I’ve always thought of my reading as a journey. I can look back at my journals and lists of books read over the years and see clearly the books and ideas that have influenced me the most. This year my journey took an enjoyable turn onto a blogging road. I’ve loved this route and the people I’ve met along the way, and look forward to another year of reading and blogging.
Inspired by the reader friends I’ve met in the blogging world, I read 79 books in 2007, which is pretty good for me considering much of my time and energy are consumed in a 2nd grade classroom. Of those 79 books, I read 24 of them as a direct result of reviews and discussions from those blogs. I participated in and completed 5 reading challenges (no more the non-joiner!), and have joined two others, not yet completed. I’ve also used and enjoyed the library more this year than ever before.
I don’t usually set reading goals for myself, or plan out a year of reading, because I like to see where the journey of discovery takes me. I’m looking forward to my 2008 reading journey!
2007 – Reading Challenges:
Once Upon a Time Challenge:
Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
The Moorchild, by Eloise McGraw
The Sword and the Circle, The Light Beyond the Forest, and The Road to Camlann, by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
Warriors, Gods & Spirits from Central and South American Mythology, by Douglas Gifford
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
Readers Imbibing Peril, II Challenge:
The Red House Mystery, by A. A. Milne
A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Woman in Black, by Susan Hill
Strange Happenings, by Avi
The Melancholy Death or Oyster Boy, by Tim Burton
FAVORITE BOOK READ IN 2007: Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez