Reading Independence

by Kelly

July brings about thoughts of freedom, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate your own reading independence! It’s the time of year to celebrate the freedom we have to choose books we want to read and when to read them, based on our likes, interests, and whatever else motivates us to dive into a great book.

Not all readers are alike. Some people read quickly. Some take their time. Some people don’t read much, and some people read everything under the sun. And do you know what? We at the library don’t care! We aren’t here to pass judgement, criticize, or shame your reading style. We simply love that you read, and we are here to put your next great read in your hands.

To help us do that, you need to know what types of books appeal to you. You are the founder of your reading independence. Maybe you like realistic fiction, a not-so-gruesome mystery, or far-imagined tales of outer space? Perhaps you like learning about real events from a specific time in history, or want to understand more about real people and places and things. Or, you might desire to learn a new craft or hobby, or art form. No matter what your reading style, choice, or taste is, we can help find the perfect book for you.

Each of us library staffers have our own set of individual reading likes (check out our Pinterest boards and Goodreads shelves), from history to mystery and true life stories to true crime, we run the gamut on reading niches. On our website, you can find our new “Ask A Librarian” link where you can ask us anything, including suggestions on what to read next.

Here is a list of things to consider when deciding your personal reading style. These are called the “Four Doors to Reading”, created by well-known librarian, Nancy Pearl. Choose which of these doorways matter most to you on your reading adventure.

  1. Story— Plot. Action. The sequence of events (real or fictional) that the character(s) go through to reach the end.
  2. Character— People. Protagonists. Villains. Heroes. The cast of characters who embark on the story (real or fictional).
  3. Setting— Worldbuilding. This is what makes you feel like you’re in another place or time.
  4. Language— Words. Grammar. Style. These books make you want to savor every word.

Many factors can make up your reading choices. It’s up to you to choose the direction in which you wish to read and we will put a book in your path. Visit our website at www.alvahnbeldinglibrary.org to submit your “Ask a Librarian” request.

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