- Blogging every day for a month - I was not even remotely tempted.
- Cleaning out the backlog of unfinished posts - yeah right, I will get on that one as soon as I get around to putting my Christmas decorations from 2008 away.
- Commenting on at least five blogs a day – I actually signed up for that one, and I may have met the quota, but I lost interest in keeping track. I usually don’t have too much trouble blathering on other people’s blogs, as a matter-of-fact there may be several restraining orders pending to get me to stop. I do believe I got a few comments on this blog because of the challenge, and I became aware of several dandy blogs. My favorite being Literate Lives, run by a 5th grade teacher and elementary Librarian in Ohio, Karen and Bill. I am such a fan of their blog I can’t even begin to say. They do what I wish I could get around to doing on this blog, but can’t seem to stay focused enough.
My 10 Genres are:
2. NEWBERY/HONORS HERETOFORE NEVER READ: Sure I’m great at reading the books before they are chosen but what about all those who came before. I know a few people who can boast that they have read every Newbery to date – show offs. I will be able to hold my chin high when I add 10 more. In fact I may make this an ongoing challenge for the years to come. With a finite number I’m sure to catch up at some point before the grim reaper calls.
3. FIRST IN SERIES OF EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS: Don’t think I can’t hear you sniggering at this category. Sure most of these books will have less than 100 hundred pages along with plenty of page-filling art, but don’t think this won’t be a challenge on my part. I am doing this purely for my students. There are many series on our shelves that I know nothing about. I hope to discover a few gems I can pass onto my 2nd and 3rd graders.
4. GRAPHIC NOVELS: After trying to convince parents and teachers that reading books with speech bubbles is just as valid as any other sort of reading it is time I put my eyeballs where my mouth is. Sure reading graphic novels take more brain effort than reading straight text, that is why I have so much trouble with it.
5. DEBUT AUTHORS: If it is the first book an author had published, it goes on the list. I’m a bit giddy here. I have friend whose first book is going to be released on 10-01-10 by Scholastic and I will have the thrill of putting it in my tally. In fact I don’t even need to wait because I have an early ARC (suck on that you Conspiracy of Kings show-offs).
6. 2010 TITLES: Obviously this is no sacrifice as I’m always on the quest of ferreting out the next Newbery. But really shouldn’t I get some credit somewhere?
7. NON-US AUTHORS: This is a sacrifice as naturally none of these will be Newbery worthy, but I’m reading a monstrous 500+ page book right now by a British author and I insist that it will count for something. (Are you noticing that I’m getting some sort of sick satisfaction in having my leisure time activates all of a sudden “count”?)
8. FOUND IN ADULT SECTION (adult as in grown-up not racy): The biggest sacrifice of all.
9. PUBLISHED BEFORE MY BIRTH – 1963: I noticed that this is a big deficit in my reading history. I’m sure a few good things appeared before I did.
10. 10 OLDEST BOOKS ON GOODREADS TBR SHELF: I will be like cleaning house. Without this challenge I may never get to the Le Guin that has been there forever and if I never get it read I’m in big danger of losing a few friends.
There it is. What do you think? Do you want to play to? Run over to 10-10-10 READING CHALLENGE and sign up. Apparently we can keep in touch on Twitter. I can be found @librariest, but I'm not very well versed in using it and you may be disappointed. Just for Kicks and Giggles I will be posting my progress monthly on this here blog.