#SOLSC22: 21

Today is Day 21 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge.

In a book group, we respond to the text. We use words, colors and pictures. We read. We talk when physically together. We use google docs or padlet when apart. We laugh. We reread. We write.

Rinse and repeat.

Every year I participate in book groups/clubs. Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. That was the summer that I was in seven different groups, teaching a graduate class, and attending two week long institutes out of state.

In reflection, that sounds totally crazy and overbooked. Seriously crazy. But my love of books, my desire to be better at responding to texts, and the need to accelerate my own learning led me to say yes to all the possibilities. (The inability to say “no” to book clubs will have to be a slice after March.)

We’ve presented together. We’ve laughed together. We’ve learned together.

Thank you, Julieanne Harmatz for writing about book purchases in a slice here this year, for adding to my own TBR stacks, and for adding joy to my life.

How do you add books to your reading list? What is your criteria? Who helps add to your list?


Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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12 responses

  1. I feel energized reading your post- respect to teachers like you who are so dedicated to their craft.

  2. Thanks, Natasha. So many folks work in so many ways

  3. Thanks for sharing. I’m with you; it’s so hard to say “no.”

    1. We are wired to be helpful. It is hard!

  4. Julieanne is one of my favorite sources for books. I have too many books on NetGalley that I’ve promised to review. Not to mention the stack on my bedside table.

    1. She has such a nice mixture of titles!!!

  5. It is hard to say “no” when there is so much to be gained. Sharing…writing…laughing… who could say “no” to any of them.

  6. “the need to accelerate my own learning” has landed me in crazy situations too where it felt like I was stretched thin but I didn’t want to let go, lol. Hi-5, fellow learner!

    1. I know. More practice, . . . But at what cost?

  7. Oh my Fran! So honored to be mentioned here. I feel like you. Talking
    With others about books has taught me so much. I was a book lover but having a community to share with has made it so much richer. I have found that my best friends are those who question and wonder! So glad I’ve been able to wonder with you!

    1. Talk, whether oral or written down, has been the basis for zo much of our work: NCTE, TC, book clubs and blogging! Better together in this community!

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