Thursday, May 29, 2014

Reading Rainbow revival

Today it was all over Facebook: LeVar Burton is reviving Reading Rainbow, a public broadcasting show that many of kids in my generation and later generations grew up with.  The show was canceled a few years back.  Apparently they launched an app a couple of years ago, and it's been so popular that they have decided to launch it on the Internet, too, with free access to low-income schools (the places where reading encouragement is really needed the most).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

A friend of mine was assigned The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle in his modern American literature class, and I thought it looked interesting so I decided to read it too.

I have to admit, actually, that I'm a bit contrary: My friend had read it a while back and said he hated it the first time around, and all of his classmates were complaining on their forum posts, so of course that all made me want to read it.  (It turned out my friend liked it this time around, but his classmates still did not.)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

From a tablet back to an e-reader: My thoughts on reading devices

I don't think I ever posted about it when I went back to a regular e-reader last fall.  The original Nook Simple Touch was on sale -- steeply on sale, half off if I remember correctly, making it only $40 -- and I was intrigued by the thought of reading on a much smaller, lighter device than the Nook Tablet I've used for the past couple years.  The Nook Tablet isn't really that heavy, but the NST is probably half the weight, making it a very appealing option for me.

After using it without a cover for a little while, thinking to preserve one of the device's best features for me -- the small size and light weight -- I finally invested in a lightweight clip cover that is really made for the more recent versions of this device, the ones without buttons on the side.  I don't use the left-hand buttons often enough for this cover to be in the way, though, and it was by far the lightest and slimmest option.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Teen reading habits declining

When I was a teen, I generally read 5 or more books a week.  I can remember having a different book virtually every day -- and we're talking your average 350-400 page adult book.  Shorter (200-300 page YA books) I often could finish in under a day, sometimes two in a day.

I know I wasn't the norm, even then.  A lot of kids watched TV or played video games, which I didn't really do, instead of reading.  And the generations since, reading has become even less common.

Until the Harry Potter phenomenon.  That book series inspired a lot of kids to read who wouldn't have normally, I think.  But now, it appears that the number of teens reading is dropping again.