Sunday, January 7, 2018

My Newbery Reading Project~ An introduction

Welcome to my first blog post. I know what you're thinking, "Jen, aren't you a bit late to blogging?" Well, yes, I am late to blogging. I would point out though that I am late to most things so it only makes sense that I am late to this as well. 

Why a blog? That's simple actually. I review on Goodreads and have been reviewing there for several years now. There is often a lot more I would like to say about a book, but, I don't want to derail from the actual book by too much. Occasionally I use a status update on Goodreads instead, however those are pretty limited in character quantity. I also have made some Youtube videos, but, I also don't feel like I can fully say all that I would like to say there either. Let's face it, if you read a lot, there's a good chance that you can read an article faster than you can listen to a Youtube video. I'm hoping that this will let me share those additional thoughts, but be in an ideal format for other readers. 

Now that all of that is out of the way, I'd like to talk about my Newbery reading project. I have started reading the Newbery books before, then gotten couldn't find a book and quit or got bored and quit. I've done this a bit before. However, I am armed with the perfect plan this time and feel about 99% confident that this will actually get done by the end of 2018. Optimistic, eh? 

Part of the reason for that optimism is that I've already read 33 of the Newbery winners. 
Follow the link below to see the ones I already read before beginning this challenge:
Newbery Books I Read Before 2018

Another reason for optimism is that a lot more books are available online than were available for my last attempt. Most of the older Newbery winners are now available to check out and read at OpenLibrary - Newbery ebooks. Please note, things change, so some of these books may no longer be available or more books may be available and so on. I check the list occasionally, but, I don't update changes daily or anything like that. 

The ones that Open Library doesn't have, my local library has with the exception of one book, Dobry by Monica Shannon. This list becomes a lot more possible with only one book to buy. 

The other reason I feel positive that this will work out is that I have a complete plan. I'm not selecting books randomly, I made book pairings and gave myself 11 days to finish each pair. I sorted the Newbery books by longest book and paired the longest book with the shortest book. I kept pairing the next longest with the next shortest until everything was nicely paired up and all pairings added up to an average around 430 pages. I have to read around 45 pages per day to finish the Newbery list on time.    

Still interested? My first pairing consists of:

A Visit to William Blake's Inn Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
If I manage these on schedule, they should be finished by January 11, 2018.


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