Thursday, July 31, 2008

July Book Blowout Completed!

So originally in this fantastic Book Blowout I made the goal of reading 4 new books plus 2 I've started (one professional book that has like 3 chapters left, the other is The Poisonwood Bible which I'm almost to pg. 200 of almost 500). So, my goal will be 5 1/2 books plus a couple chapters of another one ;) You can read more details here.

So, here is what I actually read this month:
1. Finished The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
2. Finished PostSecrets
3. Finished Three Cups of Tea
4. Read 3/4 of About the Authors by Katie Wood Ray
5. Still need to finish To Understand by Ellin Keene, but only have 2 chapters left now :)
6. Finished The Color Purple by Alice White
7. Finished Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger (book for my book club)
8. Read 1/2 of a math teaching manual for Number Corner Math class I took.
9. Read pieces of Reading Essentials by Regie Routman.
10. Read about 1/3 of Everything You Need to Know to Teach First Grade.

The closing questions from the host of the book blowout had some ending questions:
1. Did you discover a new author?
no, not really, unless you count Steve Kluger
2. Where was the most unusual place you found yourself reading?
on my new swing
3. Did you read more than usual?
4. Did you give up anything to read more?
yes....television, something good to give up!
5. If you won the Amazon voucher what would you spend it on?
probably some songbooks for my first grade classroom...that area of my "kid library" is sorely lacking (please God, let me win!)
6. Would you like to see a 2009 Book Blowout?
oh sure, it was a fun challenge!

So I read 5 books (yeah, I know I had already started The Poisonwood Bible, but I'm counting it as 1). Plus I read parts of a few more. Looking at this list of many unfinished books I think...hmm....I really need to go finish them. We'll see. Tomorrow is August 1st. That means that I'm back to work before we know it.

I feel great about all the reading I did this month. I got to read a couple books I've really been wanting to read. I also took 2 classes. AND I have another class next week. I do love taking classes...I'm the "always learning professional" I guess.


Mrs S said...

Hi Janelle - thanks for taking part in the Blowout - I'm glad it helped you read more than usual :)