I currently teach a group of students who predominantly prefer to read non-fiction. I love that they love to learn, but sometimes lament that they are missing out on the fun and enjoyment of reading something just for fun.
And then I remember who their teacher is.
Who their teacher has been for the past two (and in some cases three) years.
There are twenty books currently on my nightstand and only one of them is fiction.
Most of the classroom libraries at my school have a basket or two of non-fiction titles – mine is half and half…and the non-fiction side is growing!
I do love fiction of course. But I love reading to learn even more.
I suppose there are worse habits I could pass on to my students? (And don’t worry, I have introduced them to some great fiction, too!)
And now some nightstand nuggets to pass on to you.
This book has saved me this year. Trying to juggle my very full-time job and a new fledgling business makes weeknight cooking a challenge. But I don’t want to compromise on the quality of the meals that we eat (and I still love to cook!) This book saved the day with great recipes for healthy meals, and a plan to use 3 hours on the week-end to create all of the meal components for the week. And since there are only two of us, that means lunches too! I have not followed any of the weekly plains as laid out, but have used some of the recipes (and the concept) to create my weekly meal plans. The pasta sauce, soups and baked beans have all become household staples.
This is now my go-to slow cooker recipe book. Everything I have tried so far (except for one chili recipe) has been amazing! I have not always had great success with my crock pot before, but now I use it on a weekly basis. It is also a beautiful book to look at (not necessary for a good cookbook, but nice for a little bedtime reading….) I sadly had to return it to the library this week but it is a “must buy.” My crock pot will be lonely without it!
If you are an introvert, or live with an introvert, this is a must read! It has totally changed the way I think about introverts! (yep…myself included…..) The brain research was most fascinating to me (so that’s why everything comes to me in my sleep….) but there were also lots of great suggestions for using the sometimes misunderstood introverted traits to your advantage. There is also a chapter on introverted children, which gave some insight into some of the behaviours I see in my classroom. Fascinating.
I devoured this book in one sitting. Then I went back and did the exercises. This is a fun and creative walk through what it is like to be an artist and creative person with a job that may not be so artistic and creative. There are many great tips and ideas, lots of fun illustrations, and the exercises will change the way you think about both of your jobs. An excellent book! I’m going to have a hard time returning this one to the library too!
What about you? Are you a fiction reader or a lover of non-fiction like me? What is currently on your night stand?