Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Life As A Reader

reading Though I am never usually at a loss for words, I came across this Fall Blog Challenge by Melanie Holtsman with topics to write about each week. I really liked the topics so I thought I would join in the challenge. I’m already a week behind so I’m going to start with last week’s topic and then tomorrow, do this week’s topic.

Challenge: What is your life as a reader like? Do you read for work, pleasure, instructions or emails? What is your favorite author and/or genre? What is your favorite reading spot? What did you like to read when you were the age of your students?

I have been reading since I was a little girl. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read. At an early age, I remember my parents bringing me to the bookmobile that came around our neighborhood every Saturday morning. In fact, I looked forward to that the way most kids look forward to the ice cream truck! Books became my best friend and I could go anywhere in the world through a book and be anything that I wanted to be.

I don’t really have a favorite author or genre. I guess it depends on what mood I’m in and what I’m interested in at the moment. When I need to relax, I usually pick up a romance novel that is easy to read and always puts me in a good mood. At times I love a good mystery and read books by authors like Dan Brown or John Grisham. Sometimes I want to read something off the best seller lists so I can try to figure out what makes it a best seller.

I don’t have a favorite reading spot because I read in so many different places. I read when I eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner when I’m alone. I love to read before I go to bed because it relaxes me. I also like to read in the car when we are traveling. I usually have a book in my bag that I keep close by in case I have an opportunity to read.

When I was a student, I loved to read fantasy books where the hero was usually a person my age. I loved to imagine that I was the hero in the story and could do all that this person was doing. I loved books that took me to places I’ve never been before. Since my sisters were so much older than me, I was on my own at home without playmates so books became my closest friends and I was never bored or lonely.

How about you? How would you answer these questions?

Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).

Original image: 'Lost on stairs' by: √Čole Wind


Sioux said...

Just the mention of the bookmobile brought back a flood of memories...

Thanks for sharing what your life as a reader has been and is like.

On Time Thieves said...

I love to read as well but never considered myself a reader before this year because I kind of hate reading fiction novels- it's often forced effort for me to pick one up.
I LOVE reading informational text, autobios, bios, development books, news, and random information.
I love being in the library and get ecstatic when in the presence of a multitude of books.

I certainly am a reader, and deem myself as such by the thrill I get when I read.
Thanks for the blog.

Sioux said...

Pat---Thanks for sharing the link, and the idea. I included a link to your blog in my post. Your mention of the bookmobile brought back a flood of memories...

Melanie Holtsman said...

I had forgotten how much I loved the bookmobile! Even though my mom took me to the library, I loved having that bookmobile roll in to my subdivision so that I could hop on and find a new book to read. Thanks for joining the challenge!