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™‚