Posted in 2020 Books

January Recap – February Plan

I did not make it through all my planned books for January. Michelle Obama’s autobiography is still sitting on my shelf, but I will get to it! I did end up reading four of the books from my list: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, My Hero Academia, and Skyward. I couldn’t bring myself to pick up and finish Drum Roll, Please as it was just so boring. Luckily, it did NOT make the Truman list for the 2021-2022 school year, so I won’t ever have to pick it up again.

I did add a book to the list, and finished it up last Friday. Ghost by Jason Reynolds. It was supposed to be on my list for February, but when I started reading it, it was easy to read, and I found it hard to put down.

For February: Yes, it’s Black History month, so that was in my mind as I started picking out the books that I wanted to read this month. I found a list, either by New York Times or NPR, of the top books written by black authors this past year, and from that list I picked out two books on top of the others that I was planning to read this month.

First is What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young. I started this one first, and I really enjoy his writing style and use of humor.

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Next, I chose Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper. A few of my friends and I are going to be reading it this month together.

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A Long Walk to Freedom has been on my list for years, so I figured I can at least start it.

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I still need to finish The Princess Bride and Michelle Obama’s autobiography. I’m also behind on my goal for 75 books this year, but I am sure once the Truman list comes out for the 2021-22 school year, I’ll be able to catch up.

Posted in Personal Journal

New year, more books

I’m sitting here with my oldest as we wait to ring in the new year. This is always the time of year when people think about what they can do differently, how they can improve themselves, and I am no different than everyone else. I’ve already committed to getting healthy, saving money, and making necessary improvements to our home. But I also wanted to change how I approach the books I read during the year.

My reading goal this year is at least 75 books, about 6 books a month. Instead of mindlessly going to the library, and picking out random books, I’m dedicating the first of every month to laying out the books I plan to read that month. I still plan on reading young adult books so that I can help my middle school students find books that speak to them, but I am going to read more genres!!

Here’s my list for January:

Drum Roll, Please – Truman possible. I tried to read this one this summer, and I was so bored. Hoping it picks up a little more.

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Skyward. I’ve started this one, and I am enjoying it so far. Another possible Truman, and given the first few chapters, I wouldn’t be surprised if it made the list.

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. This is the last possible Truman that I need to read, but the copy our school library had is lost, and I keep forget to reserve it from my public library. Doing it today! I have only heard good things from those who have read it, so I’m looking forward to it.

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One of my dear friends, Sam, gave me the coolest poster for Christmas where I scratch off the books that I have read. I THINK the books are the top sellers; I’m really not sure. There are a lot of classic novels, but a few more recent books as well. One of the books on the list that my co-teacher said I HAD to read was The Princess Bride. Adding that one to the list for January.

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Becoming by Michelle Obama. I’m going to finally finish this!

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I wouldn’t be surprised if a Harry Potter book was on my list each month. Between me re-reading the series for myself and reading the series for the first time with my youngest, I am bound to be reading on each month.

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My Hero Academia. My oldest is really in to anime and graphic novels. She loves this series, so I told her I would try it out.

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I cannot wait to see what this year brings. Happy New Year, and happy reading!