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Summer Reading Challenge 2011

It’s really easy to set goals. It’s really hard, sometimes, to keep to them. I have found that making a public declaration of my goal often helps keep me honest. for example, when I decided to run my first marathon, I registered and then promptly told all of my Facebook friends that I had done it. That way, I had to finish the marathon or risk public humiliation.

Each summer, I set out with great intentions thinking of all of the books I’m going to read. I make a big list. I take a bunch home with me at the end of school. I make a big “wish list” on my public library account.

And then the inevitable happens.

I spend most nights watching reruns of NCIS and Bones.

Not this summer! I am publicly declaring my intention to read at least a book a week (and to listen to a few more). And I’m posting it here so that I am accountable for it.

So, you know where this is leading, right? I’d like to challenge you all to come up with a summer reading goal. Make it a book a week. A chapter a day. X number of pages a day. Whatever you want. Declare it in the comments section.

You’ll see there’s now a summer reading tab on the blog. Over there, I will post a form that you can fill out each week to tell me what you’re reading. Basic stuff: author, title, how many stars you’d give it, a funny line that’s in the book somewhere. And I’ll keep track of what we’re all reading and keep it posted there. (The form will be private to me…I’ll link your name to the book on the list only if you tell me it’s okay to do that.)

When we come back in September, I will have a plethora of prizes for everyone. Anyone who participates will be eligible for the “prize of participation.” Other prizes will include things like Most Books Read, Greatest Number of Pages Read, Funniest Title (this will be a tough one because I’ve already read I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President), and any number of other categories that your reading list inspires.

All books and reading materials qualify: graphic novels, magazines, whatever. The only condition I ask is that you not repeat books you’ve already read (I’m looking at you Twilight fans).

If you think you’ll need reminders to stay on track, let me know and I’ll send weekly emails to the email address of your choice reminding you to keep me posted. I may even throw a few trivia questions in the emails for extra prize opportunities.



Banned Books Week 2010

It’s Banned Books Week.  This is the week set aside by the American Library Association to celebrate the fact that, in our country, only your parents can tell you that you can’t read a book.

                                      Banned Books Week 2010

Although books are not banned outright by the government, there are times when an individual will question whether a book should be included in a library’s collection.  The American Library Association keeps track of these challenges to books.  About a year ago, Paste Magazine ran an article based on the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990-2000.  They shortened the list to 10 Frequently-Challenged Books Everyone Should Read, which should give you a slightly new appreciation for some of your required reading.   I’ve read 8.  How many have you read?

10. Anything by Judy Blume

9. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

8. Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Patterson

7. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

6. Native Son by Richard Wright

5. Lord of the Flies by Richard Golding

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

1. The Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Many of these books, and others that have been challenged are on display in the library.  Come on up and check one out (after you’ve cleared it with your folks).