Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July-August TBR

I have a really bad habit of setting a monthly TBR and then promptly abandoning it when my interests pull me in a different direction . . . or when I am too overwhelmed with something else to devote any time to leisure reading. My own ineptitude aside, I still love making a TBR: I’m a goal oriented person and knowing that I have a goal I am working toward is far better than having no direction at all.  I guess you could say I’d rather fail to meet my goal than not have a goal at all. 

With that in mind, I have decided on a lose July-August TBR that incorporates both the books I need to read for work while leaving myself some wiggle room to read for fun.  Here is what is on tap for the rest of the summer:

Need to Read

I have four books that I need to have read closely by the end of August in preparation for the new school year.  Summer Reading assignments are a great way to prevent summer brain drain and they are also a great way to kill a teacher’s summer.  And I teach four different English classes, you guys.  Bummer thy name is Summer Reading.  In any event, the books I need to get cozy with are:

 1984 by George Orwell

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

 The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X & Alex Haley

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

My approach to this reading is to plow through it: I have read all, most, or some of each of these books in the past so I just need to get reacquainted with the text and locate rich points of discussion to review with the kids.  If I am diligent, I should be able to read at least one of these texts per week and read a “work” text concurrently with a leisure book.

Leisure Reading

My hope is that I will be able to read at least four books for fun once I am done with my summer classes and summer library hours.  I had thought I would create a list of books I would like to read . . . but I never stick to those, so I think I will just select a text that interests me at the time.  One of my site tabs is an exhaustive TBR, so I may very well pull from that list or, at any rate, add to it. 

Do you have any reading suggestions for me?  Do you want a heads-up about how to assign, grade, or complete summer assignments?  Let me know!

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