For 2011 I read 26 books and then almost doubled it this past year with a total of 51 books. Out of that 51, 30 were fiction and 21 were non-fiction. These titles included professional education books, novels for personal enjoyment, parenting books and chapter books I read to my 6 year-old. As I’ve previously written in THIS POST I have learned that the more fiction I read, the more I enjoy reading and the more I end up reading.
My Reading Resolutions for 2013 are:
1. Use Goodreads to track my reading. I’ve been convinced by Donalyn Miller to use Goodreads to track my books, keep a to-read list, and connect with others on books I’m reading. I spent time today exploring this site and can already feel a blog post coming on about how neat it is!
2. Have family “Read-to-Self” time with my kids. Read-to-Self is one of the components of Daily5 in our school that my son is familiar with. This will be a chunk of time (at least 15 minutes, because that’s all he can handle right now) that he can read whatever he wants (not to me) while I also read myself. This will be a win-win for both of us! (I realize I did say kids plural–I’m hoping that the 2 year-old can be quiet that long looking at books or listening to books on the iPad).
3. Read 1 professional book a month I will probably end up reading more, but I want to focus on reading more fiction so I’m not so boring!
4. Read 280 books. I’m not as crazy as I sound, I swear! As I was exploring Goodreads today, my son thought it was cool and asked if we could keep track of the books I read to him (and his brother) on there too, so out of the 280 goal, I expect 225 to be for picture books and 55 to be for novels, professional books, and kids’ chapter books.
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