The worst way to read he said, is with the thought that you do not have enough time.
Every semester it’s the same story with me, “I have no time!” But the truth is I do have time, I just have to stick to a strict schedule in order to make the most out of my time.
I do not dedicate a full four hours to read children’s lit specifically; that, I do not have time for, but I do read over four hours throughout the week for all of my classes. I think that being engaged in some form of reading is the important thing and not necessarily what I am reading. Plus, it helps to keep my mind active when I to switch gears from literary criticism to children’s literature.
Thursdays are my day off so I typically block out a few hours on that day to go to the library and focus solely on children’s lit- finding books, reading, blogging, and managing my goodreads account.
I do get a lot of reading done in this time- anywhere from 15-30 books. I would love to read more, but I really feel the need to sit down and write about a book or reflect on the book right when I am finished reading it, because it’s easy to overlook a children’s book’s content and purpose.
To improve on my reading in this class I have created a bookbub account – you create your account, tell the site your interests, and they alert you via email to limited-time free and discounted ebooks they think you would love! This way I can start reading more at home without lugging around a bag full of books. However, I also want to utilize Dr. Ellington’s personal library because I know that she has a zillion cute books stashed in her office (:
I know that I am not the only one with a job, eighteen credit hours, maintaining a household, and trying to live life SO if anyone has any tips on how they make this juggling act a little more graceful PLEASE let me know in the comments!