Discussion Post: Reading Life Then vs. Now

So I’ve been a reader for a pretty long time. I wanted to make this post to ask some questions that talk about my reading life and how it has changed. Feel free to answer the questions on your own blog but make sure to link back so I can see your answers! If you don’t have a blog, write your answers in the comments as I would love to hear from you.

1. What were some memorable books that made you a reader?

I remember Dr. Seuss books (specifically Green Eggs and Ham), Junie B. Jones, and the Magic Tree House books. The picture book for Where The Wild Things Are also stands out to me (it’s probably why I’m so weird!) My mom had the puppet of one of the monsters and would read it to me at bed time. I loved how dark it was. Also this one was much later but Harry Potter!

2. Did any person influence you to become a reader?

My mom. I had a very terrible time sleeping up until I was twelve and my mom would read to me to calm me down so I could sleep. She read Sweet Valley High, The Babysitters Club, and the Mary Kate and Ashley paperbacks. My parents also bought me soooo many books growing up and I’m very thankful.

3. What were your reading preference when you started?

As a kid, I was very much into books about other kids being brave. I was very shy, chubby, and would blush at the drop of a hat (and when I say blush I’m talking face explosion. People would always point it out because they were legitimately concerned for my health.) I really liked feeling that I could be brave too.*

*and now I’m a crazy scary princess-ninja that is literally the bravest ever and punches with a book in each hand.**
**Actually I won’t do that because I believe it would hurt.

4. How have your reading preferences changed?

Well I still read children’s books sometimes but I also read Young Adult, New Adult, Classics, Adult Fiction of all different kinds– Literary, Historical, Romance, Thrillers, Sci-fi, FANTASY, Magical Realism, Horror, etc. (To be completely honest, I said etc. because I knew there were different genres but I didn’t really want to put them down lol.) Sometimes even non-fiction if it looks cool enough.

My reading is just a lot more varied. College helped a lot with this because even though my book count got piteously low-I didn’t keep track of anything we read in school-it made me a smarter reader. It opened my eyes to why Classics are the Classics! I had previously held the notion that no one actually read Classics. They just said they did because it looked cool or deep or whatever. I’m still mildly under this impression because ahh it’s so annoying when people are pretentious but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy them sometimes along with my lovely Young Adult books.

5. Are there any books that you read and liked that you never would have at the beginning?

I liked dark things from the beginning so that’s out. I would have to say contemporary books are the biggest surprise or anything that doesn’t have magic or quests in it. I read a weird little short story collection called No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July and while I didn’t love it, beginning-reader Leah never would have considered it. At the time, I remember it being very out of character for me to read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell but I ended up loving it and becoming a big fan. In college I read and loved both A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout and really liked and would 100% recommend both of those.

Let’s chat!! Do you see your reading preferences changing in the future? Answer any of these questions!

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About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

3 Responses

  1. Memorable books (from a young age) Wizard of Oz and The Borrowers.
    My dad very much influenced my reading.
    I don’t think I had a preference when I started reading and even now I find that my taste in books changes over a period of a few years.
    I used to mainly read my dads books which were classics. Contemporary novels were so amazing when I first picked them up. I also liked a lot of horror and thrillers but now pretty much read SFF.
    Sci fi – I’ve always liked fantasy but been a bit daunted by sci fi – I find that’s now changing.
    Lynn 😀

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  2. Rachel

    1. The Chronicles of Narnia, Magic Tree House (I for real wanted that to be my life), The Boxcar Children, and American Girl books
    2. My mom read to me every day before I could read on my own
    3. I liked intense, historical survival stories, mysteries, and stories with magic.
    4. I really haven’t read much since starting college, but I hope to change that once I graduate!
    5. I grew up reading the classics and didn’t expect to like YA when I started reading it in high school. I never would have read Eleanor & Park if you hadn’t reccomended it to me and still didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

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