March Reading

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Every aspect of our lives is being affected right now by the Coronavirus pandemic. So it is no surprise that our reading lives will feel differently during this time too. I find myself scrolling through social media more than desiring to pick up a book. Our libraries are closed and we cannot go browse our local bookstores. I thankfully had way too many books already checked out before the library closed and now they sit waiting to be returned. I read a lot of books in March and started a lot more that I was just not interested in. These books pictured were ones that I read, but really did not enjoy. I do not know if it was just because I read them during this unusual time or they were just not for me. I am even more thankful for books right now and the escape they can offer or bring some normalcy to this time. I am thankful for online resources from the library and online shopping. I miss listening to audiobooks since I am no longer driving to and from school or I have little ears around that I cannot always listen at home.  How is your reading life changed since quarantine began?

 

 

Love to Read

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Llama Llama Loves To Read by Anna Dewdney may be my favorite of this series. Llama goes to school and learns to read. It covers the alphabet and would be cute for kids going to school for the first time.

How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? by Jane Yolen is the newest book in the How Do Dinosaurs series. This book show the proper way to handle books and fall in love with reading. There is humor and a lesson in this enjoyable read aloud book.

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Reading Style

IMG_1979Hitting 100 books so far for 2018 and I wanted to share some ways that make reading easier in my life. What tips do you have for reading in your life?

When do you find time to read?

This is a question that I hear a lot these days. It is my hobby and what I find time for. After the kids go to bed is when I read the most instead of watching TV all the time. I always carry a book with me. I can find time while kids are at practices or lessons. You can even squeeze in a few minutes waiting in the carpool line instead of scrolling through Facebook. Another way to get reading time in is listening to audiobooks. It makes cleaning and chores a lot more enjoyable. Also, you have to have books and audiobooks available so you do not run out of stuff to read or spend all of  your time looking for something to read.

How do you track your Reading?

Goodreads is an easy way to track books that you want to read and ones that you have read. You can rate books up to 5 stars. I like to track when I start and finish books. Also, it keeps count of your reading for the year and you can set a yearly goal. I also like seeing the ratings on books before I read them. I look for around 4 stars.

I also track books on Pinterest and have done this for a couple years now.

I use my Happy Planner to write the books and use different colored pens to categorize them into fiction, non-fiction, and audiobooks.

Where do you find book recommendations?

Goodreads will suggest books based off of what you read. I like seeing ratings of books before I read them. The higher the rating 0-5, the better. I prefer 4 or higher ratings.

Book recommendations on Instagram since the Bookstagram community is really active and fun. You can follow me there @readingthemes.

Modern Mrs. Darcy blog and What Should I Read Next podcast has great book recommendations.

 

 

 

 

Dinosaurs

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How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? by Jane Yolen is the newest book in the How Do Dinosaurs series. This book show the proper way to handle books and fall in love with reading. There is humor and a lesson in this enjoyable read aloud book.

When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach is about a little boy that runs errands with his mom. While at the bakery, he receives a real dinosaur. At the barbershop, he receives another one. He takes the dinosaurs home and they settle in. This book is fun and humorous. We also love her other books like this:

 

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