Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Slice of Life 2018 Day 27: Obsessive Reader

Monica Wood, author of The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing (Writer's Digest Books, 2001) asks writers this, "What have you been reading lately? Most writers are obsessive readers." For me, this certainly fits the bill. I've been an obsessive reader for a while. 

Not surprisingly, when I began teaching, I immersed myself in Young Adult (YA) books of all genres. This was mostly to help encourage a positive atmosphere of reading. Some of my favorite YA books I have read this school year include:
I must confess, YA books do not always satisfy my reading diet alone. I also read a lot of literary fiction. In the past two years I discovered that I am drawn to books that are a little dark, perhaps because I am reminded that most humans lead really messy lives. Just like mine. A few of my all time favorite literary fiction books include: 
Although I haven't always read nonfiction books, now I read a lot of books on writing and on teaching/eduction. In addition, I read self-help books, especially on subjects of happiness and perseverance. 

This is my current stack of books to be read next:
My next stack of books to read

What's on your list? 

11 comments:

  1. I have a huge TBR list that includes finishing about 40 in-progress books. The Underground Railroad is fabulous. This summer I plan to read a few Murakami titles. That formative assessment book looks like a snoozer, but I do have some professional books to read, mostly teacher-generated titles.

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    1. I loved 1Q84. Have you read it?? Formative Assessment book is okay. I'm reading it for a committee

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  2. Monica Wood wrote One in A Million Boy too!

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    1. Thanks! I'll have to check that one out!

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  3. I enjoyed this post AND I'm extra appreciative because you gave me an idea for my own post today! I finally had to admit to myself a couple of years ago that I don't actually love YA lit. I ADORE middle-grade, but YA usually leaves me unsatisfied or cranky. I do like verse novels and graphic novels, however, so I try to concentrate my YA reading there as much as possible. And everything Jason Reynolds is always good!

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    1. Thank you so much. Your posts always leave me lingering in the best way. I adore Jason Reynolds...I can't wait what he writes next! And I also love books in verse!

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  4. One of the highlights of slicing has been being in conversation with people who teach reading and writing. I don't teach those things but I spend a lot of spare time pursuing them. I always find edifying to see what people are reading. For years I avoided fiction but recently I've been led to great titles that have brought me back into the fold. If you haven't read The Sellout by Paul Beatty, you might enjoy it. Clever satire.

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    1. Thanks. I haven't read the Sellout. I'll have to check it out!

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  5. I loved H is for Hawk and The Underground Railroad - tough but a good book.
    I don't know the Serpent King but have read all the others. Fun to see what you are reading.

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    1. Serpent King is YA. Really memorable characters!

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  6. Underground Railroad made my list of top 20 books I've read over the past twenty years in our book club. It's gritty and such an interesting mix of fantasy/and real history. I haven't heard about American Street. I read very little YA, probably because I used to teach 6th grade. So middle grade is my favored spot.

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