little time. But wow you sure did read a lot! Congrats again on your tri and here's to a wonderful school year!

  2. Since I see your Monday reading, I know that you read so much, Michele. You're way more organized than I am, but I'm happy you got to read what you wanted to. Congrats again on the triathlon-just a terrific accomplishment!

  3. Wow! You definitely have a great book total! I don't do a lot of blog posts about reading goals because this same thing happens to me too. I choose books by how I feel so it is hard to stick to predetermined lists. I am so impressed by the fact that you completed a triathlon. Awesome! Have a great week.

  4. Wow...a triathalon?!?! I'm impressed. Congratulations!! I am impressed with your reading too. I wrote a post last week about my goals and what I didn't do and then followed it with a list of what I actually did. Celebrate your accomplishments...even if you didn't read all you planned! :)

  5. WOW! You say you haven't read as much as you wanted but it sure looks as though you read a LOT! I liked that your comment about reading things that you hadn't planned to read - even if it wasn't on your list! I love how organized your lists are! Congratulations on completing your first triathlon! I know how much time training takes! Well done!

  6. So...I am wowed and impressed, too! And, glad to see that we read so many of the same books, Michelle - Absolutely Almost being my personal favorite.

  7. You accomplished a great deal Michele. There are many, many great titles in your stacks.

  8. Wow,WOW! What a stack. I have read some of these. Not all. In some ways the stack is daunting, but comforting in the same way. Always something to go to. Just at the books store and added Rump to my stack. I'm actually really getting into graphic novels. I think it is an area to really develop. If I could only afford it!

  9. I LOVE your piles and piles of books! You made great progress and get to look forward to many more good books to come! I have similar titles and piles in my house. Summer is never long enough. Ha.