August was just a whiff of cool air as September rushed in bearing Christmas tidings. It is that time of the month again when we do a round up of the activities we have done here in GatheringBooks.

Book Hunting Expeditions

We have just recently introduced our own feature here which we do every Sunday, called Book Hunting Expeditions (BHE) where we blog about our book finds. Here are some of our posts:

Photo Journal

We love our Photo Journal section and so we have joined several memes that would lead us to like-minded individuals.

Frizztext hosts a weekly A-Z Photo Challenge every Tuesday which we join regularly. We also post a few of our own photos, just because. Here are a few of what we shared so far this month:

Other Weekly Photo Challenges

There are also other weekly challenges that we join such as the one hosted by The Daily WordPress and Ailsa from Where’s My Backpack?

Conferences, Gatherings, Arts Corner and Other Miscellany

Aside from writing [often lengthy] book reviews and posting photos, we also include a few other miscellany stuff and announcements here, bookish/artsy events, as well as updates about my Book Club, Gathering Readers, which is held at the Jurong West Public Library. Here are a few of our miscellany posts:

Harry Potter Exhibition in Singapore

GatheringReaders Virtual Discussion: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Featured Guests for our Dusty Bookshelves and Library Loot theme

Singapore International Storytelling Festival: Come and be Enchanted

Ministry of Education Headquarters Library Exhibition in Singapore

Bimonthly Theme and Kidlitosphere Meme

Our current bimonthly theme would continue until the middle of September. So far, here are the reviews we have done:

Monsters of Men


The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres – and my Kindle Fire issues

A Pocket Full of Kisses

Leaf and Shadow

Olive’s Ocean

Zombie Apocalypse: The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead Tossed Waves

More! More! More! said the Baby and Again! by Emily Gravett

Once there were Lions

Rose Blanche

The Cloud Spinner

We have just recently joined this Monday meme and we are enjoying ourselves immensely so far. We usually interweave our posts with Nonfiction Monday as well, if we can. Here are a few of our posts:

Show Me a Story! by Leonard Marcus

It’s Monday what are you Reading and Nonfiction Monday

A Paul Janeczko Overload and then Some

Picture Books that Rock!

Robin Robertson’s Sorrow

Naomi Shihab Nye’s Call for Quiet Reflection and Kindness

In a Cocoon of Smoke

The Children of Forgotten Sun

Naomi Shihab Nye’s The List

Reading Challenge Update

365 Reading Challenge. We continue with our tradition of documenting the books we have read for the year and making sure that collectively, the three of us should be able to read 365 books this 2012. Admittedly, it’s a bit slow for us this year. We’re hoping that the numbers would pick up as soon as Fats finds the time to update her reading list. Here are the books we have read for January/February,March/April, May/June of this year. So far, here are the numbers:

  • January – 30
  • February – 33
  • March – 46
  • April – 34
  • May – 13
  • June – 13
  • July – 22
  • August
    • Myra – 23 books
    • Iphigene – 4 books
    • Total for August: 27 books
  • Grand Total: 218

We need to read 147 more books til end of December to complete our own personal challenge. Here’s our running update for the other reading challenges we joined this year:

  • Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 26 out of targeted 12 – completed
  • Picture Book Challenge: 86 of 120
  • AWB Reading Challenge:  79 of 35 – completed
  • Caldecott Challenge: 13 of 24 
  • Newbery Medal Challenge: 2 of 12 – {no progress}
  • Reading the World Challenge: 5 of 7
  • Persons-of-Color Reading Challenge: 28 of 25 – completed
  • Novels in Verse Reading Challenge: 7 of 10 
  • Immigrant Stories Challenge: 15 of 6 – completed

August Winner for the Award-Winning-Books Reading Challenge

Congratulations RovingFiddleHead for your review of Newbery Titles

Please send us your postal details so that Pansing Books can send your book prize over to you.

How about you, dear friends, what has kept you busy this month of August?

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).

6 comments on “August Round Up and the Winner for the AWB Reading Challenge

  1. Well, I do wonder sometimes how you do all these things, Myra, but I am very happy & grateful that you do. Thank you for all your kind comments on my posts. I always appreciate what you have to share with me. It’s been a very busy August, with my grandson visiting early in the month, & then the getting ready to return to school. The beginning days have been good, & now we’re all ready to settle into the fun of school & working with our wonderful students. Looking forward to what you share this year!


    • Hi Linda, I understand about the back-to-school frenzy, I’m sure though that everyone would jump right into the swing of things once everybody has settled down – and the classroom rules and routines have been established. I wish you great joy this coming year with your new batch of students. It’s a gift to see them grow. 🙂


  2. Thanks! I’ve DM’d my address. Great job on your challenges!


    • Hi Andrea! Congratulations yet again! I’ve already given your contact details to the publisher. Hopefully you get the book soon. 🙂


  3. You really “gathered” a lot of books!!


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