I also LOVE to read. As a child, I can remember going to the library once a week during the summer. I would leave with 7-8 chapter books which I would promptly devour. My favorites included Nancy Drew, Little House On The Prairie, The Babysitters Club, The Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley High, The Bobbsey Twins, the Anne of Green Gables series, and anything by Judy Blume. In high school, I became obsessed with classic literature, and I amassed so many classics that my bookshelves look like they should belong to an English teacher.
Then came college. Instead of reading for pleasure, I found myself reading for school. My pile of books to read kept growing, and my time to read kept shrinking. Since starting teaching, I've found myself with even less time to read. I still love to read. But, I have limited time. In order to make time to read, I have to chose not to do certain other things.
This year, I've decided I want to read more. My sister also loves to read. So, I decided the best way to get myself to read more was to turn it into a competition. My sister is super competitive and loves to read, too. So, I think it's a good pairing. Who can read the most books before the end of the year?
|My Empty Shelf|
We're over half-way through January, and I've already read more books than I probably read in the entirety of 2013. Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration. But, I've definitely been reading a lot more. I don't know how much to attribute to this challenge, but this challenge certainly isn't hurting me.
I'm thinking that I will post an update of books read at the end of each month here on my blog. (And, for the record, I think I may be in the lead right now. Of course, my sister didn't start counting the books she had read until the first of January. It's not my fault she gave me a bit of an early start, though.)
I'm hoping to tackle some math books this year, too. One of the first I want to revisit is Isaac Asimov's Realm of Algebra. I read it a few years ago, and I was so impressed with his explanation of algebra in everyday language. Now that I'm working on finishing my second year of teaching, I think I could learn a lot from revisiting it and comparing his explanations to my own.
Don't even get me started on all the teaching books I want to reread...