This week I’m celebrating my progress with my Reading Challenges!
I figured keeping a quarterly update on the ones I’m participating in will be a great way to keep track of my progress!
Goal: 666 books– Follow me on Goodreads.
189 Books Read in 2016
6 Adult Fiction
11 Adult Non-Fiction
16 Graphic Novels
21 Middle Readers
134 Picture Books
1 Young Adult
–#MustReadin2016 Goal: 81 books– 25 books read this quarter for a total of 25. Click on my MustReadin2016 post for reviews.
–Agatha Christie/ Off the Shelf Goal: 15 books– 4 books read this quarter for a total of 4. Click on my MustReadin2016 post for reviews.
–Everybody Reads Reading Challenge- Completed
I read this year’s entry: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
–National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature/ Gene Luen Yang Avatar Reading Challenge Goal: 12 books– 9 books read this quarter for a total of 9. Click on my MustReadin2016 post for reviews.
–Patricia Polacco Reading Challenges Goal: 6 books- Completed
–Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge #NFPB2016 Goal: 104 books– 30 books read this quarter for a total of 30.
I may have to do a separate post on all the great books I’ve read this year so far!
Commitment to Literacy
I kicked off my volunteering this year during Martin Luther King Jr.’s Weekend of Service. I volunteered for the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation’s 2016 Bookapalooza Three-Day Used Book Sale. What’s cool about it is that it’s my first out of state volunteering (since I live in Portland, Oregon and this was in Vancouver, Washington.) I think I’d like to try and volunteer every time I travel somewhere.
In late March, I started my new regular volunteering with Multnomah County Library’s Early Childhood Initiative program. I stickered Russian books for kids and, while it may sound boring, I loved that there were so many of these books going to communities who would benefit from them!
Readings & Literary Events
-We were fortunate enough to have Patrick Jennings come to our Family Book Club in January. There was a young boy who was a super fan of the author and in his own terms was a “pro-reader!” The boy also had great story ideas and it was great to see an author encourage that and even share some advice. I hope they stay in touch! I love being a bookseller! We discussed Guinea Dog.
-I had my 7th annual Library Hop- this time in Taiwan! Read about it here.
-I visited some bookstores during my Philippines trip. Read about it here.
-I got the opportunity to attend a live radio broadcast of the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) Think Out Loud program. They interviewed Cristina Henriquez as part of Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads. I was really impressed seeing how a radio show works. And I was completely enthralled by Cristina Henriquez’s interview which you can listen to here.
-I met The Cat in the Hat as part of our Read Across America celebration!
-Multnomah County Library had a great exhibit at their Collins Gallery, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here! It featured creative responses “to the car bombing of Baghdad’s ancient booksellers’ street on March 5, 2007.” I was really moved by the display featuring the poem, “Ways to Count the Dead” by Persis M. Karim.
–The Moth– I recently won tickets to watch a production of The Moth which is a storytelling vehicle of sorts. People come up to share their stories centered around a theme- this show’s theme was Jokers. I admire people putting themselves out there in front of so many people. Some were definitely better than others.
What are you celebrating this week?