Reading Roots: Jess from Find the Time to Read

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 Jess from Find the Time to Read. 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”?

My earliest memory involving books is being in first grade and sitting in the book closet, where you could only sit if you had gotten an A on the weekly reader quiz. In the closet there were shelves and shelves of books, and a big comfy pillow to lay on.

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 them. Langauge Arts / English classes were my favorite. I’m still the same way. The first time I considered myself a reader was in, once again, first grade when I was reading Goosebump books. I felt so grown up reading chapter books. I was so proud of myself.

Did you have any interesting reading habits when you were growing up? Do you still have them now?

When I was growing up I could read and walk at the same time, so during the summer when my mom would put us kids outside to play, I would walk up and down our street with my nose buried in a book. I can still do that, I did it all throughout high school and do it now at the gym as well. I can also eat and read a book at the same time, perfect for reading at work while on my lunch.

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 as a kid. Anyplace I could read was my favorite.

Books I remember from my childhood, looking back only 3 books come to mind. Deenie by Judy Blume, Are You There God It’s Me Margaret also by Judy Blume and Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews. Deenie & Are You There God, stick out because Deenie was my moms book originally and it was old and falling apart and I loved it, and Are You There God because I felt like it was written for me, like I was Margaret. Flowers in the Attic was my first ‘big girl’ read, when I read it I didn’t know what half of the terms meant and thought that Corrine’s name was a misspelling of Chlorine.

How have your reading tastes developed from childhood until now? What were the phases that you went through along the way?

My reading tastes are still pretty much the same, just a little bit more growing up, and for the most part I know what all the words mean 😛

Oh god, the phases that I went through. 3 little letters BSC – Baby Sitters Club. I own almost the whole series, and let me tell you when I found out that Ann M Martin was going to be releasing more BSC books … my inner 12 year old squealed with joy.

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?

Honestly, as long as the reading material grabs the kids attention I think that’s the most important thing. I might get a lot of hate for this, but the Twilight books did wonders for teenage reading. Yeah, the story isn’t the best (personal opinion) but it created a whole generation of kids who are interested in reading. The kids who read Twilight are now going out and finding other books to read. And it’s sparked that interest. Same thing that Harry Potter did for my generation. I know someone who hated to read, but picked up the Harry Potter series, he now reads anything he can get his hands on.

I hope you enjoyed learning about Jess 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!

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