Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”.
Today, I’m interviewing Iliana from Bookgirl’s Nightstand. Let’s explore her reading roots!
What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”?
One of my earliest memories about books is when my mom took me shopping one day when I must have been around 5 or 6 and let me pick out a book I wanted. It felt like I had a million stories at my fingertips and I loved that I was given a choice as to what I wanted to read. We didn’t have a house full of books but my parents always encouraged my reading habits. My mom read mainly nonfiction so she would always tell me stories about kingdoms far away and my dad was the one who usually read to me at bedtime when I was little and he was the one who took me to get my first library card.
Did you enjoy language arts/English classes as a kid, or were you more of a reluctant reader? When did you first consider yourself “a reader”?
I loved language arts classes. They were always my favorite courses and I did well in those classes. I could have had the entire school day devoted to those and I would have been happy. Sadly, I can’t say the same about math courses. Those were always the hardest for me.
Did you have any interesting reading habits when you were growing up? Do you still have them now?
I think my reading habits are the same now as they were when I was a child. I don’t dog ear books, I still enjoy series books and I always check out more books from the library than I can read in the timeframe allowed.
Where was your favourite spot to read as a kid? Are there any books you distinctly remember from your childhood? Why?
I didn’t have a favorite reading spot, probably just read in bed for the most part. The books that I remember most from my childhood though are Trixie Belden, the Little House on the Prairie books and books by Judy Blume. I was also a lot into ghost stories. They didn’t scare me but I loved the spookiness.
How have your reading tastes developed from childhood until now? What were the phases that you went through along the way?
I think for the most part I still read the same type of genres. Aside from fiction, I love mysteries. I also used to read a lot of teen romance novels and as I got older I went through a phase of reading historical romances. Now, I really enjoy branching out into other literary areas. I don’t read as much of them as fiction and mysteries but I do enjoy YA, Fantasy, Poetry, and Non-fiction.
Bonus Literacy Question: If you have children, how did you encourage them (or how are you encouraging them) to become readers? If you do not have children of your own, what do you think is the most important thing to focus on in order to promote reading in the coming generations?
I don’t have children but I think it’s important to promote a love of reading no matter what age you are. You can pick up a book at any time. I think people who say they don’t like to read is perhaps because they just haven’t found the right material for them. Not everyone is going to like say historical fiction or science books but if you have one interest or hobby then seek out books in that area and you just might be surprised.
I hope you enjoyed learning about Iliana as much as I did! If you haven’t read her blog before, I suggest that you go take a look.
See you next week for a look into the “roots” of another fantastic blogger!