I know that you lot seem to like the posts which feature my Gran, my Mum and my little sister and how generationally the ‘we blooming love reading’ gene has been passed on. Well if that is the case then this week on The Readers we have all three of them in conversation with me in some kind of ‘Savidge Readers Special.’ That’s right… three generations of readers; how often do you get to hear that and at such differing points in their reading lives?
First in our trio of interviews we have my Gran, or Dorothy as you might want to call her, a self starting reader who left her studies in order to work. How did she get hooked on reading by herself? How important was it to read to her children? Why does she read about the countries she visits before she goes? What are her thoughts on a Kindle? What books would she recommend? Who does she re-read in her seventies and why?
Then we have my Mum, Louise, an avid book worm as a child and now a teacher of English Literature to secondary school children from 11-16 year olds. Was the influence of her mother part of her love of reading? What is great about exciting children into reading? Why don’t children read a whole book at school and does it matter? What are her thoughts on the Kindle and the future of the book? Which authors does she love and recommend in her forties?
Third and finally we have my sister, Miriam, who at 13 is in the middle of that young adult to adult transition of reading. Which books did she love as a child? What books and authors is she testing in the adult fiction market? Is reading cool at school? Who does she turn to for her recommendations?
I thought that this might just be up all of your streets. So if you want to have a listen, and please do, then you can go here on the website or by downloading it via iTunes. Let me know what you think after you have!
Thanks again for the birthday wishes over the weekend. Lovely of you all!
So this blog seems to be turning into a bit of a family affair, you have already had several posts from Granny Savidge Reads. Next up was ‘The Bookboy’ who I hear is working on his next post. This week you have had two posts from my mother on her top books and also her Savidge Reads Grilling, and now it’s time for another ‘The Girl Who Read Too Much’ (not that of course that’s possible, it’s just a pun on the Larrson books which made us giggle) who is taking you through some of her latest favourite reads…
“Hello all you bookaholics out there, so as you may know I am ‘The Girl Who Read Too Much’. I’m 12 and I love books. I was pleased that Simon asked me to do a review on his blog and I can’t wait to share my recommendation with you. So here they are…
My all time favorite book is probably ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ by Derek Landy. A book filled with suspense and magic! The main character, Stephanie Edgley, is dragged into a world of magic and horror shortly after her uncle Gordon’s death and the reading of his will. At the funeral there is a very strange man who Stephanie notices always covers his face, who or what is he and why is he there? The story pulls you into the pages and you feel as if you’re part of the story.The book has sequels which all flow perfectly into the next whilst making you want to read on. The book is violent in some places so as I said the book is probably better for people over eleven. There is also some vocabulary that younger children might not understand. Anyway this book is a fantastic and thrilling read, it is a five star must-read! However you can get hold of it read this book!
Another of my favorites is ‘Along For The Ride’ by Sarah Dessen. This book is an amazing assortment of genres and all to do with teenage life. This book is aimed at mostly teenage girls but if you like love, family issues and teen emotions then this book is for you. The narrator and main character, Auden, is living with her Mum when her Dad phones up and asks if Auden would like to go over to their house by the sea for the summer holidays. Her Dad also announces that his new wife, Heidi, has had a baby! When Auden gets over there she feels like she has a totally different life to the one she had before with her Mum she is allowed to go out loads and just have fun! (Her Mum was against that and just wanted her daughter to study.) This summer brings with it a new beginning so Auden is breathless with excitement. ‘Along For The Ride’ does have some rude language in it so it is probably better for my age and over. This book is fantastic book that makes teenagers see that their lives aren’t over because they’re wearing the wrong things it shows them a proper dilemma and makes people see things in a different light. I give this book five stars! There is also another amazing Sarah Dessen book called ‘The Truth About Forever’ which is a very good as well.
‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green is a very emotional tale about, love, drugs and alcohol and school. The book is probably aimed at 13+ but I read it anyway. The main character Miles is sent to a rough boarding school that his Dad went to. The pupils there were not just rough but were alcoholics and smokers to. At the school there is a girl called Alaska that Miles immediately fancies. He is also obsessed with last words of people and in particular those of a poet called Rabelais which were ‘I go to seek the great perhaps.’ Miles is trying to find his perhaps when he meets Alaska. This book has lots of bad language so as I said it’s probably aimed for a teenager. I don’t want to say too much more as I’m giving nothing away! I think a book is very good when you feel like shouting at the characters because you know something’s going to happen and the characters are clueless. Miles himself is a very interesting character who by the end you feel is a friend. This book is a very thrilling and (in my opinion) would deserve a full five stars. Another book you must read!
Goodbye for now, I hope you’ll be back for my next post.
The Girl Who Read Too Much!”