2016 Reading Challenge. Are You Up For It?


Last year (2015) I manged to complete my Goodreads, Reading Challenge 2015, ploughing my way through 33 books; fiction, non-fiction and even some graphic novels for the first time. Check out what I read last year below using their nifty Reading Challenge Widget which I displayed on this very blog for all to see. I’ve upped my goal by 2 books to 35 for the year and I am once again keeping tabs on myself via Goodreads.

If you fancy taking a simple challenge yourself, check out this Pinterest page above with some excellent prompts for what to read in 2016.

Remember to check in here to see how I’m doing throughout the year.

Read what you love, love what you read.

 

2015 reading chalenge boks part 1 reading challenge books part 2

 

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Website of the Week: What Happened In My Birth Year.com


This week’s Website of the Week is What Happened In My Birth Year.com. This site is  a fun way to find out what was happening in the year of your birth.  It was created by Philipp Lenssen.  You can  Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here. Just type in the year of your birth or any other year you want to find out about and this simple site will start scrolling out all the facts, figures, people and things that made that year and that decade special.

“Reasons for Reading” Comp Winners Announced


“I love reading because I can bury myself in a book and it transports me to another world. I can get to know the characters, try on other people’s lives to see how they fit. Reading is the cheapest form of travel! ;)” – Mikayla D.

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image by carnagenyc

Reasons For Reading Competition Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Mikayla D for her winning entry in our first ever “Reasons for Reading” competition. She will receive a $20 Book Voucher from Pegi Williams Bookshop, kindly donated by Mr Thur. We were literally inundated with fabulously imaginative responses, but the overall winner was Mikayla, (see her entry above).

We were so impressed by the number and quality of the entries that we decided to offer 3 runners-up prizes in addition to the grand prize. Emma B (9 White), Victoria S (10 Yellow), and Shea G (9 Yellow) will all receive a $5 Canteen voucher for their excellent “Reasons for Reading” entries. Well done to our winners and all of our entrants. Be sure to pop down to either library to find the latest books to borrow now you’ve all been so inspired to read.

For more reading related stuff go here.

I like to read for many good reasons,

It’s brilliant fun in every season.

 

Whether I’m happy or whether I’m sad,

Whether I’m bored or I’m just plain mad.

 

I whip out a book and it sets me free,

It’s relaxing yet thrilling, it lets me be me.

 

It helps me forget about all other things,

so I can live in my palace, surrounded by kings.

 

Emma B

 

“My reason for reading is to escape reality for a little while, or even a long time. Reading takes me to all different worlds, and allows me to jump into the story and life of someone else. I know that whenever I feel like I have no one, I will always have the books on my shelves and the shelves in the library to welcome me home.” – Victoria S

 

Once we learn to read, we read to learn.

Whether sitting, standing, squatting or laying – we read. Whatever weather, we read. Whatever time, we read.

Ink splashed upon crisp sheet – poetry, prose or drivel – we read.

When the world fails us, we read, for in a book we can retreat to worlds of wonder and everlasting possibilities.

When a book ends, you can read it again.

And when the black day comes when all books are gone…

 

…their words will live on.

Shea G

READ WHAT YOU LIKE, LIKE WHAT YOU READ

Reasons for Reading # 3


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image by poppet with a camera

I like to read for many good reasons,

It’s brilliant fun in every season.

 

Whether I’m happy or whether I’m sad,

Whether I’m bored or I’m just plain mad.

 

I whip out a book and it sets me free,

It’s relaxing yet thrilling, it lets me be me.

 

It helps me forget about all other things,

so I can live in my palace, surrounded by kings.

Emma B. Year 9

Recently I asked all Cabra students if they would tell us their reasons for reading. We even offered a $20 Book Voucher for the best, most imaginative response. It would be an understatement to say that we were bowled over by the number and quality of the replies. We are still accepting entries till the end of Week 3 with the winner (or winners) being announced in the Week 4 College Newsletter.

So keep your “Reasons for Reading” coming in till Friday 31 October!

Reasons for Reading


image by Katerha

image by Katerha

“I love reading because I can bury myself in a book and it transports me to another world. I can get to know the characters, try on other people’s lives to see how they fit. Reading is the cheapest form of travel! 😉 “Mikayla, Year 8

Recently I asked all Cabra students if they would tell us their reasons for reading. We even offered a $20 Book Voucher for the best, most imaginative response. It would be an understatement to say that we were bowled over by the number and quality of the replies. We are still accepting entries till the end of Week 3 with the winner (or winners) being announced in the Week 4 College Newsletter.

Check out some more of the finest entries so far…

“My reason for reading is to escape reality for a little while, or even a long time. Reading takes me to all different worlds, and allows me to jump into the story and life of someone else. I know that whenever I feel like I have no one, I will always have the books on my shelves and the shelves in the library to welcome me home.” – V.S. Year 10

So keep your “Reasons for Reading” coming in till Friday 31 October!

Website of the Week: TasteKid.com


This week’s Website of the Week is TasteKid.com.

The site attempts to match your interests in books, films and music with other compatible content. Try searching your favourite author, book, film or band and Tastekid will suggest other things that you might like based on the style, audience and genre. Give it a try.image

Are You Up for the Challenge?


reading challenges

It is traditional for people to make New Year’s resolutions at the start of a new year and I am as guilty as the next person in not always managing to adhere to these worthy pledges for the entire 12 months. That said, last year I pledged to read 30 books and tracked my progress on Goodreads, using their nifty Reading Challenge Widget which I displayed on this very blog for all to see. I didn’t quite make my target, just coming up short by a few books (I managed 25). This year I am aiming to repeat the process, I’ve upped my goal by 1 book to 31 for the year and I am once again keeping tabs on myself via Goodreads.

If you fancy taking a simple challenge yourself, check out this Pinterest page with literally dozens of sites offering a multitude of different reading challenges to suit all abilities, tastes and interests.

Remember to check in here to see how I’m doing throughout the year.

Read what you love, love what you read.

Young Adult What To Read Next InfoGraphic


Feel like doing some independent reading but you just can’t decide what to read next? Check out this excellent ‘Young Adult What To Read Next Flowchart’ for some great suggestions. As we are in Australia you can just ignore the “Summer Reading” bit. Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring, Term time, holidays; all great times to do a bit of reading.

The Young Adult Summer Reading Flowchart

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Read what you like, like what you read!

Website of the Week: Children’s Book Sequels


children's book sequels This week’s Website of the Week is Children’s Book Sequels. A truly useful site that allows you to search for and identify the sequel to many novels and the next book in the series. The database is searchable by Title, Author and Series Title. It contains an enormous selection of children’s and young adult titles and authors. Check out our ever growing list of websites to help you choose your next favourite book. Just click here.