The Sorting Hat

I can’t be the only one who does this, right?

Jarom and I love to play Sorting Hat – which is, to figure out which Hogwarts house our friends and family would be sorted into. It’s best if you make an initial sorting when you first meet someone and then revisit your guess once you’ve gotten to know them better.

Recently I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Evan at bedtime. June was jealous so I’m also reading it to her, separately. Today I’m working on a crochet project while I watch the first Harry Potter movie.

My own assessment of myself is that I’d be in Ravenclaw. On days when I feel blah, I tell Jarom I’d definitely be in Hufflepuff, but he says I’m clever enough to be Ravenclaw. And good company there with Luna, right?

Where do you put yourself? Do you agree that I’d be Ravenclaw?


Reading list 2013

New books: 29 ( 10,247 pgs ) 

Longest book: The Way of Kings (1008 pgs)
Shortest book: Legion (88 pgs)
Oldest book: Pollyanna (1913)
Newest book: Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume III (November 2013)
Best book: tie – The Hobbit / The Graveyard Book
Best children’s/YA book: Genesis
Worst book: The Ghosts of Varner Creek
Most disappointing book: Angela’s Ashes

Hilari Bell, The Last Knight
Mark Dunn, Ella Minnow Pea
P.A. Moore, Courthouse Cowboys
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes
Ben Winters, The Last Policeman
Michael Weems, The Ghosts of Varner Creek
Kathleen Ernst, Old World Murder
Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings
Brandon Sanderson, Warbreaker
Brandon Sanderson, Legion
Eleanor Porter, Pollyanna
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
Bernard Beckett, Genesis
Therese Walsh, The Last Will of Moira Leahy
Orson Scott Card, Shadow of the Hegemon
Brandon Sanderson, Steelheart
Emily Arsenault, The Broken Teaglass
Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym
John Grisham, The Firm
John Grisham, The King of Torts
John Grisham, The Partner
John Grisham, The Runaway Jury
John Grisham, The Summons
Brian Lewis, ed., Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume I
Brian Lewis, ed., Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume II
Brian Lewis, ed., Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume III

Previous years: 20122011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004


Last week I decided I wanted some more direction with what books I read. Remember I keep track of my reading with a really great spreadsheet? And a lot of years, I’ve set specific goals – sometimes the number of books I read or the total number of pages I read between January 1 and December 31. Once I read 26 books, each with an author whose last name started with a different letter of the alphabet. Last year it was just nice to be done with school (finally!) and have a chance to pick my own books, so I didn’t challenge myself.

I got carried away last week, though. I started by finding a few title challenges, where you have to read a book with a number in the title or something you’d see in the sky (airplane, sun, comet, parachute). I ended up with four or five of those challenges, at six requirements apiece, and dumped them all into a big list. Then I decided I’d combine that with an alphabetical title challenge – 26 books, with titles like Angela’s Ashes and The Broken Teaglass. I allowed overlap between these two lists: I could count The Broken Teaglass for both the alphabetical challenge (the letter B) and the keyword challenge (something you’d find in the kitchen).

But no, this wasn’t enough. On top of that, I added an alphabetical surname challenge like I did a few years ago, but made a rule that there couldn’t be any overlap between the two alphabetical lists. So I wouldn’t be able to count Emily Arsenault, author of The Broken Teaglass, for the letter A in my author list because I’d already counted the book for the letter B in my title list.

It gets better. I’ve now been keeping a spreadsheet of my yearly reading since 2004 and decided to set some milestone goals as well: 120,000 total pages read in the past 10 years, and 400 total new books read in the same time. My current numbers are 115,969 pages and 390 books, so this is doable.

Well . . . I should say, it would be doable if that were my only goal for the rest of the year. All of these challenges together, though – pretty overwhelming. I do still have to be a responsible parent and sleep and stuff like that.

My solution: make it a before-I-turn-30 goal. It gives me until next July, which is much more realistic, and it seems more monumental. Monumentaler, if you will. I’ve already picked out all the remaining books I need to complete these challenges, except one with a party or celebration in the title. Can you think of a good book that could fill this requirement? Let me know in the comments!