Everyone has a reader history. For some, it consists of trudging along through AR (Accelerated Reader Program) in grade school until they no longer had to read for points, while for others it was being known as the kid who always ate lunch in the library because that was the only quiet place to read.
Everyone has a story, and I want to tell you about mine.
From then on, I absolutely abhorred reading. My fourth grade year I started fresh in a public school and was nearly a grade and a half below reading level. AR was the bane of my existence and all my friends were reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and it wasn't even in my reading range.
This struggle persisted until my freshman year of high school when AR was nothing but a memory that made me cringe. That was when I finally picked up a book by choice to read for -dare I say it? -fun.
I picked up The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce. And it is to her that I owe my love of reading. I read these books in the matter of a few weeks, which was the fastest I have ever read any books in my life up to that point.
After that, I become a devourer of books. Anything I could get my hands on I was lost. I continued on to read The Protector of the Small quartet as well as her Immortals quartet, only to begin another large series (which were only five books at the time), the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale.
My freshman year in high school is when I fell in love with reading. I was a slow reader to be sure. I'm still not a fast reader, but I do read a lot which kinda makes up for it at times. Throughout high school and especially my junior and senior year, I was always known as the girl with a book. Sometimes I carried around two books -which was such a scandal because no one liked reading. I had maybe five friends that enjoyed it, the rest only read because it was required.
I had to work in order to love reading, and it was a crazy journey to be sure. I was never in AP English -I hated the idea of required reading during the summer, because I wanted to read only the books I chose. And then once I got into college, my love of reading expanded all the more as I read adult, and classics, and learned that I actually liked them too.
My sophomore year of undergrad, I changed my major from art to English, and I have never regretted the change. I have read more books in my college years than I had ever dreamed -both required and recreational reading. And as a student in middle school I hated the idea of English and reading, but it was because no one had ever gotten on my level to show me just how magical reading could be.
Ever since I discovered this adventure we call reading, that I discovered different things about myself through the characters in books. My life has changed just because I decided one day that I would pick up a four-book series.
Everyone has a reading history. So what's yours?