Saturday, March 10, 2018

#SOL18 3-10-18 11 Things About Me as a Reader

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the U.S. in September of 1998, and my then 8-year-old son and I read it together that fall. We attended every midnight release party together through 2007, when my son was 17. I credit J.K. Rowling for turning him into an English Lit major and writer.
  1. Although I routinely read close to one hundred books a year, including rereads, I’ve only enjoyed a handful of series in my life: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan, The Fairyland Series by Catherynne Valente, The Millennium (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) series, and Harry Potter, of course.
  1.  I’m omnivorous. My favorite genres are middle grade novels and books that help me become a better teacher.
  1. With rare exceptions--The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo--I  don’t like mysteries.
  1. Tape flags reveal how much I love book. The more colorful and flaggy the edges of the pages become, the better the book! The best books end up with as many flags waving as the U.N. in Geneva.
  1. There are a few books that describe the setting so enticingly that I reread the book again and again just to be in that place. Mink River by Brian Doyle is the latest.
  1. I am a bookstore tourist. When we plan a trip I research in advance independent bookstore gems to visit in the area. Have you been to BookPeople in Austin?!
  1. My worst habit as a reader is to read the ending when I can’t take the tension anymore, and then never really finish the book.
  1. I felt old the other day when I realized that a book that I bought new and love, now has yellowing pages.
  1.  I can’t resist a beautiful new picture book. The smooth cover, the secrets underneath the dust jacket, the precise writing. Even when I try to resist, too many end up coming home with me.
  1.  I could write 111 Things About Me as a Reader.

Thanks to Jenna Hansen for the 11 Things about me as a reader idea!

This post is my daily Slice of Life (#SOL18) and is a part of the annual March challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. According to Two Writing Teachers, a Slice of Life, or simply a “Slice,” is “a story about a small segment of someone’s day, a poem that tells about a small moment in time, a collection of words and photos that describes a scenario.”


  1. I love that you are SUCH a reader that you plan excursions on vacation to go to bookstores. That says so much about you! Love this list. It's really interesting and revealing.

  2. Harry Potter? Yes! I'm a big Lord of the Rings fan as well. The movies were nice, but nothing compared to the books. I love the list idea and want to try it soon. Thanks for your post!

  3. I like your idea and want to try it myself. It will also get me to reflect on myself as reader - something different!

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  5. 111 things about you as a reader - I have no doubt you could make a list longer than that. Happy reading!

  6. Such a wonderful list! Of course you got me thinking about my 11 Things About Myself as a Reader too. I don't read many series (Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief series is my favorite). I also plan trips to bookstores too--I've been thinking about going to ILA this year, and it's in Austin, and I know just where I'd want to go!! Thanks for this delightful post.

  7. I love this post! Definitely one that I could try! I read lots of series books as a child- Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Borrowers were my favorites. I don't read many now, but I will sometimes go on an author binge. This gives me an idea for what I will write, maybe even as soon as today!