Happy New Year!
No I’m not messed up with my calendar. I’ve always thought that the beginning of school was a more appropriate time to celebrate new beginnings and starting over. At the start of the school year, you get a new teacher, new classroom, new people, new unsharpened pencils, clean white paper full of possibilities. You get new clothes and new shoes. Anything is possible in this new year.
As a kid, teacher and now a parent, I looked forward to these new beginnings. When I was a student, I was reunited with friends that I hadn’t seen for an entire summer. As a teacher, I was filled with the hope of the year that was to come and what great and awesome things my students and I would do together. Now, as a parent of a kindergartner, I’ll send Joel off to school on Monday with the anticipation of learning new things, meeting new people and starting his own journey into the school cycle.
In light of this New Year, I have made some reading goals for myself:
1. I will read at least four non-fiction books before the end of May. I’ve been generating a list and am excited to read them.
2. I will read at least 10 books on the Illinois Read for a Lifetime list (can be this year’s list or past years). I discovered new authors and wonderful new stories. I will not spend time reading books I don’t like just because they are on this list.
3. I will read the five books on my shelf that others have lent me and give them back.
4. I will continue to read the next books in the series as they come out: Power of Six, Beautiful Days, and Goliath come out in the next few weeks.
5. I will keep track of everything that I read. This was a resolution of mine a few years back and I am still working at it.
So five goals. If I add it up that’s 21 books to read in nine months. That’s doable.
What are your New Year’s goals?
Shelly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s always searching for book recommendations.