Reading YA & My First Run

Have you ever done a Goodreads reading challenge? My goal for the last several years was 200 books in a year, but I decreased it for this year to just 100. So right now I’m 2/100. πŸ™‚

Here are the 2 Young Adult books I’ve read so far this year.


I liked both, but Cracked was my favorite. I REALLY liked it! 5 of 5 stars. Just a warning- it definitely has some spicy language.

One of my goals that I really want to stick with this year is to walk at least 1 mile everyday. In the past I’ve tried to run everyday- but that didn’t work. πŸ™‚

By just walking I think I “might” be able to stick with it because I have a treadmill and I can read while I walk. BONUS!

We had a teacher workday today so I was back on a regular schedule. And an early schedule. And I DO mean early. Normally I roll (or jump frantically) out of bed during the week at about 6:20-6:30.

But since I’m going to attempt to walk my mile in the mornings before school AND read my bible I had to get up at 5:15!!!!

But I did it! I may or may not have looked like this turtle….


So this is what I got done be ogre arriving at school at 8:20:
Walked 1 mile, read 3 chapters in my bible and my devotional, wrote in my faith journal, made cornbread and white chicken chili to take to school, showered and dressed, and made my bed.

3 hours of stuff!

And then when I got home after school I RAN MY FIRST MILE FOR 2015!! Outside!!! 12:35. Woohoo!!!


And now the question I want to ask is:


Run, Read, Teach


2014 is going to be an awesome year for running!

If anybody needs a spreadsheet to track your running/walking miles-HERE YOU GO! It’s sort of cute if I do say so myself! πŸ™‚

#500in2014 Spreadsheet


Don’t think I’m going to meet my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year. Goal was 200, and I’m on book# 175. Oh, well. Will shoot for it again in 2014!! πŸ™‚




I can’t wait to tell my 6th graders next week that we will start blogging in mid January!!!!!!!!! I’ve already set up a blog for us at Kidblog. We will take about 1 1/2 weeks to learn all about blogging before we dive in.Β 

Wadley 6th Grade



And there you go. A short summary of my current thoughts on what makes me who I am- I RUN READ TEACH. πŸ™‚

Library Party

I need to have a library party tomorrow. Or Monday. Or Tuesday. But definitely before January 1st.

Why you ask?

Because my goal this year was to read 200 books. I mean I even put it out there on

AND-I’ve only read 173. Yikes!!

Yes, I know that the BOOK POLICE will NOT come banging on my door. And the GOALS DETECTIVES won’t be investigating.

BUT-I set this challenge for myself, and by golly I don’t want to fail!


Middle Grade Readathon Continues

I have been participating in a middle grade readathon over at JUST DEBΒ this week. I have read 2 books.

I’m REALLY thinking about pulling an all nighter tonight to read the 3rd book-Mockingjay. πŸ™‚ Just kidding. Well, maybe not.

These books have set me on fire. I have never been a fan of post-apocalyptic/dystopia type of books-probably because I’ve never really ventured into reading too many of them. But, this trilogy has gotten me HOOKED. So hooked that I have bought a District 12 tribute t-shirt!!!! Can’t wait for the movie to come out in March!


Middle Grade Readathon

Deb over at Just DebΒ is hosting a middle grade readathon this week that ends on Sunday.

So far I have read The Hunger Games and am now on Catching Fire. πŸ™‚

I even ordered a Hunger Games t-shirt from amazon that is supposed to be here Friday so I’ll wait until Monday to booktalk it. With my swag on. πŸ™‚

I hope to finish the trilogy by Sunday-if only I could take a couple of more vacation days. Sigh.

Here’s a link to the t-shirt if you feel the need to try to compete with me on my newfound middle grade mania. πŸ™‚

Click here to show your support to the tributes

2011 reading wrap-up

This is going to be a short wrap-up from 2011. Not one of those where I list my favorite books with book covers, or give you some more reviews, or anything that might require a little bit of thought. Nope. Just a short and simple wrap-up of my reading from 2011.

I read 215 books for a total of 33,127 pages. And I’m pretty darn proud of myself! πŸ™‚

My goal for 2012 is to read 250 books-not sure about the pages-maybe a goal of 50,000??

Anyway, I’m going to join some more reading challenges-maybe this weekend when I have time because tomorrow is my last day of break and I want to READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Middle grade readathon

I am joining a middle grade readathon challenge hosted by Deb Marshall over at Just Deb. #mgreadathon

This readathon is from January 2nd to January 8th. A week of reading middle grade books. Pure heaven! πŸ™‚

Here is my TBR list for this week:

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon-this is part of the #nerdbery challenge

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (#2) by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (#3) by Suzanne Collins

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

I hope I make it through all of these-we go back to school on Wednesday so we’ll see if I can do it! πŸ™‚

Caldecott (Nerdcott) Reading Challenge

Another (yes, another!) great reading challenge for you to join. Laura over at LibLaura5Β and Anna at A to Z LibraryΒ are hosting this might I say “challenging” challenge. Insert note to self: This is a STRESS FREE reading challenge to do at your own pace! πŸ™‚

300 Caldecott (Picture book) winners and honors to be read.

Here’s a list that begins with the year 1938 which is where we will begin, too. Unless you want to begin somewhere else. πŸ™‚

This challenge will begin in January. You can follow on twitter by using the hashtag #nerdcott.

Let’s get reading!


Newbery (Nerdbery) Reading Challenge

Here it is folks! An awesome challenge to join up with!

John over at Watch.Connect.ReadΒ is starting a reading challenge along with Colby at sharpread. We will be reading ALL Newbery Award winning books over the course of 2 years beginning with the 1st one to receive the award and reading them in order. Unless you want to deviate and read them any which way! πŸ™‚

This Newbery Reading Challenge will begin on January 1st, 2012! To follow it on twitter just use the hashtag #nerdbery-yes, we are book nerds and PROUD OF IT!!!!

This is bound to be a fun and exciting reading challenge for all!

Here is the list of Newbery winners that we will be reading that I have copied from John’s blog (thank you, John!):

  • 90. Moon Over Manifest
  • 89. When You Reach Me
  • 88. The Graveyard Book
  • 87. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
  • 86. The Higher Power of Lucky
  • 85. Criss-Cross
  • 84. Kira-Kira
  • 83. The Tale of Despereaux
  • 82. Crispin
  • 81. A Single Shard
  • 80. A Year Down Yonder
  • 79. Bud, Not Buddy
  • 78. Holes
  • 77. Out of the Dust
  • 76. The View from Saturday
  • 75. The Midwife’s Apprentice
  • 74. Walk Two Moons
  • 73. The Giver
  • 72. Missing May
  • 71. Shiloh
  • 70. Maniac Magee
  • 69. Number the Stars
  • 68. Joyful Noise
  • 67. Lincoln: A Photobiography
  • 66. The Whipping Boy
  • 65. Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • 64. The Hero and the Crown
  • 63. Dear Mr. Henshaw
  • 62. Dicey’s Song
  • 61. A Visit to William Blake’s Inn
  • 60. Jacob I Have Loved
  • 59. A Gathering of Days
  • 58. The Westing Game
  • 57. Bridge to Terabithia
  • 56. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • 55. The Grey King
  • 54. M.C. Higgins, The Great
  • 53. The Slave Dancer
  • 52. Julie of the Wolves
  • 51. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • 50. Summer of the Swans
  • 49. Sounder
  • 48. The High King
  • 47. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • 46. Up a Road Slowly
  • 45. I, Juna de Pareja
  • 44. Shadow of a Bull
  • 43. It’s Like This, Cat
  • 42. A Wrinkle in Time
  • 41. The Bronze Bow
  • 40. Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • 39. Onion John
  • 38. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • 37. Rifles for Watie
  • 36. Miracles on Maple Hill
  • 35. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
  • 34. The Wheel on the School
  • 33. …And Now Miquel
  • 32. Secret of the Andes
  • 31. Ginger Pye
  • 30. Amos Fortune, Free Man
  • 29. The Door in the Wall
  • 28. King of the Wind
  • 27. The Twenty-One Balloons
  • 26. Miss Hickory
  • 25. Strawberry Girl
  • 24. Rabbit Hill
  • 23. Johnny Tremain
  • 22. Adam of the Road
  • 21. The Matchlock Gun
  • 20. Call it Courage
  • 19. Daniel Boone
  • 18. Thimble Summer
  • 17. The White Stag
  • 16. Roller Skates
  • 15. Caddie Woodlawn
  • 14. Dobry
  • 13. Invincible Louisa
  • 12. Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
  • 11. Waterless Mountain
  • 10. The Cat Who Went to Heaven
  • 9. Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
  • 8. The Trumpeter of Krakow
  • 7. Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
  • 6. Smoky, the Cowhorse
  • 5. Shen of the Sea
  • 4. Tales from Silver Lands
  • 3. The Dark Frigate
  • 2. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
  • 1. The Story of Mankind