With so many Reading Challenges out there, I figured keeping a monthly update on the ones I’m participating in will be a great way to keep track of my progress!

Jeanette Winter– No books read

Barbara Kerley & Edwin Fotheringham– No books read

Off the Shelf 2015 Goal: 10 books– 1 book read; Click on my To Be Read 2015 post for review.

Beverly Cleary Goal: 4 books in April– No books read

National Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature Goal: 5 books– 3 books read; Click on my To Be Read 2015 post for reviews

Diverse Books Goal: 52 books– 11 books read
-The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew
-Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
-I am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer, Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
-Lottie Paris Lives Here by Angela Johnson, Illustrated by Scott M. Fischer
-Precious and the Mystery of the Missing Lion by Alexander McCall Smith

-Love Will See You Through by Angela Farris Watkins
-Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader, Illustrated by Elizabeth Wolf

-Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
-For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey by Richard Blanco
-Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson, Illustrated by Sean Qualls
-This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt, Illustrated by R.G. Roth

Inaugural Poems– Completed

Nonfiction Picture Book 2015 Goal: 104 books– 12 books read; Read reviews here, here, here, and here.

To Be Read 2015/ Must Read in 2015– 11 books read; Click on link to see which ones I’ve read!

I added two books to My Most Favorite Favorites:
-For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey by Richard Blanco
-Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Reading Snapshot
58 Books Read in 2015
1 Adult Fiction
1 Adult Non-Fiction
2 Graphic Novels
17 Middle Readers
34 Picture Books
3 Young Adult

Readings & Literary Events
-Literary Arts 30th Anniversary Retrospective Archive Exhibit
-Miranda July Reading
Write to Publish– Write to Publish is an annual event put on by Portland State University’s Ooligan Press. It is a conference for writers, editors, publishers, and other industry professionals to learn more about their crafts.

I was tabling there for the Friends of the Multnomah County Library. I’m not going to lie: it was a long day. But some positive things I took from it were hearing how much people love our library, how there are so many passionate people in this industry, and how the attendees appreciated having a place to get some of their questions answered. I enjoyed being recognized as a bookseller so that led to wonderful conversations about books! I also ended up sitting in for the Keynote Address from Shelf Awareness’ editor-in-chief John Mutter.

Independent Bookstore Challenge

This year, my goal is to visit at least one independent bookstore each month and make a purchase. First up was the best bookstore in all the land and where I work- Green Bean Books– with a book on my TBR list- For All of Us, One Today by Richard Blanco.

How are your Reading Resolutions going?

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