I love to read. That may actually be a bit of an understatement.
I can become obsessed with reading–so caught up in a good story that I eat, think, and breathe it. Stories have shaped me, made me who I am and who I am becoming. I am a little bit of Anne of Green Gables, a good portion of Emily of New Moon, a dash of Elizabeth Bennet, with a pinch of Jo March thrown in for good measure.
Because reading is so important to me, I have made reading goals throughout my adult life. My first year teaching I resolved to read all of the Newbery Award winners. ( I read all but four that I could not find in print anywhere.) My husband and I are reading through a list of the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time that we found online. Dickens, Tolstoy, Austen–we love our challenges!
This year I decided to make an outrageous reading goal: I would read 100 books in 2015.
This roughly translates to 2 books a week, which is a reasonable goal for my pace of reading and the amount of time I can dedicate to it.
I will be reading fiction and nonfiction, adult and young adult literature. Because I am a middle school teacher, I try to read a good amount of young adult fiction so that I can better recommend books for my students. I find it extremely helpful to have a solid grasp of both current and classic young adult books so that I can help students find a book that fits their reading interests. Oh, you enjoyed Harry Potter? Have you tried the Percy Jackson series, the Charlie Bone series, or the Lockwood & Co series? Or, you loved Wonder? Have you ever read Out of My Mind? So, you may notice quite a few young adult lit books in my posts.
I will be posting monthly updates to let you know how I am coming on my Read 100 challenge. Look for them in the Monthly Goal Update posts.
I will also write reviews of many of the books I read, giving an overview of the plot or argument as well as my honest opinion of the book.
I would love to hear about the books that you are reading and the reading goals you are setting!
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