I have known for a while that I don’t read as widely as I probably should.
I tend to read the books my son and my students will read (more YA, MG, and PB than “grown up books”), but even there I have things I’ll pass over.
You can sell me on just about any dystopian fiction, but you’re probably not going to catch me reading fantasy.
Anything that has a mystery to it will catch my eye, but I’m probably not going to pick up a book just because it’s about sports.
I live for books about families and friends, but I’m not generally drawn to books that are primarily about romance.
I read non fiction, but I know I should be reading more. (Most of what I read is related to teaching. That and a huge amount of news.)
And the quirkier the characters, the happier I am.
So I know that I have these gaps. I know that these books I don’t generally pick up are the same ones that many of my students long to read. I do my best to familiarize myself with all sorts of titles thanks to reviews and paying attention when my reader friends are talking.
But I want to make it a goal for myself to step out of my comfort zone a bit more in 2013. I’m hoping to read at least one a month.
Help me find some titles that I really shouldn’t miss out on – especially the ones that would speak to my high school students. Leave some titles for me in the comments here or on Twitter (#bookgapchallenge) for me to check out.
Anyone game for trying this with me?