Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Award & Book Lists for my Reading Log

Last week, I shared my new reading log and the printable pages I'm using to track my reading in 2018. I really enjoy sitting down with paper and pen to do this, so I'm quite happy with how it's working out so far. I still log some basics on my Goodreads account, but there's a lot more I can keep track of this way without spending extra time on my phone or computer -- so that's a win for me.

I already covered my book budget, book clubs, reading challenges, and tracking categories (book type, source, format, recommendations, etc.) in that last post, so today I just want to focus on my final two sections. I've made one section for awards lists and another for recommendation and "best of" lists that have caught my eye. I had a ton of links cluttering up my browser's bookmark folders -- and let's be honest, I hardly ever looked at them! So I did a big clean out, deleted a whole bunch, and just printed the ones I'm most interested in. 

Each person will have their own taste in book lists and awards, but below are a few of the ones I put in my binder if you want to check any of them out. Whatever type of list you like, I highly recommend printing them out if you are able. I think it's much more likely we will read more from these lists if we can actually see them, refer to them, and mark them up than to have them hidden away in a digital folder -- or maybe that's just me :)

Recommendation Lists:

Read-Aloud Revival's Booklists
(free registration to access lots of great categories!)

NPR's Top 100 Teen Books 

Award Lists:
Note: Most award links are to Wikipedia since they're the most streamlined for printing purposes

E.B. White Read Aloud Award + 2017 winners

National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
(full-length novels by female authors, written in English, & published in the UK)

Jane Addams Children's Book Award
(children's books advance the causes of peace and social equality)

The 2018 winners for the following ALA awards will be announced soon, so I'm holding off on printing them for now!

Michael L. Printz Award
(YA book of literary merit)

Odyssey Award
(children's & YA audiobooks)

Alex Award + 2017 winners
(adult books with appeal to YA audience)

Coretta Scott King Award
(outstanding African American authors & illustrators; books about the African-American experience)

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Do you have any favorite awards or recommendations lists? Please share in the comments! I just might need to add a few more pages :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My New Reading Log (+ Free Printable Reading Logs!)

After joining the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge and printing out all the lovely trackers that go along with it, I thought it would be nice to have printable sheets for my other 2018 challenges too. I tried looking online for a simple, blank printable reading list, but I couldn't find what I was looking for. So I went ahead and made my own for Julie's Newbery Challenge (that she's sharing over on her blog Smiling Shelves!) by fiddling around with a To-Do List template in Word:

Then I made even simpler ones for the 2018 Picture Book and Middle Grade Challenges, by basically just adding check boxes and numbered title lines to Becky's original lists:

At this point, I thought I was done. I already have a reading journal for favorite quotes and passages, so I didn't have any grand plans for making this into a big thing. But then Kate aka The Loud Library Lady shared her book journal on Instagram over New Year's weekend as she was making it and I was inspired! I didn't want to make one exactly like hers, but I figured if I already had some sheets ready, I could make some additional ones, 3-hole-punch them all, and create my own reading log journal in a pretty binder. Once I got this idea in my head, the project took on a life of its own!

I love all of the gorgeous (recycled!) binders by greenroom!

First, I thought it would be nice to add a log for my monthly Diverse Books Club reads, so I fiddled around with another Word template (this time a festive birthday list one). I left some room under each month's header to fill in the themes, made a wider column in the middle for titles, and a narrower column on the right to note the type of book (Adult, YA, MG, or picture book.)

Then I figured if I had a page for my online book club, I should have one for my in-person book clubs too. So I made a simple page for my main (YA) book club. As well as a page for my public library's book discussions. The boxes here are pretty big which I figure leaves space for additional notations other than title if I want (format I read, who chose the book, etc.)

Yup, I already covered up an error!

Then I started thinking about how I struggled to come up with a list of 2017 year-end book favorites (and ultimately decided not to bother!) because my Goodreads account is so unwieldy with all the picture books I read. I absolutely still want to record them there, but it was just too annoying to sift through everything at year's end. I thought about how burnt out I was on all of the digital logging I did for the 2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge, but how, on the other hand, I really enjoyed recording the old-school way in a notebook for the Newbery Challenge. So I decided to create a sheet for each of the things I would like to track in 2018. It may not work for everyone, but there is just something about sitting down with a pen and paper to log my reading that sounds so appealing to me right now.

I settled on a basic table color-coded for various things I'd like to track. So I started with book type. I have more blue pages just like the one below for Young Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction, Chapter Books/Early Readers, Graphic Novels/Comics, Non-Fiction, and Poetry/Novels-in-Verse. Poetry and graphic novels could cross over with other categories, but I decided to keep those separate. Each book will get recorded only once on the blue sheet it fits best.

Then I have purple sheets for format. These are where I will log each book read as print, ebook, or audiobook format.

Next I have pink sheets for source. I am only differentiating between books borrowed from the library and books I own. If you are a blogger who reviews a lot, another source could be NetGalley or publishers, but I'm not in the reviewing game right now. If a book I own is one I won in a giveaway or is an old ARC leftover from when I was reviewing more, I will make a note of it, but I'm not giving them their own sheet. I've also printed separate "from library" and "from our collection" picture book sheets because I don't want those mixed in with my other reading.

Next up, I have a few orange sheets to log recommendations. For now, I only have specific sheets for Read-Aloud Revival and Orange Marmalade since they are go-to resources for me. And then I have a more generic sheet for recommendations from bloggers with a column to note which blog (or podcast) the recommendation was from -- as best as I can remember!

And finally, I have some Misc. green sheets to record specific kinds of books I'm interested in reading more of this year. I may make additional categories, but for now these include, Classics, Books About Books, Short Works, and Re-Reads.

In addition to all these book logging sheets, I also have simple sheets to keep track of my monthly book budget.

And since I spent so much time on this little project, I decided to share the files in case anyone else might find them useful. Now I have the design and formatting down, it's quick and easy to make additional pages, so if there is a category you would like to use I don't have listed, leave me a comment and I will make up some extra pages to share :)

Click the links below to download and/or print the PDFs!
This is my first time doing this, so let me know if there are any glitches and I will try my best to fix them :) And please be aware when printing that some files ended up with an extra page at the end with just a header  -- I was going cross-eyed trying to fix that particular glitch and just decided to leave them as is :)



BOOK TYPE (blue)

FORMAT (purple)

SOURCE (pink)


MISC. (green)
Books About Books {2018} PDF

I'm also going to use this binder to stash printouts of booklists from around the web including awards and other "best of" lists I'm interested in, but this is long enough already, so I'll share more about those in another post!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

I can hardly believe it, but I actually finished this doorstop of a poetry collection I started last January!

I was really terrible about keeping up with it daily and often would play catch-up a few weeks at a time. At least once, I had more than a month of poems backlogged! And while I'm glad I did finish the whole thing and I enjoyed a majority of the poems, it definitely was not the ideal reading experience the way I did it. By not sticking to one poem each day, I often found myself reading too hurriedly, impatient to catch-up to the current date. I'm sure I would have understood some of the poems much better if I took the time for multiple readings -- and while I did sometimes re-read, other times I just moved on. I was more likely to re-read poems that really resonated with me, but others that didn't strike me right away or that I had trouble following I didn't always give a second chance to sink in.

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction and (parts of) Slow Reading in a Hurried Age have inspired me to slow down and savor my reading more. For someone who is a fairly slow reader of novels, it's ironic that I have a tendency to speed through poetry and other shorter works -- the very pieces that generally benefit from more time, attention, and contemplation. But lucky for me, I can try again in 2018 with this lovely new companion collection :)

I know life happens and the likelihood of never falling behind is slim, but I'm going to make sure this volume stays on my nightstand this year. I had gotten into the unfortunate habit of catching up, getting a few days ahead, and then sticking the volume back on the shelf -- where I promptly forgot about it until I was behind again! So in 2018, I'm going to make a sincere effort at a establishing a daily(-ish) poetry habit. I'm not going to beat myself up if I miss a few days, but hopefully I won't get a month behind this time around!

P.S. I wasn't planning on reading through the "Every Night" collection again in 2018, but picked it back up around January 3rd -- I shall have to see if I stick with both or revert to just the new collection -- either way is OK by me :)

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Have you ever tried to keep up with any kind of specified daily reading? Do you have any tips or tricks? I'd love to know!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Why am I making a book budget for 2018?

In my first post of the new year I shared my bookish plans for 2018. I condensed the list from previous years, but many of my plans are similar, if not identical, to ones I've made in the past. For the most part, I like to use the new year as an opportunity to evaluate what's been working well for me and what hasn't. My bookish plans aren't goals exactly, but more like a guide for the direction I'd like my reading go in the coming months. Several things on my list are already fairly well-established parts of my routine, but reminders never hurt. And I think maintaining a habit or practice is just as important (if not moreso!) than starting a new one.

But there is one brand-spanking new plan for 2018 on my list: a $25 monthly book-buying budget. I've never done one before and I'll admit I'm a little nervous about my follow-through skills. But when it comes down to it, I really and truly need one for this year. I can make every excuse in the book, but I've been spending too much money on books, especially considering how overflowing my shelves currently are. I want this to be the year I finally read more of the books I am already fortunate enough to have in our home library and I think establishing a budget is the best way to achieve that.

I considered a complete book-buying ban, but I decided that's a likely recipe for an eventual binge down the line. I also considered a book-buying ban with some pretty broad exceptions -- book club selections, library book sale, garage sale, used book store, etc., etc. -- but I'm positive I could still overdo it if I leave myself that much wiggle room. Having a set budget will force me to spend my book dollars more wisely and opt for the library in some cases or defer a purchase to a later time. I'm making very few exceptions that fall outside the monthly budget (gifts & donations; purchases made with gift cards & reward points), so any new books I have my eye on will need to be carefully considered.

This always seems easier in January than it really is. I can look ahead and see which titles by my favorite authors are coming out or which series have a new installment being published, but this never shows me the whole picture. Sure, it's easy now, to say I'm only going to buy a short list of specific titles I already know about, but I know darn well that lots of great books will come out this year that I don't even know exist yet. Debuts by writers I have never heard of will come out and pique my interest. Book bloggers will review awesome stuff. But I have TONS of books in my house already that I want to read, and I need to remember that.

I even have a huge backlog in my Audible library largely due to two incredible children's/middle grade sales this past summer and fall, as well as titles I bought with credits. At first, I didn't think I would count my Audible subscription toward my monthly budget, but ultimately decided I would. I'm just not flying through audiobooks like I was a year or so ago. I've shifted back toward primarily reading in print, so I bit the bullet the other day, redeemed my last 2 credits, and cancelled my subscription. If I want to start up again, I can, but it will count toward my $25/month.

I'm not joining any read-what-you-own challenges this year because they seem to have backfired in the past. I really think going the budget route will give me both the limits and the freedom I need to really make this work. The gift card/reward point exception gives me a bit of extra cushion and I'm feeling pretty confident I can pull this whole thing off. I quite literally have a library in my house, so I have a LOT to choose from. I also live in a fantastic public library system. I should have done this long ago, but I'm glad I'm doing it now. Wish me luck!

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Do you have a book budget? Any tips or tricks for me? I'd love to hear what has worked for you :)

Monday, January 1, 2018

8 Bookish Plans for 2018

Happy New Year readers! I always love the feeling of starting a fresh, new year. I've tried not to go overboard with goals or resolutions, but I still love mulling over my bookish plans for 2018. I've kept things pretty simple, but added the bullet points as reminders to myself of all the various things that can be included within each broader goal. Of all of these, the bullets under #8 are the only one I am considering as real concrete rules for myself because I really need to limit myself in the book buying department this year. I'll share more thoughts on why I'm doing a book budget this year in an upcoming post. Wish me luck!

1. Read more short works
  • short stories
  • novellas
  • essays
  • poetry

2. Read more nonfiction
  • inspirational, reflective, and/or spiritual books
  • parenting books (but only practical, HELPFUL ones)
  • books that teach me something

3. Read from my own shelves
  • my physical books: already owned + new books
  • my Audible library
  • my eBook/eMagazine collection (this is minimal, but I always forget I have them!)

4. Complete my 2018 reading challenges

5. Use my reading journals

6. Book club stuff
  • Attend 4 of my library's book discussion groups
  • Read 1 book/month for the Diverse Books Club + the picture book selections
  • Read my IRL book club books not at the last minute

7. Better Bookish Time Management
  • Spend less time researching, browsing, and shopping for books
  • Better curate my email subscriptions, newsletters, & blogroll
  • Reduce screen-time to free up more reading time

8. Stick to a monthly book budget of $25
  • Can be spent all at once or divided
  • Any unused budget can roll over to the following month
  • Includes:
    • tax and/or shipping on book purchases
    • all books purchased in any format and any genre (cookbooks, picture books, audiobooks -- all of it!)
    • books for my son (exceptions for birthday and Christmas gifts)
    • pre-orders
  • Does not include:
    • books purchased with gift cards, credit card reward points, or ibotta** cash
    • gifts for others
    • books to be donated
Really, my overarching goal is to ENJOY reading, both on my own and with my son. I want to continue to grow and to learn. To become more understanding, compassionate, and empathetic. Books won't make me a better person all on their own, but I hope to read books that inspire and enlighten me and help me on my way. Here's to a great reading year!

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Reading Challenge Wrap-Ups

I've already joined all my challenges for 2018, so it feels a little weird to go back and revisit the 2017 ones now, but I still like to see how they all turned out right at the finish line. I already discussed these 2017 ones quite a bit back in October when I debated what I would (or would not) join again in 2018. I am standing by my decision to join very few this year which includes skipping a fun challenge I did really well on as well as two that line up perfectly with my reading goals, but I just don't want to be bothered with all the tracking -- or the "pressure"! I actually think I might do better reading from my own shelves and reading new books I buy if I don't have challenges hanging over my head. We shall see!

Goal: Read all the Sherlock short stories and novels.

This one is not actually over yet, but I abandoned ship many months ago. I enjoyed the few stories and one novel I read, but I do not work well on a schedule. At all. I'll get back to these in my own time. AND there is now a fantastic Stephen Fry narrated Audible edition, I have so many hours of listening to look forward to :) :)

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Hosted by Novel Night
Goal: 50 books published prior to 2017

I have 114 books logged for this challenge, plus tons and tons of backlist picture books (though I gave up on submitting those after September!). I'm in the middle of a couple more backlist books I may or may not finish before the end of today. I had not made myself any goals for the Hogwarts mini challenge which included 4 different (optional) scavenger hunts, but I've completed and submitted all of them! As of yesterday, I only had one book remaining for the Hermione's Library hunt, a title with the letter Q in it. I had not been counting any picture books for the scavenger hunts (even though they do count), but decided being one book shy, I would sneak one in. I chose The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by one of my very favorite storytellers Carmen Agra Deedy. It was definitely a book for me, rather than for my son, so I'm calling it good enough :)

This challenge looks like a huge success for me on paper (ahem, screen), but I'm still not joining it again for 2018 (tempting as it is!) because I feel I spent WAY too much time tracking and logging stuff for it. I'd rather get that time back for more reading or blogging.

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Hosted by Julie @Smiling Shelves
Goal: Konisgburg level which requires 75+ points

I chose the highest level for this challenge and blew past my goal! I rounded out the year with 100 points and am so happy with all the wonderful Newbery and Caldecott books I read this year.

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Original artwork by Charles Haigh-Wood (1856-1927)
Hosted by Becky @Becky's Book Reviews
Goal: Complete Checklist of 102 categories

I loved this challenge! If picture books aren't your thing, I totally get it. And even if they are your thing, maybe it seems silly to have a challenge for books that often can be read in 15 minutes (or less!), but I really liked how this helped me pick up titles, authors, and illustrators I never would have before. Sure, I completed lots of categories without even trying, but having some categories I needed to seek out in order to cross them off was a little bit like a bookish treasure hunt :)

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Goal: My Shelves and I are Going Steady, 51+ books

I only read 37 books for this challenge this year. That might sound pretty good to a lot of people, but it's a lot lower than I was hoping for! I read lots more from my shelves if I could count books purchased during 2017, but those count for the final challenge below, not this one. I'm not joining ShelfLove again, but since I am giving myself a monthly book budget in 2018 (more on that soon!), I sincerely hope to read many more that are already on my shelves now in the coming year.

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Hosted by Book Date
Goal: Maximizing Returns, 61-80%
Status: FAIL!

I actually stopped tracking this sometime in the fall. I went to a few too many garage sales and made a few too many Book Outlet bargain orders and just got tired of logging everything (and watching my stats drop!) Maybe that should have motivated me to stop picking up new books altogether, but challenge stats aren't going to dissuade me from picking up a $5 bag of used books at a community fundraiser garage sale or $1 books from the library sale shelf. Even without official numbers, I know I didn't hit 61% and I quite likely missed by a LOT. While I still find reading books I buy in a timely manner to be a worthwhile goal, I don't want the pressure of tracking it all. In 2018, I'm giving myself a limited monthly book budget, so I'll have to decide if I want to spend it a pile of cheap used books, a cartful of bargain books, 1 or 2 brand new books or audiobooks, or some combination thereof. This should keep things in check by forcing me to be more discerning in what I pick up -- which should in turn help me read (most) of them in a reasonable amount of time. And if I pick up some $1 bargains that I don't read for a few years, so be it!

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How did your reading challenges go in 2017? Are you joining any for 2018?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Bookish Reading Plans: How'd I Do?

Before I finalize my bookish plans post for 2018, I thought I should take a look at how I did on my plans for 2017:

1. Continue writing short reviews on Goodreads, but... 
2. remember I don't have to review every book! 
YES! I did both of these. Almost every book I read got logged on Goodreads and I "reviewed" many of them with just a line or two of my thoughts. Lots more books got only a star rating -- or occasionally nothing at all if I was too undecided.
YES! I demolished my goal for this challenge and loved so many of the books I read for it. I'd like to up my ratio of Newbery to Caldecott books in 2018 though. The Newberys I read in 2017 were some of my very favorite books of the year, so lets keep 'em coming!

4. Read a variety of picture books
YES! I read at least 1 book for each of the 102 categories in this challenge. Hopefully I can get a post together soon with some highlights!

5. Read poetry and short stories
YES! There is room for improvement, but I definitely read more poetry and short stories than I had in previous years.

6. Read classics
SORT OF. I read some classic children's novels (and bunches of classic picture books), but I didn't really get around to the classics I had in mind when I made this goal. 

7. Read at least five new-to-me authors (thanks Jade!)
YES! Lots more than five, actually.

8. Read (A LOT) more from my own shelves (#ShelfLove!)
Well.... I did do (slightly) better than in 2016, but there is a LOT of room for improvement. 

9. Read new books I buy during 2017 in a timely manner
SORT OF. I bought a lot of books in 2017. Book Outlet bargains and used books were a pretty large percentage of my purchases. I also frequented (that particular word is oh so appropriate here!) my local indie and various online book sites. I read a lot of these books, but there are still an embarrassing number of unread ones on my shelves. This is why there will be a book budget for 2018 -- more on that soon!

10. Use the library, but not as much as I have been (to help with #8)
I THINK SO? I feel like I had a better balance this year, but I didn't really keep track. Striking a good balance between library and purchased books continues to be a work in progress.

11. Implement a book buying ban for YA and adult titles (exceptions for books to be read right away)
MOSTLY. I bought relatively few YA and adult titles in 2017, but I definitely did not read every single one I did purchase. I more than made up for the decrease in YA and Adult with an increase in Middle Grade and Picture Books. That wasn't exactly the point of this goal, so here's another good reason for my new 2018 book budget!

12. Use my wishlist shelf on Goodreads as a sort of waiting period to discourage impulse purchases
SORT OF. I used my wishlist shelf, but it didn't curb my impulse purchases as much as I hoped it would. 

13. Spend less time researching, browsing, and shopping for books
NOPE. This is going on my 2018 list again for sure. And I need to remind myself of it any time I get sucked into a bookish internet black hole. I have found an awful lot of great books through my browsing and researching, but it really is not the best use of my time to do as much of it as I have been doing.

14. Better curate my bookish email subscriptions, newsletters, and blogroll
MOSTLY. This is also going back on my 2018 list since it's a continual work in progress. I'm much more careful than I used to be about curating my feeds, but the overwhelm can easily creep back into the various corners where I get my bookish news. When Feedly or email or Instagram, etc., etc. start feeling like a chore instead of an inspiration, I know it's time for another cull.

15. ENJOY reading and sharing books with my son
YES! This is really always the most important goal. I definitely did enjoy my own reading as well as reading with my son and I hope for lots more of that in the new year!

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How did you do on your reading goals for 2017? Are you making any new ones for 2018? I'd love to know!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge: Sign-Up Post

I know, I know. I said I was done with challenges. But I'm making one exception. Anne Bogel recently launched the eighth year of her Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge though this is actually my first year joining. I've seen it in the past, but always skipped it because I felt I had already joined too many other challenges -- which I most certainly had! But I only joined three this year focusing on children's books, so this one really resonated with me when Anne explained her reasons for bringing it back. Apparently she was seriously thinking about not doing a challenge for 2018, but I'm really glad she changed her mind! I'm paraphrasing as best I can from my memory of her Instagram story, but basically Anne said her goals are to help people: get more out of their reading lives, get better at choosing books that will be great reading experiences, establish a reading habit, make time for reading, and focus on quality over quantity. So I decided this was exactly what I needed for my "adult" reading in 2017.

I do have a pretty well established reading habit, but it's almost all kid-lit lately. I love kid-lit, but I've realized I am seriously out of the habit of choosing titles outside of Middle Grade and Picture Books. They are generally less of a time commitment, so my reading outside of those categories has been steadily declining. I'm not abandoning kid-lit by any means, but I'd like to make more time and space for great adult and young adult titles in the new year -- and this seems like just the thing to help me do that!

More info & sign-up on the Modern Mrs Darcy site!
Image from Modern Mrs. Darcy

Are you joining for 2018? If you're looking for a category based challenge, I can't think of a better one. Anne carefully chose the 12 categories based on feedback of what has actually worked for real readers. Plus, there are all kinds of fun goodies to download when you join like a phone wallpaper, bookmarks, and goal trackers. Here's to a year of great reading!

Monday, December 4, 2017

2018 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups

So, I really am quitting most reading challenges for 2018. I went through all the pros and cons and very few challenges made the cut to re-join for next year. I will sign up for the broad, number-based Goodreads challenge in the beginning of January as I always do. Once again, I will set a very high goal that reflects all of the types of books I read including picture books, chapter books, poetry, short stories, and graphic novels which enable my stats to climb so high. Sometimes I wonder why I bother with this one, but at this point it feels like a tradition.

The other two challenges that made the cut had a common theme: children's literature. Why am I not surprised?! I decided I would join the Picture Book Reading Challenge again as long as the categories were mostly different -- and they are! So that one is a go and my goal is to complete the entire checklist again. I've been rocking the Newberys and Caldecotts lately and have a LOT more of them on my TBR, so the Newbery Reading Challenge is also a go and I'm aiming for the highest level again.

And I'm sneaking just one new challenge into my lineup. Becky who hosts the Picture Book Reading Challenge also has a similar Middle Grade Reading Challenge that is just too tempting to pass up! I figure this one will work for two main reasons: first, it overlaps with the Newbery Challenge and second, like the picture book challenge, it features an awesome checklist of options. I have found the checklist format is pretty ideal for me in terms of keeping track. I have no delusions of completing all 104 categories for this one, but I know I can complete the minimum of 6. I won't set a goal higher than 6, I'm just curious to see how many I can check off by the end of the year. Becky has even ruled that counting a single book for two qualifying categories is allowed (but not more than two!)

Both picture book and middle grade challenges have an option to focus on a single author's body of work which I'm really intrigued by. Deciding on just one author will be a difficult choice, but I definitely want to at least consider this option for both challenges.

MY GOAL: Konigsburg level = 75+ points

Point System
3 points for a Newbery Medal Winner 
2 points for a Newbery Honor Book 
1 point for a Caldecott Honor or Medal Book

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Original artwork by Charles Haigh-Wood (1856-1927)
Info & Sign-Up
MY GOAL: Complete Checklist + Complete Option 2

Option 1: Read six picture books of your choice.
Option 2: Choose one author to focus on. Perhaps read through an entire author's work.
Option 3: Read as few as six, or as many as you like, from the checklist below
1. Title beginning with A
2. Author beginning with A
3. Title beginning with B
4. Author beginning with B
5. Title beginning with C
6. Author beginning with C
7. Title beginning with D
8. Author beginning with D
9. Title beginning with E
10. Author beginning with E
11. Title beginning with F
12. Author beginning with F
13. Title beginning with G
14. Author beginning with G
15. Title beginning with H
16. Author beginning with H
17. Title beginning with I
18. Author beginning with I
19. Title beginning with J
20. Author beginning with J
21. Title beginning with K
22. Author beginning with K
23. Title beginning with L
24. Author beginning with L
25. Title beginning with M
26. Author beginning with M
27. Title beginning with N
28. Author beginning with N
29. Title beginning with O
30. Author beginning with O
31. Title beginning with P
32. Author beginning with P
33. Title or Author beginning with Q
34. Title beginning with R
35. Author beginning with R
36. Title beginning with S
37. Author beginning with S
38. Title beginning with T
39. Author beginning with T
40. Title or Author beginning with U
41. Title or Author beginning with V
42. Title or Author beginning with X or “Ex”
43. Title beginning with Y
44. Author beginning with Y
45. Title or Author beginning with Z
46. An alphabet book
47. A counting book
48. A color word in the title
49. A number word in the title
50. Concept book of your choice— picture book
51. Concept book of your choice — board book
52. bedtime book —board book
53. bedtime book — picture book
54. book that rhymes —picture book
55. book that rhymes — early reader OR board book
56. holiday of your choice — board book or early reader
57. holiday of your choice — picture book
58. wordless picture book
59. new to you author
60. new to you illustrator
61. favorite author
62. favorite illustrator
63. free choice
64. fairy or folk tale adaptation
65. fairy or folk tale traditional
66. a title with the word “first” in it
67. a book set in the state you live
68. a book set in a place you’d like to visit
69. a book set in an imaginary place
70. a book set in the past — fiction or nonfiction
71. a book set in the present
72. picture book for older readers — fiction
73. picture book for older readers — nonfiction
74. early reader — fiction
75. early reader — nonfiction
76. picture book with photographs
77. one word title
78. long title (four or more words)
79. oversized book
80. tiny book
81. a book about playing (hide and seek, tag, or peekaboo, etc.)
82. a book about school
83. a book about hobbies (art, dance, music, crafts, sports)
84. a title that is a question
85. a title that is an exclamation
86. an award winner or an honor book
87. a collection (of poems OR stories)
88. a book with animals (fiction)
89. a book with animals (nonfiction)
90. a book about books or reading
91. a book celebrating family
92. first book in a series
93. any book in a series
94. book with an adventure or misadventure
95. a book about a pet
96. A title with the word “yes” or “no” in it
97. A title with the word “big” or “little” in it
98. a classic published before 1968
99. a book you think should be considered a classic
100. Out of print
101. Library book
102. Impulse Pick
103. Board book published in 2018
104. Picture book published in 2018

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Girl reading a book by Federico Zandomeneghi
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MY GOAL: Minimum of 6 from checklist (but hopefully a lot more!) + Complete Option 2

Option 1: Read six middle grade books of your choice. 
Option 2: Choose one author to focus on. Perhaps read through an entire author's work. 
Option 3: Read as few as six, or as many as you like, from the checklist below

1. Title beginning with A
2. Author beginning with A
3. Title beginning with B
4. Author beginning with B
5. Title beginning with C
6. Author beginning with C
7. Title beginning with D
8. Author beginning with D
9. Title beginning with E
10. Author beginning with E
11. Title beginning with F
12. Author beginning with F
13. Title beginning with G
14. Author beginning with G
15. Title beginning with H
16. Author beginning with H
17. Title beginning with I
18. Author beginning with I
19. Title beginning with J
20. Author beginning with J
21. Title beginning with K
22. Author beginning with K
23. Title beginning with L
24. Author beginning with L
25. Title beginning with M
26. Author beginning with M
27. Title beginning with N
28. Author beginning with N
29. Title beginning with O
30. Author beginning with O
31. Title beginning with P
32. Author beginning with P
33. Title or Author beginning with Q
34. Title beginning with R
35. Author beginning with R
36. Title beginning with S
37. Author beginning with S
38. Title beginning with T
39. Author beginning with T
40. Title or Author beginning with U
41. Title or Author beginning with V
42. Title or Author beginning with X or “Ex”
43. Title beginning with Y
44. Author beginning with Y
45. Title or Author beginning with Z
46. 2018 Newbery Winner or Honor
47. Newbery Winner or Honor from 2010-2017
48. Newbery Winner or Honor from 2000-2009
49. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1990-1999
50. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1980-1989
51. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1970-1979
52. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1960-1969
53. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1950-1959
54. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1940-1949
55. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1932-1939
56. Newbery Winner or Honor from 1922-1931
57. Notable Children's Book from 2018 or 2017
 58. Any book by a Wilder Award author
 59. verse novel
 60. graphic novel
 61. biography or memoir
 62. nonfiction
 63. poetry
 64. audio book
 65. first in a series
 66. any book in a series
 67. last book in a series
 68. favorite author
 69. new to you author
 70. British author
 71. Australian author
 72. Canadian author
 73. translated into English from another language
 74. American author
 75. set in the state you live
 76. set in a place you'd like to visit
 77. set in an imaginary place you'd like to visit
 78. picture book for older readers
 79. book about a pet
 80. animal fantasy
 81. fantasy
 82. alternate reality
 83. science fiction
 84. adventure
 85. action/suspense
 86. mystery/detective
 87. realistic fiction
 88. school setting
 89. multiple points of view
 90. historical fiction -- world war I
 91. historical fiction -- world war II
 92. historical fiction, your choice
 93. historical fiction, mystery or suspense
 94. oh the sads
 95. happy, happy ending
 96. laugh until you cry
 97. coming of age
 98. "diary" or "notebook"
 99. classic, your choice
 100. out of print
 101. library book
 102. impulse pick
 103. published in 2018
 104. YOUR pick for Newbery 2019

Bonus/alternate picks:
 made into a good movie
 made into a horrible movie
 book from your childhood
 free choice
 multiple authors
 orphan child
 vacation setting or road trip
 first crush
 new book by favorite author
time travel or steam punk

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