Musings from a K-5th Reading Specialist. I encourage my students to think, speak, read, and write, with my support.
I parent two amazing young adult daughters with my husband of 28 years.

June 11, 2019

Books #SOL

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I'm reading a whole bunch of books this summer.  It's what I do for fun.

I read picture books and graphic novels to find the "next great book" that I can recommend to my intervention students and classroom teachers.

I read middle grade novels because there's nothing more satisfying than sitting down with an engaging book and being able to finish it across a couple of days.

I really love to read young adult fiction because I will forever remember the crazy fun of my high school brain:  school fun, crushes, drama, and dreams of growing up.

I skim and scan children's nonfiction because I'm curious about our world.  I'm more likely to read about a science topic compared to history.  

Rarely I'll read adult nonfiction or fiction.  I'd rather read kid- or teen-centric text.  There's enough grown-up worries and drama in the world that I hear about via social media and the newspaper.  I use reading as an escape.

I use Goodreads to track my reading, when I finished a book, and what books I want to read.  I struggle to leave reviews because I don't want to give too many details away.  I also end up sounding like the book blurb.  I hope to get better at writing reviews.

What do you like to read?


  1. Middle grade's my favorite followed closely by picture books, but I also read adult stuff for the two book clubs I'm in. And memoir is a personal favorite. Nothing says summer fun quite like settling in with a book!

  2. I'm happy reading all summer too! But my stacks are tipping over between professional and picture books and middle grade. I've listened to books on CD while driving to school, but just downloaded hoopla on my phone and finished a book on audio while walking the dog! Love it! As far as the blurbs on Goodreads, I just leave a quick one or two sentence sentiment of my thoughts or feelings about the book. Sometimes I say nothing. There is no right or wrong way to do it -- just what your heart wants to say! :) Happy reading!