#SOL16: Living a Readerly Life


How important is a reading life?

A recent post To Be a Reader included quotes from Donalyn Miller’s “Getting on the Bus“.  Lanny Ball wrote about supporting middle school readers in Be a Reader Yourself:  Lessons from the Branding World. And then I saw this from Regie Routman, “What I’m Reading, February 2016“.

As a reader, I have many choices.  I can share my reading notebook with lists of books read.  I can blog about favorites. I can talk endlessly about the books I’m reading, the ones I have just read or the ones that linger on my most favorite list.  I can participate in the Title Talk Twitter chat on the last Sunday of each month. I can peruse the many entries from The Nerdy Book Club. There’s even an “It’s Monday, What are You Reading?” group.

As a reader, I must read!  And I must share that passion and excitement that I find when an author writes something so captivating that I believe everyone should read it.  My favorite new children’s book is:

be a friend

My favorite new series for middle/high school students:


How are you sharing your readerly life?


Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.  Get ready to share your writerly life with the March Slice of Life Challenge!

23 responses

  1. Great question Fran- Like you I have to read and I love sharing my books. I have a small book group- just three of us and we’ve been together for at least 15 years. Of course it’s just not about books but our love for them is our anchor. Reading/writing total dependence.

    1. Wow! 15 years together as a book group= BOOK LOVE! So important to hear that a reading life doesn’t always have to look the same, but we do need to “Walk the Talk” that we expect for our own readers!

  2. Love this post! I’ve got a good one I just finished for middle schoolers! It’s titled “The Thing about Jellyfish.” It’s the story of a young girl coping with the death of her friend. It’s very good! I wrote a review for this week’s Slice on my blog. 🙂

    1. Lisa,
      I have that book on my list! Maybe the weather will cooperate so I can have some EXTRA reading time! Thanks for the Recommendation! 🙂

  3. I have a book blog, so that’s one way I share my love of books (www.katesbookery.blogspot.com ) but I also share what I’m reading with my kids. I explain to them my reading goals for the year, but then lay out the books I want to read on a trip, or during a certain month, or to prepare for our move to Washington next summer. I read in front of them, I ask them what they’re reading, and we talk about books. Because reading is The Best.

    1. Kate,
      So true! Reading is The Best! Thanks for sharing your book blog. 🙂

  4. I need new ways to improve my college students comprehension. Part of the problem is that they don’t give themselves over to the literature.

    1. I hate when reading is only a task to complete or if students only play the “guess what my teachers want” after reading. Don’t give up! They have to find the book that “calls” to them! More books needed!

  5. When I go into a school, I carry bags of books. Often these books are to help me make my point, but sometimes they are just to share the fun in books. I am so sad when teachers are unfamiliar with titles and authors. They don’t have a passion for books. Last week I was at a school and not one teacher in the grades K-2 could name the Caldecott winner or honor book from this year. So that’s why I am known as a “book pusher.” 🙂

    1. I am hooked on reading so definitely a book pusher as well – totally the drug of my imagination – READING!

      I was so bummed when B & N only had 1 book out of Newberry and Caldecott winners /honors! REALLY? I already owned more than they had in stock (thanks to my Nerdy Book Club friends).

      The joy and passion of reading has to be shared just as much (or MORE) as the “learning” !!! (IMO) ❤

  6. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a book started. As I finish one, the next book is waiting to be started either later that day or no later than the next day. I am always on the lookout for new authors as well as new books from my many favorite authors. I am about to begin After Alice by Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked. I enjoy his strange take on well known stories.

    1. OH, my! Wicked is my most favorite musical. I’ve seen it 3 times! OK, another book for me! Thanks!

      And I agree. I always have books “on deck” or TBR!!! ❤

  7. This is a great question, Fran. I don’t really share my reading life as much as I should. I talk books with my friends, but that’s about it. I should make a more active effort to share, I think.

    1. Dana,
      I know you share your writing life with your kids at home . . . We can’t do it all! We do need to be realistic! ❤

  8. Fran, Thanks for naming what you DO to work on your reading. SOL is way to work on my writing and now it is a good routine. But I admit that I need to make working on my reading a habit. Your ideas inspire me. I vow to work on my reading!

    1. Sally,
      Last summer’s WAR was very stressful for me. I’ve really had to consider what I value in reader response. I don’t write about my reading on as regular basis as I should, BUT I sure do talk, listen and read alot!!!

      Make it a doable plan! Pick one thing! (Focus and less frustrating than not meeting multiple ideas!)

  9. We live and breathe books in my room – they have always been a part of my life, and I do all I can to make sure that my kiddos live in a classroom that is drenched in book love, too.

    1. Thanks so much, Tara!

      “We live and breathe books . . .” “drenched in book love, too.”

      You, my friend, are amazing! No wonder kids always come back to visit! ❤

  10. These are important questions, Fran. Both would be great topics for March slices. I can’t imagine not reading, and am astonished when a teacher tells me she’s not a reader. Thanks for sharing your books suggestions. Can’t wait to read Be a Friend!

    1. Thanks, Catherine! Spreading book love is so much fun!

  11. I share my reading life all day long! I love that former students come to borrow books, colleagues ask for recommendations, and I get bookish gifts from those who know me. I am a big book sharer:)

    1. Thanks, Erika! There are so many great ways to share. I, too, love bookish gifts!

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