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YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge check-in #6

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It’s only been three weeks since my last check-in, and well, not much has changed. My work life has become very chaotic with a couple of retirements, running a winter reading program, my teens having three weeks off at winter break (and spending most of it in the library), and summer reading program planning.

This flurry of activity means that by the time I get home I just want to sit and stare at the bright shiny things and images on my television. Lame? Probably, but it’s how I am coping with all the changes that my library is and will be going through. And have I mentioned summer reading program planning? Even my Goodreads account is mocking me by telling me how behind I am on my goal.

When we were discussing and planning the reading challenge last fall, I had every intention of reading the books to meet my goal. We have about 8 days left, and I am hoping I can finish The Miseducation of Cameron Post in time, but I don’t have high hopes. I have a very active teen group who love to recommend books for me, and I feel the need to try and read them all. So I am admitting defeat early and know full well I won’t get to any of the great non-fiction books listed in this challenge.

The best thing I can take away from this challenge is the greater awareness I have of the non-fiction and fiction titles I wasn’t aware of before and have purchased for my collection. So now its up to you all to shame me and tell me how awesome you are because you finished weeks ago!

— Faythe Arredondo, currently trying to finish The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

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  1. I finished today. I never would have read Steve Jobs, except for this reading challenge. It’s been very worthwhile.

  2. Emily Calkins Emily Calkins

    I don’t think I’m going to finish either, Faythe! Boo. At least I got a head start on the Best of the Best challenge! I’m hoping my hold on Love and Other Perishable Items will come in this week; that way I’ll have read all the Morris finalists- just not within the challenge time frame).

    I ended up with other reading commitments: the book for the new teen book club at my library, Gone Girl (the hold list is 60 people long, I had to read it when my hold came in!) etc.

    Oh well. I’m glad I participated, and like I said, at least I’ll have a good head start on the Best of the Best Challenge!

  3. Lois Lois

    I finished the nonfiction – very glad to have read these books and now have them on the library shelves to recommend. I’m on #2/5 for the Morris – currently reading After the Snow. Not sure I’ll get through them all, but we’ll see….

  4. I’m done with three Morris titles: After the Snow, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and Wonder Show. I’m on Love and Other Perishable Items. I may finish it and Seraphina by next Monday morning! Fingers crossed.

  5. Kim Kim

    Finished Bomb this week and picked up Titanic.

  6. Penny Johnson Penny Johnson

    I have finished After the Snow and I’m starting on Miseducation. I really thought I’d be able to get both lists done, but these dark cold winter nights make me sleepy! No reading til midnight these days. So my current score is:

    Nonfiction: 5/5
    Morris: 1/5

    Maybe I can get a lot of speed reading done on the plane to Seattle this Thursday!!

  7. I’ve finished them all – Titanic was completed this morning. I’ve been updating on my goodreads list with them (
    For the non-fiction, I rated them all the same but I think I liked ‘We’ve Got at Job’ the best. For the Morris, I loved ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ the best.
    Slowly, slowly, slowly putting reviews on my site!

  8. Allison Madsen Allison Madsen

    I finished all the non-fiction, which was more of a challenge for me because I normally do not read non-fiction. Unfortunately, I did not get to the fiction. I however read Seraphina before the challenge, and LOVED it.

  9. Sara Ray Sara Ray

    I finished Bomb since the last check-in. Although it was very slow moving for me, it was something I’d never read and never really had a handle on as part of history SO it kept me intrigued. I’m about 40 pages into Moonbird, my last book. I’m hoping to spend some extra dedicated time to finishing it over the next several days… so close!!

  10. I’ve finished the Non-fiction nominees! woo hoo! Check out my website for full reviews of all of them:

    My favorite? Probably the Titanic.

    I have 2 left for the Morris: Love and other Perishable Items, and Cameron Post. Need to get moving!

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