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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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?
- 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.
- Typically, I go to the juvenile fiction section and find the new books there before I read books written for adults.
- 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.
- 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.
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!