"And to this purpose"

"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

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"What is it really like to be engaged?" asked Anne curiously. "Well, that all depends on who you're engaged to," answered Diana, with that maddening air of superior wisdom always assumed by those who are engaged over those who are not."— L.M. Montgomery

Thursday, May 5, 2011


I've just given myself a new Book Challenge.


I know. But I really am trying to embrace my new library position and my new place of living and, well, you know. So, I'm going to try to read all of the 2012 Beehive nominees. (Recently announced among us co-workers.) And, no, I"m not re-reading anything I've already read. Here is the list, with books I've already read highlighted:

Children’s Fiction
• Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
• The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine
• The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
• Emily’s Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
• Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells
• The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1) by Maryrose Wood, Illustrated by Jon Klassen
• Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
• Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
• Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff

Young Adult Fiction
• After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
• Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
• The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
• Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
• Dark Life by Kat Falls
• Dragonfly by Julia Golding
Heist Society by Ally Carter
• The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
• Mirrorscape by Mike Wilks
• A Spy in the House (The Agency, Book 1) by Y.S. Lee
• Three Rivers Rising by Jane Richards
• The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker

Picture Books
• All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Brontorina by James Howe, Illustrated by Randy Cecil
• Chalk by Bill Thomson
• City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, Illustrated by Jon J. Muth
Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
• The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson, Illustrated by Marcellus Hall
• Princess Hyacinth (the Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide, Illustrated by Lane Smith
• Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
A Small Brown Dog with a Wet Pink Nose S. A. Bodeen, Illustrated by Linzie Hunter
• Spells by Emily Gravett

Informational Books
• Animals Up Close: Zoom in on the World’s Most Incredible Creatures by Igor Siwanowicz
• Bones by Steve Jenkins
• Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” by Michael O. Tunnell
• Case Closed? Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science by Susan Hughes, Illustrated by Michael Wandelmaier
• The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy) by Barbara Kerley
• The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum by Candace Fleming
• Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Barretta
• Nic Bishop Lizards by Nic Bishop
• The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman
• Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial America by Sally M. Walker

• A Curious Collection of Cats by Betsy Franco, Illustrated by Michael Wertz
• Curious Creatures: Animal Poems by Barry Louis Polisar, Illustrated by David Clark
• The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
• Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, Illustrated by Rick Allen
• Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love by Pat Mora
• In the Wild by David Elliot, Illustrated by Holly Meade
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer, Illustrated by Josee Massee
• Name That Dog! : Puppy Poems from A to Z by Peggy Archer, Illustrated by Stephanie Buscema
• Scarum Fair by Jessica Swain, Illustrated by Carol Ashley
• Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles by J. Patrick Lewis, Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

The Poetry part is probably going to be a killer for me, and I may go lenient on myself and count it as a bonus challenge. Especially as much of my 800s budget will go buying extra copies for that. Ick.

What do I get out of this challenge?


I guess feeling more familiar with what a lot of kids are going to be reading in the next year.

But that's a good thing, right? As I finish the books, I'll cast my ballot of my winners for each category. Since my vote doesn't get to count in the real thing.


I know.

Anywho. Watch the sidebars to see how my progress is going. All reviews can be found on GoodReads.


Sara Lyn said...

Cool challenge! May I make a suggestion for your poetry portion? Jack Prelutsky. He's my favorite children's poet. Actually, I don't know why you picked what you did, but have you ever read Mr. P before? He's delightful.

ldsjaneite said...

I didn't pick them. (That's what makes it harder!) They're Beehive Award nominees.

Prelutsky often makes the list. But this year, I guess he didn't.