Making “New Year’s resolutions” is a time honored tradition in America. People see the new year as a great opportunity to set some new goals for themselves. In fact Inc. Magazine says that 60% of people will make New Year’s Resolutions. According to the magazine, one of the top ten most popular resolutions is to “read more”. In fact, statistically many of you who are reading this believe you don’t read enough. But what to read?
I challenged my Social Media students to choose an adult on campus and ask them to share their favorite book. So if you need suggestions here you go:
Coach James chose “Hunger Games” and said he liked “it’s representation of the world, survival of the fittest, knowing who is one your team is just as important as knowing who is not on your team.”
Senora Aguirre likes Juan Salvador Gaviota by Richard Bach. She loves this book because it is about a seagull who is trying to learn about life and how to flight. She thinks that like the seagull Jonathan Levingston, she gets a special pleasure when she does something well; even if only for herself, but it is more rewarding when she shares her knowledge with others to help them achieve their potential. Jonathan Livingston Seagull novel also reaffirmed her belief that there is something more to this life than what we can see.
Mrs. Cherry likes Little Women because it demonstrates the ideas of “being strong, independent and following your dreams”. She also likes The Great Gatsby saying “it is just amazing.”
Mrs. Bognuda shared that one of her favorites is Harry Potter. She said, “it came out when I was old enough to get an invite to Hogwarts and I wanted one of those invites.”
Marching off the Map by Tim Elmore, was Mr. Zimmerman’s favorite. He said, “it accurately reflects teaching high school students today and is a very informative representation of things.”
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was Ms. Ziegler’s choice. She shared it was “very bold for it’s time and you really don’t realize how very ahead of it’s time the book was.”
Mrs. Kline loves The Catcher in the Rye because “it is so relatable. It represents how someone can go through life’s troubles.”
East of Eden is Ms. Meehan favorite because of its characters and the details of the story.
Mrs. Nikolaou likes Bridge to Terabithia. She loves the “imagination and the story of friendship.”
Mrs. Barnes enjoyed the Book Thief because “her favorite time period to study is World War II and the author does a really good job of recreating an experience seen through the eyes of a child”.
Pride and Prejudice makes the top of Mrs. Johnson’s list. She loves Jane Austin’s wit and analogies.
Mrs. Fraser likes A Hunger Like No Other. She shared “it starts off the series with an adventure, with a mystery and conflict that grows throughout the series that hasn’t yet resolved.” She also likes how “the characters grow throughout the book.”
And Mr. Phillips likes Ben Hur. “Its a good adventure. The story has it all, betrayal of friends, battles at sea, chariot races, miracles, and so much more.” He remembers reading it as an adult for the first time and being amazed by how well it was written and how much he wanted to finish it. He said, “some books just aren’t for him. But this one definitely was.”
Thanks to all of our teachers for sharing from their reading list.