This past summer, I rediscovered my love of pleasure reading. I found myself drawn to Science Fiction dystopian novel series like Divergent, the Uglies, Unwind, Maze Runner and the Shadow Children. I relished being drawn into their unimaginable worlds...amazed at the way each author created relatable characters and engaging predicaments. I ordered plenty of books from Amazon and Better World Books when I just had to have the next book in the series. Sometimes I couldn't wait that long and drove to the public library to check them out. Once each month, I also scoured the racks of the Salvation Army family store in Elk River for carts full of "treasures" costing 25 cents a piece. I was determined to build a quality, high-interest classroom library to inspire and motivate my current and future students.
This past summer, I became a better Reading teacher because I again became a pleasure reader.