|Age 3. Reading. Of course.
I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. Not a casual, "Oh, I'll read for a bit to pass the time" kind of reader. I'm a "Life is not worth living if I don't have a book with me" kind of reader. Last year alone, I read 359 books. I don't say that to brag, but rather to let you know that I am a reader. An avid one.
Over the course of my reading life, I've gone through cycles. I'll binge on trashy romances and then make it up to myself by reading something literary. I read more young adult books than I could possibly count when I was teaching seventh grade ELA. Now, my reading rate is much higher because I'm reading mostly picture books and early chapter books.
Or at least I was.
|About age 12. Reading. Of course.
Because right now, I'm not reading much of anything. Since returning to school after winter break, I have not been able to find a book that will hold my attention. I've tried just about every type of book I can think of to get myself back on track. I've started books I've heard about on NPR, ones that I read about in People magazine. Books recommended by friends, books I bought from the Scholastic flyer. Books for adults. Books for kids. Books for teens.
Have I found that book that will give me my reading mojo back yet? Nope. And to be honest, I'm kind of concerned about that. I think this is the longest I've ever gone without finishing a book, at least since high school. Maybe it's that I'm preoccupied by life right now, and my focus is elsewhere. Perhaps I'm too distracted by Facebook and Twitter to focus on a longer text.
|Age 48. Reading Kind of.
Now... how do I figure out what I'll read first?