Monday, July 12, 2010

Reached a Milestone for Books Read in 2010

Today I reached book #50. It took me a little longer this year than last year to reach this mark, but 50 has always been my goal. I did make it to over 100 last year, so hopefully I'll do the same in 2010.

This is my list of books I've read and listened to so far:

1. How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor
2. Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko*
3. Holding on to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones: Six Literacy Principles Worth Fighting For by Thomas Newkirk
4. What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything? by Avi
5. Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman*
6. A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg*
7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
8. Making History Mine: Meaningful Connections for Grades 5-9 by Sarah Cooper
9. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore*
11. In Mozart's Shadow: His Sister's Story by Carolyn Meyer
12. Going Bovine by Libba Bray*
13. Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
14. Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo*
15. The Bear Makers by Andrea Cheng
16. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson*
17. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
18. City of Thieves by David Benioff*
19. The Dog in the Wood by Monika Schröder
20. Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan*
21. Stitches by David Small
22. Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor*
23. "Is It Done Yet?" Teaching Adolescents the Art of Revision by Barry Gilmore
24. Shug by Jenny Han*
25. The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker
26. The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller
27. 360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World by John Higham
28. Fat Cat by Robin Brande*
29. Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves
30. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood*
31. Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
32. Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It by Michael J. Trinklein
33. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle*
34. Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year by Esme Raji Codell
35. Smile by Raina Tegelmeier
36. Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World by Diane MacEachern
37. Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen
38. Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr*
39. Impossible by Nancy Werlin*
40. Word After Word After Word by Patricia MacLachlan
41. Mockingbird by Kathyrn Erskine
42. Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins
43. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
44. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt*
45. Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce*
46. No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty
47. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster*
48. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister*
49. Honeymoon with my Brother by Franz Wisner
50. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan*

* indicates audiobook


  1. Beth- Can you give me a couple books you'd recommend for someone going into 8th grade? My sister actually loves to read but she likes reading vampire books over anything else. And the school she goes to doesn't emphasize reading very much :(. My mom is doing a trade with her this summer where she'll buy her one vampire book for every book of my mom's choosing she reads. We've been looking for books we think she'll like, but that just aren't about vampires. Thanks!

  2. Jen,

    I have tons of books I could recommend. If she's into vampires and you want her to explore other areas, these are some possibilities that aren't too big of a leap from her preferred genre:

    Graceling by Kristin Cashore - It's got a the romance that so many girls love, but an equally strong female protagonist

    The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins - This book has blood and gore, but the protagonist is female so it's not essentially a "boy" book.

    Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale - Shannon Hale does an amazing job retelling lesser known fairy tales. This book is my favorite of hers.

    Impossible by Nancy Werlin - Very unusual story about a girl who has to do the tasks in the song Scarborough Fair or she'll go insane.

    The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson - Story about a girl who awakes from a year long coma and doesn't remember who she is or why she was in a coma.

    Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors - If she likes vampires, maybe she'll like angels too?

    Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - Story about a girl struggling with anorexia. The story is haunting and beautifully written.

    If I Stay by Gayle Forman - Story about a girl in a car accident who hovers over her comatose body in ICU trying to decide if she wants to live or die.

    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - A girl commits suicide and leaves tapes behind for the people who drove her to do it.

    Hope that helps!!!!

  3. Thanks, I will pass these along. Lots to choose from.