Thursday, November 29, 2007

The story behind the blog

Almost exactly a year ago today (two days off--it was November 27th) I began this project to read all of the Newbery Award and Honor books. I was taking a certain writing course, and that course recommended books that were on the Newbery list as good literature to read. I looked up the list, and for some strange reason, thought "Hey, I should read all of these!"

First mistake.

Then, I suppose inspired by the vast expanse of an empty five-in-one notebook, I thought, "Hey, I should write down a summary and some thoughts about each book I read!"

Second mistake.

So I started reading. A little ways into the project, I actually stopped to count how many books were on the list. 366. Gulp.

So fast forward to now, a year later. I've read 69 books, and found some really cool ones. And I had this huge book of all these summaries I've written for them. So I figured as long as I was going to write them all out anyway, I might as well share some of my thoughts in the form of a blog.

Thus the start of this blog.


Charley said...

This is a very cool idea. I wish you luck! And I look forward to reading your reviews.

Kaitlyn said...

I am so happy to find that I am not the only one with this goal! So far, I have completed 108 Newbery and Newbery Honor Winners. I am currently a student at Grand Valley State hoping to become a children's writer, and I find this to be a great way to study children literary patterns. If you ever need advice, I'm more than welcome to talk.


sweetpotato said...

Kaitlyn: I'm always excited when I find someone else with this goal too!

I do have a question for you--what are you planning to do about the out of print books? Do you have access to them somewhere? I want to read ALL the books, but I can see that some will be tough to get my hands on. I was just curious if you had any plans for that.

(By the way, do you have a blog? I tried clicking on your name, but blogger says your profile is blocked. Just thought I'd ask.)