Independent reading should be fun, engaging, and enjoyable! It should not only help students increase their reading skills, but it should also grow their love of reading! This independent reading assignment/journal does all those things by not taking an overly academic approach to the assignment. This assignment has students writing a review, reflecting on what they read, responding to quotations they like, and sharing/discussing it with classmates. My students loved this approach and this assignment because they felt engaged, and they didn't see it as a typical school assignment or book report.