Saturday, September 4, 2010

reading habits & memories

I love to read when it's dark. It's hard for me to concentrate when I read on a sunny afternoon or in the morning.

Unless of course it's raining - whether just a few trickles or a full-on storm. The cloudier and more overcast, the better.

When I was a child, I could read anytime, anywhere: in the car, in the morning, in the afternoon, with the TV/stereo on, at a baseball game, in the food court at the mall. Actually, I can still read at the food court and in the car...but maybe kids are just better at concentrating? When they want to, that is!

I used to read about 200 pages a sadly my average is around 75. The same sadly goes for writing - I could average about 40 pages a day when I was in 8th grade, now I can barely do 10. I can't really skim read anymore - all those literature classes in high school taught me how to "read for comprehension" and all that, which means that now I read really slowwwwly.

I used to read during school. Got in trouble a few times, too, but that never seemed to deter me. One time, in 4th grade, it was our 'reading' period and we were all supposed to be reading our assigned book, (Something Really Boring) by Beverly Cleary. I was reading my book. So the teacher came up behind me and said in a stiff, stern voice, "Amelia, I hope that's Beverly Cleary you're reading." I said, "No ma'am." She said, "What are you reading, that you think is more important than (Something Really Boring) by Beverly Cleary?" And I turned the book to the front cover and said, "Victor Hugo's Les Miserables." Did I mention that I was a snarky little brat, too? But I still believe that Victor Hugo's Les Miserables is better than Something Really Boring by Beverly Cleary.

For a few months, I got into the really cool habit of literally reading by candlelight. I'd put like 2 or 3 on each shelf and then one big one by my nightstand...until my dog knocked it over with his big bushy tail, and I started a wee small fire in my room. Now I read by lava-lamp. :)

For some reason, I get the munchies when I read for extended periods of time. Goldfish, Walker's shortbread, and double-stuffed Oreos make for great snacks, I've found. But the need to munch is so great, it overrides taste. I have resorted to eating a Dill pickle dipped in Duncan Hines chocolate frosting before. It still had a nice crunch.
Like Dr. Frasier Crane, I have a sound machine. I love my sound machine - currently it's set to "Amazon Rain" because, I like the sound of rain. Too much quiet weirds me out, so I like to have my sound machine on while I read.

Marathon reading sessions are epic. Sometimes, I'm able to just blot out everything else going on in the world - homework, assigned reading, phone calls, having to get up early for school/work - and enter a place where it's just me and the book. I think the fastest book I ever read was The Last Olympian and then Deathly Hallows. Last night I had a marathon session with Nevermore - 300 pages in just a few hours. For me, that's pretty good :)
Well those are some of my reading habits and memories. What are yours?

12 shout-outs!:

Tales of Whimsy said...

I use to love to hide under my bed with a flashlight, my favorite baby doll, and a book :)

Especially when it was raining.

Awesome post :)

Jillian said...

Aw I love this post, Amelia! I think you've been blessed to be able to actually read in moving vehicles. I can never do it because I get so dizzy in just a few minutes! And I have to agree, I do love rainy reading days.. so calming.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

This is such a cute post, Amelia! I've always had a penchant for rain, so growing up, I would sit on the window-seat and read while listening to the rain. I think that's my fondest memory of all :)

Kelly said...

What a great post :) I really enjoyed reading it! We seem to share a lot of the same likes when it comes to reading, I love to read at night, preferably when it's raining and I can read in cars too :)

Blueicegal ♥ said...

Amelia! i love these posts of yours, i plan on getting a lamp soon, i love reading in the dark to and i know!! theres something about the rain or drab weather that makes the read more soothing

It's been a while, hope all is going good with you hun :)

The Book Owl said...

I've always been able to read anytime, anywhere. I read in the car on the way to school since I'm about 20 minutes away, but now that I'll be driving soon that's going away. During the summer I'm more inclined to read at night. And yes, I love long reading sessions. :]

Anonymous said...

You know, that's funny. Now that I think about it, I have a hard time concentrating on books during the day as well. I like to do my reading on rainy days. :)

Natalie said...

Hahahaha! I can't believe you started a small fire in your room! Lol. That sounds like something I would do.

I agree with you about rainy days. They're the BEST days to read!

Jessica said...

I love this post Amelia :)

Sadly, I can only read about 30 pages a day. I do most reading in bed, with my bed-side table light on. Often dad tells me to turn off the light (but if its a really good book I use my torch and read under the covers :P )

On weekends I can also read during the day.
Like right now, its 3PM, dark and rainy out side.

Katie said...

Awesome post Amelia. I feel the same way, I hate reading on really hot sunny days!

Anonymous said...

that episode with Les Miserables was hilarious! but really-you read that on 4th grade? impressive

Anonymous said...

lol awesome
is it ok if I barrow this idea? and the one for what future things do you want to see in YA?

please? pretty please? I promise I'll link back to you (though maybe not this post exactly)

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