Friday, March 1, 2013

A Snapshot of My Reading Life

I could offer you several different snapshots of my reading life. I could provide an actual snapshot of where I do a lot of my reading:

(Please note the sticky notes on my side table--to mark interesting passages in books and magazines--as well as the almost-dying plant.)

I could provide you a list of the types of things I read during the average week:
  • Blogs (At last count, my RSS feed contained 93 blogs)
  • Trade journals such as School Library Journal, Booklist, Children & Libraries, YALS, American Libraries, and Public Libraries
  • The Week and The New Yorker--what planet was I on when I decided this would be a good year to start subscribing to The New Yorker?!?
  • A cookbook or two
  • About a dozen different picture books
  • Some combination of children's fiction and non-fiction books
  • A young adult or adult book, as my book club chooses

I could provide you with examples of some of the things I eat and/or drink while I'm reading: fruit, cheese and crackers, some sort of sweet thing (currently Marshmallow Peeps); water, diet soda, hot or iced tea.

I could also direct you to this graphic representation of what I read in an average year--although I won't be publicly sharing that same breakdown of my reading for 2013 because of my committee work.

All of those snapshots provide you with a view of my reading life. What does your reading life look like?


This post is part of the World Read Aloud Day Blogging Challenge, which features weekly blog prompts leading up to World Read Aloud Day on March 6. Make sure to come back next week for the details on the implementation of my library's WRAD program!


  1. A) I love that chair!

    B) I am exhausted just thinking about all of that reading! I really hope to be able to do an award or selection committee when our kid(s) is older.

  2. I second Anne's comment about the chair.
    My reading life currently consists of a few books on the nightstand, many more in the family room bookcase, a few in the I can read no matter where I find myself!
    My challenge this year is to finish 120 books: 1 set in each of the 50 United States, another 50 from various countries/continents, and 20 award winners. Hope to finish my list!

    1. Wow, what a unique reading goal! Good luck!

  3. I laughed out loud, for real when I saw your chair and side table. I have that same chair in solid red. And the same side table, I think (it's a TV tray stand) but in a lighter wood stain. And there's an almost dying plant on it.

    However, I do NOT do my reading there. Though now I'm really thinking I should.


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