As a substitute teacher, I have the luxury of time to read during the work day -- assuming, of course, that the students are on task and not rambunctious. I never leave for work without at least one book in my bag, but I often bring a back-up just in case I power through the first one.
It's no surprise, then, that students know me as the sub who reads. Kids ask me all the time how many books I read in a week, because for many I'm never seen reading the same book twice. Students are often amazed when I tell them that, on average, I get through a book in two to three days. Being the nerd that I am, I tell them that I make reading a priority because it helps my writing, and because it's way more fun than watching them fill out worksheets.
But the question did get me thinking about how much I read, and so I decided to keep track! Now, whenever I start a new book, I post a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #whatsbeaselreading. When I scroll through my old photos, rather than being inundated with pictures of the cats and our apartment, I get a nice reminder of the titles I've been reading. Plus, nothing makes me feel more accomplished than realizing I've gotten through four books in a week and a half.
Do you have a system to keep track of what you're reading? Anyone reading anything interesting now? I just started the above book yesterday, and it's fascinating! Watch for a review soon!
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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