Well, I have set out on a quest to increase my adult reading skills and options by compiling a list of books that I will challenge myself to read through the summer. Why summer you ask? I chose summer because it's when I have some down time. Working in the field of Higher Education lends itself to providing opportunities to take somewhat of a break. Plus, stats show that our kids are not reading as much anymore, reading and writin scores are plummeting and we are so bombarded nowadays with so much multimedia, quick reads of news and pop culture on the internet, that reading is becoming somewhat of a lost art. And I certainly don't want to read a book on a Kindle (love Amazon) or an iPad. No, not me, I'm old school. Nothing beats cracking open a real live book. So, my goal with my free time, is to, in between all of the other media coming at me from the left and the right, I will try to be purposeful and squeeze in some reading.
www.goodreads.com ! I absolutely love Good Reads. It's a social network site (yes, another social network site), however, all of its content is focused on reading, book clubs, authors, and just the promotion of reading. It also has a mechanism where, when you update you status, you can report to the world, exactly what page you are on and provide a mini review with each update. I love it because it provides sort of a self accountability tool and all of your "friends" on good reads, encourage you to read, can make recommendations for books you should read, and it just provides a more well-rounded, intellectual community, giving you a break from the likes of Facebook or MySpace (I love my Facebook though!) Speaking of Facebook, you can also link your Good Reads account to your Facebook status updates or the streaming feed and to your Twitter account
I challenge you, especially all of you 30-something, Write To Read Week pioneers, to pick up a book this summer, in fact, pick up a couple of books, create a list, and begin your journey towards falling in love with reading again. Here's my list:
- And The Walls Came Tumbling Down by Vernadine Merrick
- The Boss of You by Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears
- Mama Dearest by E. Lynn Harris
- The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner
- Red Light Wives by Mary Munroe
- In The Night Of The Heat by Blair Underwood
- The Breakthrough by Gwen Ifill
- Wicked Ways by Donna Hill
- The Taste of Good Fruit by Marita Teague
- How To Be Your Own Publicist by Jessica Hatchigan
- Get A Freelance Life by Margit Feury Ragland (mediabistro.com)
- Self-Publishing 101 by Debbie Elickson
Well, there's my list. What's yours? Please share here. Let's start a conversation about reading, because it's your Right to Read!