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 Meg from A Bookish Affair. 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”?
I was surrounded by books when I was little. One of my favorite things to do before I could actually read is to pull all of the books off of my shelves and pretend like I was reading them. I’d say “read, read, read.” While neither of my parents are nearly as big of readers as I am, they always supported my reading habit. My dad especially was always more than happy to take me to the library whenever I wanted before I could drive.
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’ve always been a reader and I loved all of my language arts type classes. Sometimes the teachers weren’t the greatest but my love of reading and writing kept me going through the classes. I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t happy to slip into a book even if I was reading it for class!
Did you have any interesting reading habits when you were growing up? Do you still have them now?
I’ve always been able to have music on when I’m reading. I can have the tv on around me and it doesn’t take away from my reading. I know a lot of people who can’t have distractions like that when they read but it’s never bothered me! I have the ability to tune out whatever I don’t want to hear (much to my husband’s chagrin). I still usually have music on when I read. I’m not sure that I really listen to the music but I like the background noise.
Where was your favourite spot to read as a kid? Are there any books you distinctly remember from your childhood? Why?
I had two younger sisters but luckily I had my own room so I would retreat to my room, shut my door and read to my heart’s content. I had a lot of favorite books when I was little. I loved Roald Dahl. Matilda was my favorite but that’s probably not surprising. I also loved so many different series including The Babysitter’s Club, The Boxcar Children, and Goosebumps.
How have your reading tastes developed from childhood until now? What were the phases that you went through along the way?
I’ve always read at a higher level than my age. Now that I’m an adult, I’ve started to go back and read a lot of young adult and children’s books that I missed out on when I was in that age group.
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 think the more children see adults read, the more children will want to read. I also think that it’s important that parents read with their kids when they’re really young. I also think it’s important for parents to be involved and know what their kids are reading at all ages!
I hope you enjoyed learning about Meg 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!