2013 In Books
It all began in Adolescent Literature.
After the semester ended I took the two weeks I had before my summer courses started to continue to read independently.
This catapulted into my summer Graphic Novels course where I read 19 graphic novels.
Once my fall semester started, I was vigorously reading assigned books in my classes (which still counts towards my total books for 2013). Although this was not the most enjoyable reading I did last year, I learned a lot about the classics.
Finally, I ended the year with a YA Lit splurge. With all of the free books I got from NCTE I vigorously read a book every 2-3 days all while working and participating in holiday festivities, too (yes, I’m patting myself on the back).
With all those books, here are my bests of the year:
The Hunger Games
Best Graphic Novel:
The Killing Woods
Romeo and Juliet
Favorite Personal Book:
Best Professional Development:
GRAND TOTAL = 74
(And a whole lot of book talks you can watch on my youtube channel)
74 books is, well…a lot of books. I’m not sure I’ll be able to read that much in 2014 because I won’t be taking two literature classes, but I know that I won’t stop reading.
I’m enjoying the benefits of literacy that I’ve gained. In my own life, I now make predictions and can evaluate people more effectively. Moreover, I have experienced different situations, environments, and inner-thoughts of a variety of characters which helps me to analyze my current situations, environments, and thoughts.
I’ve always been more inclined to write but now I have experienced the benefits of reading.
Reading and writing have a complicated relationship. Usually a person is either a reader or a writer. I believe that we read to understand other’s lives but we write to understand our own lives. Although I still believe this, I have a better understanding of the complicated relationship between reading and writing.
With effort, a person can have both a reading life and a writing life.
Reading changes lives. Writing tells people how you’ve changed.