Jamie is stopping by the blog today to give us some pointers on READING : ) Not only is she a pub-sister, but she teaches middle grade. I’m excited to see what she has for us.
3 Ways To Read Good
HA! Just a little writer/teacher humor in my title. I hear about reading ‘good’ or ‘gooder’ all the time in my classroom, no matter how many times I correct students . . . sigh.
Maybe it’s just the Language Arts teacher in me, but I’m always thinking of ways to get the most out of my reading. One of my favorite quotes is by Harper Lee: “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.”
One habit that I’ve developed from childhood is underlining words I don’t know. I keep Webster at my side at all times when reading at home, and when I’m not, thank God for smart phones!
I’m also one to dog-ear my pages . . . I know to some people (my 13yo daughter included) this is a punishable crime. But to me, the most messed up novels on my bookshelves are the ones that were well loved. Often, when I’m reading a story for the first time, I don’t want to always stop and think. What can I say—I have the attention span of a monkey with a coffee addiction. I want to see how it all ends ASAP! So later on, I go back to those dog-eared pages where I highlighted whole sentences and study them for hints of foreshadowing, symbolism, etc . . . my most favorite sentences are written down in a journal. I flip through this journal often, just giggling at my favorite quotes. It’s a great way to unwind at the end of a long day. My journal is like my Bible in many aspects.
Another thing I like to do is pair my fiction reading with a related nonfiction selection. So if I’m reading a book set in historical England (like I am now—The Boleyn Inheritance), then I’ll search Amazon for a real world tie-in. For this read, I found a free Kindle download: The Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn with Notes. This keeps me learning new things and knowing a little something about the experience of which a writer creates their work helps me to understand their story even more.
Those are my 3 easy tips! Do you think it’s okay that I dog-ear my pages? Huge thanks to Eliza for hosting me!
Wow. I think that is a great idea! One non-fiction to go with every fiction. I like it!
Take a look at Jamie’s new release and enter in her rafflecopter!
With the lessons the 18 Things life list taught her engraved on her heart, Olga embarks on a new adventure as a spirit guide, but nothing prepares her for the chilling truths she’s learning along the way.
Lying is unbearable, betrayal is inevitable, and choosing which path to take is impossible.
Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the university of her dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident.
But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart.
Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined.
Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.
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Jamie Ayres writes young adult paranormal love stories by night and teaches young adults as a Language Arts middle school teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. Although she spent her youthful summers around Lake Michigan, she now lives in Florida with her prince charming, two children (sometimes three based on how Mr. Ayres is acting), and a basset hound. She really does have grandmothers named Olga and Gay but unlike her heroine, she’s thankfully not named after either one of them. She loves lazy pajama days, the first page of a good book, stupid funny movies, and sharing stories with fantastic people like you. Her books include the first two installments of her trilogy, 18 Things and 18 Truths. Visit her online via Twitter, Facebook, or at www.jamieayres.com.