On reading …

This will be the first in a series of posts I’ll be writing as I research and delve into the subject of READING. I’d like to cover the how, what, when, where, why of something absolutely essential that I do every day, and I know many of you do, as well. Hey! You’re reading this right now, aren’t you? I’ll also be covering the last of the 5 Ws – Who is reading.

For so so many of us, reading is akin to breathing!

The plan is to offer interesting articles for everyone to consider, and possibly comment upon, here on my blog. But the big picture is to eventually use the research into all these articles and books on reading and how people learn to read, your comments you make on the blog (I’ll always ask your permission first before quoting you!), and thoughts I have. Then I will do further research into the topic of learning to read – eventually putting it all together into book form (likely as an eBook first).

I’m not sure whether I mentioned this before on the blog, but I had planned on focusing my efforts on Readers from here on in, rather than the writing process, editing, publishing, promoting and marketing – because there are so many bloggers and experts out there who cover these topics very well indeed. So I will instead concentrate on discovering what it is Readers like to read, where they are located (those who are reading in English, primarily) and how to find them, so that all Authors may better tailor what we create for those Readers’ benefit and how we can attract them. It’s essentially a different approach to marketing that I’m offering to explore with this focus.

So I hope you’ll come along with me for the ride as I research and write about Reading. I’m excited, because after all I am a Reader first and an author second, so I have a vested interest in both covers of a book, so to speak. I do already have a good idea of what makes me tick as a reader – what I’m attracted by and what makes me want to read a particular book. So now I’d like to discover what other Readers like to read, as well as how, when, where, why they read, and who these readers are in the first place.

Here’s an article to get the conversation started:

Taught to pass tests, they don’t know how to read books

And, if anyone discovers any articles at all on reading that you believe will be of interest to me and to my research, please send me an email with the link (susanmtoy (at) gmail.com).

And now …


25 responses

  1. I’ve been thinking on similar lines too, Susan. There’re lots of people writing about writing, and yes, I’ve also loved reading forever…

  2. Hello from the south of France! Reading is like breathing and I intend to be reading when I draw that last breath.
    Here is a link to an old statement on reading. For me it was the equivalent of the Bill of Rights! It was adopted on 25 June 1953. The Freedom to Read: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/statementspols/freedomreadstatement
    Your endeavour sounds exciting. I was taught to read at age three by the neighbours teenage daughters. It meant everything to me and may have saved my life.
    I try to support other writer/bloggers but find few of the offered books that appeal to my perhaps odd choices. Bonne courage et bonne chance! Léa

    1. Merci, Léa! Thank you for the link and I hope you continue to follow this blog. Please be prepared to let us know your eclectic taste in books when I post the “What” section of this series.

      1. I shall look forward to your findings and will help as I can.

  3. I agree, Susan. I was a reader too before I became an author and still read and review extensively. Great idea to post about reading. I read a variety of genres – mysteries, thrillers, romance, children’s, historical novels, sci-fi, and fantasy. 😆

    1. Thanks for your support and interest, Janice!

  4. I’m also interested in reading your pieces on reading. These will be different than many of the blogs I’ve read about writing and publishing. 🙂 — Suzanne

  5. I look forward to reading more of your articles on reading. One aspect your research should examine is dyslexia. I posted about it recently and included a few links that might be of interest. https://franklparker.com/2016/04/05/d-for-dyslexia-atozchallenge/

    1. Thank you for the link and suggestion! I was going to look at illiteracy and adult learning, but hadn’t thought through this far enough yet to include dyslexia or other methods of reading for sight-impaired. I’ll now expand my horizons!

  6. Great idea to write about reading!!

  7. Hello! I stumbled across this article and wanted to share a post of mine that talks about what I like to read –
    I don’t know if it’ll be of much help – it’s just a bit of my opinions put together.

    1. Thank you, Nandini! All articles and links appreciated. Thanks for reading and sending this.

  8. I still can’t read beyond the first paras. So frustrating as it looks really interesting. I’ve had the other half look at it, too, and he can’t do anything. Never mind, I look forward to reading your future posts on Reading.

  9. I’m very excited about the new direction you’re taking. All authors should be readers first. I’m looking forward to your reader-centric articles.

  10. What a great approach to take.

  11. This promises to be an fascinating thread. Sadly I had the same difficulty with the Houston article link. However, if you (or anyone else) would like a guest post on my many years experience of teaching young children to read, (or witnessing how they get there with or without my help), please do contact me.

    1. Thank you for your kind offer, Jessica! I will definitely get back to you, Jessica, and I hope you will continue to read and contribute as I write these posts. (I also hope that new link I found solves the problem.)

  12. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    If anyone discovers any articles at all on reading that you think will help Susan with this project, please contact her directly via the email at the bottom of her post 🐵

  13. Sounds interesting. I clicked on the link tot he article but could only read the first para as it says I have to subscribe to read the whole thing.

    1. Thanks for pointing out that problem, Mary. I’ve changed to another link that shows the entire article to me. Does this work for you?

      1. Nope! It still says I need to subscribe to the Houston Chronicle for $1 a week. Maybe you could cut and paste it?

      2. It does have a benner at the top of the article, but scroll down. You should see that the entire article is there. I just checked and it was fine for me. I can’t cut and paste because then I’d be infringing on copyright. So it’s links only, I’m afraid.

  14. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Something to bookmark.. Susan Toy is going to be writing a series of posts on Reading and Readers. She has a great deal of experience in publishing and will have read a great many submissions in her time. This is a very important subject for all of us Indies who work our backsides off writing… for READERS… knowing what they want to read is vitally important.. looks like a great series.

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