My reading life over the past few months has been sad. I do have excuses. I taught a course overload in spring, and I’m teaching one now. I also have two completely new preps this semester. For most of the year, too, parenting has been really intense, and I’ve lost some of the guaranteed daily reading time that I used to have. I’ve also misplaced some of my focus and stamina. “The reading zone,” as Nancie Atwell calls it, isn’t as easy for me to enter these days. I have a lot on my mind, and I’m easily distracted. I’d rather just watch TV or check Facebook.
Except that I miss reading. I miss who I am when I read more.
And that’s where the #15for31 Reading Challenge comes in. Cooked up by Andi at Estella’s Revenge, the challenge is simple: 15 books in the 31 days of October. The last time I read 15 or more books in a month was December 2014, and the chances of finishing 15 this month are pretty slim. But even though I don’t truly expect to reach the goal of 15, I think a reading challenge might motivate me to read more than I otherwise would. And what better way to cure a reading slump than, well, reading?
As for what I want to read, I never did make much progress on my Summer TBR list—which didn’t stop me from making a Fall TBR list. And there’s my #MustReadin2015 list, which is mostly filled with books that I somehow didn’t feel like I must read once the calendar turned to January 2015.
Here are a few more books I’m thinking about for this October challenge: