Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I read...for fun

I have a confession to make, I read a lot. For as long as I can remember I've been an avid reader. I still have fond memories of my local librarian in Winston-Salem (Ms. Orange) whom we would visit on a weekly basis. I met my husband because he was reading a book I didn't like (and subsequently told him so). I have read through the night, just to finish a good book. But my confession is this, I don't read academic books, or non-fiction books, I read fiction! The horror! Ever since I graduated with My Masters in 2009 I just haven't been able to get back into academic reading. I want to read The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch and Disrupting Class by Clay Christensen or even Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell . These are books I should be reading. But instead I get sucked into the Hunger Games Trilogy or the Sookie Stackhouse Books, or Neil Gaiman's American Gods. I enjoy these books and would rather do nothing more than spend an afternoon reading some new found story. But the books I should be reading, I just can't bring myself to. I don't know if I got burned out in grad school, need a break from the constant depression of what is wrong with education in America, or a little of both. So while most people are reading so-called "Beach Reads" - I pledge to read one "academic, non-fiction" book, but which one? Any ideas?


Zane G. Porter said...

I'm going to do the opposite and suggest The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner. I just finished the second book and love it. Sorry :)

I guess I'll be nice. This year, I did enjoy (or was intrigued by) John Taylor Gattos Dumbing us Down.

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Caryn said...

I just got Outliers and am halfway through.. I actually find his books to be pretty quick reads. You are welcome to borrow when I'm done! So far, it's great, and I think it gives you a lot to think about, in terms of how we teach and raise our kids.