2012 Reading List: Lisa Loves Statistics

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So, I am looking back at my reading goals for 2012. I said I’d like to read 100 books (seemed attainable, since I read 104 last year) and that 50 or more would be MG/YA.

Well, I failed big time on the first: 77 books overall, according to Goodreads. I think I got sucked into Twitter a little too often.

I was really close to the second goal: 45 of the titles were MG/YA, which definitely helps me as a writer. Gotta read them to write them, right? Amazingly enough, I read more MG/YA than Adult this year! I think I’m aiming for 100 overall and 50 MG/YA again for next year.

You might want to stop reading right now unless you like lists, but here’s what I read this year, with a * in front of any book I rated five stars on Goodreads:

MG (6):

The Schwa was Here/ Neal Shusterman

*Out of My Mind/ Sharon Draper

Walk Two Moons/ Sharon Creech

Freak the Mighty/ Rodman Philbrick

The Penderwicks/ Jeanne Birdsall

Hoot/ Carl Hiaasen

YA (39):

When She Hollers/ Cynthia Voight

Tiger Eyes/ Judy Blume

Abandon/ Meg Cabot

Skinny/ Donna Cooner

*The Fault in our Stars/ John Green

*Between Shades of Gray/ Ruta Sepetys

*Between the Lines/ Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Purity/ Jackson Pearce

The Hunger Pains/ The Harvard Lampoon

Sweethearts/ Sara Zarr

Scars/ Cheryl Rainfield

Shine/ Lauren Myracle

Everybody Sees the Ants/ A.S. King

If I Lie/ Corrine Jackson

Cinder/ Marissa Meyer

Impossible/ Nancy Werlin

The Rules of Survival/ Nancy Werlin

This is Not a Test/ Courtney Summers

Second Helpings/ Megan McCafferty

My Brother’s Keeper/ Patricia McCormick

Tangled/ Carolyn Mackler

Bitter End/ Jennifer Brown

Hate List/ Jennifer Brown

Does My Head Look Big in This?/ Randa Abdel-Fattah

Smack/ Melvin Burgess

Delirium/ Lauren Oliver

The Liar Society/ Lisa and Laura Roecker

Devilish/ Maureen Johnson

Dreamland/ Sarah Dessen

Just Listen/ Sarah Dessen

How to Save a Life/ Sara Zarr

The Last Little Blue Envelope/ Maureen Johnson

Lock and Key/ Sarah Dessen

Why We Broke Up/ Daniel Handler

Will Grayson, Will Grayson/ John Green

Before I Fall/ Lauren Oliver

An Abundance of Katherines/ John Green

Uglies/ Scott Westerfeld

Daughter of Smoke and Bone/ Laini Taylor

ADULT (32):

Oliver Twist/ Charles Dickens

NW/ Zadie Smith

Saturday/ Ian McEwan

Bossypants/ Tina Fey

Zoo/James Patterson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest/ Stieg Larsson

I, Michael Bennett/ James Patterson

In One Person/ John Irving

Love/ Toni Morrison

The Photograph/ Penelope Lively

Writing Great Books for Young Adults/ Regina Brooks

Summer Breeze/ Nancy Thayer

11th Hour/ James Patterson

Death Comes to Pemberley/ P.D. James

The Lost Years/ Mary Higgins Clark

Fifty Shades of Gray/ E.L. James

Fifty Shades Darker/ E.L. James

Fifty Shades Free/ E.L. James

Guilty Wives/ James Patterson

Lone Wolf/ Jodi Picoult

I’ve Got Your Number/ Sophie Kinsella

Private Games/ James Patterson

The Art of Fielding/ Chad Harbach

V is for Vengeance/ Janet Evanovich

Private/ James Patterson

Calico Joe/ John Grisham

The Lovers’ Dictionary/ David Levithan

The Litigators/ John Grisham

Cross Fire/ James Patterson

11/22/63/ Stephen King

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake/ Aimee Bender

Maine/ J. Courtney Sullivan

Whew! Did you set a dorky  awesome goal for how much you would read in 2012? How did you do?

Mid-Winter’s Eve Blog Hop

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From Dec. 21-27, I’m running a giveaway on my blog, hosted by

Because I love Contemporary YA, I’m giving away:

-1 copy of The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) and

-1 copy of Skinny (Donna Cooner)

I can ship to the US or internationally.


-Write a comment about a book you’ve loved this year (1 entry)

-Mention in your comment if you follow me on Twitter (1 extra entry, @lisarosenman) or follow my blog (2 extra entries)

To find the other blogs with giveaways for this blog hop, click on the host sites for the linky link.

Writer-Teacher Conferences


Two weeks ago, I conducted 18 parent-teacher conferences over the course of three days. Intense, but crucial. Conferences are a great opportunity to share a child’s progress with parents, and to talk about the  next steps in the child’s development. We go over the report card and I show evidence of their learning, like journal entries or math tests.

I started to think: I wish there were such things as writer-teacher conferences, or writer-mentor conferences. Of course if you pay for a class, or go to a workshop, you can participate in a mini-experience like this. But how amazing would it be to have an ongoing relationship with a writing mentor, who discussed your progress and next steps with you every few months?

It’s a pipe dream for sure, but let me pretend. A writer would mysteriously have a (free)  mentor, who reads their ongoing work and offers comments. So far, like beta readers or CPs, right? But every few months, you would meet formally, and your mentor gives you some kind of writing report card. Not intimidating (who needs that? Writers deal with enough rejection as it is!), but a friendly checklist broken down into discrete skills, along with evidence of learning.

For example, maybe there would be a section for characterization. I could be evaluated on using dialogue to build character, showing body language, or physical descriptions. My mentor could show me example of when I used the techniques effectively, and some other examples of my writing that could be improved. We could talk about how to improve them.

Man, this could take hours. Hey, it’s my fantasy. There would be lots of coffee and chocolate involved, that’s for sure. And my mentor would be kind, knowledgeable, empathetic, and wise. And love helping me, of course.

Anyone want to mentor me?