For 2019, I’ve set a “New ‘Ears Resolution” of listening to one nonfiction audiobook each month. With fascinating new nonfiction titles publishing every month, there are always more great books than hours in the day for reading. Audiobooks are a great way to multitask and shrink that ever-growing “To Be Read” list. I kicked things off in January with The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton and followed up in February with Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.
My March listen: Becoming by Michelle Obama! I started the audiobook in late February, allowing myself a head start because the audiobook clocks in at a little over nineteen hours! Becoming is read by the author, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. I mean … It’s Michelle Obama! I especially enjoyed the first third of the book, with its stories of her childhood, extended family, and young adult years on the South Side of Chicago. Depictions of her college years at Princeton, meeting the future POTUS, and the heartbreaking loss of her father give poignant insight into how she became the lady she is today.
Three of my favorite quotes:
• “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses, swapped back and forth and over again.”
• “You may live in the world as it is, but you can still work to create the world as it should be.”
• “Education had been the primary instrument of change in my own life, my lever upward in the world.”
For my April listen I’ve tentatively settled on Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. It’s not too late to join me on this journey of making (and keeping) a New ‘Ears Resolutions! We’ll all be a little wiser and better read by the time the calendar flips over to 2020.
For 2019, I’ve set a “New ‘Ears Resolution” of listening to one nonfiction audiobook each month. With fascinating new nonfiction titles publishing every month, there are always more great books than hours in the day for reading. Audiobooks are a great way to multitask and shrink that ever-growing “To Be Read” list. I kicked things off in January with The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. It’s a powerful account of Hinton’s life, particularly the nearly thirty years he spent on death row for crimes that he did not commit. Hinton ultimately won his freedom with the legal assistance of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative, but the story of how he persevered over so many years in a five by seven foot cell is equal parts terrifying and inspiring. Of course, I was especially interested in the book club that Hinton began with other death row inmates, as well as an unlikely but steadfast friendship he forged with a one-time member of the KKK.
After finishing The Sun Does Shine, I decided on Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption as a follow-up listen for February. Stevenson interweaves the story of Walter McMillian (an Alabama man unjustly sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit) with the stories of other clients on death row, prisoners with intellectual and physical disabilities, and children incarcerated in the adult prison system. Throughout, he shines a light on the racial bias, discrimination against the poor, and abuses of power that mar our criminal justice system. Walter’s chapters take the reader through the labyrinthine appeals process, adding suspense as Walter’s legal team fights to exonerate a condemned man before the state schedules his execution. In reminding listeners that “each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done,” Stevenson makes a strong case for mercy.
My next listen: Becoming by Michelle Obama! It’s technically my selection for March, but I allowed myself a head start because the audiobook clocks in at just over nineteen hours! Leave a comment to let me know what you’ve been listening to, or to recommend an April listen (I’ve tentatively settled on Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, but I am open to suggestions!).
Join me on this journey of making (and keeping) a New ‘Ears Resolutions! We’ll all be a little wiser and better read by the time the calendar flips over to 2020.
January is the perfect time to pause and reflect on our goals for the upcoming calendar year. Personally, I’m always looking for new strategies to expand my reading horizons. I recently came across Bookish.com’s Reading Resolutions Based on Your Zodiac Sign. Here’s what they suggest for my sign:
Taurus: Read in new formats Shake things up this year, even just once a month. If you prefer paperback, try eBooks. If you’re attached to your Kindle, go for an audiobook instead.
Keeping this suggestion in mind, I’ve set a goal of listening to one nonfiction audiobook every month in 2019. I tend to read nonfiction more slowly than I read novels, and with appealing new nonfiction titles publishing every month, there are always more great books than hours in the day for reading. Audiobooks are a great way to multitask and shrink that ever-growing “To Be Read” list, and I’m kicking things off with The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. It comes highly recommended by close friends and Oprah alike! And remember, audiobooks are not cheating! In fact, there are plenty of great reasons to give reading with your ears a try:
85% of what we learn, we learn by listening
Audiobooks support avid and reluctant readers alike
Audiobooks expose listeners to new vocabulary
Skilled narrators demonstrate fluent reading and correct pronunciation of words and dialects
Listening promotes a sense of human connection with a story and its teller
If you need even more audio-inspiration, check out Ridley High School’s collection of digital audiobooks available through the SORA app. Join me on this journey of making (and keeping) a New ‘Ears Resolutions! We’ll all be a little wiser and better read by the time the calendar flips over to 2020.
The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to celebrate the season with your friends and family! Whether you will be juggling a full calendar or are expecting a quiet wrap-up to 2018, Ridley High School’s digital lending library has the perfect option for you to chill out with an eBook over break! When your plans involve a revolving door of guests and gifts, you might find yourself looking for a little downtime to enjoy a great book. Maybe you have a long drive planned to visit relatives; long drives are perfectly suited for audiobooks! Either way, you’re in luck because we’ve just added TWENTY-TWO brand new titles to Ridley High School’s SORA App, including two modern remixes of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Acevedo’s award-winning The Poet X, Kwame Alexander’s latest novel-in-verse, the conclusion to Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series, and one of the most anticipated new books of 2019: a brand new novel by Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give! On the Come Up will be available on SORA the moment the book is released on February 5, 2019.
Wherever the holidays take you, be sure to take a book along! Visit SoraApp.com to browse, sample, and borrow our available eBooks and audiobooks. And while you’re there, check out the Explore –> Collections link with handy shortcuts to popular genres and categories, including “Crossover” Novels, Good Sports, and Let’s Get Real! For information on student and staff usernames, please see Ms. Pickett.
OverDrive has a new app just for schools! With SORA, students and teachers can continue to access Ridley High School’s digital lending library of 250+ eBooks and audiobooks, as well as:
Track how many books you’ve read, your total reading time, and more
Create notes, highlight text, bookmark important passages, and define words as you read
Sync your place, bookmarks, notes, and highlights between devices
Adjust the font type (including dyslexic font), font size, and lighting in most eBooks
Earn achievement badges by reading books and using SORA’s features
Browse and borrow local public library titles in the same app
Setup is simple – just find our school and sign in via the app or online at www.SoraApp.com. The code for Ridley High School is ridleyhspa. Then borrow an eBook or audiobook and start reading (or listening) with a single tap! For more information on getting started with SORA, visit Meet.SoraApp.com!
Back-to-school is a busy time of year, and sometimes enjoyment reading falls to the bottom of to-do lists for students and teachers alike. Audiobooks are a wonderful way to incorporate reading into your day, whether you are catching up on a bestseller, revisiting a classic novel, or simply trying something different. The Ridley High School Library’s selection of 200+ audiobooks is always growing, and we have a fresh batch of books-on-CD to kick off the new school year! Here are a few of my favorites (just click the book title for an audio excerpt and more information):
For students with reading challenges, listening helps to fill in any gaps in comprehension. Skilled narrators use their voices to establish mood, heighten drama, and alert listeners to pivotal plot developments. Audiobooks also play a role in the library’s commitment to diverse literature by offering authentic representations of language and dialogue, and providing a “literacy bridge” for emerging readers. Consider diversifying your reading with an audiobook from the Ridley High School Library!
Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time to pack a bag with a beach towel, sunscreen, and shades! After you’ve packed your beach bag, don’t forget to pack your OverDrive app with lots of beach reading! We’ve just added THIRTY brand new titles to Ridley High School’s OverDrive collection, including the latest from Tiffany Schmidt, a handful of horror novels, the long-awaited companion novel to Dumplin‘, the conclusion to the ultra-popular series that began with The Thousandth Floor, and so much more!
The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
We’ll Fly Away by Brian Bliss
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis
Relative Strangers by Paula Garner
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
The Towering Sky by Katherine McGee
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt
Whether you are headed to the beach, the pool, or just the backyard be sure to take your eBooks along! Visit rhslibrary.lib.overdrive.com to browse, sample, and borrow our available eBooks and audiobooks. And while you’re there, check out the Collections link with handy shortcuts to popular genres and categories, including Hip Historical Fiction, It’s a Mystery, and Listen Up (for digital audiobooks)! For information on student and staff usernames, please see Ms. Pickett.