Monday, April 11, 2016

Slice of reading life

Some readers stick to one book at a time (monogamists?) while others juggle multiple titles (gigolos?). I count myself with the former, but circumstances occasionally conspire to lump me with the latter. This week is one of those occasions.

Just four days ago, finding myself between books, I raided the local library. I came away with a copy of Armada by Ernest Cline. I'd enjoyed his Ready Player One two years ago, and a current student recommended I give Armada a try. I knew I was just getting knee-deep into a book study offered by ISTE, plumbing recently issued standards for ed tech coaches, but the pace and density of that professional text made me feel okay about lining up simultaneous pleasure reading. Two books, I can handle for a while, I thought. That's when a colleague flipped me her copy of Booked, Kwame Alexander's latest sports/verse/realistic-fiction mash up. No way I could delay starting that, right? Sometimes, the reading heart wants what the reading heart wants.

So, here I am now: two chapters into surveying those ISTE standards, 150 pages into Armada (an alien invasion looming), and 40 pages into Booked -- a fitting word to capture the mix of readerly joy and hyperventilation I'm feeling.


16 comments:

  1. I have stacks around me of 'to read' but I usually only have one or two going at any one time. I like how you painted a picture with your slice. I could visualize it all.

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  2. First of all, "Literacy, I shake my fist at you" totally cracked me up! When it comes to books, I guess I really am not a one book at a time kind of girl. I also like to be reading a professional book, and a more "fun" book and sometimes I am reading a children's lit book while also reading a grown-up book and a professional book. Sometimes I can't get to any of my reading at all. I wanted to say I read Kwame Alexander's The Crossover last year and LOVED it. I met Kwame last summer at a workshop I took and he was amazing to hear in person. So warm, funny and inspiring. He told us we need to "Dance on the floor naked" (a room full of middle-age-ish teachers) but he really meant we need to be vulnerable with our students, especially when showing them our writing. It was so memorable. Hope you love Booked! I can't wait to read it.

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  3. Living the readerly life. I usually have multiple books going but I've been doing more blog reading than anything lately. Enjoy your time in books.

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    1. Thanks, you too -- in blogs and wherever else reading takes you.

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  4. Hahaha! "Sometimes, I shake my fist at you, literacy." YES! Booked! Booked! Booked! It's amazing. I finished it quickly and LOVED it. The ending...the ending! Sorry. I got carried away. Oh, the life of a reader! Good luck!

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    1. Wrapping up blog grazing and off to reach ending of Booked, breath now suitably 'bated.

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  5. I, too, love that line and totally relate! I am procrastinating writing my slice by reading the ones that are posted already, knowing I have some writing to do for a writing lesson tomorrow, a book that is due back to the library in 3 days, and a book club meeting tomorrow night (for a book I read, but should review a bit so I remember what it was about). I can't wait to read Booked (I have ordered it, but things take awhile to get here)!

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  6. I, too, love that line and totally relate! I am procrastinating writing my slice by reading the ones that are posted already, knowing I have some writing to do for a writing lesson tomorrow, a book that is due back to the library in 3 days, and a book club meeting tomorrow night (for a book I read, but should review a bit so I remember what it was about). I can't wait to read Booked (I have ordered it, but things take awhile to get here)!

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    1. Ah, the looming library due date -- also a great motivator of mine, especially when I try to renew and discover another reader already has a hold on the title. Boom: stakes raised!

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  7. I usually read one book at a time, but my stacks are getting bigger, so maybe I should try being a "giggolo." Thanks for the titles, too. I am looking forward to reading Booked.

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  8. I usually read one book at a time, but my stacks are getting bigger, so maybe I should try being a "giggolo." Thanks for the titles, too. I am looking forward to reading Booked.

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  9. I always have two print books (one at home and one at school) and two audiobooks on the go (one in the car and one in the house). That way, I can read while I am doing other more mundane things, like driving or cooking.

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  10. Kindle reading is very different for me than my old traditional process. Now books get lost in my Kindle library. I download lots of samples and click around tasting. But I forget what I like and often I don't remember what I've sampled. I jump around too much but when I am hooked, one is more than enough for me.
    How's Armada? I loved Ready Player One and can't wait to see what SS does with it.
    Bonnie K

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    1. So far, Ready Player One has the higher score for me, but the student who recommended Armada assured me I'm just getting to the good part... Certainly good enough to stick with :)

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  11. I just cheated on Fish in a Tree (Hunt) with The Mystery of Hollow Places (Podos); but I came back to Fish in a Tree. I did feel guilty, though. Good luck with this literary balancing act!!!

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    1. I suspect Fish in a Tree welcomed you back; it's that kind of generous book :) Happy reading to you as well.

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