Friday, March 23, 2012

Announcing It's A-OK to Reread in April!



After being in a reading rut, Franki Sibberson from A Year of Reading shared how Teri Lesesne's article about Reigniting the Passion for reading helped her know it was okay to be in a reading rut and that she needed a break. 

I haven't necessarily felt like I am in a reading rut lately, but I do feel caught up in the excitement to read more, read what's new, and read it fast. There's nothing wrong with that, except I noticed more and more that there are books that pop into my head that I have read and loved. I feel like I want to reread some of these books but I never allow myself to stop and reread them. I seem to make myself just push forward. 

That's what led me to declaring April a month when It's A-OK to Reread! I give myself permission. I give you permission. (I feel the need to have my own permission so I'm sharing it with you in case you need someone to give you permission, too.)

Last fall, I shared my experience rereading I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. I have never been so moved by rereading. Then, Colby and I started our  Read Along on I-94 where we get to choose books for each other to read and discuss. The first book we read was Hound Dog True by Linda Urban. It was so different for me to read a book knowing I was going to discuss it at length with someone else. I really paid attention to the writing and then went back and reread to savor the writing. The writing is amazing in Hound Dog True. I guess I hadn't read with a purpose to really digest it with someone else in a while...maybe since college. Even though I have been in a book club with friends, I was so much more focused this time. 

It's time for more rereading - more reading and being able to focus on the author's craft because I already know what's going to happen. This time I get to truly notice how the author was able to write a book that really moved me. 

Every Saturday in April, you will be able to link up with reviews or discussions of any books that you have reread! You can complete the challenge in two ways. At the end of the month, I will e-mail you a winning button that you can put on your blog depending on which level of the challenge you participate in!

Rereading Rules!
Reread 1 novel (MG or YA) and 3 picture books or chapter books.
Write at least 1 blog post or 1 comment that shares your rereading experience.
Any book that you have read before - 
whether it was 20 years ago or 20 minutes ago counts as a reread! 

Rereading Rockstar!
Reread 2 novels (MG or YA) and 5 picture books or chapter books.
Write at least 2 blog posts or 4 comments that share your rereading experience.
Any book that you have read before - 
whether it was 20 years ago or 20 minutes ago counts as a reread! 




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