My Teenage Reading Experience

Reading isn’t for everyone. Some do it because they want to and others only do it when they have to. I am one of those weirdos that absolutely loves to read and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy picking up a book and getting lost within it’s pages.

I like to think that my experiences as a teen reader were unique, but in all reality, they were probably pretty similar to those of others. I read when I had to and since I actually liked it, I did some reading in my free time. I was one of those kids that was only allowed to really do anything on weekends so I had to find fun elsewhere. I was always on top of my homework, I watched a ton of movies, and I read a ton of books. I found many books that I absolutely loved and a few that I really couldn’t stand. When I was in high school, reading was something highly encouraged for all students. Everyday, before each class started,  we had to pick up a book for ten minutes or so and free read before the lesson began. Many students disliked this, but I was one of the rare students that could not wait to pick up their book.

You see, when I find a piece of writing that I really enjoy it gets hard for me to put it down. When you attach yourself to a piece of literature you allow yourself to be in another world all together. You get to (in a sense) experience what the characters are experiencing and you learn lessons a long the way. When I was a teenager I read the typical novels that most teenage girls read: Twilight, Harry Potter, etc. I also read things that most teenage girls wouldn’t think about picking up: Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, etc. I found that I had a thing for darker stories that seemed to take you to a totally new world. I read about Dorian Gray and Alice and realized how unique each story is and how extraordinary the human mind is. That’s when I decided I wanted to teach others about reading, writing, and literature.

Without my experiences as a young reader I wouldn’t be in the same boat as I am today. I would be studying something totally different and I would probably be a slightly different version of myself.


3 thoughts on “My Teenage Reading Experience

  1. I loved your comment, “when you attach yourself to a piece of literature” what a strong image that brings! It’s nice that your school had a strong emphasis on reading which allowed you the opportunity to pursue your passion. My co-teacher does the 10 minute reading each day at the beginning of class, but I have chosen to give the students the whole class period on Fridays as independent reading time. Either way students have about 50 minutes of reading time. Being one that loved the reading time given to you, which way do you think you would have preferred the time (10 min/day or all Fridays)?

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    1. I like the idea of being able to read for a full period on Fridays but only if they are all caught up on their work! But I think the 10 minutes daily is nice as well. Either way I think it’s important that they do get that time!

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  2. Hi, Lacey, I love the design of your website; it fits with who you are from the reading. Like you, as a teen, I couldn’t wait to read, and I did a ton of it. Your comment (I)…”realized how unique each story is and how extraordinary the human mind is,” made me stop and think. The human mind is amazing. I am a full-time English teacher, and I used to do 10-15 minutes of free reading each period, but it was always hard to make it happen, so I went to doing free reading all period on Fridays, just like Holly commented above. Fridays work out a whole lot better for my classes. I have them read regardless of any other work. I want them to understand that reading is the number one thing. I have had many students walk in on Friday and say to me, “Since we’re just reading, can I go take my science, math, whatever test?” or “I’m going to catch up on my homework for you instead of reading.” They are always shocked and a tad bit mad when I say, “No, you are going to read along with everyone else in class.” I want them to understand that reading is the number one thing. Thanks for your comments.


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