What are you Reading Monday: Reading in the Wild

its-monday-what-are-you-reading-2a798miIt’s Monday! And time to ask, “What are You Reading?” To see what others are reading, stop by Teach Mentor Texts where other bloggers have linked their posts to share what they’ve been reading.

Coming home from vacation means I’ve not read quite as much as I was moving through on a cruise ship. But since I’ve been working a lot more around the house I have been listening to hours of Harry Potter. I have loved these audio books since I was in college. I wore out cassette tapes of the first three books and then started in on the CDs. After losing my MP3 files in a harddrive crash, I’ve been putting off the time for uploading the files again. A few weeks ago Julee Murphy posted a Harry Potter challenge on her blog. Her challenge is to read the series before Harry’s birthday on July 31st. This week I listened to Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, and half of Order of the Phoenix. I love to listen to these audio books in the house because I know the stories so well that I can still focus on other work and don’t have to worry if I tune out for a moment here and there. I have trouble listening to audio books when I haven’t read the print book first.

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Other than Harry Potter, I finished reading Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller. This was a title I purchased quite awhile ago, but didn’t pick up until it was voted as the Summer Professional Read for the #vaslchat (Virginia School Librarians). I am so glad to have read this book. While a lot of the classroom strategies are ones that aren’t meant for a library setting, all of the information about readers and attitudes about reading are exactly what should be happening in school libraries.

Next week I want to add a few more Virginia Readers Choice nominees to my list. My goal is to read each of the 8 chapter books before school starts. Once the students begin checking them out, it’s hard to get my hands on them. I have four left to read. Capture the Flag by Kate Messner is next!

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So many good books to read! The Fourteenth Goldfish is also “next.” And finishing The Glass Sentence is also “next.” So many “nexts!”

Enjoy your reading week!

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