I am a morning person, there’s no doubt. My favorite time of day is the morning – I’m more productive, it’s more enjoyable and I can jump out of bed around 6:30 with little thought to getting any more sleep. I love being up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning – I take our pup, Aria, for her morning walk, my boyfriend is usually still in bed and I know I’ll have an hour or two before he gets up to do whatever I want. Which usually means, I’m in my reading chair or on the couch with whatever new title I’m reading, a cup of tea by my side, and a cozy blanket on my lap. Sometimes this also means that Aria is sleeping on my lap as well, but this morning she’s conveniently decided that she needs to spend some time on the freshly made guest bed. Because, why not?
I love how quiet the house is, how cozy it feels and how comfortable – and frankly, after a tough week, it’s exactly what I needed this morning, so if you’ll excuse me, my book, The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz is calling my name.
What’s your favorite time of day?
There are a number of ways to plan your reading for 2017. Some people just pick up what they want, when they want without a care in the world. Others including bloggers, teachers and librarians feel the need to not only keep up with new titles, but to also fill in any reading gaps by reading material they wouldn’t normally pick out on their own.
A lot of people use reading challenges to complement their reading plan in order to read widely and read diversely. But what reading challenge should you do? The first option is to read a certain number of books. Fairly simple, just keep track of how many titles you read throughout the year. A second option is to use a pre-made list to read more widely.
Check out Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2017 for a list of 24 tasks including things like “read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative” or “read a superhero comic with a female lead.” This is the list I think I’m going to use for the year, not that I don’t have a billion books on my TBR, but I want to try and challenge myself a little differently this year. Popsugar’s got another great list if you want to take a look – 40 prompts, plus 12 additional prompts for advanced readers! Better World Books has their own version and you’ll recognize similar prompts across each of these challenges – just choose the one that fits your lifestyle and reading needs.
The last option is to participate in online reading challenges that occur for a weekend or a whole week with a goal of reading as much as possible during that time. I’ve participated in these types of challenges in the past and although it can suck up a lot of time, sometimes that’s exactly what I need – quality hours of reading. Check out Bout of Books for a reading challenge like this!
There are dozens and dozens of reading challenges out there – what are your reading goals for 2017?
Some of these authors are new to me because they’re new to the publishing world (and I can’t to read more!)
- Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
- Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
- A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
- The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
- Mrs. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish
You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month. You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books! Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!
- Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
- The Library by Sarah Stewart
- Tómas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
- The Librarian of Basra: A True Story From Iran by Jeanette Winter
- Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
- Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
- The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
- Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
- Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
I love seeing blog posts from The Nerdy Book Club – always insightful little tidbits from school teachers and librarians about books, kids and more. Today’s post ponders the question “What are you reading?” and why such a simple question can open the doors to a full-fledged conversation with youngsters. As Christy Peterson points out, it is an open-ended question, rather than your typical, “Did you finish your reading?” “Do you like to read?” or the dreaded “What reading level are you?”
“What are your reading?” opens the doors for children to not only state what they’re reading, but also to expand on it as necessary, or to have the adult asking the question to ask more questions about the book. Kids LOVE to share and when the adults in their lives truly listen and are excited about what kids are talking about, that is when a relationship can blossom. I am constantly asking the kids in the library what they’re reading and I do it with an aside where I say, “I’m looking for something new to read.” I can assure you that my TBR list is never ending, but by giving the kids the control to offer suggestions to me, the dynamic of our relationship changes and allows the kids to show off their knowledge and share their interests. I ask this question when I’m working the reference desk, when we’re waiting for other kids to arrive for a program, after our program when kids are milling around the library.
And when it comes down to it, isn’t that what we want kids to do – talk about what they’re reading? Encourage them to become lifelong readers by building their skills as children?