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2015: Year in Review

Both kids are sleeping after staying up late on New Year’s Eve. We all stayed up until midnight, and then my husband and I went to bed and told the kids they could stay up as long as they wanted (but no TV or electronics). I’m not sure how long they stayed up (Mr. Curiosity said until 12:30, Miss Adventure said until 3:00 – I’m leaning towards Mr. Curiosity’s estimate), but they are both tired. While they’re resting, I thought I’d take advantage of the quiet to look at my reading for the past year.

I didn’t do as many reading challenges this year because I found it cumbersome to keep up with them the year before. Let’s see how I did on the abbreviated challenge list:

Award Winning Challenge: I knocked this one out of the park, with 17 books read that have won a major award. It helps when I’m reading Newbery Award winners either to the kids or for American History Club. I only managed eight Pulitzer Prize winners, which is holding pretty steady. I’ll keep it up this year, but probably not make it a reading challenge. This is two years in a row that I’ve completed the challenge, and I’m reading the books for personal pleasure anyways.

Alphabet Challenge: The last book of the year finished this challenge! I’m very excited about that fact. It helped that we decided to combine X, Y, and Z into a single category. I’m still enjoying this challenge, and like how it stretches me to read some books I might otherwise not, so I’ll be doing it again this year.

Finally to 100 Challenge: The official total was 94. If I had been a bit more consistent about counting graphic novels (I read eight this past year) or allowing audio books (at 11 – I’m not sure why I didn’t count them, but I’m changing that fact this year) I would have made it for sure. I’ll be a bit more generous in the counting of books this year I think. I think the 13 500+ page books made up for the plethora of shorter middle-grade books I read. It all balances in the end, right?

Overall, I’m pleased with the books I read and I’m going to do some new reading challenges this year. Anyone want to join me? I’ll have a post about what challenges I’ll make for myself (or what challenges other people have come up with that sound interesting) soon!

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The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor

A review of the last book I read of the year, posted on the last day of the year. How appropriate!

Published: 1961

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 460 pages

Setting: New England, 1960s

Interest: It was a Pulitzer Prize winner and an O author – the last I needed for my alphabet challenge Continue reading

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The Shadow of Albion by Andre Norton and Rosemary Edgehill

Published: 1999

Genre: alternate history/fantasy

Length: 350 pages

Setting: England and France, early 1800s

Interest: I was looking for an N author and for my reading challenge and came across an Andre Norton book. I read a lot of her stuff as a kid and enjoyed it, so it seemed a safe and enjoyable bet. Continue reading

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Play by Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan

It’s Christmas, which means things are busy. Posts may be a bit sporadic, but I’m still reading (and trying to finish up some reading challenges) so I’ll try to post when I can.

Subtitle: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Published: 2009

Genre: nonfiction psychology

Length: 218 pages of text, 229 total

Interest: It’s been on my reading list so long, I can’t remember how it got there. Perhaps it was recommended reading from The Power of Play. For whatever reason I put it there, I read it now because it had a V author for my alphabet reading challenge. Continue reading

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The Explorers Guild by Jon Baird and Kevin Costner

I had to give a final exam last night from 8-10pm which cut into my blogging time, so I’m getting this blog up this morning instead.

Subtitle: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala.

Published: 2015

Genre: adventure fiction

Length: 763

Setting: various locations around the world, 1912-1918

Interest: I had seen the book reviewed on a GeekDad post as a cross between Rudyard Kipling and Tintin – old-fashioned adventure fiction at it’s best. It sounded interesting. I read it sooner rather than later because it gave me an “X, Y, or Z” title for my alphabet challenge. Continue reading

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Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key

Published: 1968

Genre: middle grade science fiction (just a touch of science fiction)

Length: 180 pages

Setting: the East Coast of the U.S., 1960s

Interest: It was recommended as a good read aloud. Continue reading

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Rabbit at Rest by John Updike

Published: 1990

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 512 pages

Setting: Brewer, PA and Deleon, FL, 1980s

Interest: It’s a Pulitzer Prize winner Continue reading

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