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 LLM from A Book Geek. 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”?
The funny thing is, I can’t remember a time that I didn’t read. My mother said I taught myself to read at very early age. My parents bought books for me and my siblings for birthdays, and basically any occasion and read to us every night. We were always encouraged to read.
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 any class that had reading involved. English/language arts was a favorite. I have always considered myself to be a reader.
Did you have any interesting reading habits when you were growing up? Do you still have them now?
I don’t know if my habits were interesting or not, but I know there was a very long period where I would quite literally read ANYTHING I could get my hands on — cereal boxes, dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. If I didn’t have a book in my hand, I would pick up whatever had words on it and read it. My mother would periodically pull my book away and say she was reminding herself of what I looked like since I always had my nose in a book.
Where was your favourite spot to read as a kid? Are there any books you distinctly remember from your childhood? Why?
My favorite spot to read was a chair in the corner of the living room. It was quiet and secluded. I vividly remember Louisa May Alcott books from my childhood.
How have your reading tastes developed from childhood until now? What were the phases that you went through along the way?
I went through so many phases from childhood to now. I read mysteries, ghost stories, historical fiction, science fiction, literary fiction — usually in distinct phases. Now, I read a variety of books. I still love all these genres, but try to be more varied in my reading habits.
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?
We encourage our kids to read by reading ourselves in front of them and talking about the books we enjoyed, why we enjoyed them, and by encouraging them to follow their own reading interests. Since we homeschool, I do require certain books in their studies, so for their free reading, I let them choose anything they are interested in. (If age and maturity level are appropriate for them.)
I hope you enjoyed learning about LLM 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!