Book-a-day Log Summer 2017

Inspired by Donalyn Miller, I've decided to aim for one book per day this summer.

Caveats and personal rules:

  • If I read three books one day and no books for two days, that counts as three books for three days.  In other words, I'm aiming for an average, not literal, book per day.
  • Any book counts.  Even picture books.  I need a safety net!
  • I have ten weeks of actual summer vacation, but I'm running this for 12 weeks.  It's a more satisfying number for me, and I can probably get away with upping my reading time during this last week of school and maintaining it during inservice week in August.
  • Even though I'm already tracking books on Goodreads and will be checking off boxes in my bullet journal, I'm going to track titles here.  Maybe thoughts too.  Maybe not.  We'll see.

June 10: Chomp by Carl Hiassan.  My daughter's favorite book of all time, and I finally read it! ****
June 11: Nineteen Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Noemi Shihab Nye.  Some confused me, but some were lovely.  ****
June 12: Count All Her Bones by April Henry *** 1/2
June 13: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie *****
June 14: Half Wild by Sally Green ***
June 15: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas  ****
June 16: Yatandou by Gloria Whelen ***
June 17: Grumpy Gloria by Anna Dewdney **
June 18: Hypothetical Future Baby by Claudia Chapman ****
June 19: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (re-read) ****
June 20: The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (re-read) ****
June 21: Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner ****
June 22: This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson ****
June 23: Round by Joyce Sidman ****
June 24: Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonski ****
June 25: Nanette's Baguette by Mo Willems ***
June 26: Teaching Reading with YA Literature by Jennifer Buehler ****
June 27: Bayou Vol. 1 by Jeremy Love ****
June 28: The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz *****
June 29: Half Lost by Sally Green ***1/2
June 30: Boys of Blur by N. D. Wilson ***
July 1:  The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon *****
July 2:  The Crossover by Kwame Alexander  ***All The Stars***
July 3: House Arrest by K. A. Holt ****1/2
July 4: Bandette, Vol. 1: Presto! by Paul Tobin ****
July 5: Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin *****
July 6: Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by David Weisman ***
July 7: Tune, Vol. 1: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim ****
July 8: A List of Cages by Robin Roe *****
July 9: Bandette, Vol. 2: Stealers, Keepers! *** 1/2 by Paul Tobin
July 10: Tune 1: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim ****
July 11: Fantasy Sports 1: Basketball by Sam Bosma ***
July 12: A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins *****
July 13: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving ****
July 14: Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger ***
July 15: Blank Confession by Pete Hautman ***
July 16: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie *****
July 17: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah ***All The Stars***
July 18: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab **** 1/2
July 19: New Boy by Tracy Chevalier ***
July 20: Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson ****
July 21: Fantasy Sports 2: The Bandits of Barbel Bay by Sam Bosma ***
July 22: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead ***
July 23: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz *****
July 24: Glow: Animals with Their Own Nightlights by W. H. Beck *****
July 25: Because of Thursday by Patricia Polacco ****
July 26: Bandette vol. 2: Stealers, Keepersby Paul Tobin ***
July 27: Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio ***
July 28: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty *****
July 29: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel ****
July 30: Burn Baby, Burn by Meg Medina ****1/2
July 31: Princeless, Vol. 3: The Pirate Princess by Jeremy Whitley ****
August 1:Summer Days and Summer Nights: 12 Love Stories ed. by Stephanie Perkins ***
August 2: Denton Little's Still Not Dead by Lance Rubin ****
August 3: Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann ***
August 4: The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis **
August 5: My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen ****1/2
August 6: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye ***1/2
August 7: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings by Margarita Engle ***
August 8: Freedom Over Me: 11 Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashely Bryan ****
August 9: Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost ****
August 10: Around the World by Matt Phelan ****
August 11: Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani****
August 12: A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab *****
August 13: A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt de lPeña ****
August 14: How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by Randy J. Paterson, PhD ***1/2
August 15: Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer ****
August 16: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake *****
August 17: This Side of Home by Renée Watson ****
August 18: Crow Call by Lois Lowry ****
August 19: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe **
August 20: The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis ****1/2
August 21: Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt ***1/2
August 22: Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams series) by Lisbeth Kaiser ****
August 23: A Small Thing...but Big by Tony Johnston **
August 24: In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson ***
August 25: The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan ***
August 26: Refugee by Alan Grantz *****
August 27: Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters by Kylene Beers & Robert Probst ****
August 28: Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan *****
August 29: Resistance by Carla Jablonski ***
August 30: Defiance by Carla Jablonski *** 1/2
August 31: Victory by Carla Jablonski ****
Sept. 1: Altogether, One at a Time by E. L. Konigsburg **
Sept 2: Nine Horses by Billy Collins ****1/2


  1. Kudos on the book a day challenge. The thought of finishing a book a day seems very overwhelming to me!

    1. The secret is to include picture books! I just got a stack at the library to tide me over when I can't get much reading done.


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