Reading Challenge 2016

The unabridged list of books read in December

Well, here we are again: on the cusp of a new month and a new year. As it’s my last roundup of 2016, it’s the right time to reflect on my attempt to read my own books this year. It has been the most meaningful reading effort I’ve participated in and one that I’m looking… Continue reading The unabridged list of books read in December

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The unabridged list of books I read in November

I can hardly believe we’ve arrived at the last month of 2016. My quest to read my own books is almost over, and I feel like it just began. Also, my tally of books read from my existing library reflects that. Ha. I might need to keep it for 2017. It’s that or descend into… Continue reading The unabridged list of books I read in November

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The unabridged list of books I read in April

Am I really already talking about the books I read in April? Yes, the same incredulity that possessed me at the beginning of last month. This year is flying by at the speed of sound (or is it light?). This month saw my highest “read” tally all year, thanks in large part to Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. My… Continue reading The unabridged list of books I read in April

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The unabridged list of what I read in February

February delivered what feels suspiciously like a reading slump, but not exactly. I say “not exactly” because I’m still reading (what else is there to do? I have few other interests, really). But I’m distracted and a little bit restless. #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks felt like my anchor and inspiration this month. When I struggled to focus on what the heck… Continue reading The unabridged list of what I read in February

The Reading Life

0 out of 5 Stars for the 5-Star System of Rating Books

My grand conclusion after a month of using Goodreads: As a reader, I am vexed to the point of melodrama at the idea of assigning books 1 – 5 stars. It’s basically grading, right? I’m painfully familiar with grading. As a college professor, it’s my least favorite part of teaching. BUT at least assessment criteria are… Continue reading 0 out of 5 Stars for the 5-Star System of Rating Books

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Reading Winter Holidays

Last year, I began devouring Christmas reads in November – November 16, to be exact. I know this because I’m diligent about keeping reading records. For this reason, I also know that I read twelve holiday-themed books between November 2014 and January 2015. That’s a lot of holiday books! Apparently, I was on some sort of… Continue reading Reading Winter Holidays