Tuesday, December 11, 2007

7 Things About Me as a Reader Meme

7 Things About Me as a Reader

1) I read a book a day (or more) as a kid. I didn’t grow up watching a lot of TV. I lived in Thailand from age 9 to 16 and there was little TV programming available at the time. So, I played outside or with friends until dinner. After it was dark, I read a book, at least one, before bed.
2) I go to the library at least once a week. I can’t afford to buy every book I read. I log on to their website, order all of the books I want and pick them up as they come in. It saves me a LOT of money. I do buy a LOT of books, perhaps even thousands of dollars a year, but I don’t buy anywhere near what I read.
3) I always have stacks of books everywhere. I have a stack by my bed, a stack of Cybils books that are already read, one stack to be read, and one stack to be reviewed. I often have a stack of poetry books, books I’m reading for school, and books I’m reading for a graduate course I teach. My husband is building me bookshelves for Christmas to get the stacking off the floor.
4) I’m obsessive about my “to be read” list. I have a list of books that I keep on the computer of books that are available at our library that I want to check out, a list that’s not available at the library yet, and a wish list on Amazon.com of books that I want to purchase for my own collection. I realize I will never get to all of these books in my lifetime. It doesn’t stop me from keeping an obsessive list though. I recently started writing down all of the books I read too. Am I obsessive compulsive?
5) I almost exclusively read children’s books. I know, if you read my last month’s book log, you would see that I read several adult books, but that was unusual for me. I have favorite adult writers that I do read (Patricia Cornwell, Jodi Picoult), but other than that, I read children’s book exclusively.
6) I read a lot of magazines and journals. About the only adult literature I do read is magazines. I read a lot of foodie magazines and educational and children’s literature journals.
7) I read across all children’s lit genres, but mostly middle grade fiction, picture books, and poetry. I dabble in graphic novels and YA.

Thanks to Jen Robinson for the idea.

1 comment:

Jen Robinson said...

Thanks for participating in the meme! Funny, Jodi Picoult is also one of my adult exceptions to reading mostly children's and YA books. I used to read Patricia Cornwell, too, but dropped them maybe 3 or 4 years back.

I thought that I was obsessive about lists of books, but you clearly have me beat. I used to have lists of books that I wanted to read, or had but hadn't read yet, in addition to my lists of read books. But since I started my blog, the first two have become sketchy at best. I do keep pretty detailed lists of what I read, at least. I also have a spreadsheet with all of the review books I've ever received, and when or if I reviewed them.

Anyway, it was fun to get to know you a little better as a reader.