GoodReads Goals

I have upped my goal each year to read more and more. I spend a lot of time each year reading picture books to students and chapter books (novels) with students, and that accounts for a good portion of what I read. I do take time out each year to read as many YA and adult books as possible.

My goal this year was to read 150 books, so far I have met and exceeded the goal. I have a couple of ebooks to read and a couple of hardbacks on my side table ready to go. I am trying to finish them before the end of December but I think my time has run out!

I read some classic stories with my students … most did not understand what they read. Old Yeller, Island of the Blue Dolphins, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Cricket in Times Square, and The Phantom Tollbooth.  Our students have lost so much over the years. They only want to read Captain Underpants, Bone, Big Nate, etc. Real books bore them, but it is to be expected because even though they are more mature (knowledge of sex and the seedier parts of the world) they are also more immature (empathy and selfishness). As parents, we want to save our children from experiencing pain, but we have forgotten that pain and loss help children develop emotionally and psychologically. Moral development has been stinted over the past twenty to thirty years. Too many parents were raised with the believe that personal happiness outweighs the betterment of society and do not believe in sacrifice for the benefit of others. Many of my students have not left those selfish stages of toddlers and neither have their parents. I’d like to read Catherine, Called Birdy with them but they are too immature to deal with some of the situations and vocabulary.

Some YA – Young Adult – reads this year:

Infernal Devices, Swipe, Ender’s Game, Divergent, Lunar Chronicles, The Mortal Instruments, Black Hearts in Battersea, Catherine, Called Birdy (re-read), Esperanza Rising (re-read), The Midwife’s Apprentice (re-read).

TBR:  The Boneshaker, The Dreamkeeper, Flying the Dragon, Brotherhood, Dreamland, and Freakling.

I have more, but I won’t be able to read all of these my Tuesday! I will begin The Boneshaker today.

I will be writing more on the YA and children’s books later today to round out my reviews. Stay tuned!

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