Are you up for a challenge in 2016? Bookriot has a list of 24 different genres to keep you reading throughout the year. If you’re like me, you fall into the rut of favorite authors, the usual topics, and gleaning picks off the best seller’s list. Bookriot pushes you to read past your comfort zone into territories you might just discover you love. Does the challenge sound like a pushy-but-adorable teacher from your past? If so, you may have had Donalyn Miller as your teacher.
Miller, author of The Book Whisperer, has used the technique of having students choose from different genres to increase students’ independent reading for years. If students read independently and can self-select books, we know they’ll improve comprehension and learn to love reading, which provides all sorts of benefits such as stronger analytical skills, improved empathy for others, and increased knowledge to name a few. Having students read outside their favorite genre forces kids to take risks and have a chance to fall in love with books they wouldn’t normally pick up. And this might lead to picking up more and more books. Isn’t that what we want students to do?
If reading a book about horror or reading a play gets you outside your comfort zone, join me in a year of reading. You never know what book could make you laugh, mend a broken heart, or make your all-time favorite list. I’ll post my list at the end of 2016.
What do you love to read?