“If I am going to expect students to love to read and write, I need for them to know me as a reader and writer. For me to model being a reader and writer, I must create a life outside the classroom that includes an array of literate experiences.” – Regie Routman
Introduced to reading by a mother with a voracious appetite for books (especially murder mysteries), I have been in love with books from an early age. As a girl I was teased by my family for loosing myself in a text. “Erin. Erin. ERIN!” they would shout, trying to get my attention while I was immersed in a novel. Inspired by Franki’s post, “100 Things About Me as a Reader,” at a Year of Reading, I would like to share my own, albeit shorter, list of Things About Me as a Reader.
- After saying goodnight to my parents, I used to sneak under the covers with a flashlight and read Nancy Drew.
- I enjoy reading on my iPod touch, especially now that I can use the internal dictionary to look up words I don’t know.
- I still love the texture, smell and structure of paper books.
- I read multiple books at once: at least one fiction book, one or two professional/non-fiction books as well as at least one book that nurtures personal growth.
- I think young-adult fiction is “yummy,” hard to resist and quickly consumed.
- Emails, blogposts, Facebook, and online news make up the majority of my reading these days.
- My favorite genre is fantasy.
- I have read Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey at least six times
- A record of what I have read can be found at Goodreads.com
- I like to write in books; it’s like having a conversation with the text.
- At night, my husband and I enjoy reading aloud to each other
- Talking about books is exciting, engaging and motivating for me; I enjoy learning from other people’s perspectives, insights and personal experiences.
- I read anywhere I can: public transportation, while walking, bathroom, bed, living room, waiting in line at the grocery store…
- Dialogue- and plot-driven books are the most enjoyable for me to read, but I am currently challenging myself to observe and learn from the descriptive writing of master authors.
- One of my favorite descriptive lines is from Barbara Kingsolver‘sBean Trees, “Believe me in those days the girls were dropping by the wayside like seeds off a poppy seed bun” (Kingsolver pg.3).
- I like fiction that is informed by, or lends new insight into historical events: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Middlesex, Kavlier and Clay.
- Reading about the political, spiritual and cultural aspects of food is fascinating: The Omnivore’s Dilema, Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Sense, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Fast Food Nation
- YES! Magazine is my favorite magazine.