A girl and her cat take on the world with nothing more than a cup of tea and a good book and enough dreams to fill the universe.
Well, it’s all sorts of amazing once you start tagging your posts. I have truly enjoyed all the notifications I get and then I go and check out who liked me. It’s like a giant game of tag where you don’t know the players. When I find out that the players are really good writers with loads of followers and they liked my tiny, insignificant post, it’s probably one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.
Me in my bedroom when I get one of those notifications
Today, I have decided to get back on track. At the beginning of this year, I thought I was behind. I was actually ahead and now I’m actually behind. Step One: Admit you have a problem. I know have given myself a schedule for these blogs and recently I have been rather terrible at following that schedule. My apologies. Step Two: Write a massive to-do list and stick to it! Step Three: Well, this is step three. This is me sticking to the list and doing what I put down for today.
These are in red so I pay attention to them… Right.
I finished my book trailer today. It is currently in the process of loading. Watch it at your own risk because the sound quality on parts of it is not the greatest and I couldn’t really fix it. If I reduced the background noise it sounded like the two actors were speaking from the inside of a can. If I didn’t reduce the background noise it sounded like there was a helicopter landing on an unbalanced washing machine. So, I tried to find an equilibrium.
Yet, everyone seems so calm in the video. Class A actors.
This Easter break, I have holed myself up in my room. I have written over 10,000 words in three days. I am tired of reading. I am tired of writing. I just want to curl up and sleep for a really long time. Perhaps until May and the beginning of summer vacation. I am burnt out. So, I guess I’ll reflect on the books I have read. I have wanted to see this list since I started this adolescent lit class, but I haven’t done it. Until now and even then I’m only going to do a partial. Let’s take a look at the Newbery Medal Winners and Honor Books I’ve read and maybe it will inspire me to start again:
(imagine this being read with an Academy Award announcement type voice)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (H)
Rules by Cynthia Lord (H)
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (H)
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff (H)
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (H)
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech (H)
Holes by Louis Sachar
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck (H)
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (H)
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman (H)
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (H)
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Dogsong by Gary Paulsen (H)
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (H)
Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary (H)
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary (H)
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel (H)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
The Planet of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton (H)
Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl (H)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (H)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (H)
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (H)
Banner in the Sky by James Ullman (H)
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (H)
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (H)
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (H)
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (H)
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder (H)
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (H)
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P Kelly
I have read 18 Newbery winners and 27 honor books. That’s not bad actually. I was surprised how many of the assigned books in elementary school were winners from the 1950s and 1960s. I wonder what they teach now? How many have you read?
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