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Friday, August 12, 2011

Follow Friday(8)

Q. How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?

A.  Growing up (not that I’m finished yet!), I tended to read more mature mystery/suspense books—John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark.  I went through a phase where I read more Christian fiction (Terri Blackstock, The Left Behind Series).  And I read A LOT, no matter what genre I was reading.

Once in college, when reading became mandatory, and usually not very interesting, I don’t recall reading for pleasure.  I did take several Lit classes as electives to have some fun.

As an “adult,” my wife got me back into reading.  I read about two books a week, usually one audiobook and one regular book.  I seem to be reading more more YA lately than anything else, though I enjoy many different genres.

Have your habits changed?

Many Adventures,

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  1. The college workload can kill the reading habit. Fun that you have got back into the reading habit.

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  2. Reading through out my life.

    My first remembrance of reading a big book and not the child books which I started reading way back as my Mommy puts it, was when I was six years old reading Peter Pan. I quickly read everything around me, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Huck Finn, graduated at the age of 8 reading more hard scale books like Moby Dick, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Pride and Prejudice and so on, I can say by the time I was 12 years old I had read over 100 books all classics, as of this date I have read most every book that is considered a classic.

    I think my fondest memories of reading is three separate ordeals. One being the most favorable is me and my grandmother got into the romantic vampire paranormal stage back in 1995 and would trade books back and forth, she would read one I would read one and we would pass them on so we could talk about it after we had read them. Whatever grandma read I read, a personal favorite of ours that stands out because it gave us so much to talk about and the conversation lasted two fun filled weeks talked about it over dinner and lunches and walks and so was Amanda Steven's Dark Obsession that came out in 1995, we also loved the Teen Paranormal books like Christopher Pikes The Last Vampire, The Fear Street Saga's by R.L. Stine those memories where the best for me and went on all the way up until 2001 when sadly I moved out of state but it‘s something I will never forget.

    The second would be my Uncle Earl and his wife Judy who I called Nanny, Earl would read Zane Grey and Louis L'amour westerns and adventure books which he read and then I read, I have read all 105 Louis L'Amour books. Uncle Earl sent me on fun journeys in the west and adventures of boxers and diamond hunters and so on. My Nanny also read the Harlequin books from historical romance to modern romance to the Intrigue and American Romance books which I also read a dime a dozen meaning they are so quick to read I was reading two a day sometimes. I more or less have read over 300 hundred of them.

    The next reading memory is with my Middle School Math teacher Mrs. Hall. I had just read possibly one of my favorite books of all time Whitley Strieber’s BILLY and Mrs. Hall had just finished Silence of the Lambs and I really wanted to read it and Mrs. Hall wanted to read mine. But I being so young in the 5th grade she had to get permission from my parents because it being such a disturbing book, but what Mrs. Hall did not know is I had all ready consumed countless disturbing books even more disturbing then Silence of the Lambs but she was doing her job and so Mom said yes and we traded and I loved the book, just like I love the movie, I recommend reading the book because there is a lot more in the book, more disturbing stuff.

    Reading came natural to me, it flowed with ease and it's what I enjoyed more then anything and my fondest memories are of reading books. So you can see the versatile range of my book loving ways, from romance to classic to modern day mystery and suspense to just anything that appeals to me calling from the bookselve.

  3. I read the Left Behind series when I was younger too. Basically, I stick with a bit of everything as well. Here's my hop:
    Happy reading and have a lovely weekend!

  4. Hi there,
    Stopping by via Parajunkee's Follow Friday. I'm following you.

    Have a great weekend!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

  5. Thanks for stopping by, y'all!

    @Abraham: you have read TONS more than I have in my life! Thanks for the comment!

  6. YA has taken me by storm! I NEVER expected to fall for some of the YA books I have this year.

    my FF/Hop


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