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2014 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Check-in #1

2013 December 15
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Not signed up for YALSA’s 2014 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. If you’re finished, fill out the form at the bottom of this post to let us know!

Hello challenge readers!

Have you signed up and read the guidelines for this year’s reading challenge? The Morris/Nonfiction challenge runs until January 27th, so you have plenty of time to sign up if you were still debating.

I had every intention of having at least one book read, but I accidentally started reading another one. Ooops.  I have started Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian, but it’s on my iPad along with all my games (I have an addiction to Clumsy Ninja)!  As soon as I finish up If You Find Me, I will get serious about the challenge. I’m hoping to at least make it through all the Morris Finalists.

So, how are you doing in your reading? What’s your plan of attack? Let me know in the comments!

-Faythe Arredondo, currently reading If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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22 Responses leave one →
  1. December 15, 2013

    My great plan to start strong nearly fizzled completely, because I’m still knitting presents. I did manage to finish Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, which I really liked. I have one mitten left to knot & company coming from out of town next Saturday, so I hope to read at least 2 this week. Let’s see what holiday mayhem derails this plan.

  2. December 15, 2013

    I finished The Nazi Hunters, Courage Has No Color, Imprisoned, and Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets. Of those, I liked Imprisoned best, even though I’m not usually a fan of nonfiction. I’m starting Charm & Strange today, and I’m going to scour the library’s catalog again to see if I can find copies of Go and Sex & Violence, the two books I haven’t been able to check out yet.

  3. December 15, 2013

    I finished In the Shadow of Blackbirds this week, review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/677807447

    I just started Charm & Strange, and am inhaling it so far. Very good.

  4. Alaina permalink
    December 15, 2013

    I finished Sex & Violence yesterday; it’s one of my favorite reads of 2013. I enjoyed Courage Has No Color, too. Finished that up today. I’ve been telling everyone in my family about Japanese balloon bombs. I had no idea!!

  5. Grace DKL permalink
    December 15, 2013

    I finished Belle Epoque and Dr. Bird’s Advice For Sad Poets this week. I really liked Belle Epoque, not surprising because I love historical fiction. I’m going to start In the Shadow of Blackbirds next.

  6. Victoria Whipple permalink
    December 15, 2013

    Devoured Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. Wow! It kept me turning the pages trying to figure out just what was going on and why. Started The President Has Been Shot, but finding it a little dry. Maybe it will get better once the groundwork has been laid.

  7. Sara Ray permalink
    December 15, 2013

    I didn’t have a chance to read much this week but am enjoying Courage Has No Color.

  8. Brenda permalink
    December 15, 2013

    Read Belle Epoque this week. Did not enjoy it. I’m more of a action person, apparently. To me, since it is “A Novel of Love and Longing” according to its cover, the should have been a little more love… But that might just be me.

    Next week going to do a couple nonfiction books too!

    See my full reviews on my Goodreads page here:
    https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/951759-brenda-lower?shelf=2014-yalsa-hub-reading-challenge

  9. December 15, 2013

    Read one book from each list so far: In the Shadow of Blackbirds and Courage Has No Color. I loved both. I hope I enjoy the rest of the books as much as these two!

  10. Mary permalink
    December 16, 2013

    I just finished Imprisoned. It was great. I can’t believe how much I learned and am so excited to start passing some of these titles on to the history teachers I work with. Next up–Courage Has No Color.

  11. Mindy Engler permalink
    December 16, 2013

    I had to finish I Will Save You by Matt de la Pena … and now.. I’m starting Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

  12. Elizabeth permalink
    December 16, 2013

    I finished Courage Has No Color and Imprisoned–both FABULOUS! Also started Nazi Hunters (which I’m loving) and Belle Epoque (which I feel is off to a bit of a slow start, but I shall press doggedly on).

  13. Ann Pechacek permalink
    December 16, 2013

    I started The President Has Been Shot but when a 6th grader came into the library asking if we had a copy (they were all checked out) I gave her mine. It’s back on reserve :) Hoping to finish Courage Has No Color tomorrow.

  14. Donna permalink
    December 16, 2013

    I have been able to score all five books from the Morris Challenge, so I anticipate being able to finish those. I am still hunting for a couple of the non-fictions, so we shall see.

    This week I only read one: In the Shadow of Blackbirds. I enjoyed the text but I really think the use of the period photographs enhanced the story considerably.

  15. j wells permalink
    December 16, 2013

    Off to a slow start, only about halfway through “Shadow of Blackbirds”, hopefully will finish this week!

  16. Stephanie DeVincentis permalink
    December 16, 2013

    I haven’t started yet…Winter break is coming though!

  17. Margaret permalink
    December 16, 2013

    Finished GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, and am still pulling for this one to win, partly because of its superlative design, partly because it explains what makes superlative design so — well — superlatively, and partly because I’d love to see recognition for fine nonfiction writing outside the usual realms of history/biography and natural history.

    Starting COURAGE HAS NO COLOR. So far my favorite part is the author’s note on the historical research process at the end of the book. (I have an apparently incurable habit of reading nonfiction end-matter before the main text.)

  18. December 16, 2013

    I finished Charm & Strange and Sex & Violence (so many &s!). I found them both compelling, but I didn’t love either of them. On to some NF now!

  19. Charles permalink
    December 17, 2013

    Finished Courage Has No Color: liked it, even though the end was a little off (a tad too preachy?). Halfway through Charm & Strange: enjoying it, although at this point I am tiring of the YAlit trope of Bigpersonalsecretgraduallyexploredthroughnarrative.

  20. Jennifer Hartley permalink
    December 17, 2013

    I finished Sex and Violence and started Charm & Strange. Found them surprisingly similar. Also started Courage Has No Color and really am enjoying it.

  21. December 17, 2013

    I have started reading Go: a Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd and I love it! Beautifully designed and a great read so far. I’m learning lots!

    I, too, had started another book. I’ve been waiting for Winger by Andrew Smith and I finally got it, so once I finish that it, I will be all about this challenge. Well, I’ll try. :)

  22. December 17, 2013

    Late checking in here. I read Courage Has No Color this week. I really enjoyed it, though I haven’t had a chance to write a response for my blog. Too much going on at work. I have, however, managed to get hold of every book for the challenge except Dr. Bird’s Advice for Bad Poets. So I’m looking forward to lots of good reading over the holidays. I’ve got my finger’s crossed that the last book arrives at the library before the Challenge is over.

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