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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Trying a Reading Program

I'm going to try keeping a regular reading program, something like an hour a day minimum or 100 pages a day. I would like to increase the amount of reading I do, and I've always done better if I set goals. Right now I am reading Johnathan Franzen's novel Freedom
In one hour, I read 31 pages. I don't know if that if particularly slow, but it seems like it is. I have been reading the novel off and on for a while, so part of my reason for setting a reading goal is that I might be able to read the novel before my 60th birthday, which is a year and 2 months away right now.


Wendy said...

I am what one would call a fast reader, yet there are books, writers and subject matter that take me much longer to read. Don't put a page minimum on your daily reading. Read for an hour. It doesn't have to be in one sitting or in one book. I read in the bathtub with a stack of books and magazines as well.

Wendy said...

I'm always happy to hear that people want to read more. Please don't put pressure on yourself to read quantity however. I am usually a very fast reader, but there are certain genres, authors, books that take me much longer to digest. It is much better for you to say you want to read for an hour a day. It doesn't have to be one book. Change books if you want. Pick up a poem or a magazine. I usually have several going at a time. Just make sure you are enjoying what you are reading. If not, put it aside, give it away or return it to the library. Reading should be a fun experience.