I just realized that it has been a month since I have written on my blog ….
That means there are so many ideas, reflections, and learning experiencing bouncing around in my head just waiting to get out!
I feel like I accomplished something yesterday …
I completed my first 40 book challenge!
My daughter and I finished a book we were reading together at bedtime last night!
As a fan of Donalyn Miller, I had read about the challenge and thought it was a good idea but didn’t really think it was for me since I like to read and read regularly.
While sitting in a comfy seat outside sessions at a conference, I started talking with the lady sitting not too far away … we became quick friends! She told me about her experience doing a 40 book challenge for herself and how it opened her eyes to so many possibilities in various genres.
I smiled and thought that was very interesting, but I feel that I know a lot about books, so I know the ones that I will enjoy.
Or so I thought …
In January I started a new job as a gifted education teacher at 3 elementary schools. The reading teacher in me thought that I should talk to students about what they were reading and why
Based on some of those conversation, I decided it would be a good idea for me to read some of those books and others that I could share with them
That is when I remembered the idea of the 40 book challenge …
So that became my goal!
And what a wonderful journey I have had reaching that goal!
I have read books that I would not have chosen to read otherwise and really enjoyed them!
Since many of the students I work with were preparing for the Elementary Battle of the Books in our school system, I read many of those books so we could talk about them (and because they are good books).
My confidence is recommending books has grown! I even told my dad he needed to read one of the books after I finished it. He did and it led to a great conversation (not that either of us ever has a problem talking anyway but it helped me learn much more about his past and experience with polio).
I read books in genres that I am not a fan of, like Science Fiction, because it was part of the challenge. And some of the students I work with are fans of that genre so it helps me to make connections.
Not only am I being a good model for reading for the students but also for my daughter! We got some new books the other day and she told me that there is one I can’t read until she reads it first!
That makes me smile!
I did not set a time limit on how much I would read each day or when I needed to finish the challenge. I just started reading and that led to even more reading!
This weekend, I finished a book and thought about taking a break before starting another one. I tried but I felt lost and like something was missing …
I have already finished my first book for my next 40 challenge!
So even though I know the type of books and authors I enjoy the most, being exposed to a wide variety of books helps me help others more!