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BTT: Age Appropriate

Cover of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

Cover of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Do you read books “meant” for other age groups? Adult books when you were a child; Young-Adult books now that you’re grown; Picture books just for kicks … You know … books not “meant” for you. Or do you pretty much stick to what’s written for people your age?

Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is one I’ve actually thought about before throughout my reading life.

As a kid, I often read books that were appropriate for where I was with my reading skills, but were not at all appropriate for me emotionally or developmentally. So I ended up reading books like Catcher in the Rye way before I was really ready for them, which spoiled me on some amazing books I could only appreciate after re-reading them. I’m trying to avoid this mistake with my own kids, because with some of my favorites, I want the introduction to go perfectly.

Now, I rarely read young adult or picture books for pleasure unless I am reading them with or for my own children. By “for,” I mean that when my kids are reading something I’m not familiar with, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, I try to read either one book in a series, or a single book, so I know what they are reading. Books have always been such a huge influence on me that I want to know what might be influencing my own kids.

I’m trying to read more YA lit because I think my students might be (or should be) reading it, and I’ve found some good examples of ones I would absolutely want my students, or some day my own children, to read. But just for pleasure? Never occurs to me.

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BTT: Multi-Tasking

Do you multi-task when you read? Do other things like stirring things on the stove, brushing your teeth, watching television, knitting, walking, et cetera?

Or is it just me, and you sit and do nothing but focus on what you’re reading?

(Or, if you do both, why, when, and which do you prefer?)

I have always multi-tasked when reading; in fact, I’ve been notorious in my family for decades for reading while walking up and down the stairs, a habit that used to drive my mother crazy. She also hated when I tried to read at the tale, and I have to confess that I do this too often now that I’m the adult in my house. However, I don’t always multi-task; last night I spent a few hours reading a book I’ve been completely entranced by (The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer, review coming soon) and there was no multi-tasking at all involved.

Why do I do it? I think that especially when I was a child or adolescent, I would disappear so completely into a book I was reading that I really had trouble breaking that spell to do such mundane things as eat or walk. There has been no greater magic in my life than books, and I have spent so much of my life a willing captive, completely immersed in other worlds, both real and fantastic. No thing has had a greater influence on me than reading.

This is my Booking Through Thursday entry.

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