Battle of the Books Team Members

Congratulations to the following students who made our first Battle of the Books Team!

6th Grade
Heather Bryant
Carson Moss

7th Grade
Jonathon Cammon
Tacaris Hayward
Jayla Johnson
Miajal Paige
Kyla Thomas
Stephan Wilson

8th Grade
Trinity Clark
John Thrash
Jamelia Williams

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Battle of the Books Tryouts and Tournament Set

The Battle of the Books Tournament is set for March 18 at Five Points Baptist Church in Northport.

The EMS team tryouts are scheduled for January 24 during club time.  Be sure to sign up in the library if you want to tryout.  Anyone who has read at least one of the Battle books is invited to tryout for the team.  Come help us bring Book Battle victory to Eastwood!

2013 Reading Goal Completed!

Below is the list of books I have read in 2013.  The goal is to read at least 60 books by the end of the year.  The list will grow as the year continues, so check back for updates!

January
1.  Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
2.  The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
3.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  On  Your Own by Andrew Chambliss
4.  The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
5.  They Called Themselves the K.K.K.:  The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Bartoletti

February
6.  From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
7.  Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson
8.  After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
9.  Riot by Walter Dean Myers
10.  Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

March
11.  Inside the Apple:  A Streetwise History of New York City by Michelle and James Nevius

I kind of stalled out in March this year.  Hopefully I’ll get some good reading done and catch up to where I need to be for April.

April
12.  Among the Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
13.  Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
14.  Deadly by Julie Chibbaro

May
15.  The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by John Joseph Adams
16.  Every Day by David Levithan
17.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  Guarded by Andrew Chambliss
18.  Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
19.  The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
20.  Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
21.  Forever by Judy Blume

June
22.  Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
23.  Black and White by Paul Volponi

July
24.  Island of Vice:  Theodore Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-loving New York by Richard Zacks
25.  Tenth of December by George Saunders
26.  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
27.  When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
28.  The Sandman, Volume 1:  Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
29.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
30.  The Arrival by Shaun Tan
31.  Hereville:  How Mirka got her Sword by Barry Deutsch
32.  The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

August
33.  Double Cross:  The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
34.  Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster
35.  The Sandman, Volume 2:  The Doll House by Neil Gaiman
36.  The Sandman, Volume 3:  Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
37.  The Sandman, Volume 4:  Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman
38.  The Sandman, Volume 5:  A Game of You by Neil Gaiman
39.  The Sandman, Volume 6:  Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman
40.  The Sandman, Volume 7:  Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman
41.  The Sandman, Volume 8:  Worlds’ End by Neil Gaiman
42.  The Sandman, Volume 9:  The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman
43.  The Sandman, Volume 10:  The Wake by Neil Gaiman
44.  Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
45.  Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman

September
46.  Let’s Pretend this Never Happened:  A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
47.  Another Life by Peter Anghelides
48.  American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

October
49.  Bomb:  The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
50.  The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
51.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Welcome to the Team, Part 1 by Andrew Chambliss
52.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
53.  Legend by Marie Lu
54.  The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

November
Well, I stalled out completely this month.  I read books, but I just couldn’t finish anything.

December
55.  The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn
56.  The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale
57.  Poems for Christmas by Neil Philip
58.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman
59.  Talking Pictures:  Images and Messages Rescued from the Past by Ransom Riggs
60.  Ungifted by Gordon Korman

I did it!  I made my reading goal!  I’m very excited about completing my 2013 reading challenge.  I’ve challenged myself to read a certain amount of books for the last three years and this is the first time I made my goal.  My plan is to up the ante for 2014 and read 70 books by year’s end.  We’ll see what the coming year brings in the literary world.