Discovering the Relevance of Words
Ever since my freshman year of college, I’ve had a set amount of money that I can spend each month on books. There are definitely months where I go above that amount, but it’s only because in the previous month I probably didn’t spend quite the “max” amount. I don’t always get a chance to read the books when I buy them – which I’ve addressed on here before – but it’s the simple fact that I have them at my disposal when I get the opportunity.
I am a scavenger when it comes to books – a trait that I definitely get from my father. I’ll spend hours going through shelves at Goodwill and Salvation Army just to find the right copy of the right book, and I’ll spend full days at Powell’s City of Books, reading the inside cover flap, or the first chapter to see if it’s something I want to take home with me.
Finding the right book, at times, can be quite the challenge. You want to make sure that you are devoted to it, but you also want to make sure that it might hold enough of a twist to keep you interested the whole way through.
I give my students a reading day each Monday. I allow them to bring in whatever types of reading materials will keep them interested for the full class period. Unfortunately, at least for me, it seems that many of them struggle to find something that would keep their interest, often putting a book away, or asking if they can go to the library for another one. When a student stumbles upon something they truly like, it’s that light bulb moment of absolute success.
High school libraries are fantastic – at least the library at my building – and typically, the librarians are the greatest resources when trying to track down a book that I students just might enjoy. But I want to know how many of you have actually gone to a store, and purchased a book lately?
Question of the Day:
Have you bought a book lately? What was it? What inspired you to get it? If not, why not?