April is NetGalley Month

I’ve been on NetGalley for a bit now, and if you don’t know what NetGalley is, it’s a place that lets publisher share ebook copies of books to bloggers, reviewers, librarians.  Let me tell you they have some awesome books! 

Emily over at Red House Books decided to make April
 NetGalley Month
with a challenge to read and review as many NetGalley books as you can.  This is the kick I need to get mine read, so I’m jumping in!!!!

Here’s the books I plan to read:
I’ve requested a few others, so I might add to this.  My Nook is going to get a workout!!!
Rules to Enter according to Emily at Red House Books
Rules to enter:
*Make your own post declaring April NetGalley month linking back to this post


*Tweet the following:
@NetGalley April as been declared! I’m joining @WilowRedHouse for a chance to win some awesome prizes-will you join us? http://bit.ly/fzxPRE

*If you don’t have a blog or Twitter – post it to Facebook with a link

*If you don’t blog, tweet or FB but still want to join in – send me an email  at Wilow[at]yahoo[dot]com

AND THEN go to THIS LINK and sign up!

If you want to participate check out THIS POST over at Red House Books for the info

End of Summer Final Reading Counts

Sign.  It is now Labor Day and my last day of summer vacation.  Tomorrow I officially start back to work.  I thought it would be a good day to take a by final reading counts. I’m going to try and read one more book today (fingers crossed my kids let me!!)
Ok here are the stats:
Books read: 25
Hours read: 80 (that’s 4800 minutes)
See right hand side for the book I read
Best Book: A tie between The Maze Runner and Catching Fire
How I did on the TBR list I set at the beginning of the summer: I had 26 books on my list.  I read 25 books! On the list I actually read 10.  Just goes to show I read more by what interests me at that time.
Challenge with my students: I’ll announce those winners after school get going and I hear from them 🙂
Reviews written (I have a TON yet to write)
Click the title to see the review

Summer Reading List (Will I Read Them All???)

So I only have 3 days left in my school year, and then I’ll be on summer vacation! Wahoooooo! Last summer I made a “summer reading list”. It was just a list of books I had hoped to read over the summer, but it wasn’t set in stone. On top of that I kept track of the number of pages I read. This year I decided to do the same, but always wanting a challenge I decided that this summer I’d also track the number of minutes I read. I had bought my kids a bookmark timer/trackers (Click HERE to see one. You can buy them at Barnes and Noble too), so I got one for myself. I’ll use it to track my minutes. We’ll see how that goes.

Of course even THAT wasn’t enough for me, so I opened up a challenge to my students. They can challenge me in minutes or pages and try to do more than me, or they can just guess how much I’ll read. The closest guess in each category will win a Barnes and Noble gift card. If they read more than me, they’ll get a candy bar. You can see the form by clicking on the link in the first box on the right hand side of the blog.

Now for my 2010 Summer Reading List Summer
(click on the cover to be taking to the Goodreads page for the book)

Do you have a summer reading list or a book you really want to read this summer?

Tween Tuesday and a Reading Challenge

Tween Tuesday was started over at Green Bean Teen Queen as away to hightlight awesome books for the 9-12 year old set. AKA Tweens. Any book highlighted on Tween Tuesday does count for the In the Middle Reading Challenge.

This week I’m taking a reading challenge from KarenLibrarian. She has a fun site where she posts random reading challenge.  Her latest is to tell about the book you’re reading in pictures.  The book I’m currenlty reading is a tween book, so I thought I’d combine the two.  To see the full explanation of the challenge go HERE

My tween book is Shotting Kabul by N.H. Senzai.

My first picture is a picture of Kabul.  The family in the story seeks asylum because they are fleeing Kabul fearing persecution. 

My second picture is of a brother and sister.  In the story Fadi’s youngest sister is separated from the family as they flee the country.  They are unable to find her and must go to the United States without her.

I’ve included a camera because Fadi deals with some of his stress by taking pictures.  These pictures play a large role in the book. 

The Barbie is because his little sister had a Barbie she treasured.  The memory of this Barbie is very hard on Fadi.
This picture is of crying because there is a lot of sadness at the beginning of the book.
Lastly I did this picture.  While reading this book I’m learning a lot of Kabul, the culture, what happened in its history.  I’m also learning a lot about Muslims.
There ya go.  My latest tween read.  I’ll be finish this book and writing the review within the next few days.

Young Adult Reading Challenge

This is being hosted by J. Kaye’s Book Blog.  Here’s the info from her site:

1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.
–Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here.
2. There are four levels:

–The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.
–Just My Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 25 Young Adult novels.
–Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge – Read 50 Young Adult novels.
–Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge – Read 75 Young Adult novels.

3. Audio, eBooks, re-reads all count.

4. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010.

This one is kinda a no-brainer for me since all I read is YA! I’m going for the Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge! 

I’ll use this post to update how my list is coming.

 1. Dani Noir
 2. Eleventh Grade Burns
 3. Paper Towns
 4. Before I Fall
 5. The Lightning Thief
 6. We the Children Keepers of the School
 7.  Conspiracy 396 January
 8.  Untamed
 9.  SPHDZ
10. I Am the Messenger
11. It’s Raining Cupcakes
12. Fablehaven
13. Dreaming Anastasia
14. Frozen Fire
15. Wereling
16. Once Dead Twice Shy
17.  The Maze Runner
18.  Firespell
19.  I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You
20.  This World We Live In
21.  The Replacement
22.  The Knife of Never Letting Go
23.  13 to Life
24.  The Pack

Fun New Blog for Random Reading Activity Challenges

Karen the Librarian has done some awesome reading challenges in the past (Winter Break Reading Challenge and Spring Break Reading Challenge).  For both of these she created many fun activities for the people participating.  WELL – she has taken this a step further and created a blog for random fun activity challenges!!! She’ll randomly post challenges, and if you’re up for it you can participate.  To add to the fun – there will be prizes!

GO HERE to see the blog and get the full details! Then become a follower and join the fun!

Ongoing Challenges Post

Holiday Break Reading Challenge : my goal was 5 books COMPLETED!
1. The Dark Divine
2. The Line
3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth
4. The Adoration of Jenna Fox
5.  Lockdown

New Year’s Eve Read-a-thon: pledged 6 hours and reading at midnight


Flashback Reading Challenge : my goal was Bookworm – 3 books one from each mini challenge.
Favorite Childhood Book:

Reread From Adulthood:
Book assigned in school:

10 in ’10 Chick Lit Challenge : read 10

1. Before I Fall
2. Untamed

3. I’d Tell You I Love You



2010 Debut Author Challenge: 12 Book by 12 Debut Authors
1. Before I Fall
2. The Line
3. Karma Bites

4. The Owl Keeper
5. The Replacement
6. 13 to Life
In the Middle Reading Challenge
2. Keepers of the School
3. Dani Noir
4. It’s Raining Cupcakes
5. The Lightning Thief
6. Fablehaven
7. The Owl Keeper
8. A Place for Delta
9.  Dork Diaries
10.  Bran Hambric

In The Middle Reading Challenge

As you all know I teach 7th grade and because I teach 7th grader I have a wide range of reading levels and interests to read for.  I do read a ton of YA, but I always make sure to read tons of MG as well.  YA and MG over-lap to a degree, and I have students at both ends of the spectrum.  There are so many amazing MG books out there, and I’d love to get more people reading them.  With that in mind I decided to host a challenge for middle grade books – In the Middle Reading Challenge.  Here’s “rules” for the challenge.

1.  You must read middle grade books.  These are books deemed right for kids ages 9 (sometimes 8) – 12.  Harry Potter would be considered a MG book.  If you look for them on Amazon you need to look under children’s ages 9-12.

2.  Challenge starts Jan 17, 2010 and ends Dec 31, 2010.  All books for the challenge must be read in that time frame.

3.  Books for this challenge can cross over to other challenges.

4.  Audio and ebooks count for sure!

5.  There will be 4 levels:
      5th Grader: At least 4 Books
      6th Grader: At least 6 Books
      7th Grader: At least 8 Books
      8th Grader: At least 10 Books

6.  In order to be considered for any prizes given away during the challenge you must to an intial post joining the challenge and link on Mr. Linky by Jan 16 (two weeks). 

At the end of the year, and occasionally throughout the year I’ll do check-in posts and hopefully have some giveaways for them!

Now I need HELP! I tried to make a button (see below) but I don’t know how good it is. Thoughts? And if you know how to make GOOD ones and would like to make one that would be awesome too!