As mentioned, I need to take a break from teen novels. I’ve had enough of “beautiful” boys and vampire-werewolf-angel triangles. I joined a book club last Spring but have only finished one book in 5 months. My brain is unused to slower pacing, descriptive setting, sentences that float.
I should have finished A Sense of an Ending, or Open City, or Mortality but always end up reading something I can book talk. So I’m hoping to split the difference with the new IB English Prescribed Authors List. I’ve been creating a Resource List in Destiny to share all of the books by these authors we already own and also create a collection development list. I’m hoping to read (or re-read) these books to get back to literature and put them in kids hands.
How? I’d like to work more closely with the 9th & 10th grade English teachers to book talk these titles. The will be a part of the History students 20th century novels winter break reading list. I should create a Diploma Program summer reading list of recommended titles. And I should pull a truck and create an electronic resource (maybe via Goodreads?) for students interested in doing their Extended Essay in English.
The list is divided into 4 sections: drama; poetry; novels and short stories; and non-fiction prose. I wonder why certain authors (Michael Ondaatje) are on more than one, while others (Truman Capote) are restricted to a single genre. How are these decisions made? And how should this effect what we collect?