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:

Reading Challenge Update

  • Picture Book Reading Challenge Update120 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 Update2 of 7 – Yikes, languishing as always. We need to buckle up and review a few more Murakami books soon.
  • South Asian Challenge Update4 of – 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
  • October
    • 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.

Quill Junior

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

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.

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.

Nonfiction Monday

Book Talk Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Interview Wednesday

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.

Thanks so much Ken for being part of GatheringBooks!

In My Mailbox

As per usual, it’s been a very active month for us. Thank you so much for continually visiting, dropping by, leaving cutesie comments here and there. We are also excited as November frightfully creeps in and we introduce our upcoming bimonthly theme. Stay tuned for that! 🙂

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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