We are excited to once again join the Carnival of Children’s Literature which is being hosted this month by Jump into a Book. We do not usually post a review for the Carnival, but rather do an advanced round-up post for the month.
Dahl and Magical Theme for September and October
Compared to the previous month, I must say that we did a lot of progress in reviewing a few of Roald Dahl’s books as well as books that speak of enchantment and magic. We also devoted an every-other-Wednesday trivia about Roald Dahl and his creative process and his writing. Here are a few of our posts:
- A Day in the Life of Dahl: Tidbits and Trivia
- The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
- The Vicar of Nibbleswicke
- The Enormous Crocodile
- Boy: Tales of Childhood
- Dahl Trivia on a Wednesday
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- James and the Giant Peach
Reading Challenge Update
- Picture Book Reading Challenge Update: 120 out of 120 - Done! Hiphiphooray indeed! We thought it best not to upgrade for the challenge (next level would be at 200 books, not feasible since November is upon us in a few days). However, we would still be happy to contribute to the database every month. We shall see how many books we would be able to finish by end of the year.
- Persons of Color Reading Challenge Update: 48 (out of targeted 25) – We have added two more books compared to last month’s. We hope to review more until end of December.
- Murakami Reading Challenge Update: 2 of 7 – Yikes, languishing as always. We need to buckle up and review a few more Murakami books soon.
- South Asian Challenge Update: 4 of 7 - Same drama as the Murakami Reading Challenge. Hmmm… our seeming lack of progress on both categories serves to inform us of the type of reading challenges we should participate in for the coming year.
365 Reading Project: 2011
We have been a bit more relaxed in our reading knowing that we have already reached our 365 goal, here are the numbers for the month of October
- January-February – 94 books
- March-April – 96 books
- May-June – 62 books
- July-August: 105 books
- September: 49 books
- Myra – 14 books
- Iphigene – 3 books
- Fats – 9 books
- Total: 26 books
- Grand Total: 432 books
Is it possible that we would be able to read over 500 books collectively by end of 2011? That’d be nice.
For our GatheringBooks Quill Junior Contributor this October, we had 11 year old Koh Kay Lyn from Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School share her thoughts about a book that fits our Dahl and Magical theme. Here is her review on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Poet’s Sanctum is a new feature that we introduced here in GatheringBooks July of this year. For September and October, we are privileged to have Professor Gemino H Abad grace our pages here in GatheringBooks. Here are some of the posts we had on Sir Jimmy’s poetry that we usually share during Poetry Fridays.
- The Ties that Bind in Gemino Abad’s Poetry
- A Discussion about the Moon, Muses, and Poetry – Q and A with Sir Jimmy
- Care of Light
- Walking Free
Blog Meme and the Kidlitosphere
We continue being active in the kidlitosphere and the blogosphere through our participation in several themed-days as hosted by wonderful bloggers/ librarians/ bibliophiles as could be seen below.
- Bright Path: Young Jim Thorpe by Don Brown
- Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
- Reflections on Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
- The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis
Book Talk Tuesday
We are happy and privileged to feature award-winning and prolific Australian YA Author, Ken Spillman over the past two months. We have just completed our 4-part feature on him this October.
- Ken Spillman’s Magpie Mischief
- Birthday Wishlists in Jake’s Gigantic List by Ken Spillman
- The book with one of the longest subtitles ever: Love is a UFO by Ken Spillman
In My Mailbox
- Closing of Borders in Singapore and Book Loans
- Goosebumps, 39 Clues, Wimpy and Dork Diaries
- History, Mythology, and Adventure
- Magic, Goosebumps, and Award Winning Titles