Friday, October 8, 2010

The Blogging Challenge - My Life as a Reader

About a year ago I wrote a really great post about my life as a reader - one that I think most accurately describes my reading life most of the time. At least the reading life that's most pleasant to live. However, when I look back over the last six months I clearly see that the reading life described in that post is definitely not what I've been living lately. I love to get lost in a great story but right now I can't even remember the name of the last piece of fiction I read. How sad is that?

My more recent reading has included all informational text like medical research, insurance policies, professional books, online journals, blogs, charts and tables of test item specs, standards documents, data and then there's the email. Email these days accounts for over half of all that I read...ugh. There are days where I think I'll never get it all read or answered.

I guess the point is that there are seasons in the life of a reader too and while I certainly enjoy "summer" reading more, "winter" reading is a necessity. I have learned a lot from all that informational reading, facts that have helped me make sense of chaos, ideas that have helped me to plan, and opportunites that have made a difference in the life of others. Maybe "winter" reading isn't all that bad after all.

This week my standards coach popped into my office with a book, a piece of fiction, that she just felt I had to read. I believe her exact words were, "you will love this book, you won't be able to put it down once you've started". She never, ever brings me "summer" reading so perhaps it was fate that sent her to me with a book to take home this weekend. A good reading "vacation" might be just what I need...
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Mrs. Metzger and Mrs. Morris said...

I completely understand the summer vs. winter reading lists! I also appreciate receiving recommendations from Suzanne. I hope you enjoy your weekend of reading and then pass it on when you finish! Lori M.

Maria Mallon & Cheryl Dillard said...

Like the moon, my reading for pleasure also waxes and wanes according to the seasons. Textbooks about reading have been my focus for the past year. But I look forward to a good fictional read in the near future :) MM

Anonymous said...

I guess I am an oddball, because my summer reading is all nonfiction, just like my autumnal, winter and vernal reading. However, it is a VASTLY different type of nonfiction reading.

Last summer, I read a 600 page biographical piece on Doc Holliday (he led a very interesting life) and about 20 magazines about Jeeps and vintage motorcycles.

Maybe it's a gender issue. Any thoughts? I do know that about 95+% of all adult reading is nonfiction, and that knowledge does make me question the balance of classroom reading, but what would you expect froma a math teacher?

I hope you soon get chance to read your book. As for me, Wyatt Earp awaits.



Melanie Holtsman said...

I try to sprinkle my winter reading with some summer text in there to make the winter go by faster! I hope you get to conquer that new book because I've read it and love, love, loved it! Thanks for joining the challenge!

Anonymous said...

What was the title of this great book?

Dee Dee Tamburrino said...

I love a good story any time of year. I have four books on my nightstand just begging to be read.

My tastes move from fiction to non-fiction, biographies to memoirs; throw in a mindless magazine or two and I'm set.

At this particular moment, I am engrossed in a Beth Moore Bible study. The reading is a little more thought-provoking and the writing in the workbook time-consuming, but I'm learning a great deal in the process. It has been very refreshing for the soul.

May you find time for summer reading this fall....

Mrs. Patricia Wallace said...

Enjoy your 'summer' vacation. I'm envious. I miss my 'summer' and am already mentally putting together a list of books for next summer. I might need to schedule a quick summer get-away soon too. ;-)