Category Archives: 2010 Reading Challenges

Mondays with Megan…on Tueday, Again: 2010 in Review

Hi everyone! I hope your Christmas was as merry as mine. I ate a lot, laughed a lot, and got some lovely gifts. One of the best parts of the holiday? I finally introduced my dog to my sister’s dogs. It took a week of playdates, but they are all officially BFFs. Yay. I cooked, I cleaned, I wrapped, and I knit. I even read a teeny tiny bit-thank goodness for graphic novels! The latest Cirque du Freak manga (number 7) is available and I read that over the super busy weekend. Since I don’t really have any new titles to talk about, I think I will take this opportunity to revisit the reading goals I set for myself and see how well I did.  Here are the goals I set for myself:
Goal #1 Read 12 debut authors in 2010.
Goal #2 Read a variety of genres in 2010.
Goal #3 Read more graphic novels in 2010.
Goal #4 Read at least 150 books in 2010 (audiobooks count!)

Kind of vague, huh? I will have to be more specific next year. Anyway, time to evaluate.

Goal #1: In 2010 I read 27 debut novels!
My favorites:
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Goal #2: I think I got a little bit more variety in this year, but still not great. The majority of what I read was still teen science fiction/fantasy (darn you dystopian/paranormal romance/vampire/zombie books!). I managed to read 8 historical fiction books, 15 mysteries, 9 plain-old, ordinary fiction, and 8 nonfiction titles. There is definitely room for improvement here.
Favorite Historical Fiction: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly with Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill coming in at a close second!
Favorite Mystery: 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch (not a YA title)
Favorite Fiction: The Cardturner by Louis Sachar with The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen coming in second!
Favorite Nonfiction: Letters to a Bullied Girl by Olivia Gardner

Goal # 3: I read 18 graphic novels this year, which is a huge improvement for me, but I’d like to read even more next year.
My favorites:
The Big Book of Barry Ween by Judd Winick
Cirque du Freak, the Manga by Darren Shan
Nightschool by Svetlana Chmakova

Goal # 4: I have read 159 books so far. I have 3 days left to read. I just got the newest book in the Drake Chronicles today and I am confident I will finish it in the next three days, so I am going to say 160 books read/listened to in 2010.
My Favorite Audiobooks:
Bloody Jack (the entire series!) by L.A. Meyer
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Allen Bradley
The Hunchback Assignments (1 & 2) by Arthur Slade

Phew, that’s a lot! Overall I think I did good job meeting my goals. I can see where I need to improve and my 2011 goals will address those areas. Stay tuned for my 2011 list!

Happy Reading


Mondays with Megan (on Tuesday, Again): May in Review

I hope everyone had a nice long weekend. I sure did.  And now the countdown to summer vacation truly begins! Summer Reading begins in 13 days with a Dance Party at the library. Please stop by and check out our local DJ Bence Toth and be sure to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program. You get a treat just for signing up and I know most of you teens are required to read at least 2 books over the summer, so you may as well enter to win prizes just for doing your homework. How often does that opportunity come up? Hmm? The sign up sheet and entry forms will be available at the AV Desk starting June 14th.

Here is quick update on my reading goals for the year and May in Review:

As of June 1st I have read or listened to 71 books, which is almost half way to my goal of 150.
I have read 16 debut authors, which is 4 more than my goal of 12 for the year.
I have read 10 graphic novels and I have read plenty of mysteries, science fiction, fiction, and fantasy. I am still falling short in the Nonfiction category. I’ll have to work on that. I have gotten some great new nonfiction in recently. They are on display by the Teen Room, by the way. Check it out; I know I will. So, overall I think I am pretty darned good with my goals.

As for May, I am not sure what happened, but I only managed 11 books. Of those 11 my favorites were:
1. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
2. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
3. The Prince of the Mist By Carlos Ruiz Zafón
These 3 all got five hearts from me.
Looking for a good book? Check out my Book List Page. The most recent additions are Prince of the Mist, Whispers by Phoebe Kitanidis, and Her by Laura Zigman.

Currently Reading:  Claire De Lune by Christine Johnson and As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
Currently Listening To: Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer. This is book 5 in the Bloody Jack series, and I think it’s my favorite so far!
To Read: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (the TV show based on this book series starts next week, so I had better hurry!)

Happy Reading!


2010 Debut Authors Reading Challenge

To help me keep up with one of my 2010 reading goals, I have joined The 2010 Debut Authors Challenge, hosted by The Story Siren.
My debut authors for this month are Dia Reeves, author of Bleeding Violet and Jennifer Hubbard, author of The Secret Year.
I can’t wait to get my copies of these books from the library. If you want to join the challenge put these books on hold. You can do this online, over the phone, in the library, or in person!
The Story Siren