NPR has released its list of the best books of 2013 – check it out for all your holiday reading! On my list was one of my favourite books that I read this year – ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood.
Science-fiction is my favourite genre, and Goodreads has also released their ‘best of’ for the year. Check it out here.
Anything on this list that you are keen to read? Let me know!
Reading journals contain short responses to stories you are reading at the moment. They are a great way to develop a variety of reading skills.
• To help you capture your developing responses as a reader
• To help you understand what you are reading
• To show how you are improving as a reader
What you could write about (pick one or two per entry):
• Speculations about how the story might develop (what will happen next?)
• Accounts of things that have happened to you that you are reminded of by events in the book
• Reflections on things in the book that really strike you
• Reactions to characters and what they do
• Comments on how the author is telling the story
• Connections to other books, films, plays or poems that you have read
• Questions you think of as you are reading
• Inferences about the underlying messages of the text
• Identification of the author’s purpose, important details, main ideas and themes
• Evaluations and opinions about the text
When you could write a response:
• At the beginning of a book
• As you are reading
• After an interesting part of a story
• At the end of a book (definitely!)
Two great resources:
Shelfari (online bookshelf)
Goodreads (automatically builds suggestion lists based on your ‘likes’)
I hope you find these resources useful and they encourage you to read more!