Thursday, April 4, 2019

March in Review

My Reading

# of books read:15
Best(s):(In which I tell you all my five star reads and make up categories so they each win something)

Best book by an auto-buy author: Rayne and Delilah's Midnight Matinee
Best new-to-me series: The Queen of the Tearling
Best book from my classroom library: The Creativity Project
Best book about teen trans jewel thieves: Death Prefers Blondes

Bookish Events and Happenings

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, this year I started a small club at my school for kids who wanted to participate in the Oregon Battle of the Books. Similar programs are held all over the country. Students on a team of about four read a list of 16 books--no one kid has to read all of them, but the team as a whole should cover the list. Then they compete against others to answer questions about the books. I accidentally ended up hosting our local regional event for 15 schools despite having zero prior experience with the organization, and other than one rude parent from another school, the whole thing went well and was a blast.

And my kids, whose "coach" didn't even intend for them to compete until she accidentally signed up to host, took second place.  They call themselves The Dumbledorks, and we all wore HP gear as our "uniform."  I may have even bought a sweatshirt specifically so I could be cozy while matching them. I may have even paid rush prices so it would arrive in time. Maybe.

On the Blog

NADA. I'm sorry. 


Besides OBOB, the other events of note were a couple of 50th birthday parties (I'm class of '87 and we are turning 50 this year) and spring break. My daughter and I went up to Seattle area for a few days.

We house sat for my sister and brother-in-law and got to take care of this precious sweetheart.

My kid doesn't like me to take her picture any more, but we did get a picture of our new shoes.

A friend we got at the aquarium went on the Harbor Tour with us.

My monthly summaries are always linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up on Feed Your Fiction Addiction, along with many other terrific blogs' monthly reflections.  Nicole usually puts together a fun scavenger hunt giveaway too, so go check it out!


  1. Whoo hoo! Way to go Dumbledorks! That's awesome. I love the belly shot of the cat. I loved all of Zentner's books and he wowed me with a funny book. Way to go! Roehrig's books have all been solid for me too. Glad you had a great March.

  2. Congratulations to your team! If my middle school had a Battle Of The Books when I was a kid, I might have actually joined an after-school activity. Happy April!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I love the team idea that you collected for the Battle of the Books! Congrats to those awesome readers for killing it and making second place!

  4. I wish that there were a competition like this for adults.....I would be so in! How fun that you get to be a part of it!

    I also read Rayne and Delilah in March. I'm such a huge Jeff Zentner fan, and his newest does not disappoint. I loved the combo of humor with the serious topics. You've also sold me on reading The Creativity Projecy (but my library doesn't have it YET....fingers crossed).

    Seattle is a fun city, and I'm glad you and your daughter had a chance to get away and bond! Happy April!

  5. Congratulations to your team! I love the team name! My sister was in something similar when she was in school. I don't think they had that when I was in school.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

  6. I love Seattle! I have a kitchen apron from Pike Place that I enjoy using because it reminds me of this wonderful city. Jeff Zentner is a a talented author and I need to read this latest too. I had to interrupt my reading of Death Prefers Blondes (I preordered it) because I agreed to too many reads/reviews that I'm still catching up on.


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