Skip to main content

1 year of blogging!

My first blog post was one year ago today at

I posted about my goals for 2012, so I suppose it's time to reflect and see how I did!

  • My 2012 Reading Goals: to read 112 books (up one whole book from last year!)

I read 166 books this year, thanks to a newly discovered love for graphic novels.

I participated in this weekly posting somewhat frequently until it ended. FAIL!  I did not read all 12 winners, but I DID read 2012's winner:  Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.  I have 9 past award winners to read this year plus 2013's winner.  (Wonder if I've already read it???!!!)

2013 Goals:

I don't really like "resolutions", but I love goals -- striving to accomplish tasks for the year and checking things off the list.  I have several for this upcoming year encompassing my interests of reading, writing, working, and running!
  • I'm setting my GoodReads 2013 goal to read 175 books.
  • I plan on reading more non-fiction titles, as detailed here in my bookgap post.
  • I'm going to try and post a "meatier" blog posting once a week...okay, maybe twice a month.  This may be an actual book review (gasp!), a "what's going on in my library", or even a reflection.
  • Present at a conference (ILF? or bigger? I've never presented formally before at a conference, so I think it's time to step up to the plate.)
  • Run 850 miles (I ran 842 miles in 2012 and 730 miles in 2011)
2013 looks to be a great year!  

Thanks so much for reading my blog and supporting me in this journey.  


  1. Happy New Year and Happy One-Year Anniversary on your blog! Enjoy reading your #runteacherrun tweets so best of luck with your reading/running goals. Maybe you can listen to an audiobook during one of your races?

  2. Congrats on your One Year Blogaversary! I wish you lots of reading and blogging in your second year, as well as lots of running! :)

  3. You have incredible goals! I read above my original goal of 60 books, but then I upped it to 70 and missed it by one. Still, that's the most books I've read in one year! Like you, I'd like to work in more non-fiction. I used to read lots of it, but have been swept away in fiction since I started writing more seriously. I'd like to dive in to a few history focused books after learning new things about my family history over the holidays.

    Good luck with your reading and all the running! A marathon is a wonderful goal.

  4. Congrats on your blog anniversary. Good luck on your goals. Wow-a marathon. I'll try to run 26 miles by then to support you. :) A miles here, 3 miles there.....

    I hope to read 200 books, run 500 miles, and start a little strength training. :)


  5. Congrats on your 1st BLOGaversary, Sherry! I've enjoyed reading your posts and especially love your passion for literature (clearly evident throughout!). I hope year two is just as fortune-full!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Review: Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not sure why I waited to read this book. I had heard others mention they loved ALL of Rainbow Rowell's books, even her "adult" one, Attachments. (Side note: Why does mentioning it's an adult book sound so dirty?! It's not at all. It's just not a YA book. It's actually cleaner than many of the YA books I've read...) Anyway, I requested this title from my library and was pleased to pick it up a few days ago. I immediately began reading it. It was a breath of fresh air for me. Perhaps because the characters WERE adults, and not angst-ridden teens or supernatural beings, or any of the other stereotypes it seems like I've been reading too much of lately...

Rainbow Rowell has a way of writing characters that you wish you knew in real life. They're interesting, sincere, and realistic. I especially enjoyed the format of this book with the many emails between Jennifer and Beth. Lin…

1-2-3 Wonder

Collaborating is one of the aspects of teaching that I most enjoy.  As a school librarian, I have the unique opportunity to collaborate, teach, and work with many different teachers and students in my school building, grades K-12.  This school year, one of my professional goals is to collaborate outside of my school and even outside of Indiana. 

When David Etkin mentioned on Twitter that he had an idea for a Wonder extension lesson, I immediately said "I'm in!"  We talked it out a bit and decided to recruit a few more people to the collaborating party from the #WONDERschools initiative.  Davidforced  persuaded Reilly into participating in this project with her 5th grade students.  

We worked together in Google Docs on the lesson idea, questions, and discussed how to best implement this in our classrooms.   Then we decided how to combine and showcase what was done in each of our classes. The cool part of this collaboration was that we used several methods of communication: …

Totoro #PostItNoteArt

Our post-it note art for the fourth 9 weeks this school year is from the movie My Neighbor Totoro.  It seemed to be a bigger undertaking than usual.  I think the main reason for this was because we had to alter the patterns quite a bit to fit our windows.  This always presents a challenge to keep the scale the same and make sure the finished art is still recognizable.  Connolly does a great job with this and usually eyeballs the changes.  I, on the other hand, prefer to be able to follow the pattern row by row.

Time wise, the three forest spirits were created in about six total hours.

Finished windows:

Daughter finished the #Totoro #PostitNoteArt on our library windows. Like every one we've created, it's now my favorite. 💙 (Top: view from hallway; bottom: view inside library) #myneighbortotoro #myfriendtotoro #TotoroSocietyART #TotoroisHere #RMHSLibrary @postit
A photo posted by Sherry Gick (@sngick) on Apr 21, 2016 at 1:14pm PDT
A few videos of the process:  (It's always…