A snapshot of my reading life :
I want and need to read lots of books so that I am familiar with as many authors and genres as possible.
The more I read the more I can recommend titles that will match my students interests.
This pile represents the connections I have made with other librarians, teachers, bloggers and publishers. Every one of these titles was purchased as a result of an interaction or connection with another person.
Many of the books above were preorders based on enthusiastic endorsements from others. I use Twitter as a valuable source of intelligence regarding forthcoming publications. Other peoples enthusiasm for stories is contagious.
I read everyday. My reading takes many forms:
- social networks – Twitter, Facebook
- blogs – from librarians, teachers, publishers, authors and educators
- websites – professional journals e.g. SLJ, book reviews
- curated sites – scoop.it, learnist, pinterest
- magazines – I read so I can add articles to our Library Catalogue that match inquiry topics
- non-fiction – I have hundreds of books covering all of my interests from cooking, quilting, scrapbooking, travel, history, biography, but lots of topics that I feel we need at home for homework and reference, despite our reliance on the internet.
- fiction – print, ebooks (on my ipad at night so I don’t disturb my husband) and audio books (so I can ‘read’ even when I am doing chores – it stops me feeling resentful and makes the time go quicker)
- Picture books that I read aloud to children as part of my work
I would like to say that piles of new books like the one above are rare. My credit card will testify to the contrary, I buy books every week. I love new books. Every book is the possibility of a match made in heaven between an author, a story and one of my students.
I can’t imagine a life without reading. The greatest thing that comes from reading is sharing.