The longer I teach middle school reading, the more young adult books I read. And the more young adult books I read, the harder it is becoming for me to remember them!
I’ve been thinking for a while that I need to start recording what I’ve read, but I was intimidated by the idea of recording my reading because I didn’t start at the BEGINNING. For some reason, it felt like I would be “cheating” the dozens of YA books I’ve read in the past by not including them in any type of list, and the idea of trying to make a list of ALL the YA a book I’ve ever read was intimidating.
Then I realized that I was just getting farther behind by not starting where I was! I decided that my summer reading would be a good time to begin keeping track of the YA books I read. Maybe someday I’ll be inspired to go back and try to add some of the books I’ve read in the past. Maybe I won’t. But at least now I’ve started!
The purpose for keeping track of my reading is to help my students choose books to read themselves, so I set up a place on my classroom blog called “Book Recommendations” and I am planning to make a new post for each YA book I read. As of today (updated 7/15/13), there are 8, and I’m hoping it will grow.
I decided that each “review” will have 2 sections:
1) Why did I read this?
2) Who would like it most?
I also included the lexile level, because I have discovered that some of my more math-centered students enjoy knowing it.
I decided not to include the actual cover art for the books because after doing some research I couldn’t find a firm answer about whether it would fall under “fair use” to use cover art without permission for an online book review. Instead, I used Compfight to search for an image with a Creative Commons license and then used iPiccy to add the title and author of the book.