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!

January
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

February
8.  Hilda and the troll by Luke Pearson

March
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

April
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

May
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

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

July
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

August
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

September
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

October
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

November
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

December
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

2014 Reading Goal Complete!

Mrs. Overstreet’s Reading Challenge: The 2014 List

I did it!  I made my goal of 70 books!  It took a little scrambling to get all my books finished by the end of the year, mostly because I had a slow-down of sorts in November.  The holiday hustle and bustle interrupted my reading time I guess.  Did you meet your reading goals for 2014?  Let me know in the comments!

Below is the list of books I have read in 2014.  The goal is to read at least 70 books by the end of the year.  The list will grow as the year continues, so check back for updates!

January
1. Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage
2. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
3. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
4. The Sherlock Holmes Handbook by Ransom Riggs
5. Lamb by Christopher Moore

February
6.  Sit-In:  How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney
7.  Angel & Faith:  Live Through This by Christos Gage

8.  The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
9.  Going Clear:  Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

March
10.  The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)
11.  Middle School:  The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
12.  After Dead by Charlaine Harris
13.  The Returned by Jason Mott
14.  Angel & Faith:  Daddy Issues by Christos Gage
15.  Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinken
16.  Say You’re Sorry by Michael Robotham

April
17.  The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
18.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Omnibus:  Volume 1  by Joss Whedon
19.  I was Told There Would be Cake by Sloane Crosley
20.  Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by  Maria Semple
21.  Angel & Faith:  Family Reunion by Christos Gage

May
22.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Omnibus:  Volume 2 by Joss Whedon
23.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Omnibus:  Volume 3 by Joss Whedon
24.  The Midwife by Jennifer Worth
25.  How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal
26.  The Sandman:  Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman

June
27.  Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
28.  Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
29.  Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
30.  Angel Omnibus by Joss Whedon
31.  Flesh & Blood so Cheap:  The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin
32.  File Under:  13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket

July
33.  From Scratch:  Inside the Food Network by Allen Salkin
34.  Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
35.  Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf:  A Year Through Stuff by Jennifer L. Holm

August
36.  Dance of the Reptiles by Carl Hiaasen
37.  Eigth Grade is Making Me Sick by Jennifer L. Holm
38.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Omnibus:  Volume 4 by Joss Whedon
39.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
40.  Defiance (Resistance #2) by Carla Jablonski
41.  The Little Prince Graphic Novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

September
42.  “The President has been Shot!”:  The Assasination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson
43.  Doctor Who:  Touched by an Angel by Jonathan Morris
44.  Victory (Resistance #3) by Carla Jablonski
45.  Working Stiff:  Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek
46.  Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
47.  Star Wars:  Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
48.  Veronica Mars:  The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

October
49.  The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde
50.  Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
51.  The Story of World War I by John Malam
52.  The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
53.  The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
54.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer

November
55.  Rooms by Lauren Oliver
56.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Omnibus:  Volume 5 by Joss Whedon
57.  The Fever by Megan Abbott

December
58.  Carol of the Brown King:  Nativity Poems by Langston Hughes
59.  Angel Girl by Laurie B. Friedman
60.  How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas by Jeff Guinn
61.  Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman
62.  Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
63.  The Graveyard Book:  Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman and Craig P. Russell
64.  The Graveyard Book:  Volume 2 by Neil Gaiman and Craig P. Russell
65.  The Sandman:  The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman
66.  The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
67.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  New Rules by Christos Gage
68.  Elvis by the Presleys by Priscilla Presley
69.  Lost Cat:  A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul
70.  True Blood:  All Together Now by Alan Ball

Mrs. Overstreet’s Reading Challenge 2013: The List

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

Mrs. Overstreet’s Reading Challenge 2013: 60 Books

For 2012, I challenged myself to read 60 books.  I didn’t make it.  I did read 47 books, which isn’t too shabby.  In 2013 I vow to not go through a reading drought as I did in November of 2012 (really, only two books?).  I will make my goal.  Feel free to join in and set your own reading goal for 2013.  I’m more than happy to help you reach it!  Good luck and good reading!

Mrs. Overstreet’s Reading Challenge 2012

I like to give myself a reading challenge each year.  Last year I challenged myself to read 100 books during 2011.  I failed… spectacularly.  I read only 50 books last year; while that is still a lot of books, it wasn’t where I wanted to be reading-wise.  So, this year I decided to back the number down to a more realistic amount:  60 books.  Here are my numbers so far:

January
1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2. The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
4. Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson

February
5. Matched by Allie Condie
6. The Amistad Mutiny: Fighting for Freedom by Barbara Somervill
7.  African-American Soldiers in the Revolutionary War by Lucia Tarbox Raatma
8. The Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick

March
9. The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld
10. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
11. Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

April
12. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
13. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
14. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

May
15.  Resistance:  Book 1 by Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis
16.  Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
17.  The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

June
18.  The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
19.  The Family Fang by KevinWilson
20.  A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
21.  The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
22.  Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
23.  The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

July
24.  Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
25.  The Mental Floss History of the World:  An Irreverent Romp through Civilization’s Best Bits by Erik Sass
26.  The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
27.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
28.  Columbine by David Cullen
29.  His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

August
30.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
31.  The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde
32.  Notes From the Dog by Gary Paulsen
33.  The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
34.  The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl

September
35.  Freefall by Joss Whedon
36.  Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
37.  Wonder by R. J. Palacio
38.  Queen Bees & Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman

October
39.  Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
40.  Lost & Found by Shaun Tan
41.  Bootleg:  Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal

November
42.  Amiri & Odette:  a Love Story by Walter Dean Myers
43.  The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

December
44.  Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
45.  The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
46.  The Amazing Life of Birds:  The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech by Gary Paulsen
47.  Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

Keep checking back because there’s plenty more reading to do!

Mrs. Overstreet’s Personal Top 10 Books for 2011

These are my personal favorites that I read in 2011, but not all were published in 2011.  Sometimes I’m slow to find a great book.  Also, not all books are children or young adult books.  I will put an asterisk (*) next to the books that are written mainly for adults.  Books followed by (EMS) are available in the library.  So here they are, in no particular order:

Thirteen Reasons Why by James Asher (EMS)

Room by Emma Donoghue*

Bossypants by Tina Fey*

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson*

Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Scott Seegert (EMS)

Bloody Crimes by James Swanson*

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (EMS)

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins*

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (EMS)

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (EMS)

Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster by Berkeley Breathed (EMS)

Discuss your favorite books in the comment section!