Nancy Drew: The Demon of River Heights

This was my first graphic novel reading experience. I grew up loving the Nancy Drew stories, so maybe I had too high expectations. But this was not quite what I was hoping for. What I liked included the up-to-date topics included in the storyline. I mean, environmental pollution was brought up and technology was woven throughout the character’s activities. These up-to-date features are necessary, I think, for young girls to be engaged in the plot. What disappointed me was the lack of depth that this format allowed. It’s hard to get attached to characters if you only get small snippets of their dialogue on which to judge. I am glad I gave this a whorl, but won’t read another.

Bout of Books 8.0

ImageThe Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Time Devoted to Reading

I will be reading every day! My goals are:
1 hr per day Monday – Friday
3 hrs per day on Saturday & Sunday

My Goals

  • Read or listen to at least one “Must Read” book from the title suggestions from Genreflecting, Seventh Edition – edited by Cynthia Orr & Diana Tixier Herald
  • Read at least one professional title
  • Read one book which will motivate me to practice the guitar
  • Read one book that is silly
  • Read at least three professional articles related to my field
  • Read one inspirational or spiritual book
  • Read at least one graphic novel
  • Read a kids’ book
  • Add three titles to my library’s “What to Read Next” Pinterest board
  • Review everything I read this week on my blog and Goodreads.

Books to Read

  • STEM Student Research Handbook
  • Articles about library instruction for Science Classrooms
  • Haven’t decided on the rest yet – as long as it meets the goals above, I’m all in!


How did I do?
Bout of Books was a fun challenge to participate in. My total number of books read was not anything special, however. I started and finished a Nancy Drew Graphic Novel (and reviewed it). I also listened to most of a Carl Hiaasen book that I’ll finish up during my commuting this week. I also kept chugging away at the STEM Student Research Handbook that I am slowly trying to make my way through. I am also almost done with Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus Borg. I got in the mood for a classic on Saturday and am halfway through Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. I’m glad I participated in this challenge because it did stretch me in terms of thinking about what I read and and that I sometimes get in a rut and need to mix things up. The challenges and twitter chats were a ton of fun!