My History as a Reader

Friday, July 4, 2014

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.

My very first memory of me reading on my own was when I was in second grade. I was homeschooled until the end of that year, and my worst subject was reading. I remember having to read a story that was three pages long, and it took me an hour and a half to read it. By the time I finished, I had no idea what I read because I was too busy trying to sound out the words than worry about my comprehension level.

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?

5 comments:

  1. I will start with apologising for my English, I am from Sweden but I hope that you will understand me. I like your story; I think it is fascinating to see how people can grow in to like books and reading. My story starts with my parents (mostly my dad) reading loud to me when I was a child. I learned the story in my favourite book, I knew every word. Sometimes my dad tried to change things and I became very mad at him. I have always read. My favourite books are Harry Potter. They made me start reading in English since I did not have the patience to wait for the translation (and because I was afraid of spoilers). I sat in my bed with a Harry Potter book and an English dictionary, it was slow reading because I had to look up words, but it was so worth it!

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    1. Oh my gosh! That's one of the coolest stories EVER!!!! There's something so special about reading, and I'm so glad that you found that even if it is in different languages! I'm sure that's helped you a lot when it comes to speaking in English too! Your English was flawless in your comment! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope we get to hear more from you in the coming months! :)

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  2. That is so neat. :)
    Reading,I guess, was always built into me. There never was a point in my life when I despised it. My mom is a bookworm and would read books aloud to us. There are books and bookshelves all over our house, and I would always find it strange when I would visit someone and there were zero books in the house. I would always read Dr. Seuss out loud to myself, and almost had sections of Oh Say Can You Say memorized. Then I went through a time when I adored the Little House on the Prairie series and it was the only thing I ever talked about. I moved on to Nancy Drew. That was when my brother would hide my books because I didn't do anything except read, and he found that unhealhty- not to mention it took time away from playing with him. Then I read The Trophy Chase Trilogy by George Bryan Polivka. It opened the door to fantasy, a hunger for different kinds of books instead of just one genre or series, and a love for writing.

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    1. That's awesome!! I'll have to look up the Trophy Chase Trilogy. I've never heard of it! Fantasy is like my go-to genre, so I'm surprised. Yay for readers who become writers! I think that's the most fun thing! Thanks so much for sharing, Ashley! :)

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  3. My story is one where I started out loving reading and then hated it as soon as I had to read things I didn't want to for school. I liked English and wanted to major in it all through HS, but it was more so because I enjoyed writing not reading. Then I started college and majored in Psychology. I graduated not really enjoying reading ... until I started working at a library. It took me one week and now I love reading! Mostly YA series but I do enjoy an occasional biography. Augusten Burroughs is my favorite author! Anyways, I have read 23 books so far this year which is a HUGE accomplishment for me! My goal is 50, but if I don't reach that, I'm still proud of myself! :)

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