Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 Project

As a high school student, I hated summer reading. I was a slow reader, and I didn't like anyone telling me I needed to select anything from a list. Also, since my mom was an English major in college, I never was at risk of just reading Stephen King all summer (not that there's anything wrong with that), but the books I chose to read were usually right along the lines of the ones included on the summer reading lists anyway.

These days, a lot of local high schools are making summer reading optional and I agree with that philosophy. I also want to support summer reading for a couple of readings: 1. A lot of people really love it (teens, tweens, and adults). The summer is a great time to catch up on good books. 2. I know it's a vain hope, but I like to think that like a fitness routine, if you get into a good reading routine, we might find it easier to continue that. I can dream, right?

Anyway, my small contribution to all of this is what I am referring to as my Summer Reading 2017 Project.

Summer Reading 2017 Project

I have a lot of books to read. Most of the books that end up on summer reading lists remain constant from year to year, but quite a few change. My goal is to help teens and families choose books they are likely to enjoy by providing a brief review including a summary, themes, length, and literary style previews to help people get the most out of their summer reading. I'm not going to help anyone "cheat" by providing a book report worthy summary of the work. My hope is to make this a fun, interactive activity, and to help everyone sort the "hotties from the notties" from the pile of possible summer reads. I may do YouTube reviews for some or all of these. I may do podcasts. I haven't decided yet. Whatever I do, I will post reviews here.

I hope you will follow along with me, and I look forward to chatting with you about summer reading.

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