Reading This? Thank a Teacher!

23 08 2011

For most of you, school is officially in session for the fall semester.   Whether you’re a student or a parent of a student, I thought it would be good to cover something that is close to my heart to get you started down the road to a successful year.  It all starts with a book…or two.

 

I’d like to say a special thank you to the teachers who taught and challenged me to read.  The unmistakable smells of books bring back so many memories from my childhood.  I’m glad I’ve had the chance to read the classics, but after looking at the “required summer reading list” at Barnes & Noble, I realize that I need to read more.  Not only do I need to read more business books, but books from classic authors like Kurt Vonnegut, etc.  After all, knowledge is power, right?

Some of my favorites over the years (ranging from elementary to present-day) include:

There are so many more, but this post would be very long if I listed them all.  What can I say?  I loved (and still do) to read.  My imagination runs wild, bringing the text to life.  In my opinion, the book is better than the movie 99.9% of the time.  I’ve never read Cliff’s Notes for anything.  It takes the fun out of reading.  Yes, there are a lot of books out there today.  I didn’t mention it above, but I also love Dave Barry’s books, bringing an unprecedented amount of humor (some will say it has rubbed off on my personality) to life.  Pick up a book at your closest store or library, download it, or listen to it as an audiobook or podcast.  I can be a 50-100 page quick read, or it could be War & Peace (which, in my day was a BIG book – now it pales in comparison to Harry Potter and Twilight).  Just read.

My advice?  Read for two reasons:

Pleasure.  Escape to another place.  With all the craziness in this world, we need an escape from reality.  Cozy up with a nice cup of tea, a quiet place and read to your heart’s content.  Let the text take you into their world for a bit.  I’ve found that this is sometimes just what I need to refocus on other things.  Take a break.  Enjoy a book.

Business.   Read for personal and professional development.  There are many books out there focusing on leadership, management, and every trade/skill you can imagine.  Find a book that will help you develop as an individual.  Don’t just read the text – take what you’re reading and apply it to the real world.  This might make for a longer reading time period, but you’ll be glad you did.  Check out the Book List tab above for some of my recommendations.

So, the next time someone asks, “Read any good books lately,” you can answer them with an emphatic “YES, I have!”  What books are on your list of favorites?  Please leave a comment below!

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23 08 2011
Alem Mengesha (@AGM32)

I couldn’t have said it any better myself. I never was a reader at first, but Thanks to many of my teachers I grew to enjoy reading. Many of our teachers are under appreciated, but I am so thankful they never gave up. I would also like to add that the power of reading is truly under rated, so like you stated I encourage picking up a book. Kudos to you for addressing a serious issue. But your list is missing two of my favorites and must reads: The Great Expectations & Lord of the Flies.

23 08 2011
Kirk Baumann

Thanks for the comment, Alem. Great Expectations is also one of my favorites! I know I’ve read Lord of the Flies, but don’t remember much about it. Perhaps that means I need to re-read? 🙂

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