My reading age is 16 and it has been that way for a while. I love it and don't see any reason why I should change it. I love what I read and I like to think that I read a wide range or styles and genres. It did occur to me the other day that this isn't true. I don't read classics or anything remotely weighty. People find this a bit strange especially as my degree is in history. I often have people either buy or recommend me weighty historical tomes or classics because they know I teach History and I like reading. What I can't get through to them is the fact that I don't actually read those types of things anymore and I've been trying to pin down my reasons why. So far I have the following:
- Classic Novels were the types of books I had to read in school. While I have always loved reading I hated reading shakespeare or hobbit or great expectations in school. I don't know if that was because I was being told I had to read them or because you only got to read a little bit of them (what was the point in that?) or because the class I was in was awful so I just associate that type of book with bad memories.
- A weighty book be it academic or classic takes ages to read. I resent taking so much time to read a book I do not particularly enjoy
- I spend 4 years doing a degree reading a variety of academic texts. I enjoyed my degree and my subject and I try to pass that enjoyment on everyday to the kids but nowadays when I come home after a long day my brain just wants to turn off and enjoy something escapist.