#SOL19: Day 1 SOLSC

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To begin

Day One

March First

To write

To read

To “catch up”

To reconnect

To make new connections

No matter what your year of participation




I am a reader of many decades.  I love to read anything anywhere (but not so much fantasy). I remember holding a book up to the south window in our childhood bedroom to read by the last bit of daylight. I remember bringing home every Nancy Drew book from the public library. I remember comparing Nancy Drew to the Hardy Boys. Who was having the most fun?

I remember challenging myself to read my way through the fiction shelves in junior high.  Countries and other worlds in my hands . . .  Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy were just a few of my constant companions.

And then the tide ebbed.  Constraints. Busy with family and school events I read less. The library in high school was in a separate building and required a pass from study hall. But I had two a week and school work to do.

Reading for fun now is on my Kindle app, picture books in my hand, or professional books marked with post its of many colors.  When I find an author, I usually have to read everything by that author.  Book binges? Guilty.  Time to read?  Just a minute . . . let me finish this page!

And in the month of March, I love to read “Slices”. Glimpses of lives. Glimpses of writing that inspires. Glimpses of writing that I aspire to add to my own writerly life. A reader I have always been. A lifetime of page turning. A lifetime of travel . . . much of it in my head . . . in my reading!

How would you describe your readerly life? 

What is your relationship with books (text)?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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Bonus Added:  Book Series by Levels for Teacher Recommendations


24 responses

  1. Your description sounds close to mine. Nancy was a great companion of mine, too. The Christmas my mom got me 3 hardback books of my own was one of the best!!

    1. Diane,
      It is so fun to watch a student’s eyes light up when the “next” book is available in a series! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. I too love to read and need to read more. I set myself the goal of getting up earlier and reading before work (instead of checking email). It started off strong, but it has faded…as so many goals do). Now I’m back at it, this time reading 3-5 slices a day. I’m happier when I start my day reading.

    1. That is so true! So many goals and I like the idea of reading before email!

  3. Another March!! I loved reading about your reading journey. Your details make your slice come to life, like the “postits of many color”. Favorite line: A lifetime of page turning. A lifetime of travel

    1. Sally,
      I love your specific feedback. You are so good at that. No wonder your students love to read!

  4. Of course, I have read every Nancy Drew, Bobbsey Twins, Trixie Belden, Hardy Boys mystery books. And I do love Wuthering Heights and both Bronte sisters. Now I find time to read YA authors and have just finished a pile that includes books by Margarita Engle, Jay Asher, Angie Thomas, John Green, David Levithan, and Jaqueline Woodson. Love curling up with a great book!

    1. Oh, Lynne. I had forgotten about Bobbsey Twins and Trixie Belden . . . YES! I have several YA to read. Somehow they get pushed to the bottom!!!

  5. As a kid I owned every Hardy Boys book that came out. I don’t think I could live without books. They are doorways to so many interesting places and fascinating information. This daily insight into the lives of slicers, old friends as well as new, offers 31 days of inspiration.

    1. Wow! That collection probably filled multiple shelves. Dixon had quite the system going!
      And yes, definitely BEST friends after 31 days of slicing inspiration and perspiration! 🙂

  6. Hi Fran! I decided to stop by and say hello. Love this piece and how you shared some of who you are– a passionate reader. Have you read Maryanne Wolf’s newest book, Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital Age? So good– I think you’d love it. Looking forward to stopping by again!

    1. Lanny,
      That is the second one down on my professional stack. Have you read Frey, Fisher and D? (ASCD) All Learning is Social and Emotional: —-. That’s first!

  7. I was always an avid reader. I couldn’t wait to go to the library each week or to the Book Mobile that also came to my school each week. I always had a book in my hand. I miss that reading freedom as an adult. I still read every day, but it is often professional reading, reading during the word day, social media/online reading, etc. Most of my reading for pleasure happens during the summer.

    1. Thanks, Tracy!
      I have to have an book for fun going even if I have to set a timer (or two) to limit my time. My iPad is quite good at telling me how much screen time I have had!!! Nosy little apple anyway!!! Welcome to March slicing!

      1. Tracy Vogelgesang

        Thank you, Fran! I understand. My Kindle is good at that, too. That is one of the many beautiful things about real books. There are no timers!

  8. It is so true – I love reading slices this month. In some ways that is the best part. I promised myself I wouldn’t do it this year and here I am again! See you tomorrow.

    1. I tried to comment on your post earlier, Clare, but it wouldn’t let me. I was bummed. No math!

  9. My reading life has been filled with so many books that resided in my classroom and in my home. If it wasn’t a book, it was an article, an ad, magazines. Lifelong reading is a passion. Thanks for offering your lifelong reading journey for your first slice, Fran.

    1. Thanks, Carol, for stopping by. I love the connections we build and strengthen during this month! ❤

  10. Fran, thank you for being a SOL inspiration to me for years. Here’s to another month of glimpsing into the writing lives of one another!

    1. Oh, Paula, you spark so many ideas with your contagious enthusiasm! March is going to be a fabulous month!

  11. My books read pile is often very short in March since I, too, enjoy reading these brilliant snippets of life. I didn’t know that fantasy was not a genre you tend to enjoy. Are there any fantasy books you are really glad you’ve read?

    1. Kristi,
      I am glad that I read the Harry Potter series. I tried rereading one once and that was totally a no go. I still tend to avoid. Are dystopian a separate category? Those also . . .LOVED ‘Internment”. Samira’s writing is brilliant!

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