Sunday, January 10, 2010

Great Sunday Start

Okay, I just started checking my email and then some book blogs and ended up finding a challenge I had not heard of before. Thanks to Eating YA Books "Oh Darn!", she says with a grin. So I just had to sign up for the National Just Read More Novels Month (NaJuReMoNo) challenge. This will give me another opportunity to make a dent in all of the books I have on my shelf. This is especially helpful since I said I was not going to buy any more books. That was until I had a book stolen from my shelves at school and three kids on the waiting list for it. I went out to buy just that one book. You know how it is with addictions. I got inside the bookstore and started having withdraw symptoms, having not purchased a book since before Christmas. I was strong, I picked up the book with every intent of walking out of the store and befoe I knew it there were five others in my hands. There probably would have been more if my husband had not come along at that time. He had only found two. He buys books about stained glass or wood working or baking since he and my daughter have put into works the start of a bakery. As long as I give him some attention, I can read to my little hearts desire. That is why he bought me four books for Christmas. He chose them for me. They were not on my list and I am very interested in them. He buys me adult books because if he doesn't and I don't get one from a publisher to review I fall into reading only YA. Which is my favorite genre.

The blogs I have visited today for the Comment challenge are as follows:


Let me say a few things about each of these blogs. Kimberly Baker at Wagging Tales has a very simple blog that was easy to read and made you feel comfortable and right at home. Thanks to her I finally took a look at the SCBWI site and plan to join in the next couple of weeks.

Melissa Wiley at Here in the Bonny Glen has a wonderful site. I went back through several of her posts. How she manages all of her kids, six of them, writing, homeschooling and bloggin is amazing to me. I will have to check out her books. Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my favorites when I was growing up and here is a woman who has written books based on Laura's granmothers. Definite must reads. Thanks Melissa. Seeing all your family has gone through I will lift you and your family in prayer each day.

I enjoy a year of reading probably because it was written by two teachers. It is a great resource of books for elementary age children. I teach middle school but have friends who are always calling or emailing me from their school asking for book recommendations. Something about how many books I read each year sends them my way. I have found a great source through this site.

Bill and Karen at Literate Lives give very concise reviews. Their passion for kids, and reading comes through their blog. I love reading blogs where the excitement shown for a particular book shines through enough to make me want the book.

Over at There's a Book I found some of the most comprehensive advice and links for this bloggiesta. Even though I had cleaned up my labels, I read one of her links and realized I needed to re-do it again and simplify it more. I am also going to re-evaluate what I did with my Google reader and see if I can trim it down some more. Essentially I set it up so that I can access blogs at school. Our blockers block just about everything. However, I can check things through the google reader. This has been fun. I must now map out next weeks agenda for reading and writing and fit that in with all of my school plans. I will touch base a little later.


  1. Sandra, thanks for leaving me a comment. I really get excited when I get one, which is why I love the Comment Challenge. I am also glad you found another challenge via my website and mentioned me. I am having so much fun checking out all the great blogs. Hope you are too.

  2. First of all, let me say thanks so much for stopping by. Second, I found myself laughing out loud at your anecdote about going to the bookstore with the best intentions. I know myself too well. That's why I don't go with my husband; I go with my central Ohio blogging friends who end up recommending more books than I planned for. So, the need to build up a private stash of money before I go leads my husband to believe I bought less than I really did (until he asks for my receipts for taxes).
    Your blog title is officially my mantra -- I am truly a book addict.

  3. My husband always complains I have a book addiction as well. Plenty of worse addictions out there so he just shakes his head. Good luck with your bloggiesta participation. I just didn't have time this weekend to participate.

  4. I'm so glad you were able to make sense out of my (what I thought) goobledy-gook. It looks like you were able to accomplish a lot! I will definitely be back to check out more of your reviews, as I've already loved the ones I've read. Thanks again!

  5. I hadn't heard of NaJuReMoNo until I read it here. Awesome! I'm going to check it out. I, too, have many books waiting to be read. Thanks!

  6. II'm a big fan of the Bonny Glen. I love that you shared a bit about each of the blogs you visited, and I love your blog title!

  7. I agree, sometimes books are hard to resist. And, what a great idea to list the blogs you've read during the Comment Challenge. So happy to find your blog too.

  8. Many thanks for your kind words! It's a delight to make your acquaintance via the blog.

    I know what you mean about books jumping into your hands at the bookstore, quite of their own accord. It's the darnedest thing. I keep vowing not to buy more books until I've read all the ones I own, but there's always that *one new book* I simply must read. :)