This post is a model for my students to consider as they write their first blog entry.
Hello there! I’m Ms. Mayo, I’m a high school English teacher, and (this might come as a surprise) I love to read! I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. When my cousins would ask for the newest Atari game for their birthdays, I requested books–or money so I could buy books! Sometimes that money was spent on the newest 45 (that’s a 45-RPM record…just ask your parents) of “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera, but more often than not I went in search of the most recent title in The Babysitter’s Club series. I’m still a series fan today–The Hunger Games & The Selection–and I’ll read one author’s entire catalog–John Green, Rainbow Rowell, & Matthew Quick are a few of my favorites. It’s safe to say that while I might have taken a break from reading for a time (more about that in “A Life in Books”), I’ve rejoined the masses and chosen reading as my number one hobby!
My goal this year is to read 15 books. I’m already reading about an hour a day, thanks to three classes with 20 minutes of independent reading time. I should add about 20 more minutes at night: reading before bed is way better than being on my phone or computer. My “to-read” list is long and ever-growing. I’m trying to decide which non-fiction book to read before the end of October, probably either A Murder Over a Girl by Ken Corbett or Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni. I haven’t even thought about the AP titles that I’ll tackle, but I’m pretty sure I won’t read any more Hemingway. Maybe something by Faulkner or Steinbeck. Or maybe I’ll look for something more current by a female author. The possibilities are endless!