What made you start reading?

By K31
Philippines
July 27, 2011 12:23am CST
It just baffles me why there are a lot of people loves reading and at the same time, there are people also hates them. I also used to dislike reading. Whenever I see small printed words, I tend to sleep before finishing 2 pages :P During my 4th grade (I think) my cousin passed on her "RL Stine" collection to me and that's when I started to love reading. I love reading creepy stories and RL Stine's definitely good at it. When I finished the set she gave me, I started asking people for interesting books to read. That' when I started to love reading. It's like I get traversed into various times and placed into unimaginable situations. It's also my love for reading that I started writing fanfictions. It's not much but it feels wonderful when people gives comment, criticisms and wait for your next chapter. Also, it's also through reading that I got interested in pen-paper role playing games :D What about you guys? What made you start reading stuffs?
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@chertsy (3817)
• United States
27 Jul 11
I have always loved to read, which explains why I learned to read at the early age of three. I remember learning while watching my mom trying to teach my brother. It was one of those See Spot Run books, I was able to catch on very quickly. I already knew my abc's and 123's from watching Sesame Street. From there wasn't a book that I didn't want to put my hands on. Even today, I love to read. It hurts that I have two children of my own that started out hating the idea of reading. Now, I'm proud to say one of my kids (my oldest) has written 8 of her very own books. I had her go to a website called wattpad, it's a interesting link for aspiring authors to post their books online for others to see. I'm not into some of the stuff she has written, but there very good. Now I just wish my youngest would take up reading even more, instead of feeling she has to for school. I would love to read some of your work sometime.
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• Philippines
28 Jul 11
That's real great to hear :D It's just a waste now-a-days that kids would rather spend whole day in front of the computer playing games :D But I still think that in order to get a child to start reading, a good book or reading material is a must :) I love to have your opinions on my works. I write super short stories. I don't really write those "for publishing" types :D I only write whenever I want to that's why I preferably stick with old pen-paper role playing games and fanfictions :D
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@chertsy (3817)
• United States
29 Jul 11
I agree that kids today waste so much of there times playing games. I was really surprised when my oldest took to reading and writing her own books. She also writes poetry. I can really see her going far in this. Right at the moment she is just writing and putting her works on wattpad to get people's opinions of her works. Of course she knows mom and dad is going to say there great. Honestly, deep down she's really good, and I'm not saying it because I'm her mom. I can actually see her works playing out on a screen some day. There's nothing wrong with super short stories. I have been reading some of those lately about 30 pages or less. My oldest writes both ways, pen and paper and her laptop. So far I have to go behind her and proof read her work, because of a few errors. She writes a lot of war stories, and so far only one zombie, which she left room to keep going.
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• Philippines
26 Oct 11
That's wonderful Do you see her becoming a writer in the future of you simply think it's her hobby? I sure hope she won't get tired of writing
• United States
28 Jul 11
Hi! As both of my parents were teachers, I was always encouraged to read and I just fell in love with biographies. I did try other types of literature but nothing really stuck with me as biographies did. Now if I can get my daughter to read better....she's 7 and knows Dr. Seuss quite well but struggles with others. I appreciate Dr. Seuss too but hearing the same story over and over again drives me a bit batty. Some stories she has succeeded with and enjoyed but with others, she seems that she drags her feet with. Anything I can do to get her over this? I do try to be positive an encouraging but....
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• Philippines
24 Oct 11
My dad got me started on reading by purchasing comic books and let me read them. Then from there, I got so hooked on comic books and he promised me to buy me some more then I start reading other books. That's how I got started reading Goosebumps and RL Stine :P
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• United States
29 Oct 11
Hi! We'll be heading to the library today so I am hoping that we'll be able to find some more books that she will be enthusiastic about. She is doing somewhat better with reading and I want for her to really love reading. :-) If you have more suggestions, do let me know!
23 Oct 11
i started to love reading during grade schools.. as far as i can remember, the first few series that i read was nancy drews.. then a friend recommend me about works of RL which i loved a lot since im a suspense-thriller-mystery freak. there was also a time when i was addicted into romance novels. then came, harry potter, lord of the rings, and so on...
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• Philippines
24 Oct 11
Lol! I never did liked Nancy Drew way back for some reason but I'm totally into RL Stine's works, Goosebumps and Fear Street saga Harry Potter and other books came to a close second and it took me quite some time before I got a hang of reading inspirational books
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@Mayuko (1272)
• United States
30 Jul 11
I've always liked to read from the time I was very young, around 5 or so. There has never been a time when I disliked reading. Reading novels is one of my favorite hobbies, and I'm sure it always will be.
• Philippines
26 Oct 11
That's great to hear I'm sure you have quite a collection since you loved reading since you're five
29 Jul 11
shameful but i guess what made me start reading is when i have my assignments and reports that needs to be done. maybe because reading i guess was never been my interest ever since.
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• Philippines
26 Oct 11
Haha that's ok. At least you read when there's a need. There are people who plainly hates to read . Maybe if you gone through a real good book, you'll start to like reading
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
28 Jul 11
I have been reading since before I can really remember to be honest. About the age where children can learn to read, I think that I was reading. It was way before the school system got their hooks into me with their belief on what enjoyable reading is and what I feel positive killed the enjoyment of reading for so many members of my generation but that is beside the point. What is the point is that I have always enjoyed reading, no matter what, since the beginning of my time of reading. I forgot the first book I ever read back in the day without my parents reading it to me. I think actually I did remember reading Charlotte's Web when I was in the first grade, asking my parents to buy my own copy, when the teacher wouldn't let me check it out of the school library because it wasn't "at my grade level." I completed the book without any problems once I bought them. I'll be the judge of what reading was at my grade level thank you very much. I'm certain there were books before that as well.
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• Philippines
26 Oct 11
My cousin from US also complained once that the librarian refused to lend her a certain book she wants to read since she was "too young for it". I forgot the name of the book though. Anyway, that's real good to hear. It's seldom we hear/see people that can read even before his/her peers starts reading
@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
28 Jul 11
I actually never liked reading too, except for comics, I have always loved comics. And one of the reason why I hated reading was because they were so grey and white with no pictures and it looked really boring. Anyway my sister is a book fanatic as she loves reading a lot! She used to bring books home from libraries an dused to buy books. So there used to be many books lying around which I had never even touched. It just made me feel bad that sis paid for something so it is kinda like free for me and I never even bothered. So I don't know there was just this burden kinda thing on me and I gave them books a try. So that is how I started reading books. haha might sound a bit silly to you but true story LOL
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• Philippines
1 Aug 11
Haha that's quite interested. I also got interested in reading through comic books :D You're lucky that your sister gets to buy books. I'm the only avid reader in the family so I buy my own books. That's why I bring and shelf my books in my workplace that at home. Some of my office mates are also book lovers so in some way, the books I bought won't go to waste :D
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• Philippines
28 Jul 11
Reading is really a nice hobby. I especially love it whenever I get to learn something from what I am reading. But there are times when I am really not in the mood for reading anything. Well, people have preferences, either they love or hate reading. Some don't even read signs at all! Maybe those who hate it are the ones who get headaches whenever they read or those with poor eyesight or have eye strain problems. Some are just impatient in reading those little texts or just simply hate the smell of a book. I started my interest in reading really when I got a bit matured and loved learning to improve myself. That's why I am interested with a lot of self help books and books about money. Yes, maybe there can be people who can't stand reading but still reading is an essential thing whether they love it or hate it.
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• Philippines
26 Oct 11
Reading is indeed important since there are quite a lot of instructions and guides to read almost everywhere Same here. There are times wherein I take a long hiatus from reading and writing but when creativity and urge hits me to write or read, I tend to do it for a month or two Thanks for the comment AgentGulaman (and a side order of sago with that gulaman, please. Lol! Kidding!)
@naija4real (1293)
28 Jul 11
I think the traditional reading culture is fast dying. Now most people now have access to the internet, blackberry playbook, blackberry phone, Ipad, Ipod, and other technological gadgets. They have thrown away their books for this new technologies. I think I can not remeber when last I carried my books. If I read book it is always newspapers and my attention often focus on the vacancy section because I am still looking for a better job. I do not have time to read my book because the internet keeps me entertained all days.
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• Philippines
28 Jul 11
I prefer purchasing books rather than downloading and read it using my laptop. It strains my eyes a lot. I tried doing this and I got migraine the very next day :P I also tried listening to audio books but for some reason I find it really soothing and ended up sleeping :P I cram most of my books in my office shelves and people just browse through it, leave a note indicating what they borrowed. Lol!
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• Philippines
27 Jul 11
It was Dan Brown's controversial The Da Vinci Code that made me start reading. That was the first novel that I was able to finish. There were some pocketbooks before that I read but only to the middle part or the first 1/3 part, then, I stop reading. Next is the Twilight saga. It was really exciting as I advance from the first book to the next book. I also like the stories of Sydney Sheldon. They are nice, too. I hate reading textbooks though.
• Philippines
27 Jul 11
I love reading History books but not technical books! I also read Twilight saga though I'm not that much fan of the movie. The books have been a hype here in my office that most of my female office mates ended up borrowing my copies. It's an easy read but I can't say it ranked as my top favorites :D I tried reading those detective/spy type of novels but most of the time I sleep while reading them .
• Philippines
27 Jul 11
Some scenes in the books are not in the movie (some cute ones ). Uhm, Haruki Murakami? I think I once stumbled on that name when I was searching for good Japanese authors.
• Philippines
1 Aug 11
Yeah that's true :( I was kinda looking forward on how they would make the scene where Bella accidentally had her finger cut and Edward had to bring her to the clinic. It was cut off right? :(
27 Jul 11
RL Stine!! the goosebumps books!! oh my god i love them!! i adore reading. lynda la plante is my favourite author. you have got to read her book, the red dahlia, its awesome. or karin slighter shes good too..!! jeffery archer isn't bad either! my mummy was my influence for reading for sure. she always had hords of books everywhere when i was growing up and the majority of the first books i ever read were hers.. even books like nancy drew books when i was a kid, had been hers as a kid :)
• Philippines
26 Oct 11
I miss those days when I read RL Stine! Fear Street Saga! Those page jump books by Goosebumps are also interesting during those times :P i'll check on the authors you said. My mom and dad aren't much of a reader (especially my mom) but my dad loves reading comic books and newspaper that's why he got me hooked on reading :D
27 Oct 11
reading is everything to me.. its how i found out things i dont know.. and it's how i communicate best, through writing words and reading,.. i just think if you ever want to highten your intelligence.. then read :)
@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
25 Oct 11
Books - Books in the store
The story makes me read. Sometimes the story could make emotions within me to appear and make me carried away. he he
• Philippines
26 Oct 11
I so agree with you :) There are times when the book is so good and heart-touching that you end up crying as you read it
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@Shankerj (241)
• India
27 Jul 11
I enjoy reading from my childhood. When I was in school I loved to read comic books, and I had to read the text book too for the exams & marks. Still I read so many thing like newspapers, articles on the web, blogs, disscussions etc. Reading gives a boost to your thinking and imagination.
• Philippines
26 Oct 11
That's just so true! It keeps you updated, improves your vocabulary and enhances your imagination. I decided that I should give writing a try due to reading but in the end, I always end up hanging while writing I love reading history books and such while I was still studying. It's not the memorization part that I like (I hate it in fact) but there are a lot of things you get to know when reading about the past/history
@toniganzon (39825)
• Philippines
27 Jul 11
I started reading stuff from the time i learned how to read. Everyday i could see my father reading thick books and newspapers. There's not a single day he would miss reading his paper and his novels. I guess that's how i was influenced to read books. Those stuff are very educational and i learned a lot from them. REading books is like traveling at a lesser cost.
• Philippines
1 Aug 11
My father don't read books much but he read quite a number of newspapers. 3 local newspapers and 1 Chinese newspaper :D Makes me envious and wish that I can read Chinese characters like him. Lol!
@pbbbsra (1214)
• Philippines
27 Jul 11
As a child I am a reader. I started collecting story books and everybody gives me books as gifts. They think it is a healthy hobby for a child so at the age of 12 I almost have my own library at home with all the books I collected. That started my love for reading. I feel like leaving this world and entering another world when I read. My love for reading also made me a writer. But you know what, despite my love for reading, there are still books I can't stand reading, I get bored reading history books, I dont know why but I do. Unless I have something related that I have to research about I read at that time only.
• Philippines
27 Jul 11
I also am trying to get better at writing but sometimes my grammar sucks and I lose consistency when writing :( That's why most of the time I end up writing fanfictions but I do love to receive comments and criticisms :) I also remembered the times when my dad bought home several Archie comics and I always read them over and over. I think I was 6 at that time. I really can't remember. Lol! I understand your point on getting bored on reading some books. Same goes with me so it's understandable :D
• Indonesia
29 Oct 11
Since I am pretty much an avid reader, I cannot really say what made start reading. I think it's because I am a curious person and reading satisfy my curiousity. I read any book that I can understand be it fiction or non fiction. I am also not picky when it comes to genres. I read from fantasy to historical fiction, thriller to steampunk, anything. Recently I started my book blog as well.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
27 Jul 11
Reading starts when you are interested into it. Find what really interests you. If that what makes you happy, go for it. No matter how weird that topic it may be, so long as you enjoy every time you get into it.
• India
27 Jul 11
I feel that I had inherited this habit from my father as he is a real book lover and he bought me adventure series by enid blyton when i was around 14 years old. He usually gives me his books that he finds will be likely to be my interests especially the science fiction movies and I am now glad that I had inherited the same. The next very book which he directly recommended was "The Alchemist" and I consider is the book that motivated me further to read and now our collection of books can be considered as a mini library.. Have a nice day!
@dodo19 (27729)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
27 Jul 11
I've always enjoyed reading, ever since I was a kid. It was just something that I always enjoyed doing. I don't know exactly what made me what to read. It was just something that I wanted to do.
• United States
27 Jul 11
Reading is a gateway to life. It educates, encourages, rebukes, teaches, and mentors. Reading allows us to go places we haven't been and explore in more depth where we have already been.