It has been said that my grandmother was an avid reader. I would say I have most definitely followed in her footsteps. I will forever remember the floor-to-ceiling bookcase filled with all sorts of books, even books written in other languages such as Spanish and French. I was in love. One day, when I was spending the night as an early teen, she let me sleep in her bedroom and there was a small bookcase filled with books by John Saul that I had never seen before. I was intrigued and began reading the backs of them. I had never read books like this before and was itching to crack one open. Othergrandma seemed hesitant to let me borrow a couple and I knew they must have been special to her. But, being the loving grandmother she was, I excitedly took them home, read them, and was hooked!
For a long time, it was nothing but fiction: James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, pretty much any book I could get my hands on. Then, my esteemed principal and administrative intern supervisor introduced me to “Teach Like a Pirate” by Dave Burgess and I read educational nonfiction for two years straight, soaking up every insightful word I possibly could. Several people groan that there is never enough time to read. No matter how busy life gets, I always find time to read. Other passions may suffer, but not reading. I have discovered that by just reading 20 minutes every day before leaving for work, I can plow through a ton of books! After reading 29+ books, I finally ran out of books to read. That was this past May. I took a short hiatus and retreated to reading James Patterson, including his latest book in the Alex Cross series — absolutely wonderful! But, I have a thirst for knowledge and insight. Today, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought two books including “The Leader in Me” by Stephen Covey and “Creative Schools” by Ken Robinson. My adopted uncle, Bill, has gotten me hooked on Sir Ken Robinson and I am looking forward to reading another book by him. I also ordered “Hacking School Discipline” by Nathan Maynard and cannot WAIT for it to arrive! I have been dying to read this book. If it’s anything like the articles I receive in my e-mail by him and Brad Weinstein as well as the Behavior Flip Twitter posts, I know it will be rejuvenating, insightful, inspiring, and educational!
Forever in Love with Reading…