Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Our high school today had a Shh, Raiders Reading period. For twenty minutes, everyone in the school just read for pleasure. I have two sections of the same physics course, and my class that had reading time was a bit ahead of the other, so I let them read for 45 minutes. The fact I was down to the last 60 pages in my thriller book Child 44, had nothing to do with it. It was so pleasant, as the school was completely quiet, and everyone read, whatever they wanted. I saw kids with school books (All Quiet on the Western Front) pleasure reading (My Sister's Keeper), even the newspaper. I had physics books available for anyone who forgot to bring their own book, selections like A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Trouble With Physics, and Quirks and Quarks Guide to Space. The library was crazy at lunch time, as last minute 'gotta getta book' types were searching. For a while I was at the check out desk, giving recommendations and approvals.
I am between books. I will start something tonight but I am not sure what it will be yet. A Complicated Kindness, People of the Book, or When Will There Be Good News? are at the top of my potential list.
Where is reading taking you today?