Reading List Summary, January 2016

Mom's List
Roller Girl (Victoria Jamieson)
As If! The Oral History of Clueless (Jen Chaney)
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (Judy Blume)
So That Happened (Jon Cryer)
Goodbye Stranger (Rebecca Stead)

Jack's List
Half Brother (Kenneth Oppel)
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Dana Alison Levy)
The Year of Billy Miller (Kevin Henkes)
Weird, but True! 7 (National Geographic)

EJ's List
Roller Girl (Victoria Jamieson)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J. K. Rowling)
Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome (Brand Montague & Robby Novak)
Phoebe and Her Unicorn (Dana Simpson)
December Dog (Ron Roy)
Amelia Bedelia Cleans Up (Herman Parish)
Secret Admirer (Ron Roy)

Olivia's List
Invasion of the Ufonuts (Laurie Keller)
Flamingos (Kate Riggs)
Sea Turtles (Kate Riggs)
Does a Woodpecker Use a Hammer? (Harriet Ziefert)
R. Hero: A Dog's Tale (Debroah Starr Seibel)

2015 Reading Challenge - End of the Year Check-In

So I think that I finished out the 2015 Reading Challenge pretty strongly.  I completed 43 of the 52 book categories on the list.  Not too shabby considering I do not read every day.  I did a few creative ways to get the list done, like reading some of my books to the kids (see photo above) and listening to books in the car.  I even forced myself to finish books in the library parking lot before I could go in and pick up my next book from the reserve shelves.

So, here is my final list of books read for the challenge.  You can find the previous lists at the following links: Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.  You can find the complete list of categories here.

#29 - A classic romance
Modern Romance

#30- A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
The Outsiders

#31 - A book you started but never finished
Sneaker Wars

#32- A book that scares you
Ready Player One

#33 - A book with magic
Carry On

#34 - A book set in the future
The Martian

#35 - A popular author's first book
Autobiography of a Family Photo

#36 - A book with bad reviews
Sick in the Head

#37 - A book with a love triangle

#38 - A book of short stories
How They Met and Other Stories

#39 - A book that made you cry

#40 - A book that was originally written in a different language
Lisa and Lottie

#41 - A book based on a true story

#42 - A book set during Christmas
Holidays on Ice

#43 - A book you own but have never read

I didn't finish, but I have definitely challenged myself to step outside of my normal book comfort zone and I have really enjoyed a lot of the books that I know I would not have picked up if it wasn't for the challenge.  My New Year Goal sheet is under Liv's in this photo, but my book-related goal for 2016 is to read lots of fun and interesting books.  I've printed out the 2016 Reading Challenge (and added the categories I did not complete in 2015 to the bottom of the list) and while this year's list is smaller, I'm not sure how much I will follow it.  I'm sure I will if my "to read" list is ever empty, but right now the kids have been adding book after book of their own "must reads" to my stack.

Family NYE Celebration

The kids voted to have another New Year's Eve at home and to again do the balloon countdown.  I wasn't thinking they wanted to do it again this year and they didn't really tell me until that morning, so I scrambled a bit to figure out our evening.  It all worked out and was a lot of fun though.  If you're curious about our past years' celebrations, check them out here and here.

This year we did another goal-setting list and everyone set at least 3 goals for the year.  It seemed that everyone had a couple physical things and a couple learning/reading goals.  The one shown here is Olivia's list.

We played a few board games including Apples to Apples Jr.

We had the typical Wii Bowling tournament with lots of excitement for strikes!

The girls created fireworks rings out of sparkly pipe cleaners...scratchy but fun.

A toast with champagne for the grown-ups and apple juice (in mom's wine glasses) for the kids before our snack buffet dinner.

Minute to Win It games were such a big hit last year that I had to search for some new ones to do this year.  Still one of the biggest hits of the evening.
The kids helped Matt build a fire...

We did some card games as the evening went on to try to keep the small people awake and moving.

We did the Ring Pop toast at 11pm, after watching the ball drop in New York City.  Livie was determined to make it to midnight this year, but we wanted to be sure she didn't miss the fun.

But at 11:45, she looked like this...  So close!  Happy New Year!