Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Widely-Held but Misguided Notions about Reading

I feel like I was put in this world to fight Widely-Held but Misguided Notions about Reading.

Here are some I hear all the time:

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


  1. These make me sad. M daughter is moving this summer and she asked me how many of her son's book should she keep with them in temporary housing. I said ALL. He loves books and reading time with his parents. Why diminish this love? My TTT Bookish Opinions

  2. I want to wipe those smiles off of their faces even though I know they're just drawings.

    1. You know, Kathy, I do, too. And I drew those little faces!

  3. Totally agree that these are misguided! Reading is necessary to life...or that's my philosophy.

  4. All of these just make me really sad!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/top-ten-tuesday-215/

  5. Excellent post. I like the way you formatted it, too.

    My TTT.

  6. Good list - the one I hate most is "no you can't have that book, it's for babies."

  7. Yes! I had forgotten about workbooks and flashcards until you mentioned it but I remember we had these boxes of flashcards we had to work our way through in 1st grade and even though I was already reading and ended up reading the most actual books of anyone in the class that year I only got through the first box because they were so dull. Also I don't get the push for super early reading. If it happens naturally great but I haven't seen it correlate with later success or even a greater love of reading!

  8. These make me both sad and mad. :(

    I'm proud to say my kid is a reader and I've never had to 'ram books down his throat' (as I've heard said by some) to achieve it. Maybe because I'm a reader? I don't know...

    We read to him from when he was a baby and as he got older things evolved.
    For a while, he didn't want to 'read' anything anymore because he was forced to read the hideous books they are given out to early readers at school and they seemed to leach the joy of reading out of him... But I suggested he try audiobooks for his own 'reading' time and he started listening to them religiously every night and inhaled so many stories which were above his reading comprehension but not his ability to absorb, understand and enjoy.

    Now, he's reached a stage where he can choose his own books to read for school, he reads again. Books, comics, graphic novels and he still loves his audiobooks.

    Our book conversations are my absolute favourites... It makes me so sad when I hear things the likes of which you've listed above. Parents and kids are missing out. :(

  9. that was such an interesting way to do this week topic! Loved it!! And I still hear too many times "books are boring" byyyeee

  10. This was a fun way to do this post! I agree that all of these are misnomers. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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