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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions

16 Jan

reading goals

  • Read More Widely
    I’m a sucker for middle grade realistic fiction, but this year I’d really like to make sure I’m reading more widely with more focus on fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, etc.
  • 365 Picture Book Reviews
    I’m trying to do 365 picture book reviews on my blog this year, we’re on day 15 and I really like doing it, plus I’m being introduced to a lot of really great authors and illustrators through this project, which is awesome.
  • Track New Book Releases
    I always feel behind when new books are released… I need to do a better job of tracking what’s going to be coming out so I don’t miss anything.
  • Use Social Media to Increase My Blog Traffic
    I’m really liking my blog and the direction I’m going with it, I’m hoping to do more with social media and make more connections this year to really increase the traffic.
  • Use Netgalley and Edelweiss More Frequently
    I get so caught up in the titles being released right now that I forget to look to the future and use these tools to get a jump start!
  • Revamp Blog
    I’ve got an adorable idea to revamp the blog a bit and I’m hoping this is the year I can do that!
  • Create more fun reading lists for my blog
    I love creating reading lists for friends and family, so I’d like to focus on creating some fun/silly/meaningful/useful reading lists for the blog.

And yes, although this is a Top Ten list, I’m going to hold off on seven goals, because that is more than enough to keep me busy this year! What are your reading goals? Do you set a number? Use a specific reading goal list?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish


Top 10 Most Viewed Posts in 2017

30 Dec

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I had a great year on my blog this year with a lot more views than I was expecting and many on some older content that keeps popping up! Im hoping during the course of January, I can revisit some of these topics and create an updated booklist or make some new recommendations. If you missed any of these great posts, take a second to check them out and thanks for visiting Literacious this year!

10. Storytime Theme: Imagination Station

9. Storytime Theme: Imagination & Pretend Play

8. Storytime Theme: Polka Dots

7. Storytime Planning, so much more than just books!

6. Storytime Theme: Say “Hello”

5. Programming for Millennials

4. Flannel Friday: Bubble, Bubble, Pop

3. Life Size Chutes & Ladders Game

2. Middle Grade Gets Real – 25 Titles About Tough Topics

1. Storytime Theme: Jungle

Setting Reading Goals

29 Dec

reading goals.png2017 was a year of firsts for me – the first full year as a director, the first year I haven’t done programming (almost) every week of the year and the first year I have read fewer books than I have in the past five years that I’ve been tracking my reading on Goodreads.

I don’t usually set a reading goal for myself, because I want to keep reading for fun and not feel obligated to read just to reach a goal. I know this year that I have a few goals that I plan on setting for myself to accomplish in 2018 and reading is involved in some of them – because, let’s be honest, if it wasn’t, then it wouldn’t be a goal for me. But, I’m not setting a goal to reach a specific number of titles read this year.

I’m hoping to branch out a little more into YA and read a few titles that I wouldn’t normally pick up as well as try to grab a couple of new titles in middle grade fantasy and science fiction. I’ve also missed a few chapter book titles for young elementary school age kids, so I’m hoping to dive into some of those things as well. I plan on starting my year, grabbing a hold of any last minute titles that Mock Newbery groups are talking about that I haven’t read – and this year I’ll have a couple of extra weeks as the ALA Youth Media Awards aren’t being announced until February 12!

What are your reading goals for 2018?

5 Places to Find Bookish Gifts (that aren’t books)

9 Dec

If you’re looking for a gift idea this holiday season for your favorite bookworm, look no further than these five retailers offering some awesome bookish gifts, that aren’t another gift card to the bookstore!


BookRiot Store – A part of the awesome website filled with bookish delight – podcasts, booklists and newsletters about your favorite genre, the BookRiot Store includes clothes, accessories and home decor items! The baby onesies are absolutely adorable!



Redbubble – Just search literary for a host of fun clothes, bags ,wall art and more! I ordered the children’s book posters for my office through Redbubble!


Storiarts – I adore the Anne of Green Gables scarf from this retailer – it’s printed with text from the book on a beautiful, lightweight, green scarf!


Litographs – This company  has similar products to Storiarts, but has a lot more options with t-shirts, posters, bags and more printed with text from books! I got my brother the Sherlock Holmes poster for his birthday a few years ago!


Out of Print Clothing – So many bookish and library related gifts – my mom gave me the library card mug for my birthday last year and a few friends found the library card socks for me at Comic-Con.


Partnering with Girl Scouts

5 Dec

1200px-Girl_Scouts_of_the_USA.svgLast night I got to hang out with some awesome seven and eight year old Girl Scouts to work on a yoga badge. I offered storytime yoga for a number of years as a children’s librarian and the troop leaders asked if I could help them out.


I wanted to focus on empowerment and body image and strength (all things that coincide with yoga really nicely). So here’s what we did:

Sun Salutations


Read aloud: One by Kathryn Otoshi


Discussed the story and talked about what makes us feel strong and what we’re good at doing and being.

Strength Poses:

  • Mountain Pose
  • Warrior I
  • Warrior II
  • Warrior III
  • Mountain Pose
  • (repeat for balance)


Read aloud: Zero by Kathryn Otoshi


Discussed what we like most about ourselves and what makes us awesome

Relaxation Poses:

  • Bridge
  • Happy Baby
  • Pull Right/Left Knee to Chest
  • Deep Breathing with quiet music


Although the kids had a TON of energy, I hope they got a little something out of fun program – about what it takes to strong, kind and classy woman!

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