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I Like to Read

Schermafbeelding 2014-02-15 om 17.42.41A lot. I read everything. Signs, boxes, brochures, articles, books, magazines, web sites. I just can’t stop reading. I do not comprehend not wanting to read all the time. I just don’t get it. And I will judge you for not reading.

This of course means that I have an account over at goodreads.com. I do my best to log the books I have read. Though I’m sure I’ve missed a few (or a lot). I also participate in their yearly reading challenge. Last year I beat my goal of 65 books, by an entire 3 extra books. Go Me! I will admit, this includes audio books. However, it doesn’t include books read for work or to my classroom. That just wouldn’t be fair.

Reading Bingo

This year, I am once again taking on the reading challenge. And I’m upping my goal. I like nice round numbers. I’ve set my goal for 70 books. To make this happen, I’m probably going to have to read a few books under the 300 page mark.

Given that I am a voracious reader, I also keep 2 reading Pinterest boards going. The first is my Reminders to Read board. Anytime I come across a book that sounds interesting, I pin it. I try to read books from this list first. I also have an ongoing list on my phone for when I see a book in a store that I’d like to read but don’t want to purchase just then.

pilha-livrosAs I read the books, I shift them over to my Books Worth Reading board. Unless I think they are total crap, they the pins just get deleted. I don’t often delete pins. A book must be particularly terrible for that to happen.

Of course, there is always my goodread’s shelves that are teeming with the books I’ve read. I try to keep my wish to read shelves there to a minimum and store them on Pinterest.

Outside of the Goodreads challenge, I don’t usually join challenges, but this year, I’m going to use this check list to shake up my reading a little bit.

If anyone knows sources for any of these images, please let me know. Every path I tried lead to a broken link.

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Books Planter

As I’ve alluded to, we used many books in our decorations. Specifically, we use Reader’s Digest condensed books. You know the ones, they are everywhere, until you need them. Through random connections over the year, we managed to collect a fair few. Then the crafting inspiration began. We chose these books specifically for the reason that they are all the same size.

Photo Credit: Candi Holden

I had seen at one point, a succulent planter made from a book. I liked the idea, but didn’t relish the idea of having to use an Exacto knife to cut out the insides of 35-ish books. I brought my husband on board for ideas. He immediately suggested using the drill with a 2-in hole saw. The man is brilliant!

After a couple of test runs, he decided the drill was tearing up the paper too much and the project needed tweaking. While I was crafting some other wedding related item (or watching a movie, I don’t really remember), he created a template. He took a piece of 3/4-inch plywood and cut it down to the size of the book pages. He then drilled two overlapping circles into the middle of the board (You’ll see it in a photo below).

The process went a little something like this:

1. Open book to roughly the middle, so the pages are even on both sides. This helps the book lay flat. Then clamp the template onto the book.

2. Using a drill with a 2 in hole saw, drill out the pages using the template as your guide. You will notice that the drill does not tear up the top most pages. You may need to alternate between the two spaces on thicker books.

3. Remove template. Use clamps to hold pages in place for gluing.

4. Glue to seal pages. We used wood glue. First, squeeze a good amount around the edges and bottom of opening. Second, use your finger to spread the glue around, covering the entire drilled out space. I discovered that wood glue stains your fingers a bit yellow. Since I only used one finger to spread the glue, I cut the fingers off of disposable gloves to make them last longer. Allow the glue to dry before removing the clamps. We usually allowed 30-40 minutes. Due to our limited number of clamps, we worked in groups of 5.

If you’d rather not spend the time to make your own book planters. I will have a few available in my Etsy shop quite soon.

 

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Summer Reading Pledge 2012

Once again, Caiti over at Life is a Canvas is hosting a summer reading challenge. I’ve been hoping she would host it again this year. I loved reading challenges as a kid. All the prizes you could win from the library or Pizza Hut. Sadly, we lived too far away from the library for me to read more than the allotted 12 books every two weeks. Can you imagine having the time to read that many books in two weeks. Mind you, these books were 300-400 pages like some of the books I read now are, but they were substantial for a 10-12 year-old to read. Now, I just love the accountability it adds to keep myself reading.

I’ve pledged to read 12 books this summer. I’m not including in this list the books I plan on pouring over for teaching. I’m only counting the books read for fun or entertainment. I’m not much of a planner when it comes to reading books. I may have one or two that I really want to read, but for the most part, I let my mood decide what to read next either from books I have, the list I’ve created, or something I’ve just discovered. Maybe I’m revisiting an old friend.

My list so far includes:

The Plum Series by Janet Evanovich – I have 2 books left to read in the series. I’ve already finished 2 this week.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt – inspired by our trip to Savannah, GA

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – I like to read this once a year

I’m also feeling the pull from some of my childhood books like Anne of Green Gables and Little House. I may be reading some of those as well as a few by Roald Dahl. If I read only children’s books, I may have to up my goal!

What is on your summer reading list?

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