Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How Our Readers Fell in Love with Books

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How Our Readers Fell in Love with Books

Article excerpt

It figures that newspaper readers also love books. We're all part of the same literary family.

So when we invited members of the Times-Union's book club, also members of our Email Group, to describe their formative experiences with reading, we received enough material for two editorials. So here is take two.

If you would like to join the Email Group, just send us an email: mike.clark@jacksonville.com.

A LIFETIME OF READING

My parents were avid readers, and they were determined to pass along the joy of reading. We started out with all sorts of books, but the ones I remember most are all of the Dr. Seuss books.

They were my first love because they were fun. I remember spending many hours at the library in elementary school. I adored the Nancy Drew books and read just about anything labeled young adult.

In high school, my favorite books were The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

I am eternally grateful to my parents for encouraging us to read whatever we liked, and I feel sad for the kids today that spend all their time in front of video games and computers.

There is something magical about a book that takes you away into a new world, exploring new ideas and cultures.

Maureen Tinnesz,Jacksonville

READING AS A REWARD

I shared the reading experience with my grandson by letting him chose the movie (DVD) he wanted to watch if he could tell me what the insert said.

Sharon Jacoby, Switzerland

NO BOREDOM

As long as I can remember I've loved to read. I am never bored as long as I have a book with me, and I always have one.

My house is full of books.

When my son was born, I was wondering what I could do to get him on the book loving path.

First, I kept the TV turned off.

Second, I gave him plenty of books. And I made it a point to read to him every day.

While reading, I moved my finger along the pages and kept pointing to whatever word I was reading.

One fine day, a few weeks after his fifth birthday, we sat down for our reading time, and without any prompting, he began to read out loud! It was one of those moments that you never forget in life.

For the next week or so he needed me to help him with some words, and then he was on his own, reading everything in sight, working out the pronunciations of big words and moving into chapter books while in Pre-K.

He's a pretty smart kid, no doubt.

But his prodigious reading and his impressive reading speed, have been a real help in school, not to mention with homework.

It's a total win-win situation.

My son's love for reading is something that he will enjoy his whole life.

Jon Dehner, Southside, Jacksonville

INVITED INTO A SANCTUARY

My love of reading began in Charleston.

My mom and I lived in a downtown apartment building on the corner of King and Queen Streets. …

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