I have shared with everyone the reading challenge I am undertaking this year. Why I felt the desire to share with everyone here was a dual reasoning of how I help to keep my mind stimulated when all else (my body) fails, the other is that I find a lot of personal inspiration for both how others live their lives and how I could better understand my own. Having said this I am even trying to verbalise my perception on what effect fiction and some text-based non-fiction has on the mental and psychological processes of the individual and thus why reading can be beneficial for everyone, particularly those who feel they are having difficulties.
Why do I feel this is important? Well, that too I am working on, but for now it is needless to say that I do feel it is important.
Last year when everything was said and done I summarised my book selection with three words to describe each. I don’t want to lug readers down at the end of the year, since this years challenge appears to have a mighty load attached and to be honest if it was me I would just put it down as TL;DR (Too long; Didn’t read).
This year to prove I am trying and I am on track I will keep monthly updates so you know how pressed I am at times and how hard I am working. A cute fellow reminded me recently of some wise words Stephen King advised of writers in his book ‘On Writing’ in which it is suggested a good writer should read for 4-6 hours a day! Now I joke about being a Lady of Leisure, but even I like to take breaks and do other things than reading and writing. Some people (most in fact) will have jobs, families, commitments that prevent this from happening. I’ve tried my darndest to slot my university textbooks in wherever I can since, well, it just cuts down the amount of books I will have to juggle.
This all leads to my main point and that is to share what I have read for the first month of 2015.
Again I will share the challenge, this time with an update. Below the image you will see the texts I have completed and the single most poignant thought I took away from it (in one sentence).
1: A book with more than 500 pages – Educational Psychology for Learning and Teaching by Sue Duchesne et al
The behaviour of the child student and consequent learning style is influenced by so many factors that no two children will learn the same and each will have their own needs which need to be identified and met.
2: A non-fiction book – Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education by Neil Harrison
A teacher needs to be committed to be wholly involved in the community and tactile in their education style with Indigenous students, appreciating both the culture and history
3: A book from your childhood – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Children are curious and have a strong need to learn by doing and this shouldn’t be considered immaturity or irresponsibility rather intelligence
4: A book with magic – Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist
Love with your heart by think with your head
5: A book set during Christmas – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Giving and sharing yourself and your possessions with others will bring more joy than hiding away and building walls.
I have actually gone through and planned ahead for the next few months but I need, and am hoping for some advice on the following challenges:
A book written by someone under 30
A book written by someone with the same initials as me (JF)
A book with antonyms in the title
A book set in the future
A banned book
A book with bad reviews
If anyone can suggest titles I have friends at bookshops who will help trace them down. I’m going to make it folks, I pinky swear!