11 January 2016

Book Update for 2015

Last year, I started a new reading challenge. I didn't do as well as I had hoped, in that there are several categories that I just didn't accomplish and even if I double dipped, they wouldn't be finished. But, that is okay, last year was a hard year for all of us, but I just wasn't able to get to all the categories. I do think that I did an admirable job. So, I will again attempt this challenge. But here is what last year's reading challenge looked like:

CategoryTitle Author
A book with more than 500 pagesThe HelpKathryn Stockett
A classic romance
A book that became a movieHolesLouis Sachar
A book published this yearRanger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon TrailKate Messner
A book with a number in the titleIn the Secret Place: A 30 Day DevotionalAdam Hogue
A book written by someone under 30
A book with nonhuman charactersCat Pay the DevilShirley Rosseau Murphy
A funny bookLlama of DeathBetty Webb
A book by a female authorThe Silence of the Lamb's WoolBetty Hechtman
A mystery or thrillerBy Hook or By CrookBetty Hechtman
A book with a one word titleLootJude Watson
A book of short storiesGingerbread Cookie MurderJoanne Fluke, Leslie Meier, Laura Levine
A book set in a different countryThe Puffin of DeathBetty Webb
A nonfiction bookAs You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess BrideCarey Elwes
A popular author's first bookHarry Potter and the Sorcer's StoneJ.K. Rowling
A book from an author you love that you haven't read yetCrouching Buzzard, Leaping LoonDonna Andrews
A book a friend recommendedWelcome to the Dark HouseLaurie Faria Stolarz
A Pulitzer Prize Winning book
A book based on a true storyD-Day A Very Brief HistoryMark Black
A book at the bottom of your to read list
A book your mom loves
A book that scares youRule of 3Eric Walters
A book you can finish in a dayMatildaRonald Dahl
A book with antonyms in the title
A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visitAnteater of DeathBetty Webb
A book that came out the year you were born
A book with bad reviews
A trilogyThe Testing TrilogyJoelle Charbonneau
A book from your childhoodCharlotte's WebE. B. White
A book with a love triangleDevil's Food Cake MurderJoanne Fluke
A book set in the futureAgenda 21Glenn Beck
A book set in high schoolTrapped Michael Northrop
A book with a color in the titleBlueberry Muffin MurderJoanne Fluke
A book that made you cryA Fool and His HoneyCharlaine Harris
A book with magicWicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Gregory Maguire
A graphic novelAmulet Vol 1: The StonekeeperKazu Kibuishi
A book by an author you've never read beforeEscape from Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryChris Grabenstein
A book you own but have never readI Shall Not WantDebbie Viguie
A book that takes place in your hometown
A book that was originally written in a different language
A book set during ChristmasSugar Cookie MurderJoanne Fluke
A book written by an author with your same initialsDeath of an Obnoxious TouristMaria Hudgins
A book more than 100 years oldSherlock Holmes: The Red-Headed LeagueSir Arthur Conan Doyle
A book based entirely on its coverA Murder with PeacocksDonna Andrews
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn'tWhite FangJack London
A memoir
A playTwelth NightShakespeare
A banned bookHunger GamesSuzanne Collins
A book based on or turned into a tv showJohn DoeTess Gerritson
A book you started but never finishedMurder in the West WingElliott Roosevelt

On another note, I did read over 140 books last year. While not a personal best on reading, not bad for someone teaching her children for a school year, going back and forth to KY, keeping house, and taking kids to events.

Graduation DayJoelle Charbonneau
Independent StudyJoelle Charbonneau
Meet the Dynasty WomenPauline Bryn
By Hook or by CrookBetty Hechtman
Food for ThoughtNicholas Appleyard
The Overton WindowGlenn Beck
MatildaRonald Dahl
In The Secret Place: A 30 Day DevotionalAdam Hogue
Silence of the Lamb's WoolBetty Hechtman
HolesLouis Sachar
A Wrinkle in TimeMadeline L'Engle
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's LibraryChris Grabenstein
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess BrideCarey Elwes
Death of an Obnoxious TouristMaria Hudgins
Agenda 21Glenn Beck
Johnny TremainEsther Forbes
For Better or WorstedBetty Hechtman
Cat Pay the DevilShirley Rosseau Murphy
The Illuminati: The Conspiracy UncoveredDaniel Brush
Charlotte's WebE. B. White
Amulet Vol 1 The StonekeeperKazu Kibuishi
If Hooks Could KillBetty Hechtman
Acrylic Painting: The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Acrylic Painting for Beginners in 30 minutes or lessJason Ferrison
Cartoon Characters in Well Know PaintingsSaki Osawa
Loot! How to Steal a FortuneJude Watson
Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook: Hannah Swenson's Recipes from the Cookie JarJoanne Fluke
Twelth NightShakespeare
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneJ. K. Rowling
The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins
Chromatic BlanketDeja Jetmir
Daily Scripture Reading: 31 Bible Verses About Faith To Keep You Overcoming!Gloria Coleman
D-Day A Very Brief History Mark Black
Eggsecutive OrdersJulie Hyzy
Poke Cake PerfectionsFrederick McCann
Hooked on MurderBetty Hechtman
Blueberry Muffin MurderJoanne Fluke
Devil's Food Cake MurderJoanne Fluke
John DoeTess Gerritson
Good Cooking for the Kidney Disease Diet: 50 Recipes for the Renal Diet CookbookGordon Rock
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the WestGregory Maguire
Rescue on the Orgeon TrailKate Messner
The VERY BEST OF BROWNIES Vol 1Over 101 Premium Style Brownies You Can Make in Under 1 hourDan Howe
Fudge Cupcake MurderJoanne Fluke
Mondays with JesusRenee Andrews
Candy Cane MurderJoanne Fluke, et al
Dark TortDiane Mott Davidson
Gingerbread Cookie MurderJoanne Fluke, et al
Sugar Cookie MurderJoanne Fluke
Plum Pudding MurderJoanne Fluke
Rule of 3Eric Walters
You Better Knot DieBetty Hechtman
I Survived Shark Attack of 1916Lauren Tarshis
Crouching Buzzard, Leaping LoonsDonna Andrews
I Survived Civil WarLauren Tarshis
Apple Turnover MurderJoanne Fluke
Murder with PuffinsDonna Andrews
Murder with PeacocksDonna Andrews
1100 Words You Need to KnowMurrary Bromberg
English Grammar for DummiesGeraldine Woods
Basic American Grammar and Usage Marcel Danesi
English Sentence BuilderEdward Swick
Vocabulary CartoonsSam Burchers
Murder in the West WingElliott Roosevelt
Grammar Essentials for DummiesGeraldine Woods
English Grammer DeMystifiedPhyllis Dutwin
Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse AgainMignon Fogarty
The Word SnoopUrsula Dubosarsky
Grammar in 15 Minutes a Day: Junior Skill BuilderLearning Express Editors
Got Grammar? Grades 6-12 Jack Umstatter
The Blue Book of Grammar and PunctuationJane Straus
The Grammar DevotionalMignon Fogarty
I Survived The Nazi InvasionLauren Tarshis
We'll Always Have ParrotsDonna Andrews
I Survived The Destruction of PompeiiLauren Tarshis
No Nest for the WicketDonna Andrews
10 Minute Paleo Slow Cooker CookbookDerek Doepker
500 Worksheets - Identifying Smallest Number of 2 digitsKapoo Stem
500 Worksheets - Identifying Largest Number of 2 digitsKapoo Stem
Sherlock Holmes: The Red Headed LeagueSir Arthur Conan Doyle
Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRonald Dahl
Mark of the ThiefJennifer A. Nielsen
Killer CrustChris Cavender
White FangJack London
Welcome to the Dark HouseLaurie Faria Stolarz
The Tuskegee Airmen: The History and Legacy of America's First Black Fighter Pilots in WWIICharles Rivers Editors
Duck the HallsDonna Andrews
Hen of the BaskervillesDonna Andrews
The Real MacawDonna Andrews
Some Like it HawkDonna Andrews
Girl, StolenApril Henry
Double Fudge Brownie MurderJoanne Fluke
Stork Raving MadDonna Andrews
I Shall Not WantDebbie Viguie
Amen and Good Morning, God: A Book of Morning PrayersJo Huddleston
Six Geese A-SlayingDonna Andrews
Drop Dead ChocolateJessica Beck
Swan for the MoneyDonna Andrews
Cockatiels at SevenDonna Andrews
Shakespeare's ChristmasCharlaine Harris
Shakespeare's ChampionCharlaine Harris
The Lives and Times of Great ComposersMichael Steen
Shakespeare's LandlordCharlaine Harris
Last Scene AliveCharlaine Harris
Poppy Done to DeathCharlaine Harris
A Fool and His HoneyCharlaine Harris
The SixMark Alpert
The Gourmet DetectivePeter King
Dead Over HeelsCharlaine Harris
Stupid Science: Weird Experiments, Mad Scientists, and Idiots in the LabLeland Gregory
Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the BaskervillesSir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Julius HouseCharlaine Harris
Three Bedrooms, One CorpseCharlaine Harris
MockingjaySuzanne Collins
A Bone to PickCharlaine Harris
Catching FireSuzanne Collins
Lord of the WingsDonna Andrews
Cinnamon Roll MurderJoanne Fluke
Real MurdersCharlaine Harris
The Nightingale Before ChristmasDonna Andrews
The Unofficial Recipes of the Hunger GamesJohn Chatham
The Good, the Bad and the EmusDonna Andrews
Candy Corn MurderLeslie Meier
Mary PoppinsP. L. Travers
The Puffin of DeathBetty Webb
Cornered by CupcakesS Y Robins
Book Clubbed Lorna Barrett
Llama of DeathBetty Webb
Murder by CheesecakeS Y Robins
The Dark Lady Irene Adler
The Koala of DeathBetty Webb
The Anteater of DeathBetty Webb
Calculus DemystifiedSteven G Krantz
Trapped Michael Northrop
Shakespeare's CounselorCharlaine Harris
William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New HopeIan Doescher
Earth Science Made SimpleEdward F. Albin
Dr. Math Gets You Ready for Algebra: Learning Pre-Algebra is easyMath Forum
Shakespeare's TrollopCharlaine Harris
Ghost Hunter's Guide to Haunted OhioChris Woodyard
Egghead's Guide to VocabularyPeterson's
The Best Poem's of English LanguageHarold Bloom
It was a good year, I found a lot of really good books for the girls to use in school. I found things for them to do that keeps them happy and entertained. What will I accomplish next year? Who knows. I may read more or less, I may knit/crochet/counted cross stitch more. I may go more places, I may take the girls to more activities. I may actually finish the book challenge from 2015! The world is an exciting place and there is so much to do and so much to see and so much to experience. I may go on a fossil hunt with the girls! I may take a hike somewhere I haven't hiked yet (so many trails in Lebanon)! I may make something I haven't tried before and make it over and over and over again (I really want to make more socks and make mittens/gloves).

What do you hope to accomplish this year? Make this year a good one for you! 

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