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#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


#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!

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