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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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