My blog is one year old! Fantabulous. Here are my goals for 2010.

Read 200 Books this year. I’m hoping to expand my horizons with some nonfiction, but we’ll see how it ends up.
Total: 119 Books and 29,105 pages

National Just Read More Novels Month: How easy is this challenge? All you have to do is read!

I’ll attempt to do the Book Around the States Challenge again, which means reading a book that takes place in each of the 50 states.
Illinois: Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo by Greg Leitich Smith (Chicago, Illinois)
Kansas: The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
Minnesota: The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance
Nevade: Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams (Salt Lick, NV)
New York: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
New York: Pop by Gordon Korman (Kennesaw, NY)
North Carolina: Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
Oklahoma: Paris Pan Takes the Dare by Cynthea Liu
(Sugar Lake, Oklahoma)
South Carolina: The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor (Fayette, SC)
Virginia: My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison (Herndon, VA)
Virginia: Gray Baby by Scott Loring Sanders (Crockett’s Mill, VA)
Washington D.C.: Invisible Lines by Mary Amato

I’m also going to try and read all the Newbery Award Winners. If the kids have to read one every year for school, then I’d love to be able to recommend them all, and not just the half a dozen I’ve already read. I’m seeing this as an ongoing challenge, with hopefully completing five-ten per year. (Complete list will be provided shortly. Books I have read will have links to their corresponding review.)

  • 2010 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • 2009 Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • 2008 Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • 2007 The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
  • 2006 Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
  • 2005 Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  • 2004 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mounse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
  • 2003 Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
  • 2002 A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • 2001 A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
  • 2000 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • 1999 Holes by Louis Sachar
  • 1998 Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • 1997 The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
  • 1996 The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  • 1995 Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • 1994 The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • 1993 Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
  • 1992 Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • 1991 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • 1990 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • 1989 Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
  • 1988 Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
  • 1987 The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
  • 1986 Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • 1985 The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Color Challenge: Rebecca over at Lost in Books is hosting the Color Challenge. Read nine books with nine different colors in the title. I was already going to do a display in March for “Reading Rainbow” in honor of St. Patty’s Day with this same concept, so it will be good research.

Harry Potter Reading Challenge: Michelle at Galleysmith has been challenging people to read or listen to all the Harry Potter books by July 31, 2010. I’m so late to this party it’s not even funny (it started last August), but that’s why it’s a challenge. I figure one book a month, and I’ll meet the goal. Plus, I’m planning a humungous Potter Pallooza at my library next summer when the last book comes out, so it could actually be considered work related. 🙂

What’s in a Name Challenge: Beth F is taking over this challenge, in which she provides a list of topics your titles must meet. I was successful last year, and it wasn’t all that difficult. The categories this year are:
A book with a food in the title: Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill
A book with a body of water in the title: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
A book with a plant in the title: The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier
A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz
A book with a music term in the title: A Soup Opera by Jim Gill

And finally (maybe) The Countdown Challenge: You’re supposed to read as the number of books that corresponds with the year they were published over the last decade. So, read on book from 2001, two books from 2002, all the way up to 10 books for this year 2010. The total number is 55. I like the original concept (I’ve always been a numbers person.)
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2005: Tiger by Jeff Stone
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2006: Tales of the Cryptids by Kelly Milner Halls
2006: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
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2007: Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
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2008: Into the Volcano by Don Wood
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2009: Secret Subway by Martin W. Sandler
2009: Swim the Fly by Don Calame
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2010: Numbers by Rachel Ward
2010: Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
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Edit March 2, 2010: I just discovered a 10/10/10 Challenge where you pledge to read 10 books from 10 different categories before October 10th, 2010. Since I failed to complete the similar 09/09/09 Challenge last year, I’m going for it again this year.
And the categories are:
1. Nonfiction (got a good start on this one)

2. Classics
3. Biography
4. Printz
5. Coretta Scott King
6. Morris Award Honorees and Winners (10 exactly right now)
2010:

  • Winner: Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
  • Finalist: Ash by Malinda Lo
  • Finalist: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Finalist: The Everafter by Amy Huntley
  • Finalist: hold still by Nina LaCour
  • 2009:

  • Winner: A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  • Finalist: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Finalist: Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
  • Finalist: Madapple by Christina Meldrum
  • Finalist: Me, the Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine

7. One Word Titles (stole this from another participant) DONE

8. First Time Authors/Debut Novels

9. Recommended by Patrons
10. Complete the Series (Read a book in a series I’ve started but haven’t finished)