Archive | July, 2012

On My Way to 50

7 Jul

There’s going to be a lot of math in this post. Just a heads up. (UPDATE: I changed my mind. I was going to break down all the averages and totals and stuff for the #summerthrowdown tally sheet. And then I decided against all that math.)

In my #SummerThrowdown Throws Down at Halftime post, I mentioned that I’m approaching the second half of the challenge with a goal: to read more than 50 books. This could mean reading 50.25 or 130 books. As long as my final tally is over 50, I’ll be happy. The number itself is arbitrary. I’m not really sure why I picked 50 instead of 30 or 70. Fifty seemed like a reasonable number.

In my drive to reach this goal – and expand my repertoire – I have been visiting the local public library. I’ve checked out young adult books, audio books, graphic novels, comics, novels in verse, juvenile fiction, and even a few picture books.

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T-shirt Party!

3 Jul

Show your support & brag about your participation in #TeamElite for #summerthrowdown!

I’ve been working with Sherry over the last few days to design a #summerthrowdown t-shirt! After much discussion and attempts at creative slogans, we’re pleased to announce the #summerthrowdown t-shirt party!

The shirts will be printed on Anvil Ringer T’s which, according to the rep, run small. Use this size chart to help you select the appropriate size.

Tees are $10 each which includes shipping. Go to the Order Form to place your order! After you complete the order form, please submit your payment to via PayPal. Orders received without payment will be cancelled.

The order form will be available until Saturday, July 14 at 11:59 pm.

Have questions? Email me!

#SummerThrowdown Throws Down at Halftime

2 Jul

Ya’ll. You are amazing readers. I am so impressed with your dedication! As of 10:50 am CST, Teachers & Librarians have read 1337 books for #summerthrowdown! And that’s at the halfway point! I love using exclamation points!

So, here’s an update on what’s happening at this very special mid-point. Brian posted about a new data column on the spreadsheet. Not only are we challenged to read, we’re challenged to recommend the best book we’ve read for #summerthrowdown. And it’s okay if your pick changes later – just update the progress sheet!

#leagueoflibrarians currently holds the lead over #teamteacher. But like Jillian said, “No one loses when everyone reads!” (Still, let’s kick some booky booty, #teamteacher!)

I’ve read a total of 13.25 books so far. I’m totally not bragging, but the competition has only been active for what, 15 days? That’s 0.88 books each day! While I’m normally a big reader and always have a book I’m devouring, I’d probably be reading much less than that. So I’m grateful for this challenge to keep me active in my reading. I’m also setting a goal for myself: I’m going to surpass 50 books. And I’m going to broaden my interests by reading graphic novels, poetry, and even some juvenile books.

I have a bunch of novels in verse books on hold at the local public library. Major thanks to Jenn Brower for her awesome suggestions to get me out of my “I’m reading really long books and they’re taking me forever and my book count is really low because of it” funk. 🙂

Happy Reading, everyone! How many books do you think we’ll have read at the conclusion of #summerthrowdown?

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