Monday, October 11, 2010

My life as a reader

This meme was too fun not to jump into... Melanie Holtsman from Jacksonville my fellow NYC '08 Google Certified Teacher, is starting a fall blogging challenge, and for the first week offered this prompt:
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? 
Reading has been a constant in my life since before I was school age. I read for work, constantly scanning feeds for resources I can share with my faculty or ideas for student projects. Most days, I read blogs and tweets and articles online and in print. I also read for pleasure, averaging about four or five books a week, more if we're on vacation. As a high school librarian, I read a lot of YA literature, but my favorite genre is that of British domestic fiction, classics like D.E. Stevenson and Barbara Pym and newer comfort reading like Maeve Binchy, Sophie Kinsella, and Joanna Trollope. I adore Agatha Christie. Phillip Roth is another of my favorites, he seldom disappoints. I have also discovered over the past few years that I have a bit of a taste for science fiction. I still have a hard time with "fantasy."

When I was in high school, I read most of what I came into contact with -- classics, lurid Jacqueline Susann and Judith Krantz novels, some YA. I liked the Sunfire historical romance series and Maggie Adams, Dancer and Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington and Marjorie Morningstar by Howard Wouk. I re-read Gone with the Wind and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn regularly. I read American Psycho in high school, and, pretentiously enough, Ezra Pound's Cantos. I loved Katherine Anne Porter and Sylvia Plath and Erica Jong and Rona Jaffe pretty equally. I thought Absalom, Absalom! was the best book I was required to read for school, with To the Lighthouse a close second.

Thanks, Melanie, for giving me license to think about this for a little bit. I'm not sure I'll be in every week, but I'm excited for the Book that Changed your Life...



  1. I enjoyed reading about your life as a reader. It's not often I hear about people that read more than I do! I like your term "comfort" reading. It's escape reading, comfortable, won't leave you not being able to sleep at night. :) That's what I usually read. I'm going to look up some of your other titles for possible new books to try.

    One interesting thing you reminded me of is that I'm named after a character in one of your favorite books. You can guess which one... :) Thanks for joining in the challenge! Jump in and out as you will. I'll read along as you go!

  2. Wendy,
    As an administrator, it is so difficult to carve out enough time to have informal talks about education. However, you have made me feel comfortable starting a blog with my teachers. I am curious to see how this will go, but willing to give it a try. I will keep you "posted". I'm glad I decided to take this elearning course.

  3. Wendy,
    As an administrator, it is hard to carve out time to have informal conversations with my teachers. You have made me feel comfortable with starting a blog. I will keep you "posted". Im glad Im taking this elearning course.