I’m huge on diversifying reading but need to take my own advice and actually attempt to diversify my reading list! Like anything else you try to change or diversify, it gets hard and it gets uncomfortable. The moment I changed it, I went back to what I knew before. I went outside my comfort zone and read an LGBTQ book but as soon as I finished it, I went back to fiction and fantasy. Why? It is what I am used to but I know I need to spread my wings and fly a little.
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I want to read at least ten books from the different categories on our book bingo by the end of our semester. I’m well on my way to getting there with a few of the categories but some are still pretty dusty. My goal is to read as many of these books as I possibly can before I become a teacher so I can tell my students to read diversely. I know they will learn so much and I want them to read, read, read!! My classroom library will be filled to the brim with so many different genres that my kids won’t know what to do with themselves! I’ll have fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, comedy, history, biography, autobiography and so many others. I will read along side my kids just to show them that we all need to read diversely.
I tweeted earlier this week and said that when someone reads diversely they start to ask questions and they start to gain new knowledge about different topics. I want not only my students to ask questions but I also want myself to ask questions. I personally want to gain knowledge about problems surrounding the world and everything in it. A diverse reading life is something you cannot oversee and you have to pursue it with everything you’ve got.
When you get the chance to read a book that may be out of your comfort zone or is just something you haven’t read yet, take that leap of faith and you read that book. Ask questions, gain knowledge and most of all, enjoy the diversity that comes with reading.
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