The places books take you
By Jessica on May 25th, 2012
Books are a funny thing. They have this habit of taking you places that you never imagined. I just didn’t realize that they were leading me to other books until Morgan sent me a link to the article Reading & the Art of ‘Rerouting’. My first reaction to reading the article was “I do that!!!”
“Rerouting” in this article anyway, is when a book leads you to another related book not in the series. For me, it is generally topically though it can happen with authors. For instance, I loved Augusta Scattergood’s Glory Be about a little girl growing up in Mississippi in the summer of 1964. Once I read it, I looked up the Scholastic News Kid Reporter interview with Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) about the Freedom Riders and their impact on the nation at that time. From there I found myself looking for history books about the Civil Rights movement. At the end, I came full circle and reread Glory Be. From that one book, I found myself wanting to learn more about a topic that I remember covering in school. It’s happened over and over with books. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin led me to read Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and looking up books about New York at that time. After reading The 39 Clues series, I found myself reading up on the different people and places in each installment.
So now we ask you? Have you ever read a book that led you to other books? What book did you read and where did you go? Tell us in the comments!
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