S: Reading Rarely
FC: PRESENTING : Reading "Rarely"
1: Reading "Rarely" by: Jordan Rahar This book is a short overview of how reading has impacted me both positively and negatively throughout my life. The story starts as early as my childhood and carries through to the present time of my life. I hope that some of what I faced in my life with reading may or may not portray your own reading habits. So therefore I ask you, "What are your own reading habits?"
3: Home Reading | While at home I always had a love for reading. My mother at the time was a librarian and still is to this day. Therefore, I was definitely shown the fun of reading early. As a young child we took visits to the local library where I was read to, but the adult's reading were never as good as my mom reading to me. Almost every night my mother would read to me. My favorite book for her to read was "Where the Wild Things Are," because she along with my brothers would make voices for the monsters and narrator.
4: As I grew older I became more aware that I was able to read on my own. I was very interested in many different genres. Due to my mother being a librarian I found that I definitely had access to a vast knowledge of reading. So therefore, I enjoyed reading and read almost every day in class as well as at night with my mother and sometimes brothers.
5: Once I got to the later years in elementary I really began to try to experience all genres of reading but quickly found my favorites. Adventure and mysteries really caught my attention because of the action and suspense that were offered. Also, graphic novels and comics were my favorite genres to read at home where my brothers and I would share comics. One of my favorite mystery series to read was "Encylopedia Brown." I would even go as far as to play dress up as him at home.
6: Comic Books Became a Key Genre at Home | My favorite comic book hero was The Flash.
7: While at home, one of my favorite genres to read were comic books. I read them at home from the age of late elementary until the most recent age of a couple of weeks ago. :) Comic books offered me a way to really have fun reading as it provided a new type of reading that interested me. Also my brothers were very involved in comics as well.
9: Reading In School | My experience of reading in school in the early years of schooling was very exciting and fun for me. My mother was the librarian at the elementary school I attended and I was able to find many books that really interested me. One of my favorite books in school to read was the poems of Shel Silverstein. I loved reading them and at one point began to memorize certain poems, such as board, to recite to my class. Since my mother was my librarian, she of course read to many classes as well as myself individually at home or after school. It was always fun to have my own mother read to my entire class. At my school it was very common for the mayor or some high power official of government even to come in to read to our classes as well as have the principal read. I truly enjoyed these experiences.
10: The first time that I truly was able to find my place in reading was during fifth grade. I had a teacher who was terrific in teaching literature as well as took a liking to me and finding books I would enjoy. I found that one of my favorite authors was Gary Paulson and I loved all of his books of adventure and suspense. Also I loved, as many others at the time did, the "Series of Unfortunate Events" titles. I owe all of the reason for my love of reading during this time to my fifth grade teacher along with my mother. Due to this, I began to read all kinds of books from the genre of adventure and suspense or mystery because it interested me so much through the action of the story. Paulson's writing gave me excitement to the point of not wanting to put the book down!
11: Toward the end of my fifth grade experience I was shown accelerated Reader and this killed my love for reading. I no longer read for fun, but rather for points and grades. I discovered that I did not like any type of informational or biographical books. Nor did I favor any books that were overly science fiction. Although, I did read some science fiction or fantasy, such as Harry Potter, in order to gain the points I needed to get a better grade. I disliked these genres and books because I could not truly put myself in some of the unusual settings.
13: Rarely Reading as an Adult | My reading as an adult only changed for the worse as I still was forced to read books that I did not have any interest toward but had to read for a passing grade. This was not my idea of fun for reading any longer. It took until my freshman year of college to finally be able to find a real novel that I loved. The novel was Ishmael. It was a required book to read for one of my classes, yet I found it to be one of my favorite books of all time.
14: Reading at the present time is mainly focused toward reading textbooks which are boring and uninteresting, unless somewhat focused on my field of education. Most of my reading frustrates me as I have no fun reading any longer. My reading habits are limited to seldom or none. I no longer enjoy or truly have the time to sit down and read, unless for a class. Therefore, I really do not have a favorite author as an adult. My current reading habits are by far poor and differ a lot from my childhood reading habits. I feel that the primary reason was having to read for points and a grade which changed my habits. Even at the present I very seldom get to have a choice of what I want to read. | Reading Habits
15: I would still recommend all of the books I read as a child to the children of today. Many of the books I read as a child are classics and would offer the children fun for reading. Recommending the books I read, the primary books would be "Where The Wild Things Are and "Encyclopedia Brown." These were two of my favorites and still can be used today to show action, suspense and mystery. I would definitely not suggest accelerated reader as a primary source of a reading grade toward children, due to how it affected my love so drastically. | Favorite Books and Children Recommendations