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THE READING ROOM: 2014 & 2013 Reading Quests

Updated on July 3, 2017
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Kim has many hubs on entertainment especially movies, and actors. she wrote for Squidoo and now has her own blog

The Empty Shelf ~as if I have one!

This page is now a combination of my Reading quests, that were on Squidoo, minus the reviews as Hub pages does not allow more than 2 amazon widgets a page. SO all the fun stuff is here and you can find the reviews on the links at right in the Book Nook. On that site is the 2015 reading quest as well. (At least I can do proper reviews etc there!)

The Black Hole known as my Book case

Why is it a black hole? because as I finish books, I still have a bag and box to read through with all the book series' in them. So it feels like I never get any out of the way. One bag alone consists of the Black Dagger Brotherhood! Another reason it's the balck hole, is because I tend to stuff newspaper or magazine clippings alongside any book they may go with I forget what kind of library they call that, and no not reference.

Honestly I have 2 bags, one in which is full of the black Dagger Brotherhood series and more and another bag that is over flowing with other assorted books. Then there's what's stacked on the 'to read' shelf. I also have some books in a box in the dining room. So you can 'see' why I started doing reading quests each year! Once I finish them I put them in the pile to sell at the tag sale.

So last year my Book series quest 2013 Year of the Book series (as far as I'm concerned) was a far as reading more books than I have in the past a record 38 (which includes the 3 I've read only a few page to half the book the 'half books would equal one so in actuality it would be about 36 1/2 books i read.) Another good thing I was a to make room getting rid of some books.

Sadly come mid November, I puttered out. I still was reading but not at the rate I'd have liked (plus life also gets in the way so there's that) but with having a little more than half a book left as well as one more in that series to read... I figured I could relax a bit & go slow.

I have at least 2 series planned for 2014 and some pretty fat books as well. I'm just not sure what I'm going to start with first as a book from my favorite series is coming out the end of January so it will probably be light reading until it comes out.

Aside from this ONE rule for every 5 books read, I get a new one.... then there are no rules (at this time) .

I will keep track of how long it takes me to read a book as I always do as well as other notes but I'm not going to stress this year on trying to read them in a certain amount of time and having to rush (especially when I read the Black dagger Brotherhood!)

If there is nothing next to the book then I have yet to read it, being I include my own reviews. both in the section as well as next to the book I include certain information (when I started the book, fave quotes etc in the section & the tual reew will be found next tot he book.)

I don't think I will have a mission statement, 'banked' days and so forth for this (year)one, like I did for 2013-Year of the Book series (you'll have to search for it on here). (Once I figure it out I will be posting This page as well as the 2013 Reading quest on one of my blogs (as I plan to start another at the turn of the new year which will be started on the blog. none of these other sites screwing up my work!)

But anything that comes up will be posted here (I may just note how many days it took to read)


To do the same quest. (or something Similar) & YOU HAVE to make a lens on it (if you are a squid lensmaster)

Challenge the kids to read at least 1 book per month (aside from school), for a special treat they want

Use a theme

Book series only


a certain author's books etc

2013 Year of the Book Seires by Kim Marie Ostrowski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at

This Lens is an on going work in Progress (as I Read the books), and will not be fully complete December 31st 2014 .

2013 Year of the Book series Mission Statement

My Quest for book space.

I don't normally make New Year's Resolutions; but this year with my to-read shelf overflowing, having a box of books, plus a big reusable shopping bag over flowing with books, I decided The idea is finish in 7 days or less

#1--my reading would consist of reading only book series (or books I have from a series).

So I decided to make it somewhat of a resolution.

#2-- he 2nd part of this I'm not sure I can keep (up), is to try to read a book a week to no more than 2 weeks.

(however, this of course depends on the length of the book, for a basis books with multiple stories will be at least one week per story to finsh.) If I finish a book ahead of schedule (for instance: if I read a book in less than 7 days, the number of days I finsihed ahead of time is a 'Banked' day or extra day.) I will most likely note an estimated deadline for when I want to finish a book I think might take longer than a week.

The ONLY way I can read a book that's not in a series is

A -- If I finish individual books (or full series) ahead of schedule (Ie: The Broken Heart Oklahoma books should not take me longer than a week each to read. (I read the first 4 books between January 1st - 16. At the time I was on the 4th & 7 or 8 days ahead of schedule on the series itself (let alone the quest).

B-- Redeeming those 'banked' days I'm ahead.

I hope The Explanation in The Bookworm section will explain more

C--If I am between finishing 1 series and going to another. If I know a book is part of a series, then I may just read the one lone book I have to whatever series it is apart of. *Note if it IS part of a series, I do NOT have to deduct the 'banked' days for reading it (its ONLY if it's a NON series book I have to deduct the days)

D-- I have a book a friend lent me they thought I'd like as well as one I want to read to give to them so they can take their time in reading it. So these 2 books (at least one of them) I will read in the time I made up.

#3-- 3rd part which I've tried to stick to & I have some what sort of been good (unless I could get them for free or super cheap at Thrift stores) is for every 5 books I read, then I may buy a new one (unless of course its a book in one of the series I regularly (or try to) read. Like The Otherworld Series by Yasmine Galenorn.

ATTENTION I had no choice but to break this down to a few separate pages, this will probably be the main one but there's 2 other pages

POLL TIME! - (please read all options first as I had sub-genres included)

What is your favorite Genre of book?

See results

The 2014 menu - as so far read & planned

The first three have their own Pages which are included in the section for them.

Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum Novels #s 5,8,9,15, 1 so far (& have come across a bunch more just not sure how many) also Plum Lovin' & from a separate series titled Full House & plan to get to Wicked Business

Crimson Veil by Yasmine Galenorn You can read the review as I write them on my Yasmine Galenorn's OtherWorld (series) page (see for link in the summary section

Black Dagger Brotherhood series

This series has it's own seperate page,you can find it on this page as a featured lens or on this page(actually any series or authors' books that has or will have it's own page will be included as a (literal) big link.

DreamWalker a persephone's league of Immortals book) by Andrea Heltsley

A midsummer Night's dream

A midnight in Death

The Cat ate my Gymsuit

books by Jill Churchill

I think I will re-read Stephen King's The Cell

Blood Sucking Fiends

Lover Eternal

Flash Fiction

Moonwind started march 23 only 166 pages hoping will take no longer than 3 days (wrong)

sci-fi & I think it's a YA (maybe younger) story. It's a thin book & to me all that mattered was that it was a slim book good for a day or 2 away or a day at the beach. I just want to start getting a few of the books I don't plan to keep outta here!

WickedThe cover I have with the cats eyes is supposed to be Book 5, so the other 2 I have, has 2-3 stories in it. Wicked The 1st book (the one i have is purple) I received as a Yule gift years ago.

2013 menu

  1. Broken Heart, Oklahoma series
  2. Night World series 3 fat books each WITH 3 stories in it (PAGE 2)
  3. C.S. Lewis sci-fi space trilogy
  4. Tales of Beedle the Bard- J.K. Rowling
  5. Haunted Moonby Yasmine Galenorn book #13 of the OtherWorld series

    (the pretty much the only series I regularly read

    (page 2)

  6. Autumn Whispers-Yasmine Galenorn (in Fall) (page 3)

    Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld (check it out for an EXCLUSIVE interview)

  7. Playing With Fire- Katie MacAlister (page 2)
  8. Last Dragon Standing G.A. Aiken
  9. Knights of the Blood-Katherine Kurtz and Scott MacMillan Page 2
  10. Necroscope Series by Brian Lumley (the first 3)

    (PAGE 2)

  11. Dark Gold & Dark Nights Christian Feehan page 3
  12. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Immortal by Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder (page 2)
  13. by Chrstopher Moore (page 3)
  14. Real Vampires Have Curves & Real Vampires Don't Wear size six.

    (page 3)

  15. Viking Heat by Sandra hill page 3
  16. Who's kitten Who by Cynthia Baxter (page 2)
  17. Before I wake Steven Spurhill (page 2)
  18. Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon (page 2)
  19. L.J. Smith Dark Visions (Page 2)



(n.) from a mixture of the

Greek biblio & the latin bibulous (from bibere meaning to drink)

1. "one who reads too much" Or

2. loosesly drunk on books

the term was coined by H.L. Mencken in 1957

source 1 * Source 2

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Reading Rules & Notes

The Rules

1.-You need the first 5-10 Chapters (or 50 pages) to know if you can stick with a book.

(sadly though what do you do when that 10 chapters ends up being the middle of the book, esp. with what to you is the worst to read?) I ended up starting another book & just read the bad book until I couldn't stand it anymore, & would switch to the other.

2. NEVER Quit on a book

I really HATE to not finish a book no matter how much I dislike it (see Reading rule #1) but sometimes like the afformentioned it is torture to read and therefore the reason I started Rule #1.

(its just the fighting with myself I have to work out before I actually do)

3. Vere away from your Norm! You will never know when you wil find a treasure!

No matter what your fave genre, always through something different in there. Do you normally read romance? Throw in a crime thriller, or horror. Normally read vampire stuff, throw in some werewolves. I found a few favorites this way! a Couple of Crime/mysteries

Called Lethal Legacy,

Flaw in the Blood

Murder on the Prowl &


book My mother & a friend do not usually read vampire books, but there was one I reacently read I LOVED see broken heart series) they read the first book!)

As you may have already read above, I want to make sure I read (depending on the size of the book) at least 1 a week; for instance paperbacks up to 300 pages should take no longer than a week, as in 7 days (or less); past that may take up to 2 weeks.

Which for example means the Broken Heart series I estimated should have taken me no longer than the first or 2nd week of February to finish. Well I was right in that estimation, finished the 7 books of the series I had on the 4th of february)


In my reading notes in each section I (try to) note:

*day I started as well as finished,

*Favorite lines & quotes I liked as well as any misc. notes.

*To the right side of the book you will find the review.

For any of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Otherworld Series & Stehanie Plum books please refer to their page for the reviews and other information.

'Prize Redemption'

books Read to Date ( 22) Flash Fiction (#13) Wicked Business #21 Lover Eternal #22

Books Earned 2014 4

Number Books awarded (the one I owed myself from last year) Which I purchased "A history of the Vikings"

still working on reading the books!

Extra Days 'Prize' Redemptions

1-- reading a non-series type book, (-1 day for each it takes to read)

2-- just take a break from reading (-1 per day)

3--add the extra days to finishing those bigger books

--(that might take longer than a week or 2) -1 day for each

4-- Buying a new book before finishing another 5 (must pay with 3 days)

~~ #books read so far (see bankd days link above) reward myself with the purchase of 2 new books!

5-- Cash in up to 3 as PENALTY for not finishing (for whatever reason I won't be finsihing a book or series)

Total Days Left= 21 (as of Aug 6)

I don't actually wear glasses a friend & I were joking around & we thought they looked

CleverSigns that will make you want to buy a book

No time to read? WRONG!

You think you don't have time but you have more than you think.

*During Commercials

*bathroom (whatever you do)

*watching sports

*Slow at work? keep one on hand. just don't let anyone know

*see my Spring reads section for Flash Fiction:VERY short stories

Find more ways of managing time to read

Gifts for the reader

Read like a Wolf Eats

— Gary Paulsen

Book Journal

Books to Check Out: A Journal
Books to Check Out: A Journal

I love this cover and on the inside (which amazon on this one has the option to look in and one of the reasons I posted it) Sadly I remember seeing more to it. The scans they show are not that great but i do remember different sections for already read, and to read lists & books to buy as well. There are others I recommend but I can not include them here because it will not be within the sites guidelines. You can find more on the 'Finished the 2013 year of the book series here link)


Reading Journals - & prompts

I was looking for prompts to help myself (hopefully) write abetter review for the books, plus I thought they might be useful to those of you that keep a reading journal weather you liked the book or not. This way you have somewhat of an outline or just pick & choose. They are a great Idea for use in book reports, and there are some genere specific as well. .

I have an assortment here for both adults and children.

From these you can even make a bookmark like those from knockKnock (I've pieced together a couple of mine to make my own personal book notes marker)

The Basics




Date Started: ~ Date finished or x- didn't finish

(Following Ideas are from BB from FB group What are you reading now

~~ write a brief description.

~~Have you read this author before?

~~Is this author new to you?

~~Would you recommend this book to others?

Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Reading Reason: Pleasure prove something School project

Pleaurable or Shameful

Chapter/Pages/paragaph or line Remember this

Sentence Starters

* I love the Way.....

* I wish that.....

*It Seems like....

*I wonder....

*I can't believe...

* I Dislike.....

*If I were.....

Note important words from the Story under:

People Animals Places & Things

Vocabulary not familiar with Words to look up

Ideas to discuss or conversation topics to strike up

________(character) reminds me of _______(who) because (this can be another character from any other work of fiction be it Novel, play, or film.)

I am puzzled by or wonder about___________________

The title of this chapter (if any as its usually rare) is perfect because_________

Questions: while reading & After reading

(were any of the questioing while you were reading answered before you finsihed?)

Would you read the rest of the series

would you read more books by this author

Favorite Quotes or lines from the book

What I did & didn't like

General Story

Characters Main & minor (antagonist & protagonist)

setting (Time Place, social or historical background)







Main Problem Mystery at the heart of the story

who are YOUR Suspects (& list the rest from book as well)

some of the clues that helped


Solution /How was mystery solved?

were you able to figure things out before they were solved in the book?

were you surprised by what or who it was that did it?

Conflict List

Character vs. Character

Character vs. Society

Character vs. Self

Character Vs. Environment

Write a different ending to the story or a part you did not like

Author tools




Hyperbole (exageration)

Flat or round

Well Rounded Characters Are described in how they look, how they act, what they say & what they think as well as what other charactes think about them

story Questions

Who what where when why How

Thoughts on the beginning chapters & main characters

Why are you so involved (or not) in the reading

What about the story drew you in?

Like most & least about the story & about main character

Message or the theme of the story

Sadest & funniest event in the story

Character I admire & why

Character I least like & why


Are the characters reaslistic (as if you might meet them on the street) & why

could the story be realistic (like if its a mystery novel)

Character Comparison to you or another character of fiction (Novel, Play film, short story)

NOTe Similarities and differences of the character and yourself or the other.

Which do you admire more.

Considering what you discovered , what is your reaction to the character now and how do you think they'd feel about you?


How they behave, their values & behaviors

would you disagree with this character when they act in this way.

What is wrong with it and what would be more preferable response/bahvior or value to you?

If you keep a sheet of paper with some of this info on it

a good idea of note would be along with the basics to include a the date you are reading & from what pages you started & finished reading that day

Is there something that was mentioned in the book, that you would have liked the author to elaborate on more?

A scene at the end maybe (see my Who's Kitten Who review as an example)

Informational Books

What type of information is this book about

write down some interesting facts you learned

Biography or Autobiography

Which on it is

Family History Date & Place of Birth Family: Mother, Father & siblings (names)

Life Events Early Life Schooling College Adult Life

Death & Beyond Death date & Place of death casue of death How peoplet felt about this person at time of death

Did you know... Information Interesting facts & trivia (favorites for instance, accolades , Hobbies & interests Quotes etc)

(check out ULTIMATE! book Report outline for more ideas to include in the journal as well as if you have to write a book Report

You can also use Book Recommendation cards to jot down the info & include in your journal.

--------------------Note to readers----------------------------------------------------

If you want to see more Reading Journals you can check out the 'Finished the 2013....) link noted towards the end as well as may become the only way you can check out the full quest properly

You've heard of Bookworms

but have you heard of a book cat?This is my cat Sully and she LOVES to 'read' with me. More like bite bookmarks & edges of books
but have you heard of a book cat? This is my cat Sully and she LOVES to 'read' with me. More like bite bookmarks & edges of books

Spring Reads - Read through as not all the books I've read are shown in this section

(one or 2 are on a separate page for the review)

Cell by Stephen King

May 2nd - 9th

Blood Sucking Fiends by Christopher Moore

May 13- 19

Characters: Jody, Tommy, The Emporor & 'The Animals'

Notes & Quotes:

The air was heavy with the smells of pressed humanity, soy sauce, sesame oil, licorice and car exhaust. No matter where in the city, th4ere was the odoriferous mix of food and vehicles, like the alchemic of car exhaust concoctions of some mad gourmet mechanic: Kung Pao Saab Turbo, Buick Skylark Carbonara, sweet & Sour Metro Bus, Honda Bolognese with Burning Clutch Sauce. -pg 35

"Be good or I won't help you with your master's feces."

"Thesis" -Lash corrected

Men's love for Sports analogies: How to use Vince Lombardi to make him put the seat down." (When one player falls in, the whole team gets a wet butt") When it's fourth & ten, and Joe Montana decides to go for it, would his linemen tell him that they won't go to the store to get him tampon's? I don't think so... and Of course Richard Petty doesn't want to wear a helmet, but he can't drive without protection either-Pg 76

Love the metaphor.. - The CLothes jumped and played and dived over each other like fabric dolphins. (Then later) THe dryer stopped, fabric dolphins dropped and died as if caught in tuna nets.

Jody thinking what it is to be an animal : Just experience, direct, instant and wordless; memory and recognition but no words. A poet with my senses could spend a lifetime trying to describe what it is to hear a building breathe and smell the aging of concrete. And for what to write a song when no one can play the notes or understand the lyrics? I'm alone.

Simon looked at Tommy as if he farted in neon - When Tommy wants to take 2 Tutles home as gift pets for Jody

Vocabulary- Duodenum - first section in the small intestines in most higher vertebrates Mamals, reptiles, & birds

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich <--Click for full review

started May 20- May 26

Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories Anthology

started May 25-

I took some notes from the introduction "Flash Fiction" is around 750 words but no less than 250 words. This was the limit Jerome Stein set for his "worlds shortest short story" competition (which noteably the winners appear each fall in Sunday:Southeast review"

James Thomas also explains in his introduction how "Flash Fiction' opposed to "Sudden Fiction" (which is what was done in previous books ) is differfent. "we wanted to make a distinction between the two story types" Flash Fiction is shorter in terms of a limit whereas the sudden fiction is 1,000 words longer (or up to 2,000 words)


Pannier <-- Click for defination/info

arroyo- dry gulch steep sided in a desert area that's only wet after a heavy rain.

Lover Eternal J.R. Ward --. started May 26- June 7

Check out all the info on my J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood page

Full Lover Eternal review here ->

Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich started June 8 or 9

From the time I started on the 8th (read 40 pages) & read the rest of the book on the 9th... it took me a day to read So it's a page turner for sure, it's funny real review & notes to

The Full review you can find here on my Stephanie Plum/Janet Evanovich page Who's Stephanie Plum

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

started June 11- June 22

Oops looks like I forgot to post notes but then again I wasn't all that keen on the book anyway!

Books made into a movie....

On Entertainment weekly Front Row they asked what book would we want to see made into a movie. Well I notice a lot of YA books being fashioned for the big screen. How about something that is for at least 18 up?

My #1 choice (tie) would be Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld series which has EVERYTHING in it. Fantasy, mysery and more. Dragons, Fae, Witches, weres, and some vampires & a whole variety of other things mixed in. AS for actors in it.. am really not sure. If you read my Yasmine Galenorn's oTherworld lens you will see I did an interview with her. Sadly I didn't get any actual names out of her for actors. As for my own... I really can't decide but she has art of the character Morio & There's an actor he reminds me of I just don't know the name.

& I've only read 2 books of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood

but will be reading the series maybe after I finish reading my next book. (so in a week or 2) Basically they are vampires but if I remember right they do some sort of protection. I forget it's been so long. But There would be an ensamble cast The link will take you to a page I made up with suggestions of what actors to use from fans as well as my own.

Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum Novels I think Reese Witherspoon would be cool in this (at least for one idea but I think tephanie has brown hair) I love Angelina Jolie & would love to see her in something like this but I'm not sure how she would do. as for the guys.. mmm I would love to see ROb Kazinsky as Morelli for Ranger I have no idea. He has latin originas and I can't think of any in ther late 20s to mid 30s as for who to play Lula.. I think it would have to be a comedian. Wanda Sykes comes to mind but Lula is to put it nicely overweight & wears clothes about 2-3 sizes too small.

For those of you that have read any of these books please I'd love to hear your thoughts OTHERWISE....

*What series & book of that series would you like to see turned into a movie

*What actors/Actresses would you like to see play which characters

Would you want a series of movies or maybe something stand alone (like maybe the author writes something special so it can be a stand alone if need be)

*If they could only make 1 movie of the whole series which book would you like to see made into a movie?

Again THIS is not the guestbook, though I hope you will answer the question(s)

Summer Sunnin'

Signs you Read too much YA

33 more things we'd do if we were locked in a book store overnight

I'd probably do a lot of what was already mentioned. Make a section of what I recommend as well as what I want to read. Browse the whole store (& hopefully have a bag or basket with me to pull books I'm interested in) Make a fort and or throne (oh don't forget pics & a Selfie in the Throne!)

A Mid-summer Night's Dream Shakespeare

Started= June 22-26

There was a line in this I liked. something about not having to play a woman I have a beard coming in.

Full House Janet Evanovich

(anything to do with this book can be found on Who's Stephanie Plum

start= June 28 -July 13

Midnight in Death by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)

started July 14 & finish same day 90 pages

The Cat ate my Gymsuit by Paula Danzingen

started July 20 (& intend on finishing it same day)

Silence of the Hams by Jill

Started= July 21-23

NOtes: Jane is writing a 'story' which is exactly what I say & she calls it such for the same reasons I call mine that.

"She's been working on what she called her "story". She was afraid to call it a book for fear that such a weighty word would get in the way of her ever finishing it."

Another is something I ask myself (but has to do with drawers not closets)

Shelly-"I cleaned out the upstairs hall closet last week. Took every single thing out, threw half of it away, and the half I kept woudn't fit back in. What bizarre law of physics makes closets that way?"

Jane- "I don't kn ow. But I've experienced it myself. Things seem to fluff up just by being taken out and handled. SOmebody's probably got a million dollar government grant to study it as we speak"

Still Summer but no Bummer

Wicked Business Janet Evanovich

Started= July 27 - August 4 & --> You can find the review on this page

Depending on what I am in the mood for after reading Wicked Business, the following are a few I have planned to read but this list may change

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

(you can find on the separate J.R. Ward's B lack Dagger Brotherhod page at noted in the Menu or at the beginning where the Extension Lenses are)

I've checked my list of what I've read... It's time for another one of the BDB stories then I can get on to the ones noted below. I sort of planned to read the sci-fi book first but if i do that then I'll end just not having an interest & skipping or something because I'm in the mood now for BDB!

Started= August 11 -

Kid's book Report

The ULTIMATE Book Report

Need help with writing your bookreport? Here I have a format (outline) to follow & organize your notes for a book report? Just copy & paste the info you need into a word (or other word prossessor) file.

You can use one of the print-outs on here or you can see if there's anything you can use on my Creative Writing 101 page.

From here down to the first dotted line, is required General information for Book Reports, after that anything else that says general should be in your report. There's also sections you can use for different types of book reports based on the type you read, like Mystery, Fiction, non fict etc.(I may include those in a separate section or 2 as sineif the information is best included as a grid. If there's anything oyou have to include on a report that is not here, please let me know so I may include it.

Book Title_______________________________ by Author________________________

Publisher _________________________ Illustrator/Photographer _________________

Copyright date_________________ Number of Pages __________

Length of Time read Start date _______ Finished________

Type of Literature (Genre):

o Non-Fiction

[]Biography (autobio) [] Sports [] History []How-to []Informational/essay

o Fiction

[]Realistic Fiction [] Poetry []Historical []Fantasy []Sci-Fi []Horror [] Mystery / Crime

[] Folk Tales/Mythology []Romance []Thriller []Action/Adventure []Western {}Other______

General Overview of the Topic

In any report you should introduce the report and your book, describe the setting and time as well as the characterizations of the Antagonist and protagonist. Summarize the plot, and what conflicts internal or external in the plot, indicate the theme (what lesson was learned by the characters) of the story and the conclusion including whether or not you would recommend the book.

Does the Book have []Photos []illustrations []Both

WHO- Main Characters (& favorite)


Setting- Where_______________________

When (story Dates) ______________________ ___________________________

Era- Bronze Age, Ming Dynasty, Renissace World War 2 etc) _______________________________________

did the story take place___________________________________



Tone & Style

Point of View- First person or omniscient

Did the beginning grab you? (as in chapters 1-5)

Favorite Part of book _____________________________________________________

Book Evaluation (Like-loved) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Would you recommend to a friend? Yes No

Please explain Why or Why not? (at least a 5 line paragraph)

NEW Vocabulary- 3-5 words from book &define (esp. use those you had to look up)



Topic _________________________________________

Summary of the Book - (Beginning middle & end)

5 Facts about the topic you found interesting

5-10 important or interesting pieces of information in SEQUENTIAL (or logical) order

Why (Person Place or thing) is of interest to you

Write down Page number & describe two illustrations/photos from the book

1. Pages { } Description___________________

2. Pages { } Description___________________

Show 3-5 Non-fictional text features in the book and explain how they helped to enhance your understanding.

You can make up slides consisting of Pictures and captions, graphs and diagrams


What were the main plot points

Main Conflict & Resolution

Story symbolism/message (lesson or central idea) -

Blurb- explains story without giving much away (found on back of the book or in book jacket)


Character Names Description & personality traits

Main Character

Minor Character

Suspect #1

Suspect #2

Main Problem (mystery in the story)

Secondary problem (if any)

Important Events

CLUES Discovered by Suspects






What were some of the clues to help solve the mystery & How was the mystery solved?

Were you surprised who did it?

Red Herrings? (distractions for person trying to solve mystery)

note to teachers or homeschooling parents(for grade school age you can use file folders have them include their name on the tab of the folder, on the outside cover a Case file # Title & Author of book Decorations & illustrations. Outside back cover your 'detective agency & a logo Inside left of folder should be the report. Stapled or glued to the inside left cover. On the inside right folder staple or glue an 'evidence bag' with the artifact or inside

Informational Book-

Why did you select this book

What type of information is this book about?

What was the purpose of the Author writing this book.

Give 3-5 examples from the book to show you knowledge of the content

Choose 5 of the most exciting Interesting or exiting chapters or events in this book.

Describe event #1 (in detail)

I found this chapter or event interesting because

Did you find the book interesting?

Write some interesting facts you learned



Subject's (full) name- (& Include a picture of the person)

Early Life

Date & Place of Birth

Family- Mother Father & ##Siblings + Names

Life Events- Early Life


Public Life

Adult life

Important Events (note at least 2)

Death date/Place & cause

How people felt about person at time of death.



Personal information & Interesting Facts & Trivia

Date Page Number Important information Questions I have


Date Page Number Important information Questions I have

In my Opinion

Why were they important

how is it the world different because the person lived?

The most interesting things about this person

3 adjectives that describe this person



Endings & Timelines

General End (all reports)

List 5 (or more) new or interesting words from the book & their definitions

{} Didn't like {} {}Liked {} {} Really like & Recommend

*Important Reference sources & pages

it is also a good idea to include a

Timeline (best used for Biographies, Historyreports & mystery/crime novels )

You can make a 'BOX' line or a 'string' line timeline. (Here are a couple of examples of what I mean)

Sample of Box line ~*~ Sample of a 'String' timeline

Here are samples of a few Types I can think of. (the first 2 are generators)

Horizontal 6 event ~*~ Vertical p to 9 events ~*~ Bubble Line ~*~

~*~ Vertical Line timeline ~*~ Display/Photo timeline ~*~ Graph Timeline ~*~ Timeline 'Tree' ~*~

Pathway or gameboard timeline

I think that last one makes it all the different types I can think of in ways to do it. So pick one you like the way it looks best (or maybe you can make a hybrid of 2 or 3.) Good luck

just remember if you think of another way, use that being creative is the best way to get those A's for Awesome!

Fun Book Report projects & reading resources for children

Informational Text features

(Disclaimer: Image from my print shop's clipart gallery)

Mystery book 'report'


The 3 book series I'd like to see as movies - I'd like to know what you thought about my ideas.

Ever read a book that, made you want to... - reach through the page and punch the character in the face?

So what have you read or plan to this year? - & Thank you for reading

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