Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March Wrap-Up

Read:

Non-fiction:
*House of Stone: The True Story of a Family Divided in War-Torn Zimbabwe by Christina Lamb (World Citizens Challenge, 21 Cultures Challenge, Countdown Challenge, 999 Challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Dewey Decimal Challenge, What's in a Name 2 bonus)

Middle Grade Non-fiction:
*Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull (for homeschool)
*Poverty: What If We Do Nothing? by Cath Senker (for homeschool)

Fiction:
*The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison (a late finish for the Sci-Fi Experience, 42 Challenge, What an Animal Challenge)

YA Fiction:
*The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (Once Upon a Time III, What an Animal, 999 Challenge, Countdown Challenge, RYOB '09, Book Awards II, YA Challenge)

Middle Grade Fiction:
*Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater (read-aloud with boys, Spring Reading Thing 2009)

Graphic Novels (fiction):
*The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg (Graphic Novels '09)
*American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (Graphic Novels '09, YA Challenge '09, Countdown Challenge, Dewey's Books Challenge, Book Awards II)
*The Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman (Support Your Local Library Challenge, bonus for Dream King Challenge, bonus for Graphic Novels '09)

Plays:
*The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (for homeschool)

Picture Books:
*Cat, What Is That? by Tony Johnston

Short Stories:
*"Young Man" by Mathias B. Freese (100 Shots of Shorts)
*"Nicholas" by Mathias B. Freese (100 Shots of Shorts)
*"Billy's Mirrored Wall" by Mathias B. Freese (100 Shots of Shorts)
*"The Babysitter's Code" by Laura Lippman (100 Shots of Shorts)
*"Unanswerable" by Mathias B. Freese (100 Shots of Shorts)
*"For a While, Here, In this Moment" by Mathias B. Freese (100 Shots of Shorts)
*"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O’Connor (100 Shots of Shorts)
*"Mortise and Tenon" by Mathias B. Freese (100 Shots of Shorts)
*"The April Witch" by Ray Bradbury (100 Shots of Shorts, Once Upon a Time III)
*"Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair" by Charles de Lint (100 Shots of Shorts, Once Upon a Time III)
*“No One’s a Mystery” by Elizabeth Tallent (100 Shots of Shorts)
*"Alpha Alpha Gamma" by Nancy Springer (100 Shots of Shorts)

Essays/Articles:
*"Between a Rock and a Hyrax" by Ronald E. Barry, Natural History: March 2009 (for homeschool)
*"Forensic Evidence Goes on Trial" by Linda Geddes, NewScientist: Feb. 28 - March 6, 2009 (for fun)
*"Earth's Plan B" by Catherine Brahic, NewScientist: Feb 28 - March 6, 2009 (for fun)
*"The Environment and Globalization" by Jerry Mander, IFG Bulletin: Summer 2002, reprinted in Globalization: Opposing Viewpoints edited by Louise I. Gerdes (for homeschool)
*"Surviving in a Warmer World" by Gaia Vince, NewScientist: Feb. 28 - March 6, 2009 (for fun)
*"Why Do People Die That Way?" by Robert Pool, NewScientist: Feb. 28 - March 6, 2009 (for fun)

Watched:

On TV:
*A Sound of Thunder directed by Peter Hyams (42 Challenge)
*70s Fever, the History Channel (for fun)
*House (for fun)
--"The Social Contract"
--"Here Kitty"
--"Locked In"
*Criminal Minds (for fun)
--"Demonology"
--"Omnivore"
--"House on Fire"
*American Experience (for fun)
--"Sister Aimee"
--"Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple"

On DVD/Video:
*The Wire (for fun)
--"The Target"
--"The Detail"
--"The Buys"
*10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America by The History Channel (for homeschool)
--"Murder at the Fair: The Assassination of President McKinley"
--"Scopes: The Battle Over America's Soul"
*The Presidents by The History Channel (for homeschool)
--"Washington to Monroe: 1789-1825"
--"John Q. Adams to Polk: 1825-1849"
*MegaScience by The Science Channel (for homeschool)
--"The Return of the Plagues"
*Albert Schweitzer: Reverence for Life (for homeschool)
*Gabon: The Last Eden by National Geographic (for homeschool)
*Jazz: Rhythms of Freedom (for homeschool)

Created:

Not a gosh-darn thing. :(

*****

I'd had high hopes for getting a lot read this month, but it just didn't happen. You know, life and all. Oh well. Definitely read some stuff I loved (Maurice, House of Stone, my first de Lint short story, etc.), and as DesLily said "...the 'numbers' don't mean that much to me anyway...just as long as I enjoy what I do read."

13 comments:

Scrap girl said...

Well done on how much you did achieve! It looks like you actually did read a lot.

Chris said...

Debi! Are you out of your mind? lol....Didn't get a lot read? I'd sure say you did!! And you added a few to my wishlist along the way ;)

Nymeth said...

I agree that quality's what counts, but even quantity-wise you had a productive month!

Kailana said...

You read a lot of good stuff! You added a couple books to my wish list, too!

Grad said...

Have you ever heard of Susan Creech? I recently bought Chasing Redbird at a book sale in the children's section and wondered if you've heard of the book or the author.

Trish said...

What are you talking about not reading that much?? Even if just one or two here and there I love the variety. And I want to hear your random thoughts on Merchant!! I haven't read it but would like to someday.

Melody said...

Wow, I'm awed! I wish I'm able to read half as much as you, Debi! :D

Tessa said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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Literary Feline said...

I really like your wrap up--it's so thorough! How did you like The Wire?

DesLily said...

I will never know how you do all that you do and read as much as you do anyway! sheesh..

jupitersinclair said...

You've read more than I have lately :)

Do you like The Wire? I had a hard time getting into it at the very beginning but now I'm addicted. Lilly LOVES Jericho, which we started watching per your recommendation :)

J. Kaye said...

All I can say is wow. You blow me away with the amount you get accomplished!

Bellezza said...

Wow, Debi, I'm so impressed! Not only with all you've read, but how you were able to document all of it! It's all I can do to keep a running list of books read in my reader's journal/blog page. Also, you read way more short stories and essays than I've done. That's a good reminder to move outside my typical zone.