#bookaday: this year I’m finally jumping in!

#bookaday

So, for a few years now, I’ve wanted to participate in #bookaday, a summer reading challenge devised by the great Donalyn Miller.  #bookaday is, essentially, a way for adults, generally in the field of education, to catch up on reading, celebrate books, and support each other as a community of readers.

Miller commits to reading a book each day of her summer break, and invites others to do something similar, but everyone is responsible for setting their own goals and parameters (guidelines can be found here, at the end of the post).  Since I learned of #bookaday a few summers ago, I’ve always had an excuse not to participate-a big move, summer classes and an intense graduate assistantship, job searching, etc.  This summer is shaping up to be equally busy-our school year isn’t over until June 19th, after which I’m heading out west for the ALA Annual Conference and a bit of vacation, and, at some point, I’m going to be moving AGAIN…but I decided that this year, I’m not going to let those things stop me.  Every summer is likely to be busy, but reading is a priority for me, and I’m going to make #bookaday happen this summer.

Even though summer break doesn’t start for a few more weeks, I’m going to challenge myself to read a book a day for the months of June, July, and August.  While I tend to focus on young adult books in my personal reading life, I imagine I’ll be reading a lot of picture books, early chapter books, and middle grade fiction for at least the first few weeks, while I’m still working.  I’m excited for this, because I love picture books, but don’t tend to spend a lot of time on them just for enjoyment’s sake-it’s more about finding the right one for a lesson, or deciding what to order for the library.

So from today, June 1st, until August 31st, look out for my #bookaday updates on Twitter.  I think I’ll probably try to post weekly (or maybe monthly) updates here as well, just to keep a record of all the great books I’ve read.

Let me know if you’re going to be participating in #bookaday as well, and happy reading!

Weekly Reading Recap

As I frequently find myself saying when returning to this space on the internet, it’s been quite a while since I’ve shared anything here.  It’s long been a goal of mine to be more consistent, but life tends to get in the way.  So, in an effort to be better about writing more regularly, I’m going to start doing, at minimum, a weekly recap talking about books I’ve received, books I’ve read, and other book/reading/library-related things.

STSmall[4]Stacking the Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, in which we can share books added to our shelves.

Books I Received:

photo 1So, if you follow anything book-related on Twitter, you might have noticed the flurry of activity surrounding #booksfortrade over the past week or so.  I have a ton of old ARCs I’m looking to get rid of, so when I discovered the conversation going on, I jumped on the opportunity.  These are the books I’ve received via my trades:

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Prized by Caragh O’Brien

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

I’m still waiting on a few books to arrive, and I still have a number of ARCs to trade, so I’m hoping there will be more book mail in my future! (And, as a side note, if you might be interested in some of these old ARCs, definitely let me know.)

photo 2Also, for School Library Month, Candlewick Press held a contest for a collection of library-related books, and I was one of the winners!  This is what I received from them:

A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker

Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh

Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

I haven’t been using the library much for personal books lately, because I have plenty to read here and I’ve been working on a research project with 2nd graders and have maxed out my library card with books for that project.  Luckily, school will be over in a few short weeks, and then I’m sure I’ll revert to my regular habits of checking out way too many library books at once.

What I Read This Week:

A Sense of the Infinite by Hillary T. Smith

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu

Currently Reading:

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Other Bookish Things:

-One of the other reasons I wanted to start doing a weekly recap is because I’m going to participate in the #bookaday challenge this year.  I’ve wanted to join in for a few summers now, and I’ve decided that I’m always going to be busy and have stuff going on-I might as well just jump in.  So hopefully these posts will help me stay on top of that.

-It’s almost time for one of my favorite events of the year, BEA.  This year will be my fourth time attending, and I was fairly certain I wasn’t going to be able to go this year, but I managed to make it work, so I will be there on Thursday and Friday.  I will also, possibly against my better judgment, be braving another year of BookCon-I’ll be there Saturday.  Stay tuned for more on this soon.

Well, that’s it for me.  Will you be at BEA/BookCon?  Have you been sucked in to #booksfortrade?  What have you been reading?  Let me know!