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librarian4Him02 | 269 comments So excited for my 2018 reading plan. This year I will attempt to:

Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) set in each of the 50 states
Read a book of poetry (or at least a sampling of poetry) by a poet in each of the 50 states.
Reread the Harry Potter Series
Read the Lord of the Rings trilogy

I also have a daily devotional, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young to use in my daily Bible reading.

There will be other books along the way, (Bible Studies, award winners, etc.) but this is the plan in general.

Looking forward to exploring the country via books in 2018.

Happy Reading everyone.

Juli


message 2: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Aug 27, 2018 02:43PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments Illinois - Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, Bronzeville Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks
South Carolina - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Tennessee - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, Two Gentlemen in Bonds by John Crowe Ransome
Massachusetts - The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
New York - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
New Hampshire - The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick
Indiana - The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Michigan - The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Utah - Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen
Ohio - Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Arizona - by Dusti Bowling

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


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Tiffany | 1864 comments Mod
Sounds like a great plan for the year! I hope you find lots you enjoy!


message 4: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Feb 17, 2018 07:28PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments January's Travels

Illinois
1) The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
1/1-1/16
447 pages
4 stars

2) Bronzeville Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks
1/1-1/17
41 pages
4 stars

Detour Books
3) Ready Player 1 by Ernest Cline
12/22-1/28
13 discs, 15.5 hours
4 stars

Total pages - 488
Total hours listened - 15.5


message 5: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Mar 10, 2018 08:35PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments February's Travels

Detour Books

4) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
1/17-2/3
435 pages
5 stars

5) Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
1/30-2/13
1 audio file, 7.75 hours
5 stars

Back on the Road

6) Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
2/10-2/21
342 pages
States visited - South Carolina and Tennessee
4 stars

7) Two Gentlemen in Bonds by John Crowe Ransom
1/29-2/22
87 pages
5 stars

Total pages - 1352
Total hours listened - 23.25


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Tiffany | 1864 comments Mod
librarian4Him02 wrote: "February's Travels

Detour Books ..."


:)


message 7: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Mar 19, 2018 02:35PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments March's travels

8) The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
2/19-3/10
5 sound discs, 6 hours
State visited- Massachusetts
5 stars

9) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
2/4-3/13
430 pages
State visited: New York
5 stars

Detour Book

10) Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
3/13-3/16
234 pages
4 stars

Total pages - 2,016
Total hours listened - 29.25


librarian4Him02 | 269 comments April's Travels

Detour Book
11) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
3/22-4/10
734 pages
5 stars

On the Road Again

12) The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick
4/11-4/20
181 pages
State visited: New Hampshire
4 stars

13) The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
3/22-4/21
7 sound discs, 7.92 hours
States visited: Indiana and Michigan
5 stars

Total pages - 2,931
Total hours listened - 37.17


message 9: by librarian4Him02 (last edited May 19, 2018 07:37PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments May's Travels

14) Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen
4/25-5/2
311 pages
5 stars

Detour book
15) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margereta Magnusson
5/14-5/18
117 pages
3 stars

Total pages - 3,359
Total hours listened - 37.17


message 10: by librarian4Him02 (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments Ugh, my reading is really taking a hit the last few weeks. Starting to wonder if it's "legal" to count long boring real estate contracts as reading for the challenge. Lol!

Here's hoping I can get back into the swing of reading soon. Hope everyone else's reading month is going well.

Happy Reading, all.


message 11: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Sep 10, 2018 04:21PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments June's Travels

On the Road Again
16) Insperable: The Original Siamese twins and their Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang
5/20-6/9
388 pages
5 stars
State visited: North Carolina

Detour Book
17) Clinch: a Novel by Zachary Bartels
6/4
Listened via podcast - hours unkown
4 stars

Total pages - 3,747
Total hours listened - 37.17


message 12: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Sep 10, 2018 04:22PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments July's Travels

On the Road Again
18) Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
6/9-7/5
262 pages
4 stars

Detour Book
19) Crocodile On the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
7/21-7/22
Listened via audiobook - 9.91 hours
5 stars

20) Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
7/22
Listened via audiobook - 7.3 hours
5 stars

Total pages - 4,009
Total hours listened - 54.38 + unknown amt.


message 13: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Sep 10, 2018 04:26PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments August's Travels

Detour Books

21) Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
7/10-8/8
473 pages
5 stars

22) The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
8/11-8/18
314 pages
4 stars

On the Road Again
23) Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
8/18-8/25
266 pages
4 stars
State visited: Arizona

Detour Book

24) The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
8/27-8/31
162 pages
4 stars

Total pages - 5,224
Total hours listened - 54.38 + unknown amt.


message 14: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Nov 26, 2018 08:49PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments September's Travels

Detour Books

25) The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
7/22-9/3
1 audio file, 11.18 hours
5 stars

26) Messy, Beautiful Friendship by Christine Hoover
10/30/17-9/18/18
480 e-pages
4 stars

27) Ink and Bone: the Great Library by Rachel Caine
8/31-9/21
355 pages
4 stars

Total pages - 5,579 (+ 480 e-pages)
Total hours listened - 65.56 + unknown amt.


message 15: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Nov 29, 2018 04:04PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments October's Travels

Detour Books

28) The Reptile Room by Lemony Snickett
9/29-10/3
190 pages
3 stars

Total pages - 5,769 (+ 480 e-pages)
Total hours listened - 65.56 + unknown amt.


message 16: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Nov 29, 2018 04:07PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments November's Travels

Can't take a road trip without stopping at interesting restaurants along the way.

29) Ten Restaurants that Changed America by Paul Freedman
10/9-11/23
527 pages
3 stars

Across the Pond

30) Greenwithch by Susan Cooper
9/4-11/27
1 audio file, 4.38 hours
4 stars

Total pages - 6,296 (+ 480 e-pages)
Total hours listened - 69.94 + unknown amt.


message 17: by librarian4Him02 (last edited Dec 31, 2018 04:53PM) (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments December's Travels - Final stops along the journey. Lots of miscellaneous ahead.

Dogs make good road trip companions, so I read a book about them.

31. Man's Best Hero: True Stories of Great American Dogs by Ace Collins
11/26-12/8
200 pages
5 stars

32. Tips from the Old Country Folk by Elizabeth Drury
Finished 12/12
96 pages
4 stars

33. Shrinklits: Seventy of the World's Towering Classics Cut Down to Size by Maurice Sagoff
12/12-12/14
111 pages
2 stars (it was just okay)

34. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
12/6-12/22
3.4 hours (Classic Tales Podcast)
5 stars

35. Why? Because We Still Like You by Jennifer Armstrong
12/15-12/26
244 pages
3 stars

36. Grimm's Fairy Tales edited by Francis Jenkins Olcott
11/6-12/27
476 e-pages
3 stars

37. Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young
1/1-12/31
384 pages
3 stars

Total pages - 7,563 (+ 956 e-pages)
Total hours listened - 73.34 + unknown amt.


message 18: by librarian4Him02 (new)

librarian4Him02 | 269 comments I fell far short of my goal this year due to podcasts, moving to a new town with a shorter commute, and a couple family emergencies. Even so, I savored the books I was able to to read. Here are my totals for the year.

37 books
7,563 pages + 956 pages on my iPad.
73.34 hours of audio book listening + one serial fiction podcast with unknown amount of hours. I counted it because the author published the book in print after the podcast finished.

My top reads (in no particular order) were:

1) Before We Were Yours
2) The Mighty Miss Malone
3) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Your Family and Yourself from a Lifetime of Clutter
4) Insperable: The Original Siamese twins and their Rendezvous with American History
5) Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
6) Ink and Bone: the Great Library
7) A Christmas Carol

And that's a wrap on 2018. Bring on the books of 2019!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Juli


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Tiffany | 1864 comments Mod
librarian4Him02 wrote: "And that's a wrap on 2018. Bring on the books of 2019!

Happy New Year, everyone!"


Happy New Year, Juli!


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