The Evolution of My Reading (borrowed)

Borrowed from Cyberkitten who likewise got it from Bookolive.

When did you get into reading?
I literally grew up reading; my parents barred television from the home, something I hated then but am very thankful for now.

Was it something you always liked since school or did your love of book develop over the years?

 I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t closely associated with books. As a kid I’d bring them to family functions to read while the adults did their thing (Christmas and Thanksgiving especially, since we would be at my grandparents’ house literally all day). Now that  I use my phone for a lot of reading, I’m literally never away from a book.

Have you always been a voracious reader?
I read books by the pile as a kid, making weekly trips to the library, and read with the same gluttonous appetite now – but there was a period in high school when I didn’t read quite as much. I still read heavily, far more than most, but it was fiction (Roswell, California Diaries, Star Trek)  and history for the most part.  It wasn’t in 2006 that my nonfiction interests really widened.

Who/What influenced your interest in reading?
My parents, obviously; not only did they eliminate the competition, but everyone in my family read for pleasure – and we all still do.  A few of my elementary school teachers were passionate about reading for pleasure, introducing our class to Roald Dahl and R.L. Stine.

What was the first favourite book or series you remember? What are some of your favourite books as a child?

I adored Beverly Cleary’s  Beezus and Henry series, as well as the Boxcar Children. More contemporaneity, I was nut about the Goosebumps series.  My favorite early novel would have been Jack London’s Call of the Wild.

Did you like non-fiction when you were a kid?

Yep!  Most of it was history and nature, but I also liked learning about the Greek myths.

What’s your favourite childhood reading memory?

Reading Redwall in a wooded glen behind my house; this was a pleasure I had to earn, because the glen was separated from me by a swamp that I had to find a way to ford.  I was able to take advantage of shallow spots, supplementing them with cinder blocks and 2x4s ‘borrowed’ from a lot that was being developed, to establish a path out there.

Where you ever not a reader/had a major reading slump? How did you get out of it?

Getting into computers and the Internet in the late 1990s and early 2000s dampened my reading quite a bit. The break between community college and university compelled me to look for nonfiction to scratch my learning itch, and I’ve been doing that since.

How did you get into non-fiction reading?

As a kid, just innate curiosity.  As an adult, leaving community college and then having a crisis-of-belief in which I had to rebuild my worldview from scratch prompted me to begin reading a wider variety of nonfiction (science, philosophy, economics, etc).  I’m fourteen years into that project!

What was the first non-fiction book you remember that cemented your love for the genre?

The first nonfiction book I remember absolutely loving  was Albert Marrin’s The Airman’s War, read around ninth grade. I still have my  high school library’s copy of that, because I lost it, paid for it, found it, and realized…mm, I’d rather have it, thanks. 

How has your reading evolved as you’ve gotten older?

It’s gotten more varied, I’d think, and more purposeful. I don’t just read for idle curiosity now — sometimes a question will bug me, and I’ll read multiple authors debating multiple aspects of the questions, trying to understand it.

How do you think reading has shaped you as an individual?

You might as well ask how speaking English or growing up American has shaped me;  reading was  and continues to be so formative I couldn’t possible separate “me” from the reading experiences.

What does reading mean to you in your life?

It’s….everything?  I rely on books for not just entertainment and education, but for insight as to how I can structure my thinking and life.

What’s one of your life long reading goals?

To finish off Mount Doom, I suppose. I don’t know if it will happen.

About smellincoffee

Citizen, librarian, reader with a boundless wonder for the world and a curiosity about all the beings inside it.
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2 Responses to The Evolution of My Reading (borrowed)

  1. Cyberkitten says:

    Cool… and LOL! Olive’s YouTube meme had about twice as many questions (I cut it in half for Blog space sake) and there’s at least one other video to come so… LOTS of more questions I think.

    I suppose one of the reasons I didn’t read much as a child is that none of my friends read much of anything when I was around. My father read some but my older brother didn’t read much until I started lending him *my* books [grin]. I do remember *piles* of books stacked up by my chair @ home from the library. They were ‘happy’ to see someone – anyone? – taking books out but did need to remind me from time to time not to have SO many out and to bring some back occasionally.

  2. Marian says:

    I like your reading memory about fording the swamp. That would make a great short story!

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