Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Reading History

Invent Yourself with Books (M.A. Reilly, 2014)

In preparation for some work I will be doing with a school system next week, I created a reading history timeline. As I created this timeline I realized how hopeless the project really is. It's a challenge to capture eclectic read habits which best define my life as a reader. What is a constant though, regardless of the books I've mentioned, is that reading has helped me to live more deliberately.

Thoreau said it well: 

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

Beginning Reading History

The Middle and High School Years

College & My 20s

Dissertation Decade (30s)  & 40s+


  1. Our tastes are so similar.... I just recently discovered The Housekeeper and the Professor (along with a couple of other books of hers), and have also recently read 1Q84--and will wonder year after year when and if Murakami will get his Nobel.... I'm going to share this out, and invite others to do timelines; it's a very cool idea.

    1. I do think the Nobel prize is headed his way. My husband is a huge fan of his. Tells me his latest book is his best.

  2. Mary Ann,
    This just made me smile. First of all, we must have gone through school at a similar time. Yes, I remember Dick and Jane. Our class was the last to read it as first graders. I remember sitting in rows and reading in unison. Wow, reading instruction has changed. Those books were replaced by a reading series and to SignPosts I was moved. I think I read with the same group from 2 - 5th grade. In college I read many of the same books you have displayed.

    I may have to give this a try. I'm not sure I can recreate my younger years of reading, but am interested in seeing what stands out in my memory. What did you use to create your timeline?

    Loved this: " I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint."

    Thanks for, once again, inspiring me and making me smile all at the same time.


    1. You'll be surprised how much you remember-- too much to actually capture. Hope you make it and post.


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