Thursday, March 19, 2009

888: Throwing in the Towel

Last year, MamaPeep put me on to the 888 Challenge - read 8 books in 8 catagories in 2008. 

With 2008 safely complete, I can say this challenge kicked my butt.  I read a lot, but it turns out a huge portion of the books I read are for the kids.  One of the attractions of taking the challenge was a commitment to doing some Sara reading.  

Below is my final count.  I put the books I fully read in bold, noted ones I started, and sighed wistfully at all the ones I missed. No doubt there are 5 or 6 information gathering books I ingested but didn't record, so they are gone forever.

Thus far, dominates my 2009 book tracking attention.  I'm liking the format, it seems quick and easy, plus updates with the few people I've managed to "friend." I'm considering starting an account for Theo so he can share recommendations with buddies.

Sara's 888
Adoption and Race
1. Outsiders Within (started)
2. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Tatum
3. Can We Talk about Race? by Tatum (started)
4. Real parents, Real Children by van Gulden
5. Bone Black by bell hooks
6. Rock My Soul: Black People and Self Esteem by bell hooks
7. I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla by Wright
8. … Looking for a book by first moms… ideas anyone?

Parenting (some of these are re-reads)
1. Kids are worth it by Coloroso
2. Playful Parenting by Cohen
3. Kids, Parents and Power Struggles by Kurchinka
4. Protecting the Gift by deBecker
5. The book about raising healthy black children on my desk
6. How to Really Love You Child by Campbell
7. Temperment Tools by Neville and Johnston
8. Mama Rocks' Rule by Rose Rock

Education (for me about teaching the kids)
1. Young, Gifted, and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African American Students by Steele
2. Smart Girls by Barbara Kerr
3. Dumbing us Down
4. The African history book hiding in one of the unpacked boxes
5. Brain Rules by Medina 

Homeschool (novels for us to read together)
1. Battle for the Castle
2. D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire (started)
3. Return of the Indian by Banks
4. The Trumpet of the Swan – E.B. White
5. The Sword in the Tree – Clyde Robert Bulla
6. Thimble Summer – Elizabeth Enright
7. Call It Courage – Armstrong Perry
8. The Door in the Wall – Marguerite di Angeli

Graphic Novels
1. Usagi Yojimbo book 7
2. Usagi Yojimbo book 8
3. Elfquest 4
4. Elfquest 5
5. The next Girl Genius
6. More Usagi
7. Elfquest 9
8. More Usagi, again

Make me laugh, make me cry
1. Thank you Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
2. Right Ho Jeeves
3. Something by bell hooks
4. The Tower at Sony Wood by Patricia A. Mchillip
5. iPhone, The Missing Manual (started)
6. Strong Enough? By Mark Rippetoe

The Wanna Read Someday Shelf
1. Healing the New Childhood Epidemics by Kenneth Bock
2. Home Comforts by Mendleson
3. Body Clutter by FlyLady
4. Good Calories, Bad Calories by Taubes
5. Fiber Menace by Monatryrsky

8 Great Plays (to accompany the lecture series by Leonard Peikoff)
  this catagory was "Victorian Pulp Fiction"
Antigone by Sophocles
2. Othello by Shakespeare (just couldn't do it.  I hate Othello, it's too dark for me. I listened to the lecture unsupported.)
3. Le Cid by Corneille
4. Don Carols by Schiller
5. An Enemy of the People by Ibsen
6. Saint Joan by Shaw
7. Monna Vanna by Maeterlinck
8. Cyrao de Bergerac by Rostand

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