Reading for ME

Friday , 4, April 2014 Leave a comment

Reading for ME I am a teacher.  I have taught at the elementary level as well as preschool.  I have introduced many little minds to the wonder of books and have encouraged the importance of reading.  I can’t count how many times I have read King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or The Cat in the Hat.  I love reading to children!

But I have a confession to make:  I don’t read for ME.

That’s right.  I could read any children’s book at any given time.  But give me a big person’s book and I put it aside, usually never to be picked up again.  I have tried book clubs, which transported me back to the uncomfortable book discussions in my senior AP English class (think Heart of Darkness).

Don’t get me wrong, I have read some books as an adult (post-college).  I have read the Twilight series, a book and a half in the Hunger Games series, and Heaven is for Real, among others.  You might say that my style is a bit “teen-ish”.  Sad, huh?

So…I need your help!  I need ideas.  Not only great book suggestions, but also ideas of how to encourage reading for me.

*  Where do you like to read?  At home?  A coffee shop?  A book store?

*  How do you pick out a good book?

*  Do you prefer reading on an electronic device or do you like to turn the pages of a real book?

*  Do you set aside a bit of time each day to read or do you read a book all at once?

*  If you find that you dislike a book after you have started reading it, do you stop or do you continue reading it (that sounds like torture)?

*  Do you engage your children by reading a “grown up” book with them?

*  Have you found a book club that you enjoy?

Thank you in advance for helping me figure out how to read for me.  I desperately want to be that woman who can have endless discussions about adult books, not just the kind of books with pictures and rhymes.

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