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Also last week, Ruth's post about her family's summer reading plan whispered and shouted and sweetly sung its way into my heart. After all, summer is always the time I renew my roots as a reader. But what if this summer, Husband and I could start a reading habit that could carry through during the school year too? I was a little better this past school year, but my reading was still relegated to breaks, some weekends, and a few sporadic days. What if I could make time to read, just like making time to write?
So far, it's working. (Of course, so far, it's summer! Still, it has been a busy first week of summer!) I've already come to treasure taking a half-hour or an hour to curl up beside Husband and dive into the worlds of our respective books. Together yet separate. Serene yet with minds racing.
Using Goodreads is helping too. My once-nebulous list of books to read is now easy to edit, easy to access, and ever-growing. I can actually remember what I want to read next, instead of thinking "Now what was that one book that so-and-so mentioned?" or "Who was that one author that was one the Daily Show or the Colbert Report the other night?" As soon as I hear or read about an interesting book, I just find it in Goodreads and mark it "to-read"! Just the thought that there are 50+ books I really want to read makes me want to sit down and start plowing through them! Moreover, I love getting book ideas from my Goodreads friends because I trust that if they liked a book, I will too!
Hopefully, I will be able to carve out time and stay enthused about reading when the demands of the school year (especially in a completely new position!) kick in. Really, my new ELL position should help, because I believe I just have to read and write in order to teach kids to read and write and have them be excited to do so!
For now, I'm feeling a tug from the bright sunshine. The only debate: should I head out with my notebook or a book?