5 Things that Motivated Me to Have My Best Year in Reading
My reading goal for 2015 was to simply read more than I did in 2014. And I did it. I read 10,000 more pages and 19 more books. Yay!!!
Books read in 2015
33 graphic novels
6 adult fiction
13 picture books
32 young adult lit
5 professional development
8 notable short stories
1 collection of poems
32 middle grades
For a grand total of
148 pieces of literature
Out of the 148 grand total, 126 were chapter books (excluding picture books, poems, and short stories) which beat last year when I read 81 or the year before with 75 chapter books.
Number of pages read in 2014:
My Thoughts on the Numbers
Another reading goal that transpired in 2015 happened after I accepted a position as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher. The goal was to ingest more middle grade novels. Having only read five middle grade novels the previous year, I exceeded that number significantly. Reading nearly thirty more middle grade novels this year, I found myself easily recommending books to the seventh graders because I made middle grade novels a priority this year.
I was shocked that I read more young adult literature and adult fiction than I did last year because I wasn’t focusing on those two genres whatsoever.
While I only read five professional development books this year, I was focusing on quality rather than quantity. In college it was easy to rip through a professional development book because they were just shaping my ideology. Now that I’m teaching in a classroom, I find myself carefully considering each suggestion I read, which takes more time to think and reflect.
This year was a great year in reading. In fact, never before have I read so many books in one year.
I had my best year in reading. Ever.
A few factors really contributed to this year in reading:
1. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
This weekly blog meme kept me motivated. I always found my next book when I read everyone’s post weekly. I heard about the best books before they were named Printz or Newbery or Caldecott winners.
2. Library Visits
I’ve always liked the library, but this year I relished the trips I took there. New books on the displays kept me coming back every two weeks when I had to return the old ones.
3. The Numbers
Knowing that I had to read more than 129 books to make my reading goal kept me reading. and reading. and reading. The numbers truly motivated me and I kept a close eye on the number of books and pages with Goodreads.
4. Book Recommendations
Being in the classroom with students every day, I was constantly on my book-recommending toes. The kids need a book role model and someone to go to with preview book stacks. I had to have books at my finger tips and ready to be recommended.
Not having 16 credits of college classes truly freed up my time for pleasure reading. Making reading a priority over Netflix or dusting allowed me to have my best year in reading.
Keep watching for the books that made my “Best Books of 2015” list!