Friday, August 19, 2011

What's your personal reading history?


At first, I read to catch up.

I heart my kindle.
As the youngest child of 2 highly educated readers and a sister to several card-carrying, glasses-wearing, inside "Narnia" joke-telling siblings, I read to keep up. I had to know why the number 42 was a hilarious response to the question, "What's the meaning of life?" I had to know what was in that paperback whose cover was so worn that the title was nearly illegible. I had to know who Vorkosigan was and why he came up at every meal time. I had to know.

Once I did get caught up and understood all the jokes and conversational allusions, I found my own reading niche. So, at first, sheer anxiety that I was "missing something" fueled my desire. Now, my desire is fueled by the craving to produce my own smirks at a weathered page in one of my favorite books.

4 comments:

  1. That's awesome!

    I read because I'm good at it. I'm a fast reader, usually blasting through books in 6-ish hours. That's one of the reasons I don't read as often as I'd like. Once I start a book, I must finish it.

    I love sharing books with my oldest daughter. We have a long history of recommending and loving the same books. My 10 year old likes when I pick out authors that I enjoyed reading at her age.

    The thrift store is the best place to buy books. I usually luck out and bring home bags of books for everyone.

    Right now, because of your sister, I am into reading apocalypse/zombie books. That's what has revived my brain from its sleep. Tonight I am going to start the "Game of Thrones" series.

    blah blah blah...

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  2. I first started reading to figure stuff out and check to see if I was normal. I read stuff like, "Are You There God, it's Me Margaret?" I'm pretty sure that's a 12 year old rite of passage. Then I read to escape. Anything to escape. I think my first real, true chapter book was "Pollyanna". I liked to play the glad game because everything else really sucked. Now I read for every reason under the sun. Entertainment, curiosity, self-improvement, wanting to see that someone else's life sucks worse than mine, so I should be glad for my life, adrenaline rushes, and to just plain feel good. I go through different phases and like to read different things. Right now, I'm kind of into vampires. You know why ;)

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  3. I love that all of our experiences are shockingly diverse! I'm excited to see what my students say to this on Monday.

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  4. Rena, Your blog inspired me blog about my own personal reading history. This is a great idea for the classroom! Thanks.

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