Does one love or learn to enjoy reading?

Ireland
February 11, 2008 9:24am CST
I remember as a child and teenager, I hated reading, was it because I didn't get to choose my own material or was it I just didn't like reading.. it wasn't until i was 20 and pregnant with my first child that I craved reading, since then I have constantly got a book at hand, I'm now 30 with a 9 yr old and 6 yr old and they too constantly have a book at hand. What do you think?
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@Browisn (782)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I also remember as a child hating to read anything. For one thing it took me a long time to learn to read and even today I am quite a slow reader. But, I really adopted a passion for reading when I was older, I mean really older. Actually I was around fourty when I began reading mystery novels and couldn't put them down. I still can't stomach technical reading material or any really heavy literature, but I love the fictional best sellers and Readers Digest type articles. So I just think it depends on when your mind has developed a thirst for reading. I say that in lieu of admitting that I probably did not mature until I was around fourty. lol.
• Philippines
12 Feb 08
same here. i just love reading. i was so young when i was introduced to gore. my father reads me frankenstein and i just loved it everytime. no nightmares and all. frankenstein has become one of the very few reasons why i love reading. if i do have a child, i would also love my children to have passion for reading. good thing your kids are both growing up to be like you. it's not a bad thing. but of course we should let them go out once in a while to have first hand experience about things.
@duck2day (317)
11 Feb 08
Oh and forgot to say also, i think letting kids choose their own books is very important! Obviously with some care of course, some books r just NOT suitable for kids!! My parents let me read what i wanted (my mum had always been an avid reader so she understood! LOL!!). She always said that it's better that i'm reading books than not at all. Some of my friends weren't allowed to read books like Point Horror, so they never really got into reading!!
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@duck2day (317)
11 Feb 08
Personally i don't think you do "learn" to love reading, i just think all you need to do is find a book you like and that's it! As a kid i was useless at english - even got taken out for special classes!! My parents had always read to me as a kid, but i just never got into reading myself! Then a friend lent me a book (it was a point horror actually - LOL!!) and i loved it and after that i just got really into reading. Also it really helped me with my english skills and when i was in High school i was top of the class in english!! So from my experience, i was crap at english, but discovered some books i loved and soon got addicted despite not being very good at english! Anyway it very quickly improved my english skills, so i'm very glad my friend lent me that book!! Also, some of my friends never used to read anything, but books like Harry Potter have gotten them addicted to reading - all a case of finding that book that gets you in!!
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
11 Feb 08
I think there are a lot of variables to your question, and that the answer is BOTH. People love and/or learn to enjoy reading. As a kid, I had friends who could not understand why I was so keen on reading books. Yet in later years, those same friends got addicted to reading as well, and had wished they'd gotten into it sooner. lol. For me, I was always exposed to reading. I had my own bookshelves in my room for as long as I can remember, and both of my parents were avid readers. They always had a book on the go. I feel that being exposed to their reading like I was, made it easier for me to get into it. I was also fortunate that I was a good reader in school. Always in the highest reading level groups for my grade, etc. However, there were many kids who didn't grasp the concept of reading easily, and so the constant struggle made it a daunting task for them. So it is no wonder they didn't have any interest in reading! My 3 sons are 7, 7, and (almost) 9 now, and although I don't see them reading all the time, I do know they enjoy it. I hope that their seeing me reading so much has played a bit of a role in that too.
@IddiKlu (176)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Love for reading is strictly tied into ones capacity to read fast and thereby increase comprehension. Anyone reading about 1 page per minute is there. Anyone at 2 minutes or more per page will find it boring. My 2 nephews hated to read, until one was forced to read 30 pages a day (it was checked so he couldn't cheat), the other one was paid $5. an hour. Once they hit 1 minute a page, there was no stopping them. One meanwhile has won his BA in English, and has given lectures on how increasing his reading speed has vastly improved his grades, and changed his life because of his newfound love for the written word...
@duck2day (317)
14 Feb 08
Think i'm gonna disagree with you there, i think you can be a slow reader and still very much enjoy it! I was terribe at english when i got into reading, really slow and everything, but i still got into reading because i found books i liked. I read them because i wanted to find out what happens, so as i was slow - it just took me longer!! I'm into reading classics at the moment, like Charles Dickens. It takes me forever to read a page, but i'm enjoying it so i don't mind. Friends of mine seem to find the same thing! Of course i agree that reading is great at speeding up your comprehension and your language skills.
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
10 Mar 08
I hated to read until I was in the 4th grade. Then I had amazing teacher who taught me how much fun it could be. Since than I'm a book addict.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
12 Feb 08
Hi-I think it must be a learned thing...thinking back,my home wasn't "bookish" when I was a kid,it was only after discovering libraries (the school Library,at first) that I really got into books..haven't quit reading since!
@Foxfire1875 (2011)
11 Feb 08
I've always loved reading but I hated every book I had to read at school, so maybe if you had chosen your reading material you would have loved reading as a child. I assume your children read what they choose and not what you tell them to.