Discussion: Missing The Window

let's talkHave you ever read a book and enjoyed it well enough but know 10 year old you would have loved the book? How about finding a book as an adult that would have been perfect for that certain time of your life?

As an adult who reads many children’s books, I frequently run into the problem of “missing the window” for books. These books that I read are still enjoyable as an adult but there’s a certain level of magic that is only obtainable by reading books at the right time in your life.

I’m going to talk about some of the ones I feel like I missed my window on.

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Introducing: Reading Outside The Box Challenge

I’ve been working on an event for the Tweens at the library for a while. The idea is pretty simple. I know kids kind of get ‘stuck’ with they’re reading. They have an idea of what they like to read and they just stick to that. There isn’t a huge problem with that other than they might be missing out on many books that they just don’t know exist. For the event, I’m getting a bunch of different books from many different genres. Everyone is going to get ~5 minutes with each book to read and look over it. Hopefully they find a new type of book to try for a while!

I then realized that I have that problem as well. I decided for the new year to branch out with my reading a bit.  That’s how the Reading Outside The Box Challenge was born. I’ve made a little chart with a bunch of different types of books to ‘sample’ on it. The challenge is open to any and everyone who would like to spice up their reading life.

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Discussion: Juggling Reading And Life

let's talkConfession time: I don’t multitask very well. I’ve always been a fan of reading but when I was in school I always let reading slide because it wasn’t as important as school. The last year and half has been pretty nice since I wasn’t in school anymore. I could read as much as I wanted!

Soon enough I found a part time job but even then I still had quite a bit of free time. I was still able to read a good amount. Now that I’ve found a full time job, I’m struggling to find time to read (and by extension, blog about my reading). I’m able to squeeze some reading in on my lunch break. I do try to read before I go to bed but I get tired before too long.

How are you able to juggle life and reading? How about book blogging? Any tips or tricks you want to share?

Style Saturday (June 16): Summaries

Style Saturday is a meme hosted by me where each week I present a prompt about reading style and explain my answer. Feel free to join in with your answer in the comments or leave a link to your Style Saturday on your blog.

I desperately need ideas!

This week: How important are book summaries to you? How close does the summary need to be to the book?

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Style Saturday (June 9): Defined Taste

Style Saturday is a meme hosted by me where each week I present a prompt about reading style and explain my answer. Feel free to join in with your answer in the comments or leave a link to your Style Saturday on your blog.

I desperately need ideas!

This week: Do you have a defined taste in books? Are your friends/family easily able to pick up a book at the library or bookstore and say it’s a “you” book and they’re right? Has it always been this way? Or is your taste more broad?

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Style Saturday (May 26): Gateway Books Part 2

Style Saturday is a meme hosted by me where each week I present a prompt about reading style and explain my answer. Feel free to join in with your answer in the comments or leave a link to your Style Saturday on your blog.

I desperately need ideas!

This week: Here’s the second part of the Gateway books discussion. This week I want us to help each other out.

There are 2 ways you can participate.

The first way is asking for gateway books. In your comment, tell us about what books, authors, etc you want to try reading. (Examples: “I’d love to read more Agatha Christie books but I don’t know where to start!” or “I’m trying to read more dystopian books. What do you suggest I try reading?”) Go nuts! Ask for as much help as you want.

The second way is suggesting books to people. Read through the comments of others looking for help. If you’re able to suggest books, please do! I probably won’t be able to help with everything so every little bit can help. (Example: “The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness are my favorite dystopian books. That would be good starting place for you.”)

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