The 2016 Battle of the Books Team

Congratulations to the 2016 Battle of the Books team!  We had several students try out for the team, but we can only take eight students with us.  These students did some great reading and made the cut!

6th grade
Maya Young
Khloe Williams
Chassidy Hughes

7th grade
Emilie Gray
Brittney Mink

8th grade
Javalynn Winters
Jamarlia Cooper
Heather Bryant

Practice starts February 5 and the competition is March 8!


2015 Reading Goal Complete!

I made it!  By the skin of my teeth, I made it!  I had a large reading lull in February and June last year.  That made completing my goal a bit harder as the year end grew ever closer.  However, I made good use of my breaks in November and December to reach my goal.  Did you reach yours?  Let me know in the comments!

Below is the list of books I have read in 2015.  The goal is to read at least 71 books by the end of the year.  The list will grow as the year continues, so check back for updates!

1. The short and tragic life of Robert Peace:  a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
2. Doctor Who:  nothing o’clock by Neil Gaiman
3. Food:  a love story by Jim Gaffigan
4. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
5. What if?  Serious scientfic answers to absurd hypothetical questions by Randall Munroe
6.  The Nazi Hunters:  How a team of spies and survivors captured the world’s most notorious Nazi by Neil Bascomb
7.  The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

8.  Hilda and the troll by Luke Pearson

9.  The family Romanov:  murder, rebellion, and the fall of imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
10.  Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
11.  Drums, girls and dangerous pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

12.  Among the betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
13.  March:  book one by John Robert Lewis
14.  Interview with the vampire:  Claudia’s story by Ashley Marie Witter
15.  Harry Potter stage to screen:  the complete filmmaking journey by Bob McCabe
16.  Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
17.  Dead to the world (iZombie #1) by Chris Roberson
18.  Hand to mouth:  living in bootstrap America by Linda Tirado
19.  Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly  Brubaker Bradley
20.  Trinity:  a graphic history of the first atomic bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

21.  This is what you just put in your mouth?  From eggnog to beef jerkey, the surprising secrets of what’s inside everyday products by Patrick Di Justo
22.  El Deafo by Cece Bell
23.  Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children:  the graphic novel by Ransom Riggs
24.  Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? by Roz Chast
25.  March:  book two by John Robert Lewis
26.  Dragonfly in amber by Diana Gabaldon
27.  Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

28.  When books went to war:  the stories that helped us win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning

29.  The nurses:  a year of secrets, drama, and miracles with the heroes of the hospital by Alexandra Robbins
30.  Missoula:  rape and the justice system in a college town by Jon Krakauer
31.  uVampire (iZombie #2) by Chris Roberson
32.  Six feet under and rising (iZombie #3) by Chris Roberson
33.  Stuck in the middle:  seventeen comics from an unpleasant age by Ariel Schrag
34.  Angel:  not fade away by Scott Tipton
35.  Death and consequences (Angel & Faith Season 9 #4) by Christos Gage
36.  Gaijin:  American prisoner of war by Matt Faulkner
37.  The silkworm by Robert Galbraith
38.  Repossession (iZombie #4) by Chris Roberson
39.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the core by Andrew Chambliss
40.  What you want, not what you need (Angel & Faith Season 9 #5) by Christos Gage
41.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  I wish by Christos Gage
42.  Let’s explore diabetes with owls by David Sedaris

43.  Something must be done about Prince Edward County:  a family, a Virginia town, a civil rights battle by Kristen Green
44.  Henry VIII: the king and his court by Alison Weir
45.  Where the river meets the sea (Angel & Faith Season 10, #1) by Victor Gischler
46.  Modern romance:  an investigation by Aziz Ansari
47.  Lost and found (Angel &  Faith Season 10 #2) by Victor Gischler

48.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  love dares you by Christos Gage
49.  United (Angel & Faith Season 10 #3) by Victor Gischler
50.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer omnibus, Volume 6 by Joss Whedon
51.  Fish in a tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

52.  The night gardener by Jonathan Auxier
53. Dead wake by Erik Larson
54. It had been planned and there were guides: stories by Jessica Lee Richardson
55.  You had me at wolf:  how dogs taught me the secrets of happiness by Julie Klam

56.  A little more than kin (Angel & Faith Season 10 #4) by Victor Gischler
57.  Furiously happy by Jenny Lawson
58.  The crossover by Kwame Alexander
59.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  old demons by Christos Gage
60.  I’m dreaming a Black Christmas by Lewis Black
61.  Let it snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
62.  The Bird King and other sketches by Shaun Tan

63.  Is everyone hanging out without me? by Mindy Kaling
64.  Why not me? by Mindy Kaling
65.  Feasting on asphalt: the river run by Alton Brown
66.  Crap taxidermy by Kat Su
67.  Trashed graphic novella #1 by Derf Backderf
68.  The dangerous alphabet by Neil Gaiman
69.  Please, open this book! by Adam Lehrhaupt
70.  Explorer: the mystery boxes by Kazu Kibuishi
71.  Explorer:  the hidden doors by Kazu Kibuishi