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 Natasha from My Disorganized Ramblings. 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 book memory, is making my dad read the Dr. Seuss book ‘Oh Say Can You See”. It was a tongue twister book, and I would giggle whenever he stumbled over the words. There were always books in my house, and it just seemed so natural for me to pick up books to read. Both my mom and dad were readers, although I surpass them on that now.
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 have always been a reader. I was reading adult books at about age 9. However, I am not a literature fan. I read for fun. I want to be able to turn my brain off and just consume. I didn’t like literature as I would have to analyze. I couldn’t (and still don’t) understand why something just can’t be taken at face value. Why does there have to be hidden meanings? As for my English classes, I did well in them, but I didn’t always enjoy them. There was only one that I do remember liking and it’s because we got to pick our books to read, as long as it fit certain categories.
Did you have any interesting reading habits when you were growing up? Do you still have them now?
No, I don’t think I did. I have probably developed more habits now as an adult than I ever did as a child. I now have more control over how and when I can get books. I would say my main habit now is to never NOT have a book with me. The invention of the ebook has been miraculous! I always have a book on my phone!
Where was your favourite spot to read as a kid? Are there any books you distinctly remember from your childhood? Why?
We had these upholstered rocking chairs. I loved sitting in there, rocking away, listening to music with my headphones, and reading. I really miss those chairs. As for any distinctive books, I have a few that come to mind – The Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys (loved the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys working together books), for a while I was reading some of the Fear Street and Goosebumps.
How have your reading tastes developed from childhood until now? What were the phases that you went through along the way?
I am more voracious now than I was then. I have gone through small phases where nothing has interested me, and I just really needed a reading break. Thinking back, I haven’t been that adventurous in my reading. I stick to my main genres, although I have done a bit of branching out.
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?
First, I don’t have children, but I do have friends who do, and so this is something I have thought about. Also, I have taken an interest in YA books. I think one of the best things we can do is keep putting out GOOD books. The books I read as a kid, they were good, but they were always fluff. Everything was happy. I like that today’s books for children aren’t always just rainbows and sunshine. There is more reality, more imagination. Having read some of the YA books that have come out lately, I am amazed at the talent being published. We need to keep the kids interested. If they can find something more exciting on TV then that is where they are going to turn.
I hope you enjoyed learning about Natasha 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!