Reading, Libraries and Female Protagonists or Self Censorship

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Self Censorship - I Like to Read about Girls

Reading through the Ages

When I describe myself as a reader, it should probably be “I am a READER.” I read a lot, every day, every week, every month, every year. When I find an author I enjoy, I tend to try to read all of those books, in order of publication if possible. My elemenatary school had nearly an entire shelf of books by Joan Aiken including The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which my 4th grader teacher read aloud. It scared me silly.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken's imagery is tremendous. It took me a while to read all her books in the Cedar Hill Elementary School library. There are still books of hers I have not yet read. In addition to a shelf of Aiken and a shelf of Estes, there was a section of children's biographies in that library, an odd rust/orange color with medium blue blocks. Dolly Madison, Betsy Ross, Marie Curie and Babe Zaharias were some of my favorites. Don't misunderstand, I read Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, various scientists, and athletes, but I read the women first. By the middle of 5th grade, I had read most of the fiction books and certainly all those with girls in the starring role. I identified with the stories about Molly Pitcher and Tempe Wick and just wished there were more.


Readers, Books and

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Books, Books, Books

I am a reader, a researcher and a writer, pretty much in that order. I read a lot, two or three hundred books a year. I really can’t help it. When I was a kid I used to read cereal boxes, all of the box because it was in front of my eyes, not because I cared about the ingredients in GrapeNuts. I remember asking what riboflavin was before I knew what vitamins were, since it was on the side of the box in tiny print.

Some time ago, I put our books on, a book catalog in the cloud. I did this so I would stop buying books I already own. I would see a title in a used book store and think - I should get that one. Well, I thought so the first time, too. Now that I have an inventory of our books established on, I can check online to see if we have it first. I totally recommend it....

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