Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Is 14 too young to read Romance Novels? You know, the bodice-ripping kind?

Remember that time when I wrote the post about my Top Two Baby Names? And then my sisters stopped talking to me, and my husband started thinking I was baby-hungry, but everybody else seemed to like it so it was kind of worth it?

I was participating in Top Two Tuesday over at The Undomestic Mama. Each Tuesday she chooses a new topic.

Today's topic is:


I read a lot. And not just blogs. I started reading when I was really little** and I am kind of a book addict.

I read Gone with the Wind when I was 11. In Two Days.

Then when I was 13, I discovered Star Trek books (Yes. I was a Trekkie. But I never watched the shows, and I think that that is an important distinction). This usually shocks people. Maybe because I seem more like a Star Wars kind of a girl?

Don't worry guys, I read those books too.

I went through this awesome phase when I was 14, where I would only read Romance Novels. If it didn't have a bodice-ripping cover, I just was not interested.

My mom was really excited about finding those books all over my room.

Basically, I have never read age appropriate books. Which probably explains my current favorite genre: Young Adult Fiction.

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1)

This series is definitely one of my favorites. And as an added benefit, someday my 11 year old son will love them too!
Yeah, these books are written for young boys. But they are so clever and interesting, I have read them over and over again.

The Tiffany Aching Series

A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing Adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men

There are three books in this series by Terry Pratchett. And you can share these ones with your 13 year old daughter.
I snorted with laughter 4,065 times while reading them.

Yes, I counted.

I have so many other books I could recommend.

The Hunger Games Deadline FrindleThe Truth About Forever

But I am only supposed to list 2, and anything more is cheating.

What are your top two favorite books?

(You can tell me in a comment, or write it in a post and link up to the party.)

**I started reading when I was 3. When I was 4, we moved, and I had to switch schools.

On the first day my teacher asked me if I could read. I said no (I was probably hoping for a lighter homework load). And so they started teaching me the alphabet.

A few weeks later, one of the teachers caught me reading a book by myself. She watched me mouthing the words as I went along. The jig was up.

When my mom told me this story, she started laughing when she remembered the look on the teachers face that afternoon.

"You mean, she is already reading chapter books??"

I had just started Les Miserable.
(Just kidding, I didn't read that one until I was 12).


Gosfam said...

I love reading!! I was reading well in Kindergarten according to my mom. I am currently reading the Dresden File Series. My 2 fave books are: To Kill A Mockingbird, and Tuesdays With Morrie.

Erica said...

I made my older brother teach me to read before I started Kindergarten. My mom didn't want me to learn yet because she didn't want me to be too far ahead of the other kids. So I forced my brother to read the Berenstein Bears and I would follow along. My favorite books are: 1. The Three Musketeers (Dumas) and 2. Ireland (Frank Delaney).

viewfromdownhere said...

OH, I love reading! I just wish I had more time for it. I was really into books I probably shouldn't have been reading when I was a preteen and young teenager...I read a lot of those horror books, like RL Stine and another author, but the name is escaping me at the moment. Then I turned to VC Andrews. Whoo...some interesting stuff there! Man, that brings me back...

Jessica Strassner said...

Are you, like, my missing long-lost literary sister or something?

I read Gone with the Wind when I was young, too! (And The Thorn Birds!) And I went through the whole Harlequin romance bodice-ripper phase, too! And now I teach elementary school, so I think I've read most of the other books on your list as well! :)

PS - I was born in Pittsburgh! Please visit the O in Oakland and have a massive basket of french fries for me. :)


Jessica Strassner said...

It's me again! I'm grabbing your button! I just saw your profile and we're basically music twins, too! Geez! :) Nice to meetcha!


seven thirty three said...

I started reading at 4 too.... and I always read way ahead of my age level. My son is two and already spells his name (MASON)... hoping to have him be an early reader as well.

Since I got my Kindle I have been a reading freak (30 books - not little books either - in 17 weeks). It has really expanded my horizons... I love the top 100 freebies! That introduced me to the Rachel Morgan series. AWESOME. READ THEM. You won't be disappointed. It also introduced me to Robert Feist's world of Crydee. Also good. LONG, but good. That is what I am reading now. There are like 20 in the series. Read them. They're good. LOL.

The Undomestic Mom said...

Thanks for linking up! Ill have to check those out!

Sammy said...

I started reading young too! My mom was an elementary school librarian so I think that had something to do with it. I remember getting in trouble for reading in bed with a flashlight when I was supposed to be sleeping, haha.

Katie said...

Unfortunately I am not a big reader. I would love to be, but right now I am too distracted. After my dad died I read 90 minutes in heaven and Heaven by RAndy Alcorn. I really liked those.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog...just had to stop by! And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK You for all the recommendations. I think I am off to the library this weekend!

Andrea said...

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

New Mommy!!! said...

I love your story about being caught reading at a young age, ha, too cute...

I have a secret lust for romance novels. I LOVED the Bachlor Series, with the three brothers, by far, my fav. I have never read one with the lustful bodies on the front though, ha. What are those Harrroquin Romance Novels or something.

Your first opening paragraph is too cute:)

Thanks for stopping by;)

Lindsay said...

Wow I have never read either of these! I need to catch up :) They look great! :)

Design Apprentice said...

So happy you found my site from linking up. I laughed so hard at this blog post of yours. That is hysterical that you pretended you couldn't read. I was the same exact way as you, reading Danielle Steel at the age of 13. Atleast we read though, right?

Devonay said...

Great post! No, you definitely aren't alone. Right now I'm reading Lord of the Flies with my almost-16 yr old daughter (it's her Summer reading assignment for her English class). I struggle to pare my choices down to two books! I remember reading inappropriately for my age! I read The Thorn Birds, Aztec, The Clan of the Cave Bear series, many of the classics, such as Dickens, Bronte, etc. My favorite "big girl" book was Charlotte's Web and one of my favorite classics is Wuthering Heights.

Steph said...

I loved reading when I was a kid, but I sure don't have a ton of time to read now :P But I still have favorites :)

New follower from T2T!


Kelli said...

LOL, my hubby likes Star Wars books too! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!

Caitrin said...

Interesting choices! I may have to look into a few of those!! Thanks for stopping by my blog from Top 2 Tuesday!! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog! =) I love your story about reading - I went to a school when I was little run by nuns (not your typical bad nun story they were amazing) but I used to hide in the shelves in the reading section to avoid the nun who taught math... The nun who taught reading thought it was so great I loved to read so much she would never tell on me =)

Chantel said...

I just read the Hunger Games yesterday (yeah, I read that one in one day) and I love it. I want to read the second one very badly but I'm thinking of waiting til it's a little closer to third books release date.

Still need to read Artemis Fowl.


maleahbliss said...

Haha. I'm a reading addict too. Les Mis and Anne of Green Gables are my favs. Yeah, I was the freak child that spent my recesses in the library reading. Read Les Mis at 8. The unabridged version. Even my mom thought I was a freak when I BEGGED her to buy it for me. lol.

~~Mia~~ said...

Okay I am a huge reader too!!!! And I read every genre and age group too...teen vamp series, yep, read those all. but i think i'm over it now. right now, i'd have to pick (i just finished them both) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl who Played with Fire. UNBELIEVABLE, and I'm not even kidding. If you haven't read them, DO IT.

kim @ a positive peace said...

Ok so this is a little late, but so funny because I'm writing a post for my blog about why I LOVE YA fiction!

I havent read artemis foul, but I will take your recommendation into consideration. Speaking of the Hunger Games, have you the next 2 in the trilogy?

I would also like to recomment both "The Graceling" and "Fire" by Kristen Cashore and "The Uglies" trilogy by Scott Somethingorother.

Also, I teach 9th grade (14 -15 year olds) and I promise you any bodice-ripping cover is nothing in comparison to what kids are reading these days (I think my favorite title has been "Bootylicious".)

Anyways, this might be the longest comment in the history of the world, but I love your blog!! You are hilarrr. Good luck with the job search!

Helena said...

I love the Uglies books! And I'll check out the other ones you recommended, because you obviously have excellent taste in writers (and bloggers)(kidding).

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