Saturday, January 1, 2022

The Start of a New Year of Reading and Reading Challenges

Reading Challenge


With the pandemic, my reading has gone downhill. I really thought I would read more. That was not the case. This last year I took on a new subject to teach. I picked up a reading class and then was asked to teach Theatre. I had never taught theatre before. Once again with all the new things, my reading was not where I wanted it to be. So for this next year, I am going to complete two reading challenges. Both of them are A-Z challenges. I am not formally joining anyone's challenges. I am doing this on my own. I have made a list of books I own either in my classroom or on my Kindle that I haven't gotten to yet. I have a list of twenty-six books by title and an alphabetical list of books by the author. Below you will find my lists. I will not read them in order. Some of them have a review date. I am doing this for two reasons. First, I need to meet my goal for this school year set by a student, and this will help. The second reason is that I need to read these books and be knowledgeable enough to recommend them to my students. It is hard to talk up a book you have not read. I will post reviews and I will post links to those reviews.  Below my challenge, you will see links to some of the other challenges I considered. I even made lists for them. I am not going to stress myself as I have done in years past trying to hit all of the reading challenges. I will however introduce them to my students as I think it would be interesting to see if any of them might like a challenge.  I have attached links to where you can find the official challenges.


A-Z Titles
Alabama Moon by Watt Key
The Body in the Woods by April Henry
Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders
Deep Water by Watt Key
Easy Target by Tim Shoemaker
Free Lunch by Rex Ogle
The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Katia by Bruce Judisch
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Missing Okalee by Laura Ojeda Melchor
The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
On thin Ice by Michael Northrop
Punching Bag byRex Ogle
Quintessence by Jeff Redman
Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost
Traitor’s Among Us by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Unteachables by Gordon Korman
Voices of the Sea by Bethany Mason Harar
Wild River by Rodman Philbrick
Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
You Can’t Hide by Willow Rose
Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick

A-Z Authors
Appelt, Kathi - Maybe a Fox
Chmakova, Svetlana - Awkward
Dekker, Ted - identity
Escobar, Mario - Auschwitz Lullaby
Fendler, Donn - Lost On A Mountain in Maine
Gemeinhart, Dan - Scar Island
Henry, April - Girl in the White Van
Iturbe, Antonio - The Librarian of Auschwitz
Johnson, Terry Lynn - Falcon Wild
Kelly, Lynne - Song For a Whale
Lupica, Mike - Last Man Out
Mills, Wendy - All We Have Left
Nielsen, Jennifer A. - Words on Fire
Overton, Hollie- Baby Doll
Pearsall, Shelley - The Seventh Most Important Thing
Quick, Matthew - Boy 21
Rosen, Lev - Woundabout
Scott, Kieran - What Waits in the Water
Turner, Amber McRee - Sway
Unsworth, Tania - The One Safe Place
Vigilante, Danette - The Trouble With Half a Moon
Wyatt, Kandi J. - Uprooted
Xavier, Tom - Neffatira's First Challenge
Young, Suzanne - Hotel for the Lost
Zieman, Nancy - Seams Unlikely: The Inspiring True Story of Nancy Zieman 

Color Coded Reading Challenge
Blue - Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose
Red - Red: The (Fairly) True Tale of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff
Yellow – Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
Green – #LucysLetter: The Children of the Greenhouse Age by Vincent Lowry
Brown – Brown Boy Nowhere by Sheeryl Lim
Black – Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
White – The Girl in the White Van by April Henry
Orange – Oranges for Christmas: A Berlin Wall Escape Novel by Margarita Morris
Rainbow – The Rainbow by Carly Schabowski


Keyword Challenge 

January Keywords: Last, Girl, Dark, When, Winter, Light, Window
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

February Keywords: Midnight, Never, Into, Sun, Love, Good, Spell, Search
The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess


March Keywords: End, Fall, Loud, Queen, Woods, Nine, Beautiful, Crown

Nine Lives by Beth Balmanno


April Keywords: Race, Now, Chose, While, Stop Burn, Red, One

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes


May Keywords: Thorn, Catch, Black, Under, City, Cloud, Sing, Legacy

Thorns in Dark Places by Lake Lopez


June Keywords: Sea, You, Hate, Perfect, Shade, Until, Beach, Little

A Little Village Called Lidice by Zdena Trinka


July Keywords: Star, Next, Infinity, Iron Word, People, Rise, Clear

Words With Wings by Nikki Grimes


August Keywords: Breath, Case, Hundred, Day, Happy, Language, Stay, Lie

Next Day gone by J.C. Wing


September Keywords:  Bright, Here, Out, Life, Strange, Rule, Story Salt

Resist: A Story of D-Day by Alan Gratz


October Keywords:  House, Bone, Haunt, Body, Blood, Witch, Murder, Mystery

Keesha's House by Helen Frost


November Keywords:  Many, Boy, River, Fever, Down, Gold, Jade, Hill

The Boy Who Reads Minds by Veronica Soliman


December Keywords:  Still, Cabin, Night, Lake, By, Holiday, Fire

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall



If you are into, or want to try a reading challenge then you might want to try "Beat the Backlist".  All of my books above fit into this challenge and I can definitely read another to fit in that one place where a book on my list won't be out until February, making 52 books on my backlist of books that were published before 2022. That won't be a problem as the book Katia has two sequels. I learned this when checking out what else this author had written. So essentially I am officially/unofficially participating in two reading challenges this year. Check out the "Beat the Backlist" challenge. 

Another Reading Challenge you might be interested in is the "Color Coded Reading Challenge" .  I actually have a list of books that would fit this challenge. I am not signing up officially. If I could get to it that would be great. I refuse to add any stress to my reading. 

Maybe your thing is reading books about being creative. If so then you might want to check out the "Creativity Reading Challenge".

"Mount TBR Challenge" would be another great one if you are like me and have hundreds of books on your TBR list. Again, I am sticking to the 52 book I have above, although they could count here as well.

Maybe you are a word nerd and need or want key words to help you choose a book. The "Key Word Challenge" would be for you then.

If you are into reading challenges then you might also want to check out the 2022 Master List of Reading Challenges. They have something for everyone.

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