Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to the Best Year Ever!

In case you haven't figured it out by reading this blog and maybe checking out my Shelfari, I ♥ to read. Love.It.

Almost more than I love myself. (Kidding...kind of.)

Seriously though, I have always been a reader. My first experiences as a naive teacher-in-training, I could not fathom how the students in my classes didn't like to read (or *gasp* didn't have any books in their houses -- I really think that should be punishable by law, it's SO sad). After 6 years of working alongside children though, I realize this is a sad reality for many kids. I am the only teacher in my school who has over 600+ books in their class library (all of which belong to ME -- none provided by the school). Other kids see my library area and practically salivate at the possibility.

So when my parents gave me a $50 Amazon card for Christmas, I was in heaven. Heaven! I bought a beautiful bracelet I have been coveting for a long time that has the serenity prayer engraved on it and 7 books for my Kindle. I love my Kindle. It is probably the best present ever. Forget iPods, iPads and the like...that Kindle doesn't leave my side very often. I remember a few years ago scoffing at how could you possibly use an e-reader enough to  justify the expense...but oh man. I've definitely eaten those words!

I am excited to dig into the books I got with my gift card, one of which I already read (I read the whole thing today!):
Educating  Esme, expanded edition (finished)
The Hunger Games
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl who Played with Fire
Easily Amused
The Sex Club (not what it sounds like -- I promise!)

Not to mention some of the freebies I've gotten recently that I can't wait to get into either:
House of Dark Shadows
Fireflies in December

I can't wait to get into these books, really. I see many cold winter days of snuggling up in a blanket and reading in my future. According to my Shelfari, I reaad 49 books last year...and considering that I didn't even start tracking my books until toward the end of April, it was probably more (and doesn't include the stuff I did for school either!).

A friend of mine recently wrote on FB how she made a goal to read 33 books this year and that was hard for her to finish. I didn't tell her how many I read because it wasn't hard for me and I didn't want her to virtually slap me silly! *wink*

So my Best Year Ever is definitely going to include lots and lots and LOTS of reading!

How about yours?


  1. I just read Room by Emma Donoghue (it's so nice to be able to read a whole book in a day because the laundry can wait). It was so tragic and so, so well written.

  2. I was going to suggest Room as well.

  3. I've heard of that one too...since it is no longer on the Kindle "freebie" list, I'll probably wait a bit to buy it but some day I'm sure I will ;)

  4. I get as excited as you do about new books! I adored Educating Esme, and The Hunger Games books became some of my all-time favorite books when I read them over the summer! ENJOY!!

    Also, thank you for the honest and heart-felt comment on my 2010 recap post! I am SO glad to hear that you are having such a happier time with your class this year. That is wonderful! And I definitely agree about the silver-lining--I try to think of 1 thing I loved about teaching and being in the classroom after every school day, because even though the reality of teaching is not exactly what I thought it would be, there is so much to love every day. :)

    Happy new year!