Quarantine Reading: Slice of Life 15/31 #sol20

When Monica Wilcox tweeted this on March 3, it might have seemed like nothing more than a fun thought experiment for most of us. Now, it should be reality for all of us. (If you aren’t sure why you should stay home right now, I’d recommend reading this clear and straightforward explanation with simulations and graphs published by The Washington Post and this advice on social distancing from Dr. Asaf Bitton.)

I’m ashamed, but I’ll admit it anyway: even though I’m otherwise self-quarantining, I still planned to make one more library outing this week. I did have a strategy for limiting exposure. I figured I’d use the drive-through service to pick up my holds and immediately wipe down the book covers and use hand sanitizer until I could get to some soap and water. But I was saved from my own folly with the closing of the public library.

Which does not constitute any kind of book emergency for me. I currently have 53 books checked out from the library. Granted, about half of those are sixty miles away in my office, but I still have a full shelf of library books at home. I have hundreds and hundreds of my own unread books. And even though I don’t like reading on my phone, I will do it in a book emergency. The Libby app and the Kindle store can keep me in new books forever.

But to get back to the important questions here:

Book to read for the first time: I hope there will be many, but one I’m especially looking forward to is Jacqueline Woodson’s Red at the Bone, which I’ve been saving for just the right reading moment

Book to reread: I plan to read one professional development book per week (this seems overly ambitious, but self-quarantine might as well inspire me to dream big), and I’m going to start with a reread of Zaretta Hammond’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain.

Series to binge: I’ll be doing more TV series binging than book series binging, but I do have the first two books in Emma Newman’s Planetfall series checked out, so I can at least do a binge read of two.

Projects to work on: Slicing in March; poetry in April; daily yoga; a massive house declutter, organize, and deep clean; nature walks; low-key art projects. Maybe we’ll even start that Catstagram account I keep promising my son (who is convinced that Chipotle is the next Lil Bub, though I keep insisting he’s more like Nala Cat).

What are your reading and projecting plans during social distancing?






21 responses to “Quarantine Reading: Slice of Life 15/31 #sol20”

  1. Adrienne Avatar

    I have my own stack and might need to do a post about that. I really enjoyed Planetfall, but didn’t know it was going to be a TV series.

  2. Adrienne Avatar

    Just realized I misread that. Planetfall isn’t a TV series. It’s early and I haven’t had a coffee yet.

  3. glenda funk Avatar
    glenda funk

    I started Long Bright River after Carol Jago tweeted about it but still need to finish it. I really like it but got distracted. My audiobook right now is Goliath. Poetry is “In the Lateness of the World” by Carolyn Forché and “Traditiin” by Jericho Brown. I also plan to read “A Gentleman in Moscow, as well as dip into a book about teaching race I’ve had in my TBR pile awhile.

  4. carwilc Avatar

    Trying to create a plan for myself. I definitely need to do some serious decluttering. And slice. And write poetry. I want to do some reading too. AMERICAN DIRT is at the top of my pile. I want to read some new sixth grade stuff, so I will be ready to do book recommendations when we go back. Thanks for reminding me about Jacqueline Woodson’s new book.

  5. arjeha Avatar

    I just got “Into the Fire” by Gregg Hurwitz. It is the fifth book in his Nowhere Man series. I am looking forward to starting that soon – after I finish the Jeffrey Deaver I am currently reading. I don’t have a shortage of books to read. There are a few other things on my do do list so I don’t think being home and having nothing to do will be a problem.

  6. mschiubookawrites Avatar

    Love your plan and links. Planning on finishing Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams, then reading the last book to the Slayers series by CJ Hill (been saving this), and starting Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi. I am a YA nut!

  7. Susan Kennedy Avatar
    Susan Kennedy

    Like your plan. Don’t be surprised if you see my quarantine reading plan in the blog tomorrow. Also like the other plans you’re thinking of. I am making a list and tomorrow am going to start in.

  8. Jennifer Atkinson Avatar

    I love the questions- it has me wondering about my own answers.

  9. melaniewhite2014 Avatar

    The way this piece of writing moves is so effective and I love the line about the library and being “saved from my own folly…” who hasn’t been there?
    I tried to post a picture of my quaratine books, but my list will have to suffice:
    1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    2. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
    3. Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Teaching by Gholdy Muhammad
    4. Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation by Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple
    I’m going to be doing some Zoom hangouts to talk about the books which were already planned before the quarentine – which is neat when you think about it. Some activities are set aside and others continue or increase (as in the case of reading :).

  10. Tim Gels Avatar

    Like many others, I’m still trying to put together a plan. I want to try to produce some of the “tools for teaching” that I’ve been wanting to get to but just haven’t found the time. I wish we didn’t have these weeks on our hands, but it’s best to make the most of it.

  11. humbleswede Avatar

    Thanks for this. I wrote down the Jacqueline Woodson book to remind me that I wanted to read that. Our libraries are closed, here, but I have such a big stack of “To be read” books, that I could handle a pretty long self-quarantine — I’d run out of food and toilet paper much sooner than books. I’m just finishing Stamped — the Jason Reynolds remix of the grown-up Stamped from the Beginning, and it’s very good.

  12. Denise Krebs Avatar
    Denise Krebs

    Enjoy this unexpected time to have quiet and solitude. Some of the projects that are getting more time for me these days–a few books from the school library I checked out when school was cancelled, Slice of Life, a TESOL certificate I’m working on, and teaching my sweet grade 5 students online lessons.

  13. Amanda Potts Avatar

    Let me know when you start your Catstagram account – I will totally follow. I’m currently finishing Coyote Sunrise (and nearly done reading aloud the last book of the Gregor the Overlander series). I’m desperate to start The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, and am watching The Mandalorian with my kids. So, you know, busy 🙂

  14. TammyB Avatar

    I should read all the books that are on my kindle already! In person events are canceled at my library but not the building ….yet. I am waiting for some holds to come in-we will see which comes in first…the virus or the books!

  15. Book Dragon Avatar
    Book Dragon

    I recently read Red at the Bone. It was very good. I am currently reading Furiously Happy for my book club.

  16. margaretsmn Avatar

    I am so glad I am getting time to read Slices. I plan to write and read every day. I’ve got Jason Reynolds’ new book on Audible and now have ordered the hard back, Stamped. It’s one of those important books. I also want to read Look Both Ways. I tucked a few others into my school bag on Friday. We have to go in to school on Tuesday, so I’ll grab a few more. I do not have a shortage of books.

  17. Ramona Avatar

    Saving my reading plans for a future post. Isn’t it delightful to make reading plans? Oh, that pic of Chipotle is fabulous! I too want to be notified if you start the Catstagram account.

  18. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar
    Leigh Anne Eck

    I have not made a plan yet. I need to get off of my computer long enough to do that! I attended a PD last month and she referred to the brain book a lot. Sounds like that may be one that I purchase because there was some good stuff!

  19. Trina Avatar

    I have a huge stack of books that I would like to dig into. I first need to figure out how I will use distance learning with students who haven’t used it before. So much is new for me…

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  21. karpenglish Avatar

    Monica Wilcox came up with some great questions in that tweet. I will admit that when I first read it, I thought, “Oh my gosh, people might leave me alone, locked in my house with books and TV and projects?” I’m in heaven! The reality is that my answers, and my answers with a 9 year old in self-quarantine with me, are not quite the same! I think for tomorrow’s slice I will write my version, and ask my son what his version is. Maybe we can come up with a compromise between us for the reality!

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