Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge

Library Sign

Today I drove past a public library sign which flashed the following message:
Resolution #1
Get a library card.
Resolution #2
Use it.
That reminded me of an online reading challenge for 2011 I want to share with all of you. I learned about it on another librarian's blog, Book Scorpion's Lair. Called the Support Your Local Library Challenge, it's being hosted by The Book Junkie's Bookshelf. Got all that? Well, never mind. Now onto the rules:

  1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. Bloggers: Create a post for the challenge and link your challenge post at The Book Junkie's Bookshelf. Non-Bloggers: Keep track of your books on a list at home. Feel free to leave me a comment here on your progress anytime during the year. At the end of the year, I will write a wrap-up post where you can share your list of books read.
  2. There are four levels to this challenge:

    The Mini – Check out and read 30 library books.

    "Fun" Size – Check out and read 40 library books.

    Jumbo Size – Check out and read 50 library books.

    Mega Size – Check out and read 51+ library books.

    Aim high. As long as you read 30 by the end of 2011, you are a winner!
  3. Any book counts (including books at all reading levels, audio books, ebooks, and any books you may have read before that you are reading again now). The book just has to be checked out from your local public library. Book purchases at a library do not count.
  4. You don't need to create a reading list in advance. Select books as you wish throughout the year. Even if you do list them now, you can change the list later if you want.
  5. Crossovers from other current reading challenges count towards this one.
  6. The challenge began January 1, 2011 and continues through December 31, 2011.
This is my first time to participate in an online reading challenge. I'll be updating this post throughout the year with my progress. Will you join me?

My List
1. Aspire by Kevin Hall
2. Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley
3. Adversity Quotient: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities by Paul G. Stoltz
4. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
5. The Power of Half by Kevin and Hannah Salwen
6. The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
7. 13 is the New 18 and Other Things My Children Taught Me While I Was Having a Nervous Breakdown Being Their Mother by Beth J. Harpaz
8. The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha
9. No Limits by Harry C. Cordellos and Janet Wells
10. Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language by Nora Ellen Groce
11. The Shack by William P. Young
12. People of the Eye: Stories from the Deaf World by Rachel McKee
13. People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry by Harlan Lane
14. Deaf Again by Mark Drolsbaugh
15. Anything But Silent by Mark Drolsbaugh
16. Everything Matters by Ron Currie, Jr.
17. The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books edited by Jeff Martin and C. Max Magee
18. An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks
19. Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks
20. His Other Wife by Deborah Bedford
21. The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
22. Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries by Sharon J. Butler
23. Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke
24. Wormwood by Susan Wittig Albert
25. I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
26. Scones and Bones by Laura Childs
27. Now You See Her by Joy Fielding
28. This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can "Save Us All" by Marilyn Johnson
29. Dog On It by Spencer Quinn
30. Holly Blues by Susan Wittig Albert
31. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
32. One Second After by William R. Forstchen
33. The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale by Susan Maushart
34. The Baby Planner by Josie Brown
35. The Grid by Philip Kerr
36. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
37. The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
38. The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships, and Enhance Self-Esteem by Guy Winch
39. Breaking Up With God: a Love Story by Sarah Sentilles
40. Between a Rock and a Hot Place: Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty by Tracey Jackson
41. The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives by Frank Moss
42. Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College by Andrew Ferguson
43. Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan
44. Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You by Betsy Myers
45. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
46. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Update - 12/30/11

It's December 30th and frankly I've gotten tired of updating this list. I made it past the 50+ mark and have awarded myself a large chocolate bar. Yum! I don't think anyone joined me on this reading quest, so I won't continue on with it next year. Although I will continue to support my public library and write reviews on books relevant to deaf/hard of hearing experience or good books in general.

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