I’ve always loved reading the “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?” posts hosted over at Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts, but this is only my second week participating in it. I have to say, it has made me a more thoughtful reader–thinking about what I’m reading each week and why.
One of my reading goals this year is to be reading a professional text, a YA book, and an adult book pretty much at all times. Not necessarily that I have to finish one a week (because I know when I get back to grad school that just won’t be possible), but that I’m expanding my reading beyond just whatever book is closest.
This week I finished…
Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle
I posted about that one here, but I cannot recommend it enough for anyone who teaches writing, particularly high school writing. Kittle’s advice was realistic and I could implement it immediately. Like the best education books, it felt like Kittle was preaching to the choir sometimes. It reminded me about how I already felt about writing at a time when I’d really lost my way in one of my classes. I was really glad I reread it.
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban
I had my eye on this book for months in Barnes and Noble, and I picked it up when I got some gift cards for Christmas. I’m going to write a full post on this for tomorrow, but I really liked The Tragedy Paper. It was thought-provoking and complicated in an unexpected way. I have been thinking about likeable versus unlikeable characters lately, and The Tragedy Paper gave me even more to think about!
This Week I’m Reading…
A Book About Teaching:
A Young Adult Novel:
An Adult Novel (I hesitate to always say novel because sometimes I’ll be reading non-fiction, but an adult book sounds…well…):
Also on my nightstand:
I’m Listening to:
Whew! That’s a lot of books! Last week I said I was rereading The Aeneid, and I did read pieces of it, but I don’t need to read the whole thing right now, so I’m concentrating on short stuff for my dissertation for now. It makes me feel more accomplished!