Comment Challenge 2012

Comment Challenge 2012 – GatheringBooks Dives In – A Running Update

Comment Challenge 2012

We have just recently signed up for the Comment Challenge 2012 that is being hosted by Mother Reader (The heart of a mother. The Soul of a reader. The mouth of a smartass) and Lee Wind from I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell do I Read? (you just gotta love those blog titles! How come I haven’t explored their sites yet?! tsk tsk).

The challenge runs from January 5 – 25 thus we are so late late late in joining the challenge. But as I said better late than never ever ever.

This will be the post where I keep track of all the comments that I have made in the blogosphere since 20th of January when we have decided to join. I wanted to try to trace back some of the comments I made since 5th of January and include them here – even though they are not technically counted to reaching the 100-mark-goal – but I decided against it and will just concentrate on the current comments I am making since yesterday. I will also keep track of the blog posts that I have commented in for this challenge so it shall ping back to them and might even interest other Comment-Challenge-Participants to visit their lovely sites. My own goal is to at least come up with 50 comments until the very last day of the challenge.

19 January 2012 – Thursday

  1. South Africa’s former President, Thabo Mbeki’s speech poem of, “I am an African.” by Joanna Marple
  2. Perfect Picture Book Friday – Ish by Peter Reynolds by Joanna Marple
  3. Interview with Artist Suzanne del Rizzo by Joanna Marple 
  4. Barefoot – Poetry by Joanna Marple
  5. Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Crocodile’s True Colors by Joanna Marple

20 January 2012 – Poetry Friday

  1. Travel Photo of the Day – Jan. 19 by TBM
  2. A Princely Sum by TBM
  3. Travel Photo of the Day – Jan 18 by TBM
  4. Prepping for New York by Russ Cox from Smiling Otis Studio – comment was left on Facebook ( because of terrible issues with Blogger.
  5. Potter Puppet Pals by Maeve from Yellow Brick Reads
  6. Book Trailers by Maeve from Yellow Brick Reads
  7. Happy Birthday Kate McMullan – January 16 by Eric from Happy Birthday Author
  8. Happy Birthday Dianne delas Casas – January 15 by Eric from Happy Birthday Author
  9. A Wrinkle in Time – Still a Great Read after 50 Years – by Linda from TeacherDance
  10. Sometimes Teachers Just Need to Stand Back – by Linda from TeacherDance
  11. Poetry Friday Roundup is Here by Elaine Magliaro of Wild Rose Reader
  12. Poetry Friday: Deborah Warren – Marginalia by Tara from A Teaching Life
  13. Teach Like Ernest Hemingway by Heidi Mordhorst from My Juicy Little Universe
  14. Poetry Friday the First by Mary Lee from A Year of Reading
  15. Stem Friday: A Leaf Can Be by Jeff Barger from NC Teacher Stuff
  16. Bad Homework by Liz Steinglass from Growing Wild
  17. Tagxedo by Tabatha Yeatts from The Opposite of Indifference
  18. Dreams and Directions at Carol’s Corner
  19. When I met my Muse by Maria Horvath from A Poem a Day
  20. Shipwreck Poem by Irene Latham
  21. Poetry Friday – Finish by Mandy from Enjoy and Embrace Learning
  22. Here Comes Poetry Friday by Linda from TeacherDance
  23. Friday Feast: one potato two potato three potato by Jama Rattigan from Jama’s Alphabet Soup
  24. Poetry Friday: Happy Birthday William Stafford by Laura Shovan from Author Amok
  25. Poetry Friday: A Poem of Pronunciation by Pam from Mother Reader
  26. New Poem (With Bonus Activity!): Worst in Show by Ed DeCaria from Think Kid, Think!
  27. Poetry Friday: I’ve Got your Nose (Shel Silverstein) by Laura Salas from Writing the World for Kids
  28. Out of Season; haiku by Andi Sibley from A Wrung Sponge
  29. Poetry Friday by Karen Edmisten from The Blog with the Shockingly Clever Title
  30. Poetry Friday: Robert Burns by Jone from Check it Out

21 January 2012 – Saturday

  1. A Groggy Sleeping Beauty Speaks to the Prince Who Just Woke Her with a Kiss: An Original Fairy Tale Poem by Elaine Magliaro from Wild Rose Reader
  2. Poetry friday: ipso – on parting with a beloved (with bonus poem!) by delzey from fomagrams
  3. Poetry Friday – Science by Liz Scanlon from Liz in Ink
  4. Poetry Friday – I Like Winter by Caryl from Leaning Tower of Books
  5. Poetry Friday by Janet Squires from All About the Books
  6. Bartholomew Buffalo by Joy from Poetry for Kids
  7. A young child sums up the problem with how toys are marketed by Lee Wind from I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell do I Read?
  8. Publishing LGBTQ Characters, Themes and Stories in Kid Lit – A Discussion at #NY12SCBWI by Lee Wind from I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell do I Read?
  9. Comment Challenge 2012 by Ed DeCaria from Think Kid, Think!
  10. John Rocco, the #NY12SCBWI Team Blog Pre-Conference Interview by Lee Wind from I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell do I Read?
  11. Randomness: Novels In-Verse Reading Challenge Sign-Ups by Amanda from Born Bookish
  12. Randomness: For the love of verse by Amanda from Born Bookish
  13. “Whats goin on” – one teen’s wrenching cry to end bullying by Lee Wind from I’m Here, I’m Queer, What the Hell do I Read?
  14. Library Loot #13 by Even in Australia
  15. ‘Tis the season… for colds and flu by Even in Australia
  16. Calvin Can’t Fly by Darshana from Flowering Minds
  17. Perfect Picture Book Friday – One by Darshana from Flowering Minds
  18. The Gruffalo by Darshana from Flowering Minds
  19. Kidlit Radio and News #3 by Zoe from Playing by the Book
  20. Physics is Fun by Zoe from Playing by the Book
  21. Kids’ Classics and Cream Cakes by Zoe from Playing by the Book
  22. Books good enough to eat (really!) by Zoe from Playing by the Book
  23. Following my Paintbrush by Zoe from Playing by the Book
  24. What Book would you Gift to Whom by Zoe from Playing by the Book
  25. My Favorite Middle Grade Reads of 2011 by Tracy Edward Wymer
  26. Deadlines and Creativity by Tracy Edward Wymer
  27. Operation Marriage – Perfect Picture Book by Patricia Tilton from Children’s Books Heal
  28. One Million Men and Me by Patricia Tilton from Children’s Books Heal
  29. Belle, the last Mule at Gee’s Bend by Patricia Tilton from Children’s Books Heal
  30. ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ and ‘Deaf Child Crossing’ by Patricia Tilton from Children’s Books Heal
  31. 2012 Picture Book Reading Challenge by Danielle Smith from There’s a Book
  32. Tea and a Toasted Scone by Patty from Books, Thoughts and a Few Adventures
  33. Trying Something New for Me by Patty from Books, Thoughts and a Few Adventures
  34. Comment Challenge by Mary Kinser from Sprouts Bookshelf
  35. Chapter Book Review – Vanished by Sheela Chari by Mary Kinser from Sprouts Bookshelf

22 January 2012 – In My Mailbox Sunday

  1. January update: Award Winning Books Reading Challenge by Andrea Flemming from rovingfiddlehead kidlit
  2. Dave the Potter – Picture Book Perfect Friday by Joanna Marple from Miss Marple’s Musings
  3. In My Mailbox (19) by Giselle from Xpresso Reads
  4. In my Mailbox and the Andrea Cremer Book Signing by Lucy from Fiction Fervor
  5. In My Mailbox (057) by Tara from Hobbitsies Book Reviews and Blog
  6. In My Mailbox (3) by Jennifer from A Librarian’s Library
  7. In My Mailbox (23) The One with Perception by Anna from Literary Exploration
  8. In My Mailbox [#24] by Brittany from Hope, Faith, & Books
  9. Carrie’s In My Mailbox #17 by Carrie from Stalking the Bookshelves
  10. In My Mailbox (69) by Lea from YA Book Queen
  11. IMM #26 by Jude from In Between Writing and Reading
  12. In My Mailbox (28) by Sarah at Catching Books
  13. In My Mailbox (3) by Shawna LeAnn from Dreaming in the Pages
  14. In My Mailbox {9} by Asheley from Into the Hall of Books
  15. In My Mailbox # 1 by Addie from Bookworm Recommendations
  16. In My Mailbox (18) by Sonia the Booklover
  17. In My Mailbox (Week of January 16, 2012) by Firestar Books from Burning Passion for Books
  18. Peek In My Mailbox # 28 by Amanda from Hippies, Beauty, & Books, Oh My
  19. In My Mailbox (18) by Jenn from Writer’s Block
  20. In My Mailbox # 24 by Chey from The Hollow Cupboards
  21. In My Mailbox (22) from Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
  22. In My Mailbox (134) by Erica from The Book Cellar
  23. In My Mailbox (67) from The Reading Angel
  24. In My Mailbox 22nd January 2012 by Sally from Always Lost in Stories
  25. In My Mailbox by Jac of For Love & Books
  26. Lily Reneé, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins by Donna from Bite My Books
  27. In My Mailbox #34 by Ange from Moonlight Reader
  28. In My Mailbox – January 22nd, 2012 by Michelle from Never Gonna Grow Up! – reviews of young adult fiction
  29. In My Mailbox #18 by Ron C Nieto from Stories of My Life
  30. In My Mailbox (3) by Heather from The Flyleaf Review

23 January 2012 – Nonfiction Monday

  1. A Reading Challenge for 2012: Nonfiction Picture Books by Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy
  2. Nonfiction Monday – Pets by Ms. Yingling Reads
  3. Nonfiction Monday: Prairie Storms by Jeff Barger from NC Teacher Stuff
  4. Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Voyage by Sophie Webb as reviewed by The Nonfiction Detectives
  5. In My Mailbox (88) by Prose and Kahn
  6. Non-Fiction Monday: Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh by Prose and Kahn

24 January 2012 – Teaser Tuesday

  1. Teaser Tuesdays (Jan. 24) by Miz B from Should Be Reading
  2. Award Winning Invisible Magic by Zoe from Playing By the Book
  3. Foundation by Isaac Asimov by TBM from 50 Year Project
  4. Travel Photo of the Day (Jan. 23) by TBM from 50 Year Project
  5. Out of My Mind – Cerebral Palsy by Patricia Tilton from Children’s Books Heal
  6. Teaser Tuesday: Copper Beach by Sonia from Story Treasury
  7. Teaser Tuesday’s #10 by TToria 
  8. Teaser Tuesday #7 from Carina’s Books
  9. Teaser Tuesdays (24 Jan 2012) by Read @ UTS
  10. Teaser Tuesday #29 by JoAnne from The Fairytale Nerd
  11. Teaser Tuesdays: One Day at a Time – Jan. 24 by Laurel-Rain Snow from Accidental Moments

25 January 2012 – Wednesday

  1. Slightly Delayed New Year’s Resolutions by Katy from Hungry Little Bookworm
  2. Jefferson’s Sons by Melissa from The Book Nut
  3. The Fault in our Stars by Melissa from The Book Nut
  4. ALA Youth Media Awards 2012 from Madigan Reads
  5. Mysterious Howling Review from Madigan Reads
  6. 2012 Reading Challenge of Award Winning Books by Nuelene from The Rocky Road
  7. “The Foundation” by Isaac Asimov as reviewed by Grace from Books without any Pictures
  8. Hunger Games: A Book Review by Nuelene from The Rocky Road
  9. Grieving by Zoe from Playing by the Book
  10. Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan, Behemoth and Goliath – A Steampunk Trilogy with a Teen girl disguised as a boy by Lee Wind

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).

14 comments on “Comment Challenge 2012 – GatheringBooks Dives In – A Running Update

  1. Myra, wow, this is amazing that you tracked the blogs. I’ve loved doing the comment challenge & the worst (really best) thing is that my reader is quite lengthy now. Fun that you joined. I hope you get lots of people going to the end of the list & finding you!


    • Hi Linda, must be the teacher in me wanting to document everything – so that it’s all systematized. Hehehe. And my understanding is that the entire premise of doing the comment challenge is to build this warm community of bloggers who share the same passion (booksbooksandbooks!!), thus I’m more than happy to feature their posts here as well. I have a feeling I’d reach the 100 comment mark by Wednesday next week (teehee). 🙂


  2. Myra! You’re amazing! How brilliant of you to link back to each and every post. Very generous! And what a lot of reading you’ve been doing – I bet your TBR / library reservation list has grown somewhat since you joined the comment challenge!


    • Hi Zoe, surprisingly, I only jotted down less than five titles – most of the posts that I have commented on are Poetry Friday enthusiasts (very few books there) – while the others shared musings, video clips, library loot and random thoughts. I did discover quite a few books from the Perfect Picture Book Friday (which I hardly ever get to visit because of our involvement in Poetry Friday) – so that was quite a treat.


  3. Myra, thank you for stopping by my post and linking some of my books to the Gathering Books drive. I was so surprised. Great idea. Where do you find the time and energy! Your list is fabulous, and thanks for including me. Have seen you on Joanna’s blog, so it’s nice to finally meet you. – Pat


    • Hi Pat! I also ask that question myself – but yeah, we make time for that which we love. 🙂 And GatheringBooks is like a second home to me now. 🙂 Our little baby. 🙂


  4. Wow, look at you go! At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if you get to 100 by Wednesday. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog & linking up here.


  5. Very impressive tracking! Makes my notebook look so weak. ;^)


  6. Wow. Pretty amazed at the way you are tracking your own comments.


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