Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What I Read-2009

Last night I was at a party and got to chatting with some people. One of who asked me what I was reading. First of all, I hate that question unless it is from someone who knows my reading habits or is asking for book ideas for their child. And sure enough, this person kind of sneers and says, oh yeah, you read books for the kids you teach. Hello! I read, why does it matter what I read? Some of the books I read are as deep, if not more deep, than some adult books you can find. And, a lot of them are longer. It pissed me off good. So, I brought up my reading stats for 2009. Here we go:

I read 12 "adult" books. Right there is more than a lot of people read. 12 adult books, one a month, sounds about right.

I read 32 "young adult" books. I am counting every 32 of those since they are pretty much equal to adults. You disagree? Read The Hunger Games or The Knife of Never Letting Go and then get back to me, okay?

Then I read 54 books that I classify as "upper elementary and middle school books" (there is overlap, several of these would be classified as both young adult and middle school but I counted those as ue/ms). Okay, I acknowledge that these books are not for everyone (I don't accept that because I think most everyone would enjoy a good number of them if they took the time to read them). But, yes, it is my job to read them so I do. And I love it. But, for the sake of this argument I will count every two "ue/ms" book I read as 1 "adult" book (although several of these are as long or longer than plenty of adult books). So, by that mathematical equation that would count as 27 books.

For anyone keeping track, that is 71 books, more than one a week.

Lastly, I read 12 books I classify as lower elementary/mid-elementary books. Again there is some overlap with ue/ms books, for example, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is more for older elementary readers but I know plenty of third graders who read it. Again, I will count those as 2 for 1, which makes 6, or even 3 for 1, which is 4. Either way, I know I read way more books than the stay at home mom who sneered at my reading choices.


Anonymous said...

You need to relax. I know it really irks you when people make fun of what you read, but do you think she loves staying home as much as you love working in your library? You are the lucky one.

Jana said...

This one would say she does. She knew more about being a mom before she had kids than any of us with kids!

Corie said...

I have read this blog post, and been disturbed by it for days, undecided as to whether I should comment or not. Being a person who has also fallen victim to the irksome comments of the person to which you are referring, I felt I must speak.

I absolutely HATE that you felt you needed to justify, to everyone, something that speaks so personally of you, it is not only part of what you do for your job, but clearly your hobby and your passion as well.

NEVER should you have to tell us how many books you read this year and then feel like you needed to convert the Childrens or Young Adult Literature Books into Adult Reading. I would expect nothing less than you reading all types of genres, and know that you are more well versed and aware of what is out there and is currently being read than most parents. I'm glad that you will be there to recommend, from personal experience, to the children that come through the schools, my/our children, a good and appropriate read. You are up to date on not only what you as an adult like to read, but also what our upcoming generations are reading.

This is all easy for me to say, being a person that has felt that personal jibes from this particular soul before, and stood there dumbfouned at what she even said to me, much less how I should respond to her. Deep down, I know that we all are usually much better off to just take it in stride and laugh off comments from someone who is either unable to filter her thoughts or she lives in a glass house and is throwing pebbles.

As your friend, I commend you for your reading habits and thank you for branching out from adult reading to be able to speak to impressionable young readers.

...And if you apply any more math conversions to your annual reading totals, I'm going to be pissed!...