I have a secret goal (well, I guess it’s not so secret): to turn every kid into a reader. Ambitious, I know, but I am a teacher on a mission! In trying to achieve this goal, I have to think about the types of books in my library. As I was book shopping the other day, I had to constantly remind myself that I wasn’t picking out books for ME, but for my students. In other words, I couldn’t pick up only what I would want to read, but to what 12-14 year-olds would find interesting.
This got me thinking about book genres. Ever since I became a teacher, I have stuck to reading children/teen books (although I do sneak in a few “big people books” as I like to call them). I mostly like to read “realistic” science fiction– things like The Giver and Unwind. I also like to read what I call “rip-your-heart-out-and-leave-it-on-the-floor” books–those super sad books that make you feel something; The Chocolate War comes to mind for me. I have started to dabble in non-fiction within the last few years, and here I read the likes of David Sedaris, Jon Krakauer, and A.J. Jacobs. Very rarely do I pop out of these three genres; if I do, it is something highly recommended by another teacher, student, or other reader.
So, what types of books do you like to read? Do you mostly stick to one genre or do you just read whatever strikes you as interesting? What are some of your favorite books?