No New Books

I thought I should update this as I have not done so in a while.  I’d like to offer several excuses for that...

1.  School started again, so I have many fewer hours per day to read.

2.  I’m currently reading several novels, and have not been able to commit to one long enough to finish it.  Right now I’m reading “Birthmarked”, due out sometime in March (I think), “Hush, Hush”, and “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” (this one on my Kindle) (and please note, I don’t know how to underline on here, which is why book titles are in quotes!)  I often have this problem; I think it is caused by not finding the right book.  When I find the right book, I abandon all others and commit myself entirely to that book.  I’m still waiting for the right one right now.

3.  I”m also currently reading several informative, nonfiction books.  This is appropriate because, well, we’re working on nonfiction in class.  Which means…time for a lesson.  Nonfiction books are often the most important books you will read.  They can encourage life-changing events in your actual life.  For example, right now I’m reading both “Ask Arthur Frommer”, a generic travel book that gives tips and tricks to ‘travel better, cheaper, and smarter, which is the subtitle, along with the book “Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door”, which I’m using to plan what I hope will be a dream vacation through Europe this summer (though it is in its planning stages, and might not happen this year; it will happen some day!)

2010 Debut Author Challenge

Click on the badge in the right sidebar titled ‘2010 Debut Author Challenge’–I found this blog whilst, well, searching other blogs, and it is amazing!  Beyond the actual challenge aspect, the author of the blog does a FANTASTIC job of reviewing (extremely) current young adult literature.  I will most definitely be referencing this blog frequently.  Please visit the site–The Story Siren— and consider participating in the challenge!

Here’s a Thought…

How would you feel about the idea of e-readers being available to you in the classroom?  I realize if you are a student reading this blog, you are likely already a reader yourself, but do you think that having some form of electronic book ‘gaget’ –for lack of a better term–would encourage you to read more?  Do you think it would encourage some of your not-so-much-a-reader friends to read more?  In what ways would it help encourage reading–or, alternately, why do you think it would not help?  In my opinion, one of the main benefits is the fact that you can’t physcially see how long the book really is, and you moniter your progress in ‘percentage complete’ (at least that’s how it works on my Kindle), which kind of reminds me of some forms of video games.  But I realize that my opinion is often just that–an opinion–and is often incorrect.  Any thoughts?