Every so often, I write a post about the pieces that struck me in the Sunday papers.
Here are a few articles that I thought were worth discussing this weekend…
The Summer’s Most Unread Book Is… by Jordan Ellenberg really got me thinking about what Kindle reading can reveal. Turns out that every Kindle page lists the five passages most highlighted by readers. Therefore, if most readers are reading the entire book then the passages will be scattered throughout the book. On the contrary, books that are abandoned early will have most highlighted passages at the beginning of the book. The article revealed some pretty interesting discoveries about best sellers like The Goldfinch and Lean In.
Social Media’s Vampires: They Text by Night by Laura M. Holson tells of the late night social media habits of teens. I have heard and read a lot about what goes on with teens into the wee hours of the morning and this article gives me yet another reason to make sure the girl’s phones stay out of their rooms at night. And another reason to be glad that I am such a light sleeper that I’m fairly certain I will hear them when they try to tip toe down stairs to get them back.
I have been thinking a lot about reading rewards this summer. I always worry about children who ‘have’ to read books over the summer and what that ‘requirement’ does to help or hurt student’s loves of books. Amy Wrzesniewski and Barry Schwartz write The Secret of Effective Motivation and do a lot to support my beliefs on this subject.
Now I am camp lover. I spent many, many happy summers at sleep away camp and wouldn’t trade those memories for anything. That said, when I read Ladies of the Lanyards by Alexandra Jacobs, I couldn’t help but cringe. I don’t think I will be going to grown up sleep away camp anytime soon.