Confessions of An Addict [45]: What My Kids Are Reading

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From time to time, I’m able to coerce my kids (and sometimes my husband) for a feature post. I’ve done this particular one before where I talked about my kids’ reading taste at the moment. I thought I’d revisit and actually see what they’ve recently read, or currently reading.

My 15-year-old daughter recently picked up a book about a girl orphaned as a child and whose uncle sold into a prostitution ring afterwards. It’s all kinds of heartbreaking, to be honest. And I’m equally in awe and a little nervous with her choice. But I trust her and since I’ve never been one to censure, we’ll see how it goes. I’m not gonna lie, I actually like the sound of this book. I might just borrow it from her when she’s done.

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On my last post, I’ve mentioned that my son has never been one to read a story book. So on his last book order before school ended for the summer, he ordered a Minecraft strategy book. I don’t know whyย considering he hasn’t played Minecraft in a while. I asked him this question but he only shrugged and said, “it’s interesting”.

I’m always curious to see what other people are reading. Admittedly, my kids don’t read as often as I’d like but I’m trying to get them to read at their own pace. You can’t force these things. Today more than ever, I’m reminded of my failure to expose them to Harry Potter books as soon as they’re able to read at that level. Because I’ve noticed that kidsย who grew up reading HP books are the kids that grow up as readers right through adulthood. I’m keeping my hopes alive that they’ll inherit my love for the printed word someday soon.

Were you raised, a reader?

What are your kids reading nowadays?

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  • Interesting post Joy. I love that your kids can read what they want to. I fell in love with reading as soon as I learned how and I remember that very well.. My parents never censured me, but I had a librarian that did once-Mutiny on the Bounty when I was about fourteen. We always went to the library, and later to the book mobile that came near our house. My whole family are readers or were ๐Ÿ™‚

  • True, what’s important is that they have the “skill set” to read books regardless of the pace. Some people can’t even go through chapter 1, I don’t know if their attention span is short or if it’s something else. Bravo to raising kids who read, we need more of that in the world for sure!

  • This post is all kinds of awesome Joy. <3 Thank you for sharing what your lovely kids are reading these days ๐Ÿ™‚ They are adorable. I hope they loved both books ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I don’t have kids of my own but my 5 nieces & nephews love to read. Your son reminds me of my youngest nephew; he’s all about video game books & comics. My nieces are still in princess and fairy tale land. I do buy them books that I loved growing up, but they prefer modern books. *sighs* I have 2 teen cousins who love to read anything, so I’m always giving them YA books that I think they’d enjoy.

  • I wan’t a huge reader and my mom pushed me to read anything I wanted. I read some, but not as much as I should. I was reading Stephen King when I was probably thirteen. My teachers took it away from me because they thought it was inappropriate. My mom didn’t care, as long as I read.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • That is a very mature topic for your daughter, but I think it’s important for kids to know what happens in the world and know the plight of others. Plus, it can spur on some great conversations that let you know what your kid is thinking. Not always easy to get their thoughts!

    I was a reader from a very young age and I’m happy that my daughter is a big reader, too. She enjoys a lot of the UF series’ both my husband and I read (she’s 24) so we have great convos about them. My son will go in spurts where he’ll read a bunch, but that’s not very often. He’s always watching YouTube SpaceX and computer technology videos. Some of that is over my head but I’m thrilled that he’s into that kind of stuff.

  • I read books far beyond my age level when I was a teen – I’ll admit, some of that was me being pretentious, not wanting to be seen reading YA books. Oh, how times have changed, ha. But yeah, some of it was probably inappropriate for me, but I turned out okay! And you seem like a cool parent, who can talk to your daughter about what she’s read, how she feels about it, etc.

  • I remember my mom reading when I was a kid but nothing like I do. She did buy me books and made sure that I got to go to the library so that probably played a role in developing my love for reading. My kids have grown up with a mother a little obsessed by books and they both read. My 21 year will read the classics while my 16 year old tends to read more mainstream YA.

  • I grew up with books so part of me agrees that does shape a reader. But, I also don’t think that’s how every kid learns to love reading. I am particularly interested in your son’s choice — it’s very different and unexpected, and not to mention such a cool choice!

  • I wasn’t much of a reader before 8, though my mom taught me how to read and write in cursive when I was 3. However, all of that changed once I discovered the HP books and I’ve been a reader ever since. When I have kinds, I do hope I can share my love for books with them and that they’ll enjoy them too!
    I like the sound of The Painter From Shanghai and I hope your daughter ends up enjoying it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • My kids know how much joy reading gives me and for the most part it has rubbed off on them as well. My daughter (11) loves Minecraft and enjoys the strategy books as well. One series that seemed to push her over the not-reading-much hump was the Geronimo Stilton books. If you’ve not seen them, they’re vibrant and graphic in a sense, yet are in book format. For some reason they just grabbed her attention, then she was off to other books soon after. I guess we all go in phases.Lol, my daughter writes (16) and reads – she may be published before I try my hand seriously at writing. My hubby, well … someday. He likes the news ๐Ÿ™‚

  • RO

    Hey Joyous Joy. Hope all is well! Hugs…RO

  • These both sound interesting. I don’t know much about Minecraft though…I just know kids love the game hehe I never liked reading as a kid though, it wasn’t until I was fourteen, my dad had me pick up a historical fiction and I was hooked and he also got me hooked on romances too ๐Ÿ™‚ But I did enjoy the Harry Potter books and have done quite a bit to inspire the love for reading.

  • Hahahah but he doesn’t play Minecraft? That’s cute though. And I have never heard of The Painter From Shanghai, but it sounds interesting. I mean probably not my type of book as of right now.

    I used to read whatever was in the library as a kid. There was a point where I felt that because I was becoming an adult, I HAD to read adult books. That didn’t end up going so well. There were just some books that I had NO IDEA what I was reading about. For now I’ll stick to using GR for recommendations (and of course my favorite bloggers aka you <3)

  • I love how your son reads Minecraft strategy books! My brother used to read just video game guides LOL. When I was little I read a lot of fiction and fantasy stories. The Painter sounds so tragic but I hope your daughter is enjoying it!

    – Aila @ Happy Indulgence

  • Melliane

    that’s true that it’s interesting. I don’t have any kids and well I always liked to read a bit.

  • Okay, I’m totally curious about The Painter. I started reading to my son before he could even talk, and did so every night through most of elementary school. The schools he went through K-12 do AR tests. They have to read so many points worth in quarter, semester, or year, so he had to read. I got really good at finding books he enjoyed since he got bored easy.

  • I think I read the one your daughter’s reading now. I remember it being pretty good, despite the subject.

    HP is overrated, haha. I couldn’t stand Harry!

  • Kathy

    My kids grew up watching me usually with a book in my face most of their lives. They spent time in the library on their own whenever I dragged them there…which was most of the time. As kids they read alot. But as adults (in their 30s) ..not so much. Very busy…I had the luxury of not working …one income family as it was. That’s kinda non existent now. But my gkids read ….to make up for their parents lack of reading I guess. With after school sports and sports the parents participate in and duel working parents. ..reading for pleasure seems to be left behind

  • RO

    This is a great topic! My parents taught me read early on and I was hooked. My brother, on the other hand, couldn’t be bothered! Lol. I love seeing your daughter taking an interest. Yay! My son read very little as a kid, but became interested in his 20’s. Weird, right? He’s 30 now and is passing on reading to his daughter. Like you, it’s cool to see what everyone is reading. Makes for cool conversation. Hugs…

  • Oh man, I’m so jealous that your kids are actually reading. Trying to get my teenaged daughter to read something not on the required reading for school list or summer reading list has been a trial. A trial of error, error, error. I’m still staying hopeful that things will turn around. Right now, she’s reading Just Listen by Sarah Dessen because it’s on her summer reading list but I have to remind her to read it every day. *sigh*

    As for me, I didn’t grow up reading. In the four years that I was in high school, I only read ONE book from cover to cover. I know, the shame. I didn’t start reading for pleasure until I turned 18. So there’s still time to work on my kid. She turns 18 in March. Ha!

  • My 8 year old loves reading those Minecraft strategy books. They also have a series of fictional Minecraft-set stories that he likes. And Diary of a Zombie and Diary of a Villager or something like that which is Minecraft themed. He really loves to read, so I just let him read whatever even though those books aren’t ones I’d pick for him (I’m like read Charlotte’s Web!! Read Matilda!!)

  • I was not raised a reader, and grew to love it…hmmmm

  • Hm… I might have to read “The Painter”. Sounds like a good one. My parents didn’t censor either, but then I never gravitated toward those they would worry about. They only suggested once I didn’t read an adult book they both enjoyed because I probably wouldn’t like it as much as they did (age difference). They never outright stopped me from reading it so I believed them. ๐Ÿ™‚ They would have been correct.

    I don’t think I was raised a reader as I was usually in trouble for trying to sneak books to read after bedtime (I was always caught). I don’t think you can force it and neither of my parents were as big of a book reader as I am currently.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I don’t have kids, but I have two nieces and a nephew. The two oldest like books and to be read too, but they aren’t reading on their own yet. I hope they end up liking to read! I keep plying them with books. haha

    As for me, I just always loved to read. I can’t remember NOT ever reading, so I have no clue when I started or the first book I read on my own. I kind of wish I did, but oh well. My parents weren’t really readers, and my sister didn’t read a ton for awhile, so I’m not sure where I got it from exactly. haha

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • kindlemom1

    I was definitely raised a reader and thankfully most of my kids are too or are on their way to being one. My oldest is currently reading the Mythos Academy series by Estep and loving it and my next is reading believe it or not Dracula by Bram. She wanted to tackle the classics this summer and she is doing really well with it! I struggled with Dracula for some reason but she is plowing right through it.

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I remember reading a lot when I was younger, I loved the Boxcar Children books, but that sort of changed in high school and college when I was forced to read certain things for class. Most of those books just didn’t work for me or were downright traumatizing (I’m looking at you Crime and Punishment), so I found I didn’t want to read anything anymore. That finally changed with HP and Twilight, which I read a couple years after college:

    Your daughter sure picked a heavy read! She’s reading outside my comfort zone ๐Ÿ˜‰ I need light and fluffy!!! But good for you both, I hope it’s a winner of a book!

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I love the sound of the book your oldest is reading…interesting stuff! My son is definitely a reader, but gravitates more towards non-fiction. He likes for me read him science-y books, which sort of make me sad, but at least he is “reading” right? Great post!

  • Jasprit

    My younger sister is the only reader in my family, she’s become such a fast reader as of late, that I’m totally struggling with giving her book recommendations, so she’s always happy when my newest book haul comes and can dive straight in. And don’t worry I didn’t pick up the Harry Potter series until I was much older, but I’d had an obsession with books long before then. Also the book your daughter is reading does sound interesting! Thank you for putting it on my radar ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is funny since my last discussion post was about how I don’t allow my kids to read whatever they want, and I feel okay about that. So, I kind of love seeing the opposite point of view here – I think if you’re concerned about the book it would be great for you to read it to so you have an idea of what she’s read and can maybe process it with her a bit. (I know that’s easier said than done – kids that age don’t always want to talk to mom about stuff like that.) I would imagine it’s even harder when your kids aren’t big readers and you’re kind of grateful when they want to read anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love this. My mom never censored my reading when I was a kid, not saying she shouldn’t have. I read some adult romances in high school that I probably shouldn’t have. But I turned out okay. I was definitely raised as a reader. My mom would take us to the library several times a week, and we always participated in the summer reading program. I’m thankful it carried into my adult life. My daughter loves to read now, but that doesn’t mean it will continue as she gets older and more involved in other things. I really hope it continues.
    So, I’ve never finished the HP series, because honestly, I’m not a huge fan (I know…I know!!) But if Sunnie wants to read them some day I will absolutely encourage her to. I want her to love to read.

  • I was raised a reader, unintentionally I think. I wasn’t like other kids who loves to go out and explore. And though I do like collecting toys they seem to hold my interest only for a short while so that’s how my mom thought about giving me books, since books has more ideas that can hold my interest longer. I was a very curious child and I can remember annoying the heck out of my brothers because I’d always ask them a lot of questions. You can say books saved my brothers from me lol

  • Has your daughter read Chinese Cinderella? I think she would like it! It’s one of those books that got my sister interested in fiction for a while when she was younger. I wasn’t raised a reader per se, but I was a voracious reader on my own. My parents said I was never happy with toys as a kids and what I loved the most were big kid encyclopedias and as I grew older story books. I’m thankful that I had kids who allowed me to read what I want though they weren’t readers themselves.

  • My oldest two (11,8) love to read. We even have the four pack of those minecraft books!
    My youngest has struggled with reading… he is getting there slowly!

  • Awww I love this feature post on your kids! Yes I was definitely brought up as a reader thanks to my sister, who used to read bedtime stories to me every night until I was old enough to do it myself.

  • I was raised a reader and there wasn’t a time when I wasn’t reading. That’s been the same with all my sisters (there are four of us) although us two middle children read the most. My oldest and youngest sister read in holidays or when they feel like it, but not as much or as often as we do. It’s interesting that your son is reading a strategy book even though he doesn’t play the game much anymore. But if it works for him, then I guess it does. Your daughter’s books sounds like a good read though ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kara Lauren

    The Painter from Shanghai sounds interesting. (I recommend A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding, it sounds similar.) When I was working at an entertainment store, boys always got so excited over the Minecraft books! I think it is a great way to get a child to read even if it is about a game. My mom taught me to read before I went to school, and always read to me. It’s kind of strange because she isn’t a reader at all, and sometimes asks me if I have enough books, but she continues to put up with it ๐Ÿ™‚ She does ask me what I am reading, and what kind of story it is. I am very grateful she started my love of reading!