Literacy Resolution #3: Read Outside My Comfort Zone

Happy New Year!  I have decided that I’m going to do my best to make 2011 my best year yet, personally and professionally.  I don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions, but in the spirit of this New Year, I have decided to make some literacy resolutions.  I will share these resolutions with you over the course of the next month.

Resolution #3 Read Outside of My Comfort Zone

I realized as I was creating my Literacy Resolutions that I tend to stick to one particular genre or type of book when I read.  I tend to think that most people do that.  You find something you are comfortable with and you stick with it.  However, if I want my children to learn to move outside their comfort zone (in life and in reading), then I must learn to move outside of mine as well.

So, for my third resolution I hope to begin to read widely.  Across all genres and types of books (i.e. picture books, middle grade, young adult, professional, and adult).  I don’t tend to have a problem with the picture books, professional, and adult books, it’s the middle grade and young adult books that I don’t seem to read enough of.  Which is kind of funny considering that was really all I read when I taught fourth and fifth grade.  I guess I have kind of fallen out of my reading zone since having children who up until recently only read and enjoyed picture books.  You could say that my environment has influenced my reading choices.

As my children grow older though, I need and want to be on top of the types of books they are reading and want to read (again, my environmental influence).  My son enjoys graphic novels now.  I must incorporate graphic novels into my reading repertoire.  He will be moving into more sophisticated content as he continues to move through grades, and so I should read what he reads so that I am adequately prepared to discuss it with him.  Some of these types of books (The Lightening Thief, the Twilight series) are completely out of my element.  I have never enjoyed fantasy.  I will admit now that I never finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and I never even dreamt of picking up the remaining books in the series (insert jaw drop now!)  I did, however, see the movies.  (insert laugh now!).

I recognize that as a reading role model, I must read widely and across genres.  So, my literacy resolution #3 for this year is to attempt to read outside my comfort zone.  Books that I wouldn’t normally give a second glance to, I’m going to try to read.  I have to.  Not only will I grow as a reader, but I will show my children that it’s ok to step outside of our comfort zone sometimes.

Will you join me?  Will you make an attempt to read outside your comfort zone?

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5 Responses to “Literacy Resolution #3: Read Outside My Comfort Zone”

  1. Terry Doherty Says:

    I’m with you Dawn. I enjoy middle grade and YA can knock my socks off, but I have never enjoyed fantasy. Ironically, Santa brought Harry Potter so that we could all read together … but Catherine wants to read it solo! Bittersweet!

  2. TinyReader Says:

    I realized recently that I had not read a single nursery rhyme to my 14 month old (to my horror!). We read tons and tons of books, but we just hadn’t happened upon any nursery rhymes yet. So during our last trip to the library we checked out as many nursery rhymes as we could! It’s always good to read widely! For kids, it’s such important experience with language and vocabulary!

  3. Danya Says:

    Great resolution! I, too, am going to try to read more outside my comfort zone this year – in fact, I’m hosting a reading challenge specifically for it on my blog if you’d like to join 🙂 It’s always a good idea to stretch your limits a little bit, because you could end up finding out that you like something you thought you wouldn’t!

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