I’ve been thinking a lot about reading lately because, to be honest, I don’t see people doing much of it lately. My students don’t really read – even the stuff they’re assigned – and I don’t see other people reading much either. The other day, Dave and I were on the Metro, and I honestly did not see a single person reading anything.

My roommate reads, and Dave listens to lots of books on CD. My colleagues read (but then not reading when you’re an English teacher is probably cause for banishment), and one of Dave’s brothers reads. My parents read voraciously (sometimes my mom finishes a book in a day). Yet, I fear the death of the book might be coming. I don’t blame Kindle or those other digital reading tools; I blame our lack of desire for knowledge and education. It seems we really prefer to be entertained. But then, maybe given the state of life on the planet at the moment, we need entertainment a great deal. I’m trying to be gracious about that.

However, I look forward to every break from school because it means I can read more. As I told my students a couple of weeks ago, I can get through about 30 books in a few weeks if I put my mind to it, and this year, I intend to put my mind (and body) to it intently.

So here are a few books I plan to read in the next few weeks:
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – a perfect, light transition from teaching.
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder – the newest book by one of my favorite writers
Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica – a nonfiction book that Kathy recommends.

I also have some ARCs to read including Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Peneiro. Plus, I hope to get into Home by Marilynne Robinson and also into a couple of A.S. Byatt’s books.

Mostly, I just want to read a lot of books over break. If you have recommendations, please let me know. And let me know what you’re reading for the next few weeks.

Remember, there are still a few weeks to tell me about the Best Book You Read in 2009. The winner will receive five Bookmooch points so that s/he can get more great books to read.