- According to my mom, by the time I was two, I was "reading" books my memory.
- Also according to my mom, my first favorite book was The Pokie Little Puppy. I found a copy of this for my daughter when she was one, but it's never caught on.
- The first series I fell in love with was the Trixie Belden series. A family friend gave me a full set when I was in the third grade.
- The second series I fell in love with was the Flowers in the Attic series and then every other dark V.C. Andrews series I could get my hands on.
- My Aunt Marian, along with my mom, helped nurture my love for reading. She frequently bought me books and lent me her own when I was growing up.
- When I was young, the library was one of my favorite places to be. It still is.
- I read Gone With the Wind when I was in 5th grade. It continues to be one of my favorites of all time.
- I'm not sure that I have a favorite genre. I read whatever I'm in the mood for at that moment, but I do have a soft spot for dystopian fiction.
- I became an English major because I loved reading and writing about what I was reading so much.
- My two favorite classics are "Les Miserables," and "The Great Gatsby." Just mention the name Jean Valjean, and I get giddy.
- I often have around six books started at once. Right now, I'm reading four books and listening to one audio book.
- I get sad when people tell me they're not readers.
- I love the touch, feel, and smell of books, but I really want a Kindle. I have the Kindle iPhone app, but it's not the same.
- I love Historical Fiction. My favorite periods are the Tudor period, the Civil War, and the Renaissance.
- I love reading nonfiction, but it's challenging to find well-written nonfiction. The best nonfiction authors tell their subjects' stories and don't just present facts.
- I get frustrated with too much detail. I've never gotten through the first book in The Lord of the Rings trilogy because of all the detail, and that makes me sad.
- I haven't read as many classics as I would have liked to because of the whole detail thing mentioned above.
- I feel guilty for not finishing a book even if it's really bad.
- Neither my brother or my sister read for pleasure. I'm not sure why.
- When I've had a really rough day, all I want to do is crawl in bed and read a book.
- When it's cold or raining outside, all I want to do is crawl in bed and read a book.
- I've always said that if I was stuck on a deserted island, my one wish would be to have a book of Shakespeare's greatest works. Now I think it would be a Kindle loaded with all kinds of books.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
100 Things About Me as a Reader, Part 1
So, I'm way behind on blog reading and just came across Mary Lee's "100 Things About Me as a Reader" at A Year of Reading. Inspired by her blogging partner Franki's post, Mary Lee lists some interesting tidbits about herself as a reader and also says that a lot of individuals are posting their own lists, and teachers are assigning this to students. Of course, I can't pass this up. Here's the beginning of my list.