My Life as a Reader

This morning, I saw a blogger write a list of 11 things about her life as a reader for the Slice of Life.  I’ve never read Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s The Book of Eleven, but it’s now on my to-be-read list!

Inspired by that slice, here are 11 things about me as a reader:

  1. I was the kid who read by the nightlight at night.  When I was five or six, I would pull up my little plastic chair next to my ceramic angel nightlight and hunch close to the pages, hoping my parents didn’t walk in and catch me.  When I got older, I strategically plugged my nightlight into the outlet next to my bed so I could read while snuggled under the covers.  Though I frequently got in trouble from my parents and had books taken away from me, now we laugh about it and blame those late nights for my bad eyesight.
  2. I am an avid series reader.  Once I begin a series, I have to follow it through to completion.  From Little House on the Prairie to The Boxcar Children to the Thoroughbred series, I loved series as a child.  Today, I love Margaret Peterson Haddix‘s fantasy series and anything by Karen Kingsbury.
  3. My favorite form of nonfiction is biography.  I just finished Vincent and Theo and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  I also love reading picture book biographies with my students!
  4. Historical fiction is my all-time favorite genre.  Books related to World War II are ones I tend to gravitate towards, but I also just read Refugee, which was an incredible text about several different periods in history.
  5. My least favorite genre is fantasy that involves animals or creatures of some sort.  I enjoy many different dystopian-type books, but not so much the talking animal or dragon variety.
  6. I love checking out books at the public library.  Lately, I’ve been putting so many books on hold that my arms are full before I even get into the bookshelves!
  7. My Amazon purchases mostly consist of books.  Professional texts, books for my classroom, books for me…I love seeing the Amazon Prime box arrive on my doorstep.  But as much as I love the convenience of Amazon, I LOVE visiting bookstores.  Whenever I travel, I try to find a small (or large) bookstore.  Who needs other sightseeing opportunities when you can peruse the shelves and then curl up to preview a new book?
  8. I enjoy audiobooks while I run or drive.  On long runs, music doesn’t keep my mind occupied the way that a well-written story does.
  9. Typically, I go to the juvenile fiction section and find the new books there before I read books written for adults.
  10. I love reading with a pen in hand (if the book is my own) so that I can star or bracket powerful sections to revisit later.  Sometimes I even dog-ear the corner of the page if it’s a quote I know I want to re-read.
  11. Even through college when I had stacks of reading to do each night (English literature minor = tons of reading), I had to read “for fun” before bed.  No matter how late it is, I have to read at least a chapter or two before I’m ready to fall asleep.

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I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post each day in March.   Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work all month long and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!

11 thoughts on “My Life as a Reader

  1. I have spent so much on Amazon for books! I usually get my fiction from the library, but my professional books–at least two a month–come from Amazon. At the library, the young adult section is my favorite. I wish I would grab a pen each time I read a book. At some point in my reading I wish I had taken notes. It seems I may have quite a few of your point on my list also! Now all we need is more time in the week.

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  2. I just finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and found it fascinating. I also love biographies. Loved learning about you as a reader. Waving to you from your neighboring state of Wyoming.

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  3. You’re definitely a kindred spirit! I found myself nodding in agreement as I read your slice:) I also love series books and biographies. My family always makes sure that Amazon gift cards are a part of any gift:)

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  4. I, too, read for fun during college (English major). I remember when I found out we could check out books from the local library. It was all over after that.

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  5. Great idea for a slice, Jenna. This is the first entry my students and I put in our readers notebooks at the beginning of the year, but I love the idea of revisiting it now as I know we have all changed as a result of our time together. I also love the detail about being a Bookstore tourist. I’m with you there.

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