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01 October 2014 @ 12:56 pm
My name is Teri, and I am a bookaholic. Feels good to admit it here among my friends. Seriously, I do love books and reading. But my commitment to reading a book a day goes far beyond my love for books and reading.

One of the key reasons why I read a book a day on the average has to do with the nature of my job. I teach Literature for Children and Literature for Young Adults plus electives centering on literature including History of Literature for Children, Current Trends in Literature, and Independent Studies in Literature. I love my job.

In my spare time, I write and speak about books and reading. I have written books, columns, articles, and blog posts. I have spoken across the U.S. and even made it to Sweden to talk about transmedia and literacy. I read a book a day to keep up with the demands of my job and my "hobbies."

When I see a posting about a book from John Schumacher, Fonalyn Miller, Paul Hankins, or another member of my PLN, I make a note to read the books. Sometimes my PLN catches titles I would have missed.

As I write this post, I have a book open on my lap. It will become my #bookaday. It is one I need to review for a journal. Sometimes my selections for #bookaday are books I need to read for reviews or articles or a book chapter. More often, I select the books based on other criteria.

When I was at the office yesterday, I opened up some boxes of books. The picture books went in one stack for me to read during the day as I found time. Other books went on a TBR shelf. Still others formed a stack on the floor so I could bring them home to read this week. A few books went to the Free Books cart we keep in the hall. These were books I had read already and wanted to float on.

I read over lunch at the office. I read over coffee this morning. Now, I will take the afternoon to finish the book in my lap. I am a bookaholic. Reading is perhaps the only healthy addiction I have.

Why this topic for a post? I read an article this morning about how even busy adults could find time to read. It talked about things most of us know too well about priorities and time management, it sort of irritated me (but I have reached the age of curmudgeon-ness) because I thought much of it was common sense and preaching to the choir. And then I remembered: this is what I do, what we do. We preach about what is important.

So, I will return now to my book which will become #bookaday shortly.
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Margaret Halegrithale on October 1st, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
I thought the suggestions were common sense, too, but the more I talk to people about reading, the more I realize other adults don't see how to find time to read!
Sherry BorgrenSherryTeach on October 2nd, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of a conversation I had yesterday with the pharmacy tech at Costco. I was waiting for a prescription and reading the new Dork Diaries. He kept looking at me funny. I explained that I teach 7th grade English and I had a long list of girls who would want this book and that I had to know what happened first.

Earlier this year a colleague asked me how I was so successful at matching books and kids. She was surprised (and somewhat embarrassed) to learn that I actually read them.