Nov 21, 2011

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Question – Are You a Long Time Reader or a New Again Reader?

I am not going to go into details – again – about how I came into reading.  I won’t tell you that I was never a big reader because I found the books I had to read in High School were dreadfully dull and I thought that’s all there was out there.  I will not go into the story of how I was annoyed into reading Twilight and found out that books were actually not so dull after all.  I won’t start going on and on about how I discovered YA then The Black Dagger Brotherhood and Kate Daniels and then a whole slew of book I just adored and how they helped me find me again and helped me have a hobby again.  I won’t remind you all that I am now totally addicted to books and that I feel empty inside if I don’t read at least a little bit each and every day.

I won’t go into all that because I’ve told you that tale many times before…and you can always read all about it on my About page.  I will give you a moment to go check that out.  *whistles a tune*  Are you finished reading it yet?  No?  Okay.  A little more time then.  *whistles a tune a little louder*  Finished yet?  Geesh!  I know it’s a little on the long side, but c’mon!  *whistles a tune loudly and taps toes*  Done now?  Okay good.

Now you know that I am a ‘new again reader’, but I don’t know about you.  So tell me:  Are you a long time reader or are you a new again reader like me?

  1. I think I could fall into both categories. I read like a fiend as a child and teenager, then stopped reading all together for about ten years. I just rediscovered my love of books about a year and a half ago.

  2. My reading has definitely ebbed and flowed over the years, but I have always read….not quite to the extent that I am right now, but I have always been a big reader. In Jr. High I won a Read-a-thon because I read the most books. I know, you can’t imagine that, right? And they weren’t small books either. I remember that was the first time I read GONE WITH THE WIND. And yes, I have ALWAYS read romance! smiles…

  3. I think we might be literary sisters from another mister!
    High School ruined reading for me. Don’t know what you had to read in your part of the province but The Mountain and the Valley ,The Stone Angel (AKA The Stoned Angel) and other classic Cdn-lit books turned me off reading for years.
    I too was annoyed into reading Twilight and then I found The Sookie Stackhouse novels, LKH, Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, etc, etc… the rest is a tale of near financial ruin and good reading 😉

  4. I think really it’s a bit of both but technically I’m a long time reader. I’ve always been a reader partly because I always took English subjects which meant you had to read a lot too. But I often felt that what I wanted to read was shunned (romance genre) if it wasn’t a classic or something that could teach you something so I feel like I’m a new again romance reader as I’ve had years were that’s mainly what I’d read then would stop then start again, but a long time classical reader.
    This is actually a tough question! lol 🙂

  5. Great post…I am both, kinda sorta….I read like crazy from 9th grade until I was about 21, when I had my daughter. Life got to busy being a single mother to be able to enjoy reading so I stopped until about 2 years ago when my daughter turned 16 and I haven’t stopped since. I pretty much read a book a day and now have a web-site to go with it. I LOVE the escape from reality reading gives me and the way maintaining the review site keeps me busy =)

  6. Rain Maiden Jen says:

    Yea, why is it that some of the most boring books I’ve ever read were in high school..? I can see kids screaming and running away from reading books after high school. In high school I discovered sci fi and was hooked into a good story. Now I read just about everything.

  7. I have always been a reader. I grew up watching my mom read all the time and books were one thing she never said “no” to buying.

    I read even more now since I have a Kindle. It is always with me and I have been known to read at stoplights.

  8. mo (mo_books) says:

    I used to read while I was a kid a lot, then I stopped reading as much for about 8 years. I got pregnant had a kid and found while on maternity leave I had a bit of spare time (had a very good first child). My need to read kicked in. That was 5 years ago now, and I am always reading something. I am so glad because it’s something I do for me. I can thank many a sleepless nights on books (not kids) but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  9. I was a reading machine when I was a kid. Then teens hit and blah, I was not picking up a book when there were boys out there. Then skip ahead past school, marriage and babies..ok keep skipping ahead to kids entering tween years and now I was not needed as often. (unless they needed money or a ride LOL)

    I discovered I had time on my hands and fell in love with Gilmore Girls. Then it ended 🙁 I wasn’t ready for it to end. I found fan fiction and then one of my friends became a published romance author and I read the Janet Evanovich series as a recommendation from that friend. HOOK, LINE and SINKER. Been about 3 years and having been found without a book in my hand or purse and the adoption of the Kindle nation.

    So I guess I would qualify as a newer reader because I have been super duper dedicated for about 3 yrs now.

    As always, great blog post!

  10. Seems to be the thread that kids = less reading. I know that is true for me (since I have three little ones), but I still find time to read a couple books a week. I think I am getting faster! At least that is what my husband says when I finish a book and pick up another one.
    Fun post!

  11. Barbara Elness says:

    I’m a very long time reader. 😀 I’ve been reading steadily since I was in the third grade and discovered the library and I’ve never stopped. Trends have come and gone, my tastes have changed a bit here and there, but the desire to read has never left.

  12. Theresa – I think that’s great that you rediscovered them a year and a half ago. Isn’t it neat how different they seem now? lol

    Christi – I actually tried to read Gone with the Wind once. I figured it was a classic and I should read it. I didn’t even make it past the first three pages. LOL

    CdnMrs – The Stone Angel! Snooze……

    Ally – You mean they don’t teach Romance Reading 101 in Uni there? ;p

    Didi – I see that kids are the cause for many reading ‘breaks’. lol’

    RainMaiden – I am very curious to see what my daughter will have to read when she enters high school. I wonder if it’s still the same books? lol

    Melissa – I think I’ll be that way too. I can’t see myself ever saying no to my kids if they want to buy a book.

    mo – Reading is my ‘me’ thing too! 🙂

    Michelle – Super duper dedicated is a great way of putting it! 🙂

    Lexi – I know, right? Darn kids…lol

    Barbara – That is just wonderful. It really really is. I bet you’ve read thousands of books by now! That must boggle your mind! lol

  13. I used to read a lot. I read classics, thrillers, fiction, biographies but it was not until *lowers voice to whisper* Twilight *raises voice again* that I found my love for Paranormal, Urban Fantasy and later on romance, both contemporary and historical. Now days I’m acknowledged bookaholic.

  14. Long Time Reader! Never stopped reading and loving books, ever since I learned how to I’ve been devouring books 🙂

  15. Northwoman says:

    I’m an ALWAYS reader. From the time I crawled into my dad’s lap after his work when he was reading the Wall Street Journal when I was 3, I was working on reading everything available. I missed 42 out of 45 days in the first quarter of first grade being ill but still got the reading award that summer at the library. Even when I worked 18 hours a day for a few years starting a business, I still read at bedtime to wind down. I devour some books in one sitting and the Kate Dainels – Ilona Andrews books are some of my absolute favorites. I like many genres but for a long time only read mysteries. Now I am liking scifi / paranormal with some romance, but it has to have humor.

  16. I’ve always been a reader. Or since 4th grade always, anyway. I still think that one of the best things about moving out of my parent’s house was that I was finally allowed to read at the table! And that was a LONG time ago. I read about a book a day, mystery, sci fi, romance fantasy, but at least 300 pages. It’s my favorite escape. Always has been.

  17. I’m definitely a member of the “Long Term Reader” club. My mom and grandmother used to read out loud to me as a child. There came a time, while reading a book called Tom’s Midnight Garden, that I couldn’t wait until bedtime the next night to know what happened. So I snuck the book out and read it myself. And so an addict was born. I started reading Nancy Drew and other sort of YA mystery books, but even then my reading tendencies didn’t completely kick in until I was 11 and my grandmother introduced me to science fiction. The first author I read was Andre Norton, and I fell completely in love with the genre. After that I devoured books voraciously. I used to walk to library and come back with two grocery bags of books. When I started working as a teen, all my money was spent at half priced books. I grew up, got married, and kept reading but I read less often. More like a book every two weeks instead of a book every 2 days. 😀 But then earlier this year I found urban fantasy/paranormal romance and it’s like being 11 again with science fiction. Here was a whole new unexplored world of books! A new genre to delve into. And this genre includes sexy men, and amazing romance (something that’s often lacking from classic sci-fi/fantasy). And the rest is history. 😀

  18. As a side note – it’s pretty funny how many of us were introduced to this genre with Twilight. Twilight is evidentally a gateway drug! 😀

  19. I’ve always read at least a couple of books a week, even before I started school I would wait eagerly for the mobile library to arrive each week to exchange my library books. I can’t imagine ever not reading and in fact everyday wish I had a little more time to read

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d out

  20. Bookaholic Cat – So Twilight may not have got you into reading but it introduced you to a new genre. Nothing wrong with that. 😉

    Stella – That’s wonderful. 🙂

    Northwoman – LOVE the Kate Daniels books. They are my most fave too – tied with KMM’s Fever books.

    Marlene – Woot to finally being able to read at the table! lol Great story. 🙂

    Jessica – I can totally see how discovering a new genre is like being a kid again. I can’t say that I was a long time reader, but I can say that I went from YA to PNR and UF and when I found those genres, I was SO hyped! lol

    Shelleyrae – More time to read would be nice. Yes, I agree with that. 🙂

  21. My story (which I’ve told on my own blog as well), is very similar to yours and so many others. Hello, look at my “name,” Twimom – yes… I was a long-time reader that fell away after having kids. Maybe down to 10 books a year. I finally read the Twilight series in 2008, made the jump to BDB, and never looked back. So, I am a bit of both I guess!

    Thanks!

  22. I am a ridiculously long time reader. I started reading at the age of 3 & promptly fell in love with books. Over the course of my life, I can’t ever remember a period of time where I wasn’t reading. I’m always reading something. I can remember being in elementary school, sitting on the bus while traveling to a field trip destination, reading a huge tome on the Civil War that I’d checked out of the library & also reading the biography of Annie Oakley in 5th grade. Weird choices for a 10 yr old girl…but I would read just about anything. I’ve gotten much pickier as I’ve gotten older about what I will read. Maybe since I feel my free is time is more valuable & scarce then it was when I was younger, but I still love to read & I’d rather be curled up with a blanket & a book, then doing just about anything else.

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