Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reading Away! MC Shows Their Dedication!

The gang at MC have proven to be dedicated to the cause of competitive reading.  More of the MC crew are reading and reporting than any of the other campuses participating.  However, Flo Valley's readers have stolen the crown for most pages read.  Keep up the great work, guys!

The Grand Totals:
18 people
86 books
22,252 pages

The Breakdown:
               FV               HP               MC               WW
People     4                   4                  9                    1
Books     29                 16                35                  6
Pages    8159             4657            7449              1987

What all did we read, you ask?  Well, take a gander below to find out.  :) 
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Was She Pretty by Leanne Shapton
Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris by Leanne Shapton
Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Naked Heat by Richard Castle
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
The Fountain of St James Court by Sean Jeter Nasland
Bedford Square by Anne Perry
A Christmas Beginning by Anne Perry
A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry
A Christmas Grace by Anne Perry
A Christmas Guest by Anne Perry
A Christmas Odyssey by Anne Perry
A Christmas Promise by Anne Perry
A Christmas Secret by Anne Perry
A Christmas Visitor by Anne Perry
Execution Dock by Anne Perry
Highgate Rise by Anne Perry
Book of Enchantments by Patricia C Wrede
Eye of the Beholder by Jayne Ann Krentz
Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz
White Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz
Smoke in Mirrors by Jayne Ann Krentz
Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz
Hammered by Kevin Hearne
Tricked by Kevin Hearne
The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Apocalypse Watch by Robert Ludlum
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
The Allure of the Archives by Arlette Farge
The Art of Travel by Alaine D Botton
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley
Death of a Policeman by M.C. Beaton
Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad by Derrick Jensen
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
Sound Book by Trevor Cox
Sharing the Skies: Navajo Astronomy by Nancy Maryboy
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by Sir John Gardiner
The Lost German East by Andrew Demshuk
A Self Made of Words by Carl Klaus
Martin Luther’s Easter Book ed. Roland Baiton
The Question that Never Goes Away by Philip Yancey
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Very Inappropriate Word by Jim Tobin
Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch
One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare
Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare
Three Nights with a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare
American Saint: the Life of Elizabeth Seton by Joan Barthel
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen
Leaving Brooklyn by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet by Andrew Blum
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney
The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns
The Persuader by Lee Child
Gods and Beasts by Denise Mina
The Asylum by John Harwood
A Wanted Man by Lee Child
12th of Never by James Patterson
Someone by Alice McDermott
The Infinite Plan by Isabel Allende
Never Go Back by Lee Child
Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music by Ricky Skaggs
Harper’s Magazine (Feb. 2014)
Blind Justice by Anne Perry
Harper’s Magazine (March 2014)
Linda, as in the Linda Murder by Leif GW Persson
Compound Fractures by Stephen White
In Suspect Terrain by John McPhee
Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit
Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry
The Sun (Jan 2014)

Thursday, March 13, 2014


What else is there to do when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing?  Unless of course you're a snow bunny, which I am NOT.  Evidently some of my colleagues prefer to stay in where it's warm and dry and curl up with a good book as well.  I'm more than happy to trek through feet of snow as long as it's between the pages of a good book.

Now, let's get to what we're all looking for:  the numbers!

STLCC had a total of :
18 people reading
71 books for a total of
20,250 pages

Now for the breakdown...
FV:  4 people, 23 books, 6801 pages
HP:  3 people, 18 books, 4618 pages
MC:  10 people, 29 books, 8508 pages
W:   1 person, 1 book, 323 pages

What was read:
The Bloodletter's Daughter by Linda Lafferty
Dust by Patricia Cornwell
Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
What's So Funny: My Hilarious Life by Tim Conway
White Fire by Preston & Child
The Thirteenth Tale by Setterfield
The Walking Dead vol. 19 by Robert Kirkman
Heat Wave by Richard Castle
I Could Pee on This and other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliani
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Haunted York by Vince Danks
The Mask of Athena by Richard Riordan
The House of Hades by Richard Riordan
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C Wrede
Searching for Dragons by Patricia C Wrede
Calling on Dragons by Patricia C Wrede
Talking to Dragons by Patricia Wrede
Science: A Discovery in Comics by Margareet de Heer
Hounded by Kevin Hearne
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
Harper's Magazine Jan. 2014
Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler Olsen
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
The Sun (Oct. 2012, Sept. 2012, Dec. 2012, Jan. 2013)
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
Alan Lomax: the Man Who Recorded the World by John Szwed
Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende
Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler Olsen
Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz
The Starday Story by Nathan Gibson with Don Pierce
12th of Never by James Patterson
Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Stewart

Half Past Nun by Monica Quill,
Wicked As Sin by Jillian Hunter
Bedknob and Broomsticks by Mary Norton 
The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
Apocalypse Watch by Robert Ludlum
If Wishes were Earls by Elizabeth Boyle
Assorted children’s books
Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros
When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries
The Color Master by Aimee Bender
The Vanishing of Katherina Linden by Helen Grant
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert
Debian GNU/Linux Installation Guide, (editors not cited)
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Square of Revenge by Pieter Aspe
Countrymen by Bo Lidegaard
No Man's Nightingale by Ruth Rendell
Gardiner, Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by Sir John Eliot
The Lost German East by Andrew Demshuk
Promissio and Death: Luther and God’s Word at the End of Life by Ken Jones

Some titles were read by multiple people

Friday, February 21, 2014


These cold winter months make for great reading.  All the librarians have reported what struck their fancies during the snow and ice and (brrrrr...) freezing temps.

Florissant Valley's Numbers:
       5 people
       26 books
      7620 pages

HPIR's numbers:                                         TOTAL FOR ALL
      4 people                                                       19 PEOPLE
     14 books                                                        79 BOOKS
    4810 pages                                                23651 PAGES

Meramec's numbers
      9 people
      33 books
      9202 pages

Wildwood's numbers
      1 person
      6 books
      2019 pages

What did we read, you ask?  Well, I'll tell you:

Scribble, Scribble by Nora Ephron
Crazy Salad by Nora Ephron
Portrait of Hemingway by Lilliaan Ross
Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
Tiger: The Real Story by Steve Helling 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
A Short History of the Honeybee by E. Readicker-Henderson
Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep
Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep
Venom by Jennifer Estep
Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep
Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep
Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep
Song of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
Havana Nocturne by T. J. English
French Women Don't Get Face Lifts by Mireille Guiliano
French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano 
Telex From Cuba by Rachel Kushner
Havana Before Castro by Peter Moruzzi
The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen
Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
Home Improvement the Undead Edition by Charlaine Harris, et al...
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell
Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie
A Good American by Alex George
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips
Harvest by Jim Crace
Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch
King's Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb
Brown Dog Novellas by Jim Harrison
How To Disappear by Frank M Ahern
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A Dog's Life by Peter Mayle
Legends: New Short Novels by Robert Silverberg
Reversed Thunder by Eugene Peterson
God With Us by Greg Pernoyer and Gregory Wolfe
Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by Sir Eliot Gardiner
Friends for the Journey by Madeleine L'Engle
The Lost German East by Andrew Demshuk
Secrets of Surrender by Madeline Hunter
Mud Puddle by Robert and Petricic Munsch
Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch
Seductive Scoundrel by Victoria London
Charmed Circle by James Mellow
Heirs of the Body by Carola Dunn
Script and Scribble by Kitty Florey
Caught in Crystal by Patricia Wrede
The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede
The Cat Whisperer by Mieshelle Magelschneider
The Whole Truth by David Baldacci
Apocalypse Watch by Robert Ludlum
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Cat Sense by John Bradshaw
Never Go Back by Lee Child
First Commandment by Brad Thor
Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith
Unnatural Causes by P. D. James
Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George
The Facades by Eric Lundgren
Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone
Two Soldiers by Anders Roslund
The Sun (Nov. 2012)
White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse
Hands on the Freedom Plow by Faith S Holsaert, et al...
Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt
A Flag For Sunrise by Robert Stone
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Sun (Sept. 2013)
A Dance With Dragons by George R R Martin
Operation Mayhem in New Republic by Sean Wilentz
Wicked Business by Jnet Evonovich


Thursday, January 30, 2014

I guess the holidays were extra busy for our gang at Flo.  Sometimes the desire to read is greater than the opportunity.  However, some of us managed to get a little time in with our books, and here's the outcome of that....

2008 PAGES

Abby, way out in Wildwood, put us all to shame and read:

2178 PAGES  

Perhaps the cold and snow will help to up our numbers next time around.  Here's hoping!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Paradise City by Archer Mayor
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
Suspect by Robert Crais
Attempting Normal by Marc Maron
The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina
Poppet by Mo Hayder
Innocence by Dean Koontz
A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

HPIR's December Dreaming

Jim and Jane both closed out 2013 with a bang, reading 1306 and 1060 pages, respectively. We won't disclose Monica and Kirsten's numbers, but our FOUR readers read 3085 pages in 12 titles. We already know our January numbers will be better, and we'll be joining the other campuses for some big-looking District-wide numbers. 

Three to Get Deadly / Janet Evanovich
Four to Score / Janet Evanovich
Bad Blood / Arne Dahl
Bean Blossom: the Brown Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals / Thomas A. Adler
The Death of Sweet Mister / Daniel Woodrell
Royal Pains / Leslie Carroll
Good Man Friday / Barbara Hambly
A Dance with Dragons / George R. R. Martin
The Good Lord Bird / James McBride
Play Me Something Quick and Devilish: Old-time Fiddling in Missouri / Howard Wight Marshall
John Hartford: Pilot of a Steam Powered Aereo-Plain / Andrew Vaughan
A Tale for the Time Being  / Ruth Ozeki

And now for the obligatory cat picture:

Friday, January 24, 2014

Meramec's December Books

Busy holidays, now a busy new semester! At 8 readers, 22 books, & 6691 pages, we have our lowest stats of the year. I know we're all reading, just not reporting everything.
Damaris led the pack with 4 books and 1303 pages.

Here's what we read at Meramec in December:

Bleakonomics  Rob Larson
The Infatuations  Javier Mar√≠as
Dragonfly in Amber  Diana Gabaldon
To Fetch a Thief  Spencer Quinn
The conquest of Lady Cassandra  Hunter
Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon  McCall Smith
Thrones and Dominations  Sayers and Walsh
Reiki sourcebook  Stiene
Daughter of Witches  Patricia C. Wrede
Harp of Imach Thyssel  Patricia C. Wrede
Caught in Crystal  Patricia C. Wrede
The true secret of writing : connecting life with language  Natalie Goldberg
Bully Pulpit  Goodwin
Deadly Heat  Castle
Sum of all Kisses  Quinn
In Love with a Wicked Man  Carlyle
Reversed Thunder    Eugene  Peterson
The First Thousand Years: a global history of Christianity  Robert Louis Wilken
God With Us  Greg Pennoyer and Gregory Wolfe (eds)
Hour of the Cat  Peter Quinn
Jacob's Oath  Martin Fletcher
Death of the Black-haired Girl  Robert Stone

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Meramec's November books

School Boy Sleeping On Book. Photography.
Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 12 Dec 2013. http://quest.eb.com/images/154_288598

Thanksgiving must have worn us out! Meramec's 10 readers read of total of 27 books (our lowest count for the year) and 7321 pages. Maybe we'll do better over winter break in December. Here's what we read:

Secret of the Ginger Mice  Watts
Wild Wings  Lewis
Wolf Story  McCleery
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells  Faulks
Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange  Crawford
Outlander: A Novel  Diana Gabaldon
The Round House  Louise Erdrich
Medicine River  Thomas King
Earth Song Sky Spirit  Clifford E. Trafzer (ed)
Shadow Magic  Patricia C. Wrede
Someone  Alice McDermott
Longest Ride  Sparks
Gone Girl  Flynn
Elsewhere   Richard Russo
Just Kids   Patti Smith
Lutheranism 101  Kinnaman
Foreign and Female  Weatherford
One thousand gifts  Voskamp
Reversed  Thunder  Peterson
Meditations on the Incarnation Passion and Death of Jesus Christ  von Griffenberg
One Summer: America 1927   Bill Bryson
Double Down   Helperin and Heilemann
Song of the Lark  Willa Cather
The Facades  Eric Lundgren
Rivers: A Novel  Michael Farris Smith
Songs of Willow Frost  Jamie Ford
The Expats  Chris Pavone