Sunday, July 29, 2012

Reading Memories - Unearthing an Old Meme

I originally did this meme back in 2006. It was basically my first post that wasn't a book review... (I used to basically ONLY write book reviews... How things have changed!) Anyway, here are the answers from 2006:

Reading Memories

20 Years Ago:
-- My first word was book
-- People read to me, I am sure, but not like I remember!

-- 10 Years Ago: 
-- I read a lot, was reading at levels above my age.
-- Got bored of Anne M. Martin and the other series my friends were reading
-- Won awards in reading, and more often than not, read more than anyone else in my class

5 Years Ago: 
-- I discovered Madeleine L'Engle around this time, who I still love.
-- Got told by my teacher that I wasn't allowed to follow reading levels because the ones I was supposed to be reading were too easy for me
-- Began my fantasy obsession stage and read the entire Anne of Green Gables series

3 Years ago: 
-- Went through my Tolkien stage, read LoTR and Hobbit, as well as attempted some of his other works.
-- Became very interested in novels set in or about Canada.
-- Began my attempt to read more classics... did get through a couple, still need to work on it.

Last Year: 
-- I discovered losts of exciting second hand book stores
-- I branched out in reading, even reading Oprah book club selections, something I wouldn't have ever done before.
-- I read about 150 novels, which was an impressive feat considering I am in university.
-- Reread Madeleine L'Engle

This Month: 
-- I discoverd that I don't mind ALL romancy novels by reading J.D. Robb
-- Discovered lots of new authors that I look forward to reading more of.
-- Have read 15 books so far this month.

3 Favorite Reading Locations:
-- porch swing
-- in bed before I go to sleep
-- in a comfy chair or my futon

3 Reading habits:
-- If I am at an interesting part in a book and someone harasses me to pay attention to them I can be quite cranky at the interruption, normally I tune everyone out.
-- I set limits for myself so as to not read too long and forget about the rest of the world-
- I cannot read with the television on. I get too distracted. If I'm reading during commercial breaks I mute the T.V.

3 Things that distract me:
-- Television
-- Loud people
-- My exchange students

3 Characters I'd love to be:
um, no one, just myself

3 Three Characters I despise:
Good question... I don't know.

3 Favorite Book Bevrages:
-- diet pepsi/pepsi
-- French vanilla cap
-- orange juice

3 Favorite bookmarks:
-- receipts, pieces of paper, etc
-- book store bookmarks
-- Any of the actual bookmarks that I happen to encounter

3 Dead Writers I'd love to meet:
-- Jean Plaidy (Eleanor Hibbert)
-- Lucy Maud Montgomery
-- Marion Zimmer Bradley

3 Alive Writers I'd love to meet:
-- James Rollins
-- Madeleine L'Engle
-- Laurell K. Hamilton

And, now I am going to do it a little over 6 years later:

Reading Memories:

20 Years Ago: 
-- I think I had just finished grade 1?
-- I remember grade 1. We made 'reading worms' and mine was huge. I think I read the most books that year in my class. If not the most... a lot!
-- Somewhere in here I started reading chapter books because I remember being in the second grade discussing Ann M. Martin. I even remember who I had the conversation with!

10 Years Ago: 
-- I think I read Lord of the Flies. I hate that book. With a passion!
-- I was in a Canadian Literature course and discovered Carol Shields, Douglas Coupland, etc.
-- Somewhere in here I also read The Old Man and the Sea. HATED IT!

5 Years Ago: 
-- Such a great year! I discovered Robin Hobb. Michelle Moran released her first book.
-- I ventured into the romance section of the book store and read Colleen Gleason.
-- And, I read Brian Selznick which was basically one of my first graphic novels.
-- I saw the end of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy and am still sad because her other books are not as good.
-- I read the Josephine B. Trilogy by Sandra Gulland and still consider it one of my favourite trilogies ever. And, it was one of the few times where I basically read a trilogy in a row!
-- I read my first Sarah Waters!
-- Decided I was never ever reading Philippa Gregory again...
-- Finally read Dragonlance!!
-- Read Kelley Armstrong for the first time and now I am finishing up that series!
-- Read Middlesex. I love love love Jeffrey Eugenides. (Still haven't read his new book, though.)
-- I could go on and on... Thanks to blogging I can just look back!

3 Years ago: 
-- This was another great year, so this could get long, too!!
-- DISCOVERED FABLES!! Read lots and lots of them...
-- Also read Bones and Maus.
-- Read Emma for the first time. Reread this year.
-- Read Fingersmith. Love that book!
-- Read John Scalzi, Sarah Addison Allen, Christopher Barzak, and Ali Smith for the first time.
-- Read Graceling that year. Finished that trilogy this year.
-- Read The Forest of Hands and Teeth.
-- Finally read Jpod... And lots of other great Canadian Fiction.
-- Read Melissa Marr for the first time. Finally read more Diana Wynne-Jones.
-- Read The Adoration of Jenna Fox.
-- Read John Green for the first time.
-- This is really quite fun being able to look back through my blog and reminisce!

Last Year: 
-- Read and loved The House at Riverton.
-- I finally read the Help. Loved it!
-- Read Little Princes. One of my favourite non-fiction reads ever...
-- Finally read The Woman in White!
-- Actually, I read lots of classics last year. It was impressive for me!
-- Read The Way of Kings. Can't wait until there is a sequel!
-- Read The Night Circus. Loved it!
-- Read A Discovery of Witches... Need to get to the sequel.
-- Read The Virgin Cure and The Rose Garden. Two great Canadian authors!
-- Reread Outlander. Still have not read any of the sequels.
-- Loved A Monster Calls and My Most Excellent Year. Surprised me!
-- Read a lot of Charles de Lint.
-- Finally read Haruki Murakami.

This Month: 
-- I am just reading when I want to read.
-- Read Seraphina. Will be on my best of list for the year.
-- Read Bitterblue and actually, this isn't a trilogy anymore, so I am not done.

3 Favorite Reading Locations:
-- In bed.
-- On the deck.
-- My futon... Still the same one!

3 Reading habits:
-- I absolutely hate it when people try to talk to me when I am reading.
-- I am horrible at keeping up with series and trilogies.
-- Sometimes the books I am most excited about reading are the ones that take me the longest to get around to.

3 Things that distract me:
-- Television
-- People talking to me.
-- Too many people...

3 Characters I'd love to be:
I hated this question then and still do now... um...

3 Three Characters I despise:
-- aw, man, I don't know. I really don't change!

3 Favorite Book Bevrages:
-- Orange juice
-- coffee
-- a beer here and there.

3 Favorite bookmarks:
-- Random index cards
-- Receipts
-- Occasionally an actual bookmark!

3 Dead Writers I'd love to meet:
-- Madeleine L'Engle
-- Lucy Maud Montgomery
-- Marion Zimmer Bradley
-- Carol Shields (I cheated)
--Sara Douglass

3 Alive Writers I'd love to meet:
-- James Rollins
-- Michelle Moran
-- um... so many possible choices! Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, etc etc.


  1. I also hate Lord of the Flies! Nice to see I'm not the only one =D And I completely agree with wanting to meet Sara DOuglass, Lucy Maude and Madeleine L'Engle.

  2. Blagh I remember reading The Old Man and the Sea. We were in the same English class then! So it was more like 11-12 years ago. Isn't that gross!? It was in grade 10 when our teacher (won't name names lol) always made members of the class alternate reading aloud for the entire book and we weren't "allowed" to read ahead. Remember how awful that was? I still cringe thinking about it!

  3. This was fun to read! I don't think I could remember much from when I was 23!!!! Wow, I'm old!!

  4. This was very fun to read! What did you discover about yourself and your reading habits - how much has changed, or how little has changed in 6 years? I liked seeing when you discovered certain authors, it's fun when we can associate books with years or what was going on in our lives - I know I do it.

    I have to read Seraphina, I'm so disappointed my library doesn't have it yet.

  5. "Sometimes the books I am most excited about reading are the ones that take me the longest to get around to."

    Are you secretly me?

  6. Hmmm--I might have to borrow this as a rainy day meme. What's so striking to me is how your more current memories have increased so much! Look at your 3 year memory versus your first 3 year memory--it's like triple! Think that's what blogging does to us. ;)

    And I'll have you know that I did three dates in my journal this weekend. Until Elle wanted my pens and threw a FIT when I wouldn't let her. fun times.

  7. I am so glad to finally find that other people hate Lord of the Flies. It's being taught in high schools now, and if you even hint that you don't love it folks act like you kicked a puppy.

    This is a great idea. I hadn't thought of looking back to see the change and growth.

  8. Pssssst. I'm reading Outlander.

  9. I love seeing how your tastes have changed. It's wonderful to see growth as a reader and still be able to surprise yourself with trying new books and genres.


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