I'm going to try to ease up on the mountaineering/reading analogies this time. I doubt anyone finds them as entertaining as I do.
THAT BEING SAID, even when you don't summit, you see more than you would staying home.
So my goal was to read 75 books that I already had in my classroom library at the beginning of 2017. My point is to be better able to recommend books to specific students based on increased knowledge of what I have.
I only made it to 58 books. But that is 58 more books than I had read before, so I am still pretty pleased with the result. And I do feel like having this challenge in mind kept me going back to the shelves instead of always being distracted by the latest and newest books.
I am two books short of Mt. Kilimanjaro. If I'd realized this yesterday, I probably would have made a run for it, but that's okay. I read my way up four out of eight possible mountains.
Will I do this challenge again next year? I might. I think 48 books, Mt. Ararat, is a good goal. On the one hand, it's about 1/4 of what I read in a year, so it leaves me plenty of room for other types of reading. Also, since my classroom library by definition contains only YA and MG books, they are all reasonably quick reads. I could easily keep it to books I owned before 2017 began, but I may cut myself a break and move it to books owned as of this writing on Dec. 31, 2017. I'm going to try to be less impulsive in my library shopping this year, focusing on books that will add to book club selections, books that specifically reflect my largely Latino class makeup, and books students specifically request. Otherwise, I can read the latest and greatest YA and MG books at the library, THEN decide if I need to shell out for them.