My Personal Reading Profile

26 Jan

A professor once said, “any good book should be both a mirror and a window.”

I took that to mean, a “mirror” because I can see something about myself reflected in the story and a “window” because it takes me to a new place or idea. The concept was intriguing, so I wanted to identify the things I look for in books.

When I look at the collection of books I’ve recently read, I find that they are mostly faith-based and about redirecting a path in life. I look to this type of book for affirmation that the decisions I have made in my life are taking me in the right direction. In this type of book, I can find:

  • Inspiration
  • Humor through real life scenarios
  • A fresh perspective
  • Guidance through a difficult time
  • A list of realistic expectations to set while trying to get through
  • An anecdote on how the author dealt with getting through a difficult time
  • Chapters that help me to reflect on and re-evaluate my decisions

Books that I recently read and enjoyed:

  1. Joyce Meyer “Never Give Up”
  2. Joel Osteen “Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential”
  3. Joel Osteen “Every Day a Friday: How to be Happier 7 Days a Week”

I’m not sure where my love of non-fiction reading material started. I really enjoy reading about people who have overcome seemingly impossible circumstances. It makes me think and helps me to understand myself as I relate to the rest of the world. Something about reading why people do the things that they do intrigues me. I am sometimes able to connect with their experiences or reasoning and for me that makes it a fun read.

I can’t think of the last time I sat down with a fiction novel and read it cover to cover. Although, I have noticed that fiction novels inspired many of the films and TV shows that I truly enjoy. I would be open to reading novels with (a) similar:

Storyline to “Source Code,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Drive Angry,” “Red,” and “The Adjustment Bureau” -These films are action-oriented and have many twists that make the ending anything but predictable.

Characters to those in “The Game,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Modern Family,”“Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and “Parenthood” -The characters in these TV shows represent the dysfunctional fabric of a family that somehow manages to survive day to day. I enjoy watching their experience unfold because I can relate to these characters.

Mood to “Family Guy” -It’s fun to see ourselves in cartoon animation and laugh at the things we say and do.

Relationships to those in “Crash” -I enjoy watching the way relationships are depicted in this film. I like to think about how living my life the way I do (directly and indirectly) affects others.

I would be open to reading a novel that exhibits or addresses violence, sexuality, profanity, and/or unpopular ideas. I could also appreciate a book with language that is straightforward and direct. I don’t want to be dazzled with the authors words, I want to understand and digest what the author is saying. With respect to setting, I like things to be hidden in plain sight where a person has to rework the setting to expose its existence. That is important to me because it shows how more information/experience was needed in order for that thing to become relevant (similar to the TV show “CSI”). I have never really considered how I feel about a novel using an authentic vs. an inaccurate depiction of time and place; although, I would be open to reading multiple things that play at both ends of that spectrum.

The Book Annotations assignment I am working on this semester will serve as a book buffet. I was advised to read books from 5 genres that are outside of my comfort zone. Over the next few months, I plan to put the non-fiction back on the shelf and dive into a few genres that I haven’t taken the time to explore. You will get to read all about them in my Book Annotation blogs that are coming soon.

Join me as I travel into uncharted territory and stretch my imagination through reading. And who knows… I may even like it.

-A Teaching Librarian

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Welcome SLIS Class!

17 Jan

My name is LaShawntay M. Tinker. I am in my last semester of the MLS program at Indiana University-Indianapolis. You have been invited to my web-log for the S524 Adult Readers Advisory course at IUPUI.

Stay tunned for more about:

  • My Personal Reading Profile (January)
  • My Secret Shopper Assignment (February)
  • A Kirkus-Style Review of a Book I’m Reading (February)
  • Special Topics Paper (March)
  • Book Annotations (Weekly)
  • Lab A: The Readers’ Advisor is In (April)
  • Lab B: Reading List as Community Service (April)

and so much more.