The personal scriptorium of Joshua Corlew.
This summer I get the opportunity to work for the Institute of Reading Development. I will be working throughout all of Central Florida helping younger and middle-school children improve their ability to read and to get “absorbed” into books, as well as teaching high school and college students how to be read more efficiently and speedily. I am excited to be a teacher and can not wait to begin.
One of the more exciting aspects of the job is the actual reading. Since signing on with the Institute I have already consumed a variety of books, transporting me to new places and introducing me to a variety of new characters. Many of the books and stories I had read before, some of them I was familiar with, and others I had never known existed. Either way, the requirement to read such a wide expanse of literature was one of the better job tasks I have ever been given.
Even though I will be busy teaching other kids to read using the curriculum books of the Institute, I want to ensure that I am continuing to read and am pouring into good books myself. This will be hard, as my time will be lessened considerably. But last summer, while working full-time, I read more books in a short period than I ever have in my life; books ranging from oranges, to theology, to the Vietnam War, to newspaper editors, to neurology, to books on hiking the Appalachian Trail. I was the quintessential image of a carnivorous reader. I would like to replicate that book-consuming madness this summer.
Since my job will require an expansive amount of traveling, I have decided to invest much of my commute into audio books and podcasts. I am thrilled. I have only ever listened to sermons on long trips but have never been able to listen to a book all the way through, due to most of my driving being short trips from my apartment to my school. I want to cram as much books into my summer as possible.
As of now, I have started the summer off by reading 7 or 8 books, so I would say I am off to a pretty good start.
Next up for me: The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler.
Any suggestions for books to listen via my iPod this summer? Feel free to let me know.