I’ve been begging Adam to write a post for us since I met him at a training in CCISD just over a year ago. I knew then he was not only a fantastic teacher but an accomplished writer. Last summer when we met again, Adam shared with me a couple of book titles I read and loved, so when I got this post from him this week, my heart did a wee flip.
As you can see, this is not a true guest post. It’s a re-blog of Adam’s Medium site. I’m claiming it here. I read A LOT, but I’ve only heard of one book on Adam’s list. Thank goodness it’s almost winter break — I’ve got more reading to do.
Take a look. Then, please leave a comment and add the titles of the best books you read in 2017.
The best books I read in 2017 – Adam Glasgow – Medium
Adam Glasgow spends weekdays spreading a love of reading and writing with his 10th grade students. On evenings and weekends he enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, learning about wine, roasting his own coffee, trying to get better at disc golf, and hunting for new obsessions. He lives with his beautiful wife in the Houston area along with their two cats, one of which used to live in a dumpster, and another named after a crazed murderer from a Stephen King novel.
I am addicted to books. No question. I am a bibliophile.
And I am proud of it.
I have this not-so-secret hope that my students will be bibliophiles, too. I work very hard to make them so.
This year I’ve had a bit of trouble getting students to read. Okay, I’ve had a lot of trouble getting students to read. It’s been the hardest year for me in the years since I turned to a workshop and choice pedagogy.
I am at fault for not conferring enough, not talking about books enough, not introducing enough books that I know my students will love. I’ve reflected enough on my practice to get that.
Finally, the light dawned: Get them investing in the books, not just invested in the reading. But get students making the choices about what books I need in my classroom library.
Fortunately, I’ve been blessed with some kind grant benefactors and have some money to invest in books. (Shana is an expert at grant writing, and I’ve highlighted her post in the past. I do it again here.) It takes some time to write grant proposals, and then once awarded, it takes some time completing books orders — I should have done all this sooner in the year.
In class this week, I gave students an assignment:
- Search and find a book about social issues you want to read with at least one other person in class. (I’m working on getting multiples of great titles in my classroom library.)
- Find an award-winning book, or at least a book written by an award-winning author. (At NCTE Penny Kittle said something like “…the more you read of the best literature, the more you’ll recognize it.) I know this is true. Students begin to see it too when they read books that reflect rich and meaningful author’s craft.
So, today for #FridayReads I share with you the list of books my students came up with. I’m pretty sure they will be fantastic reads.
|Everything I Never Told You
|Love and Other Ways of Dying
|Did You Ever Have a Familly
|Fate and Furies
|All the Light We Cannot See
|The Road of Lost Innocence
|Between the World and Me
|Inside a Hollow Tree
|Behind the Beautiful Forevers
|Symphony for the City of the Dead
|A Little Life
||Karen E. Bender
|Sickened: the True Story of a Lost Childhood
|The Invisible Girls
|Pretty Little Killers
|Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland