If you don’t have a Goodreads account, go sign up now…it is seriously one of my all time favorite websites. It allows me to track all my reading, mark books to read, and share reviews with others. It also allows you to set a reading challenge for yourself.
Last year, I set a very ambitious goal of reading FIFTY books, which I sadly did not meet. I am embarrassed to say I only read 17 books. (I swear it felt like SO much more). This year I made a much more reasonable goal of reading THIRTY books.
This is what it looks like on Goodreads…
I love how it actually tells me I am AHEAD right now (a message I NEVER saw last year). So what books have I been reading??
1. Teach Like Your Hair is On Fire: this book was assigned for Winter Break reading…(yeah I didn’t think assigning homework over winter break should be allowed either). This book had a lot of really great ideas, but I could not get past the condescending tone the book was written in. The entire time I felt like the author was BRAGGING about what a fabulous teacher he was, and setting unrealistic expectations for future teachers.
2. Maine, this was a book my grandma bought on the kindle (I share an account with her and my dad, so I get to enjoy their books too!). It definitely wasn’t my favorite book, but it wasn’t terrible either. It tells the story of three generations of a family with a summer home in Maine. Honestly, I don’t think I would recommend this book, unless you really just want a laid back book to read.
3. Divergent…Oh my goodness, one of my new favorites. If you LOVED the Hunger Games as much as I did, read this book! I have officially learned my lesson of always reading books recommended by my Biffle. (She made me read The Hunger Games two years ago, Harry Potter series, and now she made me read this.) Never again will I question her reading suggestion.
4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, this was my first novel read aloud in class. Usually my students read weekly stories in their basal reader (SO BORING) but we had a two weeks, so my mentor teacher and I decided to read a novel. We chose this one because the author is amazing. (She wrote Because of Winn Dixie, one of my favorites). I pretty much did all the lessons with this book and read it aloud. It was a really good book for use in the classroom with lots of connections to concepts (Sequencing, Character Traits, Vocabulary etc.) I even did my first observed lesson using this book!
Do you have a Goodreads account? If so add me…and then challenge yourself to READ this year! (click here)