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My bookest year


What a year. This past year is part of why I felt the need to start this blog. Time to look backward, with my teacher-has-eyes-in-the-back-of-his-head eyes.

I read a lot of books. More than I’ve ever read before. But I also kept track of what I’ve read more than any other year. Using Goodreads, I tracked books I read this year. I don’t count rereads on Goodreads, except for novels. My kids “request” that I read some books again and again, but those aren’t reflected in these totals. Further, next year will be the real challenge. I’ve set my Goodreads goal at 888 books, but this year I’ve entered pretty much all of the books we own. I will have to make significant use of the library in order to meet my goal.

We’ll see.

Here are some numbers for 2012, my bookest year.

857 books

115 Novels (1 of them for grownups)

111 Graphic Novels (all age levels)

472 Picture Books (nearly all of them read to my kids)

2 Pop-up Books

70 Board Books

There was some talk on Twitter over Winter Break about book gaps. Checking out my numbers of read Nerdy nominees helped me identify these pretty quickly. Not that I didn’t know already. But it’s poetry. I like poetry, but I almost never read it. With that in mind, here’s what I’m thinking about for 2013.

Goals for 2013:

888 books

More professional development books

More poetry

An immense thank you to #nerdybookclub, for changing my life this year. Finally (I didn’t even know I was searching), I found colleagues who shared my interests and passions. Having such a wonderful virtual learning community continues to be motivating, inspiring, and validating.



  1. Allison Jackson says:

    Enjoyed your post very much. I love the #nerdybookclub, too. Unlike you, I knew I was searching for like-minded colleagues. My school is going through a transition, and there aren’t many who share my interests and passions. I love being inspired and supported by my virtual PLN.
    Happy reading!

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