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.


  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...

  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 ;)

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

  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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