I am a reader. I have always been a reader. Growing up, one of my favorite places to go was the public library. During the summer, I would check out stacks of books, carting them home in grocery bags. When I found a series or author I liked, I read every book I could find. Nancy Drew? Check! Boxcar Children? Check! Little House on the Prairie? Double Check! By high school, I had moved on to Stephen King, Sidney Sheldon, and Danielle Steele. (I know, obviously my parents weren’t paying too much attention to my reading list.) Then college hit and I only read the books I had to read. Even my first few years of teaching saw limited reading. Of course, there were children’s books I was reading, although not the amount there should have been. And there was definitely no pleasure reading of adult books. In fact, I’m not even sure if I can tell you where the nearest branch of the San Antonio Public Library was. Eventually, I found my way back into reading, although I certainly go through peaks and valleys. A few years ago, I joined a now-defunct book club, and that definitely revitalized my reading. And the addition of a Nook helped even more. But I was really only expanding my personal reading life. So this past year, I made more of a concentrated effort in the area of children’s lit. I found a few blogs to follow for recommendations: Teach Mentor Texts and Nerdy Book Club are two of my favorites. And although I’ve been a member of Shelfari, I recently joined Goodreads and that, for some reason, has really gotten me excited about my reading plans for 2013. My problem is, I love books and it’s hard to know where to start. And as someone who has sported a ponytail and yoga pants almost the entire Winter Break, I think it’s pretty obvious I need structure in my life. So my hope is that I can use this blog and Goodreads to help me not only set reading goals, but achieve those reading goals and share what I learn with whoever decides to read this little blog.