Posts Tagged ‘books for boys’

How to fail at reading

The number one way to fail at reading is to fall out of practice. That’s the number one way to fail at anything, by the way.

Ever give up on a sport? A diet? A relationship? Knitting? Writing? Blogging? Not everything is like riding a bike. Sometimes one can lose many of the skills they once held dear or at least tried with all their might to achieve. And I think this pertains to 1. the enjoyment of reading, 2. the ability to be a careful reader, and 3. remembering, after a long absence from reading, that reading is a good thing.

I understand reading isn’t for everyone just like spearfishing isn’t for everyone or parenthood isn’t for everyone or combining peanut butter with chocolate isn’t for eveyone. That said, reading has been around for a long time. A few billion people throughout history have said it’s not only good but downright important. People have died so that others might read (don’t believe me? Read about Avorres and his allies or watch the Arabic language film, Destiny). I’m not sure those are attributes to be taken lightly.

Maybe I’m preaching to the choir. If you’re reading my blog, you likely enjoy reading. And if you like me teaching reading, you too hope to put the right book in the hands of a non-reader and open their eyes. All right, all right, I won’t get too sappy here, but this is important to me. Important enough for me to write about five books for boys tomorrow as the latest Your Friday Recommendation.


"F" Reading

Yesterday I wrote about reading a young friend’s Facebook profile and discovering their immense hatred of reading. Today I press forward to take a look at some more Facebook-based reading hate.

The thing about Facebook is most everything one types into their profile becomes a link to search for other people with similar interests, and by clicking the “F*** Reading” in one person’s profile, I found 46 people in my two Minnesota-based “networks” who included some variant of F Reading under the section “Books” in their Facebook profile. Here are the results:

27 Peope who outright say F*** Reading:

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f*** reading lol

F*** reading!!!!!!!!!!

f*** reading…it sucks

yeah, f*** reading

F*** reading. Yes i can i just choose not too!

f*** reading (Their About Me section: “im 5 11 dirty blonde hair. great looking. and i like to f*** around alot so yeah.)

F*** ReAdInG (1st of 3 females)

F*** reading. I got other b*****s to read for me. (2nd of 3 females)

i started reading a book once, and then it came out on dvd, so i said f*** it!

11 People who appear to enjoy at least some aspect of reading:
Magazines f*** reading

F*** reading unless its a magazine or shopping catalog!

f*** reading, unless i have to for school (I’m not sure he means he likes his school books, but that’s certainly what he wrote.)

F*** books (It’s possible they like other forms of reading.)

rolling stone… car and driver, the five people you meet in heaven, me and hank, f*** harry potter im not reading that bull * * * * , chronicles of narnia

jaws would have to b my favorite book but other than that. F * * * READING!!!

F*** Reading lol naw but -The Outsiders & Night

F*** reading, but there are a few good books I know of. “I Hope They Server Beer In Hell” by Tucker Max. “The Alphabet of Manliness” by Maddox and “Piercing the Darkness”

Thousand Splended Suns, Opium Season, and 1 fish 2 fish…f*** reading I wanna go fishing.

f*** reading, (Goosebumps?) (<- Is that a question?)

2 People who may or may not enjoy reading:

YAY!!! Reading Rainbow!!!!…..haha f * * * !

f * * * reading. numbers rule (I guess he prefers math.)

1 Person who isn’t going to lie and who has no time for reading:

BOOKS??? what the F * * * are books??? nah, just playin, id have to go with the NOTEBOOK! lol RIIIIIIIIGHT! the notebook, what the f * * * ! Not goin to lie, no time for reading, id rather be drinkin and hoofin it or sleeping!

1 Person who has a question for you:

who the f*** really enjoys reading?!!!

3 People who feel reading is synonymous with sexual orientation and want you to understand they are clearly of one sexual orientation and not another:

reading is g** as f***

f*** reading its g** as f***!!!!!!!

reading is for f * * * ing f * * s (Favorite Activities include: “PARTTYYYYY!!!! otherstuff…”)

1 Person who uses the words F * * * and reading in their profile but who actually reads for enjoyment:

All time favorite book: The Great Gatsby, by: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Other favorite authors: Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, Richard Wright… There’s this book Ishmael by: Daniel Quinn…I recommend it to all who are reading this…it will f * * * up your mind, but you’ll be okay… I love to read, love literacy, love writing…if you know of good books…put me on!! I’ll put you on…we’ll have a grand ol’ time. (3rd of 3 females)

This is already a pretty unscientific sampling, so I hasten to include stats on, for example, how many of these people list themselves as liberal or conservative, religious or atheist, single or in a relationship, in high school or out of high school, are drinking in their profile photo, use the F-Bomb at least one other time in their profile, or how many of them aren’t wearing a shirt so they can show off their grill in their profile photo (okay, there is one guy who did this, FYI). Those sorts of statistics have their place in some sort of actual, factual research that requires a grant, not my fifteen minutes writing up this post.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Part III “How to fail at reading” and this week’s Your Friday Recommendation – “Five Books For Boys.”