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Book Choices: SOL 9

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I've been thinking a lot about my reading life and the order with which I read books. I'm not the fastest reader and I like to go through books one at a time start to finish. I've enforced some rules around my reading because I blog about books now. So there is always a book that must be read for a review. 
This has its good and bad points. The good is that I am reading books now that I might not have read without my self-imposed rules. The bad is that the book I've been dying to read is sitting on my nightstand unopened. I see it when I hop in bed and wish I could read it.
I have a tight group of Voxer friends whose voices speak to me even when I haven't told them the issue yet. J. would say I should give myself a break and not worry too much. T. would say that sometimes the commitment can bring good things we don't even know about yet. M. would say I need to let things go so that I can do the things I need for my soul. 

I am loving the reading I'm doing, but I am missing that book which sits on my nightstand. Is there a way to do both? Must you give up one in order to get the other? I am working on that.

**teacher note: Is this how kids feel during the school year?


  1. I used to only read one book at a time. Now I have at least 3 going. I didn't think I would be able to handle it. I thought I would get them all confused, but I don't. I'm usually listening to one on tape and then reading two others. I love it because I'm not always in the mood for the same book. That being said, it's not for everyone.

  2. I feel your pain...while I usually have three or four books going at once (because I feel like I have to read grown-up stuff, too, alongside the children's lit), there is never enough time in my day to read it all--so each book goes in fits and starts for me. On a positive note--a good reader always has that next book at the ready, so if kids feel this way, they are good readers, too!

  3. Such powerful questions! I have no answers. These are good questions to sit with and ponder. I believe the answer will find you. Regardless, keep reading!

  4. WOW, your last question really hit home. I admire you for your commitment to reading only one book at a time. I am trying REALLY hard to do that too. I'm trying....

  5. Funny how we give those boundaries to our students and then to ourselves. To keep us in line, productive, on track. These are good things, but being the captains of our own ship, perhaps there are times we can adjust course. Take a side trip. The teacher question is a big one. When is it good to let go of the reigns?

  6. There are, after all, only so many hours in the day. And, there are never enough hours for all the books I want to read. Sometimes, I must just be content to have the time carved out for the book I am reading and the books that wait in the TBR pile will have their some point.

  7. Your last question/comment is something that I think about all of the time. I'm sure it's what kids feel like. I'm trying to hard to do one at a time too, however with always trying to introduce new books into my book groups at school, sometimes I'm reading several at once!!!

  8. I always have more than one book going at a time. How many? It is totally dependent on the number of devices if I'm traveling! Kids can handle more than one book too, especially if it's how they make sure they are reading a book of their own choice!

  9. You should see my stack. I have books in every corner. But during the school year it's hard to get to the ones I want to read. My kids have a great deal of choice about reading, so they are probably fine. It's when they get older and the required reading takes a great deal of focus, too.

  10. I need to look into Voxer. I see it mentioned often now!


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