I’ll be honest, this semester has been incredibly enjoyable, but also incredibly difficult. Taking two graduate courses, coaching High School Speech, teaching full-time, having two very active children, a husband, and a multitude of animals to take care of has taken its toll. I’m anxiously awaiting then end of not only my college classes, but the teaching year. (Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE what I do, I’m just tired, oh SO tired.)
That being said, finding a plan for summer reading for myself and hopefully for my students is something that needs to be addressed. I can’t bring myself to tackle the Book a Day Challenge right now. Perhaps by mid-summer, I will feel capable of that challenge. I’m leaning toward a novel a week. So far I have read 47 books this semester, but my To Be Read List has grown to 85, so I will have plenty of books to choose from!
My plan for reading includes reading a bit every day. Most likely, after I exercise each morning, I will head out to the patio with a cup of coffee and a good book for about an hour. I’m hopeful I’m able to maintain that routine while still accomplishing all of the “other work” that I need to get done this summer. I also plan to read when we go vacation to the lake. My bag will be packed with books or my IPAD so that I will have easy access to books. I’m especially excited about Overdrive so I can check out books and save myself a bit of money in the process.
In addition to stalking book lists this summer, I plan to stalk Goodwill, Hastings, and Barnes and Noble to get good ideas of books to read and add to my classroom library. This may be the first summer in years that I have not either taught summer school or taken college classes towards additional certifications, so I am anticipating the summer being slightly more relaxing than summers past.