Hooked on Phonics worked for me!
That’s not a pitch, that’s the truth. I wasn’t a great reader as a kid. Neither was my sister. My mom wanted to make sure we didn’t fall through the cracks, so she ordered Hooked on Phonics. (Mr. GH is a funny little man…) We worked our way through the program and ended up learning to read (go figure!).
I’d always enjoyed books, but once I could read well my world exploded! I went from reading kids’ books to devouring chapter books – during summer vacation I would read 1-3 chapter books per day! That often meant skipping bike rides and staying up way too late, but I didn’t care. I’m sure I was a total cranky pants (sorry Mom and Dad), but had to know what was going to happen between Ned and Nancy!
Yes, I was a huge Nancy Drew Files fan for two reasons: I loved her adventures and she had a great boyfriend. I didn’t realize it until I was older, but even as a child I was drawn to romance. All of my favorite stories had at least one sweet romantic relationship (hello, Mary Anne and Logan!).
As I got older, it became more difficult to find appropriate books to read. My reading level had surpassed the children’s book section of the library, but I wasn’t at all ready for the bodice-ripping romance section. (I would have given anything for a Jill Williamson or Sara Ella when I was growing up!) I didn’t let the lack of appropriate books stop me, though. Instead, I re-read my favorite books and just kept looking for new ones.
I do the same thing today. I don’t force my way through a novel – if it doesn’t hold my attention, I got back to my favorite stories. But today it’s much easier to find good books – I just ask my friends!
How do you find good books? What are you reading today? What were your favorite books as a child?
Karin Beery – Writer. Editor. Novelist. Karin writes contemporary fiction with a healthy dose of romance. Represented by literary agent Steve Hutson at WordWise Media, her debut novel, Summer Plans and Other Disasters, released September 15, 2018.
When she’s not writing fiction, she’s editing through her business, Write Now Editing. And when she’s not doing either of those, she teaches Substantive Editing for Fiction and Romance Editing through the PEN Institute. Karin is also the Managing Editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, where they publish stories that entertain, encourage, inspire, and enlighten.