Usually, I would post another “A Bit on Teaching Reading” blog, and I would talk about the articles weve been reading in class. These last couple of weeks, we havnt gotten many articles. This means I’ve gotten a lot more time to free read, so I figured I would dedicate a post to that free reading.
A book that has been pretty popular with our class is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Everyone seemed to enjoy it quite a bit, so I took it upon myself to jump on the bandwagon. I picked it up, and I finished it within a few days. Oh my goodness, I loved it. Not only was it a light, easy read, but the characters were also relatable for the age group this novel was intended for. This is a great example of a shared reading experience that will msot likely happen in the classroom. One student will like a book and pass it on to the next. Then the next, and then the next. Soon, the book will have enough hype that there wont be a student who doesn’t HAVE to read it, just so they know what is going on.
On top of that, I also read a collective work of Edgar Allan Poe. This took me a little while longer, only because I would pick it up and read each short story in sections. Every night, before bed, I would pick up the book and read a short story before I turned the light out. It was nice because it restricted me from staying up all night and getting completely lost in a book. I have a really bad habit of doing that, and lately I have been drowning in school work. I need a good nights sleep so that I can be ready for the next day. Edgar Allan Poe is known for his dark, gothic writing. Some may even consider him to be “scary”, so you wouldn’t think he would be a good one to read before bed. Anyone who really knows me knows I love the “scary” stuff, particularly Stephen King. So I was able to finish his short stories with ease and then go to bed soundly.
Something I did notice about Edgar Allan Poe is the similarities between many of his short stories. For example, The Tell Tale Heart, and The Black Cat. I think I would like to see a professional analysis of the two, I think it would be intersting.
Anyways, for my most recent read, and I am still working on it, is: Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew. This is a graphic style novel that I would recommend to anyone in their twenties. It seems to be directed to young women, but I would also recommend it to young men. It bring to light a lot of the issues and feelings a lot of people in their twenties deal with, but it can also play a role of support to those going through these things. Trust me, being in your twenties is hard. I almost felt attacked because of how relatable the novel was at first. I love it, and I cant wait to see how it ends.