Friday, September 12, 2014


Alright gang, I'm just going to lay out the numbers this time around.  If anyone wants a list of books read, contact me and I'll get that out to you. 

20,121 PAGES

FV                                  HP                                 MC                                 WW
5 people                         4 people                         8 people                       1 person
17 books                       13 books                        26 books                        5 books
7341 pages                   3641 pages                   7376 pages                    1763 pages

No Abby this time around. 

Friday, August 15, 2014


Well, it took a while, but I finally have our numbers for the month of July.  In the district we had: 
14 people 
54 books
16320 pages

The break down by campus:
4 people, 11 books, 3267 pages

4 people, 16 books, 5281 pages

5 people, 22 books, 6009 pages

1 person, 5 books, 1763 pages

Books read:
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor Part 2 by Robert Kirkman
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Quest for Reality by Merton B Osborn
Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith
The Bees by Laline Paul
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Dark Side by Jane Mayer
The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
Kindred by Octavia E Butler
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Another Time, Another Life: The Story of a Crime by Leif GW Perrson
Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
Harper's (June 2014)
Gay Nineties Melodramas by Lawrence M Brings
Black Lies, Red Blood by Kjell Erikson
Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
The Little Girls by Elizabeth Brown
The Quick by Lauren Owen
The Arsonist by Sue Miller
The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball
Nonpareil by Dawn Lindsey
Treasured by Candace Camp
Proper Proposal by Dawn Lindsey
Impromptu Charade by Isobel Linton
Margaret Truman's Undiplomatic Murder by Donald Baur
Escape by Mary Balogh
The Arrangement by Mary Balogh
Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red by Harry Kemelman
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Cat Sitter's Nine Lives by John clement
Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
Emma by Jane Austen
Being Dead is no Excuse
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
O Pioneers by Willa Cather
Badenheim, 1939 by Aharon Appelfeld
The Preached God by Gerhard Forde
Marriages and Infidelities by Joyce Carol Oates
Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter by Randall Balmer
Accidental Species by Henry Gee
Plover by Brian Doyle

Friday, July 11, 2014

June Numbers Are Here

Well, our numbers for the month of June aren't as cute as the baby on the left, but it's what we're stuck with.  Actually the numbers look pretty good, especially when you consider some of our participation numbers are a bit down.  I was noticing at one of the campuses we only have one full time employee participating regularly.  It would be nice if that were to change once the Fall semester begins.  Okay, here's where we stand as a district...

16 people
85 books
23,413 pages

That's a mighty nice page count we got there.  Think what we could do if everyone jumped on board!

Numbers by campus are as follows:

4 people
21 books
6821 pages

4 people
19 books
4119 pages

7 people
40 books
10929 pages

1 person
5 books
1544 pages

Books we read:

Let's Just Say it Wasn't Pretty by Diane Keaton
Accused by Lisa Scottoline
King & Maxwell by David Baldacci
Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life in the Minor Leagus of Baseball by John Feinstein
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Complete Short Novels by Anton Chekhov
The Spanish Queen by Carolly Erickson
Mythology & History in the Great Paintings of the Prado by Rosa Lopez Torrijos
Bluegate Fields by Anne Perry
Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry
Rutland Place by Anne Perry
A Day in the Life of Spain by Rick Smolan and David Cohen
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J K Rowling
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor Part 1 by Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead Vol. 20: All Out War, Part 1 by Robert Kirkman
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates
Seven Up by Janet Evanovich
Free Falling as if in a Dream by Leif G W Persson
Kill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine by Steve Parker
Harper's (May 2014)
Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants by Joanna Brooks
The Sun (March 2013)
Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Antiwar Movement by Carl Oglesby
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
A Fair Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
Dust by Patricia Cornwell
To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
A Colony of the World: The United States Today by Eugene J McCarthy
Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Masterful Mr. Montague by Stephanie Laurens
Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride by Victoria Alexander
Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Sarah Gives Thanks by Barbara Walsh
Notorious Lady by Dawn Lindsey
Accidental Duchess by Madeline Hunter
Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Magnificent Yankee by Emmet Lavery
Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney
Delicious by Ruth Reichl
Educate Your Brain by Kathy Brown
Yarn Over Murder by Maggie Sefton
History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
By Its Cover by Donna Leon
Art Made From Books by Laura Heyenga
Traveling Through Illinois by LuAnn Cadden
Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn
The Devil You Know by Liz Carlyle
Gilt Trip by Laura Childs
Ghost Gone Wild by Carolyn Hart
The Director by David Ignatius
Newman's Own Cookbook by Paul Newman
Rain Gods by James Lee Burke
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free by Charles P Pierce
Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly Whittemore
The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick
Dark Aemilia: A Novel of Shakespeare's Dark Lady by Sally O'Reilly
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


The Summer semester has started and we may lose some readers.  Those that don't get to take the summer off are jealous of those that do.  At least I am.  LOL  Hopefully they will all come back to us with long lists of books read. 

As a district we had:     17 people reading
                                      68 books, for a total of
                                      21,365  pages read  

FV:  5 people, 19 books, 7237 pages
HP:  4 people, 11 books, 3711 pages
MC:  7 people, 33 books, 8459 pages
W:    1 person, 5 books, 1958 pages

Wanna know what your colleagues read?  Here ya go:

A Dance with Dragons by George R R Martin
Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff
Bye, Bye, Kitty! By David Elliott
Without Remorse by Tom Clancy
Heat Rises by Richard Castle
Frozen Heat by Richard Castle
Diamond Solitaire by Peter Lovesey
The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon
Deadly Heat by Richard Castle
The Everything Store by Brad Stone
Chalk Girl by Carol O’Connell
Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry
Blind Justice by Anne Perry
Resurrection Row by Anne Perry
A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry
Treason at Lisson Grove by Anne Perry
The Whitechapel Conspiracy by Anne Perry
Death’s Dark Shadow by Sally Spencer
The Kill Room by Jeffrey Deaver
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
The Son by Jo Nesbo
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
The Sun (Feb. 2013)
Canada by Robert Ford
Affliction by Lauren K Hamilton
Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Seven Up by Janet Evanovich
Aunt Dimitry and the Wishing Well by Nancy Atherton
Otley Forever by Martin Waddell
Rake’s Wager by Miranda Jarrett
Embarking on Murder by Sue Wright
Here Comes the Bride by Pamela Morsi
Roy G Biv by Jude Stewart
On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz
Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover by Ann Ross
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Knitting Yarns by Ann Hood
Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida
Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockmann
The Director by David Ignatius
Devil You Know by Liz Carlyle
Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney
After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman
Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan
If You Were Here by Alafair Burke
Dead Water by Ann Cleeves
In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen
Laws of Our Fathers by Scott Turrow
Lutheran spirituality by Robert Baker
Living the Resurrection by Eugene Peterson
The Mill and the Cross by Francis Gibson
The Lost German East by Andrew Demshuk
Between the Flowers by Harriette Simpson Arnow
Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly
The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey
Fallen by Karin Slaughter
The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West

Friday, May 9, 2014

April Showers Brought Out Some Readers

More rainy days ahead.  Makes for good reading weather.  So, here are our numbers for the month of March...

20 people
90 books
24833 pages

Not bad for a bunch of college librarians at the end of the semester.  :-)

Wanna know what your colleagues are reading?  Well, I'll tell you....

Are You There Alone: The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates by Suzanne O'Malley
The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz
Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
Bio-Spirituality: Focusing on a Way to Grow by Peter A Campbell and Edwin M McMahon
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Three Can Keep a Secret by Archer Mayer
The Secret Man by Bob Woodward
Sycamore Row by Joh Grisham
The Son by Philip Meyer
What's So Funny by Tim Conway
Force of Nature by C J Box
Apathy for the Devil: A Seventies Memoir by Nick Kent
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki
He Who Kills the Dragon by Leif G Persson
The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh
Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry
The Stranger by Albert Camus
High Five by Janet Evanovich
City of Scoundrels by Gary Krist
Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky

Rise of the Warrior Cop by Radley Balko
Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere: A Memoir by Poe Ballantine
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
Christmas Party by Russell Banks
Calling Me Home: Graham Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock by Bob Kealing
The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver
Norwegian By Night by Derek Miller
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
Permanent Member of the Family by Russell Banks
Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare
Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare
Lady of Persuasion by Tessa Dare
After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Frog Music by Emma Donohue
Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
The Question that Never Goes Away by Philip Yancey
Lutheran Spirituality by Robert Baker
Living the Resurrection by Eugene Peterson
Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Resonate by Nancy Duarte
The Returned by Jason Mott
Department of Speculation
Days of Wine Roquefort by Avery Aames
Murder for Christmas by Thomas Godfrey
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Liz Wolfe
Sound Book by Trevor Cox
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R L LaFevers
Murder is no Mitzvah by Abigail Browning
City of Darkness and Light by Rhys Bowen
Death of a Policeman by M C Beaton
Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh by Stephanie Laurens
The Dead in Their Vaulted Archers Alan Bradley
In the Woods by Tana French
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen
Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler
Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr
Goiants in the Earth by O E Rolvaag
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
The Child Thief by Dan Smith

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