Reader- SOL #22


Reading, like writing, is an integral part of who I am. I can’t remember a time when reading wasn’t important to me. From a very young age, reading caught hold of me and hasn’t let go. I’d like to share a little about me through a reflection of who I am as a reader. I used the poem “Reader” by Billy Collins as a mentor text.

Who I am as a Reader

Thinker, reflector, recommend-er, hoarder,
highlighter, write in the margin-er, connector,
planner, revisit-er, polygamist
by balancing multiple texts,
always stealing time in between moments,
quote collector, goal maker, book store peruser,
Good Reads reading log keeper,
dog-earer I am not,
blurb studier, before and during,
book lover, savor-er, structure notice-er,
before bed reader, need quiet time reader,
never read the ending first reader–
why would anyone do that?
mentor text gatherer, always on the hunt,
connection maker, book saver, bookmark user,
read any and everywhere– even in a car reader,
variety is the spice of life reader,
authentic, read for myself reader,
“real books are always better” kind of reader,
voracious, never gonna stop reader.

12 thoughts on “Reader- SOL #22

  1. elsie

    Sometimes I am an end reader. I only do it when I’m considering abandoning the book because it is just dragging on. Sometimes I continue, sometimes I give it up. I hate to admit it, but I might be a book hoarder too. Shhh! Don’t tell my husband. I prefer a book to hold and pages to turn too.

  2. Jaana

    “before bed reader, need quiet time reader” this is me too! Yes, I “might” be a book hoarder as well. I have to admit I love my Kindle as well!

  3. Leigh Anne

    I loved reading this and it has me thinking! I am a read the ending in the middle reader and a bathtub reader! I might have to put this in my writing arsenal too!

  4. bennisbuzz

    Your last line is what I say to my students all the time, “Be a voracious… reader.”
    That’s my desire for them. So much to discover, enjoy, and experience. Reading makes all this possible. Great post. D:)


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