Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sunday Salon: Challenges


Life and Family:
Thanksgiving week is coming to a close and now I can allow myself to think about Christmas. But, before I move on, I must say I've had a lovely Thanksgiving break. My school takes off Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so I feel like I've had a wonderful rest. We had 2 other families over for Thanksgiving dinner (and played a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit after dinner), did a little Black Friday shopping, and went for nice walks. I've also managed to do some reading, but not a ton.

I created our Holiday card yesterday and ordered them and I am starting to think about presents for the family. I have to get myself into gear a bit early this year since my daughter and I will be out of the country starting December 17 (we're going to Oman to see her dad's, my ex's, family)

Work:
I haven't thought too much about work this week, which is good and unusual for me so I am really proud of myself. I did manage to FINALLY read through all the literature about completing my National Board Certification so now I just need to implement it (no small task, I assure you).

Books and Reading:
One of the best things about this past week was shopping for books with PTSA money! Given the economic climate, I feel so fortunate that I have money to pay for databases and books for our students.

As we near the end of the calendar year, I am starting to think about reading challenges for 2011. Last year I started blogging in November and got seriously swept up in the challenge-sign up frenzy. I signed up for 15 challenges and completed all but 1 of them!

2010 Challenges:
  • Flashback
  • GLBT
  • Global Reading--this is the one I haven't completed. I still haven't found a South American book that I want to read
  • Graphic Novels
  • Middle East--goes through next July
  • POC--ongoing
  • Read the Book, See the movie
  • Rainbow Connection
  • Social Justice--one more topic for December
  • South Asian Author
  • Take Another Chance
  • TBR
  • Typically British
  • Women Unbound
  • YA
2011 Challenges that I am considering: For this next year I'd like to do challenges that are new to me or that will encourage me to read books in genres that I know I like. Honestly, I don't want to feel like I "have" to read books because I signed up for a challenge
  • Middle East--goes through July 2011
  • What's in a Name
  • South Asian Author
  • YA Historical--my not do the official challenge since I read YA historical fiction anyway
  • One, Two, Theme
  • Debut Author
  • GLBT--may not do the official challenge since I read GLBT to keep up with the literature for our LGBTQ students anyway
Do you have favorite challenges that you would recommend and why?

4 comments:

Bonnie Jacobs said...

One reading challenge that interests me seems like a continuation of Women Unbound, that you and I did this year:

A Year of Feminist Classics
http://feministclassics.wordpress.com

They have chosen twelve book, with four leaders providing historical context and questions in rotating months. They have a book list already, if you are curious.

Bonnie said...

I love the Thanksgiving break time as well. I work in the schools as an OT so appreciated that break. I know that our librarians are worried about their school libraries due to state cutbacks. Have a safe trip to Oman, I believe that was a country that was featured on Amazing Race recently.

Amanda said...

I'm doing almost no challenges next year. I'll do the GLBT one (it's mine, I have to, of course. :D) and then your Middle East one is continuing. Then I'm doing the swap with my husband and my classic weekly project, which is less a challenge and more a project. Then I'll do RIP come fall, but that's it.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Bonnie J--I'll go check out the feminist classics challenge, thank you

Bonnie--Yes, Oman was on the Amazing Race last week; that was so much fun seeing places we've been (including shopping in the souq)

Amanda--Your list of projects/challenges sounds perfect: not too much, but enough to give you a variety