Right before New Year's he put up a post talking about how he keeps track of all of the books he has read in one year. I thought, "Hey I do that" but as a teacher a year for me is not January to December, a year is August to June.
Every school year my students and I start a reading checklist. This list does not have any reviews attached to it we simply track the number of books we read and categorize them by genre. The idea was to help students see how many books they finish in a school year, help them visualize what types of books they tend to read and allow them to branch out into other types of reading if they wish.
Alan talked about how he doesn't track his comic reading, but does list the graphic novels he finishes. I have a few rules for myself. I also track graphic novels and because I have a long commute to school and home each day I also include books on CD, which I check out from the library and listen to in my car.
I try to read around the genre checklist each year, reading at least one book from each of our ten genres. I always end up with a hole in wedge #7…horror. One year I cheated and read a book called Loch by Paul Zindel, not really a horror book. Another year I read Coraline by Neil Gaiman, again only sort of a horror story. This year I read Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, which was scary to me and was the closest I am going to get to a horror story. I hate horror!
So as of today I have finished twenty-three books. Not a bad run for only being half way done with the school year. The following is my a photo of my genre checklist and a typed list of the books I have read from the back of this sheet.
Pond Scum by Alan Silberburg
Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Spud by John Van de Ruit
Ingraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke
Bone #1 Out of Boneville by Jeff Smith
Eggs by Jerry Spinelli
The 39 Clues, The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Half-Moon Investigators by Eoin Colfer
The Calder Game by Blue Balliett
Dovey Coe by Frances O'Roak Dowell
Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Spiderwick Chronicles Vol. 1 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Mosque by David Macaulay
The Road of Bones by Anne Fine
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
The 39 Clues, One False Note by Gordan Korman
Porch Lies by Patricia McKissack
Artemis Fowl the Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer
Team Rodent by Carl Hiaason
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(I was going to link all of these books and realized how long that would take, please feel free to research these titles on your own at your leisure)
As I was typing this list I realized I missed Wait Til Helen Comes. I remember finishing it one day in class and I must have failed to add it to my list. I did finish it and it will be counted as a horror story, like it or not.
I would like to note that Long Way Down and Team Rodent are books for adults, but as you can see I rarely step foot out of the kid lit pool.
So do you keep track of the books you read? What do you think of my list? Have you read some of the same books? What did you think of them? Think about hitting that comment button and sharing some of your thoughts.