20 Literary Memories

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    Literary Memories

  • Being Read to

    My mother started reading to me the "Golden Books" along with anything else she could get her hands on. She read to me her college textbooks when she needed to study. She started reading to me as soon as I was born and has always helped me with spelling and writing.
  • Learning to Talk

    Learning to Talk
    My first word was "liberry" which I still mispronounce to this day thanks to my brother. There are a number of other words my brother taught me, including "catakiller" and "guck gucks" which were actually catipillar and ducks/ geese since I couldn't tell the difference.
  • Reading at daycare

    I began to learn to read and write the alphabet in my daycare/preschool. I also started working on it at home as well as at school. I perticularly liked to use crayons.
  • 9/11

    The Twin Towers collapsed, changing what I saw and understood what was going around me. For the rest of my life until current day, terrorism is an existing threat, I see it everyday in the newspaper and in the headlines.
  • Reading Buddies

    My school assigned us reading buddies to read to us when I was in kinergarden. The reading buddies were in 6th grade and had to help us learn to read as well as understand the reading. When I became a 6th grader, I got to become a reading buddy too.
  • Read my first chapter book

    I read my first chapter book was called The Box Car Children, I became so into the books I dreamed of living in a box car like the children in the book and even made plans to run away as they had.
  • Teacher's help

    My second grade teacher began to help me read out loud, (I was in the 8th percentile in 2nd grade.) Her name is Mrs. Sendalbach, I had a fear of reading out loud until she helped me. By the end of the school year I was in the 98th percentile.
  • Grandpa Bonfiglio

    Grandpa Bonfiglio
    My dad's father, Grandpa Bonfiglio, died of a heart attack. He had always supported me while with his own children he was never there to teach them. My father and his siblings couldn't read until they were in school, even then they had a hard time.
  • Reading together

    My mom and I read together a book called A Dogs Life. We each read to eachother out loud. That was also the first time I ever cried at the end of a book, when the narrator, a collie named Bone died. My mom and I read that book three times after that.
  • Passing Notes

    My friends and I were in 2nd grade, we started passing notes, none of importance. They were mostly pictures. We would fold them into different origami shapes, I would always make a frog. We would also write "Zaps" or a note with someones name on it that the recipient would have to ask out at a certain time
  • First Advanced Placement

    I was placed in the AP program in my 7th grade year, reading about history and historical fiction. We read a book about a Veitnemese refugee who was adjusting to a new culture in America. She was also a teenage girl, so she had to adjust to adulthood as well.
  • Middleschool Obsession

    I began to read books nonstop, spending all of my free time and all of my spent time reading. I was reading in all of my classes, I would finish a 400 page book in 2 days. I would constently have a book with me where ever I went, resturants, bed, playground and etc.
  • Discovery of Video Games

    I first began playing video games on my Xbox 360, some of the games incude Call of Duty, Forza, and Skyrim. It seriously affected my reading rate. I decrease to reading from 4 to 6 books a week to 1 or 2 a week.
  • Tony got back from Iraq

    Tony got back from Iraq
    My brother, my main literary sponsors came back from Iraq after being overseas for about two years. He had been trying to go to school before hand in LaCrosse. When he was over seas he tried online classes, but when he got back he transfered to UW Madison but later dropped out.
  • Becoming An Aunt

    Becoming An Aunt
    My nephew was born and I had someone to read to. He could hardly open his eyes and his parents and I were already reading to him. He is now almost 5 and he can read extremely well for his age.
  • Started AP English

    I wrote my first AP paper the summer before my freshman year of highschool. The paper was on comparing the two required books over the summer to be in AP. The books were To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies.
  • Publishing Poetry

    I started to post my writings online on a website/mag called teen ink. I posted poetry, book reviews, summaries, and essays I thought were good enough to read. I first posted poetry under an alias but then I became more open about my writing.
  • Eragon Series

    I began reading the Eragon Series, since then I have read all 4 books 3 times over the last 2 years. This is when I realized I liked fantacy fiction. Since I have read about 20 or so fantacy fiction novels in the past 2 years.
  • Meet Victor

    I meet Victor in my place of work at the time, a resturant called The Sand Burr in Brodhead. Vic has since become one of my main literary sposors, from pushing me to write more, to reading more books and paying attention to the daily news.
  • First College English Class

    My first English Class in college with Dr. John Pruitt, my English 101 freshmen writing prof. While I will only have two classes for English in college I have always enjoyed reading as well as writing.