February 2011 Wrap-Up

Ever since I started library school I’ve been maintaining my own card catalog system.  When I finish reading a book I fill out an index card with pertinent information:  bibliographic stuff, characters, plot, and notations about content.

Originally I meant for my catalog to simply help me keep track everything I read but now I use these notes to write the reviews that I post here.

The thing is that since I read like I breathe, I fill out way more cards than I actually write reviews.  So for the past year, since I started this blog, I tend to get down on myself for not writing.

Now I’m thinking that I need to shift my perspective, change up the way I do some things, and give myself a break.

For school each week my daughter writes out a list of 15 books that she’s read or had read to her each week and the librarian gives her a sticker.  And my daughter always is so proud of her list and her sticker.

I need to be delighted like that, so I made my own list (I haven’t reviewed any of these so the links go to amazon.com).

In February I read:

For Emergent Readers:

The Trouble with Chickens:  A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Kevin Cornell

Ruby Lu Star of the Show by Lenore Look with illustrations by Stef Choi


For Middle-grade/Tween Readers:

Lost and Found by Shaun Tan

Samurai Kids Book Two:  Owl Ninja by Sandy Fussell with illustrations by Rhian Nest James

Pizzicato:  The Abduction of the Magic Violin by Rusalka Reh (Translation by David Henry Wilson)

Luv Ya Bunches:  A Flower Power Book by Lauren Myracle

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs


Young Adult Fiction:

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper

Exposed by Kimberly Marcus

Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

Taking Off by Jenny Moss

Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

Stringz by Michael Wenberg

Orchards by Holly Thompson

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell


Adult Fiction:

The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan



The 14th Dalai Lama:  A Manga Biography by Tetsu Saiwai


Total Pages Read: 5238
Total Books Read: 20

These totals do not include reading I’ve done for grad school.  Maybe next month I’ll total up all the pages of journal articles too so I can really feel good about myself.

My sticker will be this–a picture of the reading trophy I earned circa 1985 for reading one hundred books and being a Kindergarten Super Reader.



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2 responses to “February 2011 Wrap-Up

  1. I like to use Goodreads to keep track of the books I read; I used to use Shelfari but switched to Goodreads because I think it’s even better. I was able to transfer over all the records by computer too, so I didn’t have to re-input everything. I’m up to 600 or so on that database. It’s so easy to use because you don’t have to write down all the information–I think you’d find it much faster and easier to search than the card system. Check it out (and you can add me as a friend!)

  2. I love your mini library catalog. Any excuse to use those little Alphabet labels and a stack of 3×5’s works for me (although I don’t have anything against 4×6’s either). I’m with you on celebrating the accomplishments! We need a few more reward stickers in life. 🙂