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.by