Here I go again, joining another challenge. I want to thank Carrie Gelson and her charge to read that stack of books, those books that I’ve bought on recommendations of others and let sit on the shelf. And there are books that I haven’t caught up with yet, but I want to.
In 2015, I attended an SCBWI conference in Houston. I didn’t know a soul. On the walk across the street from the parking lot to the conference center, I met a delightful woman. She had a charming Scottish accent. She befriended me for the day. We sat together, talked, shared, and ended up having lunch together. Then within the next year, she got an agent and was on her way to publish the very book she was pitching at the conference, Wait for Me. I can’t wait to get a copy when it comes out on January 31st.
At the same conference, I learned about Nicola Yoon and her debut novel, Everything, Everything. I loved it and look forward to reading her second book, The Sun is Also a Star.
Is it cheating to put a book on my list that I just finished? In truth I didn’t start it until 2017, but Wish by Barbara O’Connor was my companion this week while I was recovering from a nasty stomach bug. This book completely drew me in. The character’s voice was charming, real, and compelling. I’m so glad I finally read it.
There are times in my teaching life that I just can’t seem to find the time to read. I read at bedtime and sometimes only a paragraph before I fall asleep. I am hoping my list of “must reads” inspires me to be more dedicated to my reading life. I feel like a hypocrite when I push my students to read, read, read, and I don’t keep up a strong reading life myself. Maybe you can help by checking in with me every once in a while.
And I hope you will share your reading list with me. I think, in truth, that’s what this challenge is really about, connecting, sharing, and reading.