How old did you really start reading?

United States
May 22, 2007 2:45pm CST
I don't mean when you learned to read, but when you actually started reading for fun. I don't remember my actual age, but I know it was pretty young. I used really like the teenage love books like sweet valley high, and my mom didn't like me reading that stuff until a teacher told her at least I was reading :)
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@msmamaof2 (367)
• United States
22 May 07
I think I was in 2nd grade when I started actually reading for fun and not just because we had to. I too LOVED the Sweet Vally High books!!! Also Nancy Drew!
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@chertsy (3798)
• United States
23 May 07
I loved the Sweet Valley books as well. I had the twins, high school, and a couple of the college collection before I moved up to the bigger novels. Glad to see I wasn't the only one.
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• United States
24 May 07
I loved Sweet Valley High too. I actually started reading the Senior Year series first because I saw it in a store. Then I went back and read all the other ones. I was kind of addicted.
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@chertsy (3798)
• United States
24 May 07
Do you still have any of your Sweet Valley collection? I have only been able to find about 4 of them for my oldest. She hasn't really got into them, which is hard when you don't have the complete set. Seeing them brought back a lot of memories.
@patgalca (18142)
• Orangeville, Ontario
22 May 07
I don't remember at what age I became addicted to books. I do remember that in grade school, probably around grade 5 or 6, the librarian gave us a sheet of paper to keep track of the books we read. To this day I still keep track of the books I read. My column headings are "number", "book title", "author", "date completed". I have a year end date and keep track of how many books I read in a year. Since having a computer I now keep track of books by author and number of books I have read by specific authors. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and pushes me to read more. I have encouraged my kids to do this too.
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• United States
22 May 07
hmm that is interesting. I never keep track of what I have read, only what I want to read
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@limcyjain (3516)
• India
22 May 07
I was in school may be in my primary class when i started reading adventure books. It all began with our school rule that one needed to read 5 books in a session and then summarize what you read and submit it to your class teacher. The books were issued from the school library. This led me to read books and soon i found them very interesting and became addicted to reading books. Even now i am a private member of a library and read books on management.
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@chertsy (3798)
• United States
23 May 07
Another person that liked the Sweet Valley books. I can't exactly remember when I started reading them, since I was reading anything with words since I was 3-4. I have a wonderful dad, he would drop what he was doing to take me to a book store so I could get a new book. I had nearly all the twins, high school collection by the time I was around 15. Every time I got a new book, I wasn't seen for that day til I was done reading, lol. Mom loved that I was reading, she saw it as expanding our imagination. Out of four kids, I was the only one that loved to read. I didn't just read those books, I read other books. My grandmother let me borrow her Little House on the praire collection, one book at a time. Then I was given Cujo from a friend and I was hooked. I can't count the amount of King books I have read, but I have a huge collection.
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@chertsy (3798)
• United States
24 May 07
I didn't get into the Nancy Drew. I wasn't the mystery book fan, there's a lot of books that don't get my attention. I do wonder if my grandmother still has the prairie collection, I wonder if they are worth anything, lol.
• Philippines
23 May 07
i can still remember that that little house on the prairie collection became a favorite of mine when i was between 11 to 12 years old. there were other kiddie books too. the nancy drew mystery stories were the first mystery books that caught my fancy.
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@irishmist (3816)
• United States
27 May 07
I have always been an avid reader. It runs in our family. I remember when I was a Pre- Teen, I used to read all my Mom's romance mags lol. Heck I had to graduate from the Jack & Jill stuff sometime. I really love reading!, and I try to instill this into my grandkids, because with all the computers & game systems out there, etc., Really reading gets lost in the mix. Reading a good book will transform you to , whatever you choose.
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• United States
22 May 07
I started reading for fun when I first learned how to read! So I guess I started when I was 3 years old (close to four years old). I read little Golden Books and Sesame Street books at lot when I was that age. My favorite books when I was younger though were the series of BabySitter's Club books. I started reading those when I was 9 years old and they were my favorites for a long time! I even joined the fanclub and bought the movie.
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@oriental (1050)
• Uruguay
24 May 07
I think I was seven years when I began reading for fun. My favourite books were about Bomba (a kind of young Tarzan in Brazil forest). I had got the whole collection. I also loved Salgari's books about Sandokan.
@Angelwriter (1954)
• United States
26 May 07
I was probably in the third grade. I remember my mom gave me Little Women, and for the longest time, I didn't want to read it. It was too long, the first page seemed boring. But, one day I picked it up and started reading. Then, I was hooked. I started reading tons of books and still do.
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@winterose (39887)
• Canada
22 May 07
reading because I wanted to read? It was when I was 14 years old, I started reading books like gone with the wind, and my friend maxine and I would spend lots of our time in books stores, we just loved it.
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@nill_07 (1104)
• Bangladesh
23 May 07
Well, I started reading advance books (like.. funny books, novel, life history, relligion books, so on..) from class six. A vast time I have spend about to read that. On the primary level, I read few books.. but interest grew hugely on the high level..
@hezoid (2144)
22 May 07
I really can't remember, but i would have been young. I know i got heavily into reading for pleasure in my pre to early teens, and haven't stopeed since!
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@BrainTeaser (1428)
• Pakistan
11 Jun 07
I guess i have been reading for fun when i was very young maybe in my 1st grade as my father used to buy us brothers loads of books at that time and they were all about fairy tales and sort of books usually local custom stories aswell like Sindbad , Aladin and similar,it was really fun at that time but now when i pick those books they seem so kiddish :D.
• Pakistan
16 Jun 07
I guess still young enough to have a crush on lovely lady ;), what do you think?
• United States
11 Jun 07
That is great you started so young :)
• United States
24 May 07
I was kind of advanced for my age group and was reading chapter books(for children) when I was in first grade. It was my thing because I didn't have very many friends growing up.
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• United States
24 May 07
I was kind of advanced for my age group and was reading chapter books(for children) when I was in first grade. It was my thing because I didn't have very many friends growing up.
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@pecksgrl (235)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I think I was around 10 or 11. I loved the Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley and the Little House on the Prairie books. My sister and I had to share and I tell you I wish I had some of them that she has now. :) I would love to share them with my daughter when she is a bit older.
@Lydia1901 (16351)
• United States
27 May 07
I remember I was in high school when I first read something that I did enjoy for fun. After that reading was more fun than ever.
• United States
11 Jun 07
Oh I was really young. I've always loved reading. I remember once when I was in third grade the scholastic magazine was being handed out and I had about 30 books that I wanted from the magazine. I already had a bookshelf full of books because my mom worked for Rand McNally. My parents told me that if I read all the books on my bookshelf I could have the books I wanted. I don't think they thought I actually would read them all - but I did. Of course we didn't have the means to buy all the books I wanted but I still was able to get a few :) When I was in middle school my mom loaned me her V.C. Andrews books. I guess that was her way of teaching me the ways of the world. I learned a lot about life from those books.
• United States
11 Jun 07
Yeah. We rarely when to the library though when I was a kid. I had the school library that was about it. My mom worked at a map making plant. Funny though I didn't realize they had retail stores of their own :)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I guess that is what libraries are for:) I used to work for Rand McNally too. I worked at a retail store in Boston.
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@777330975 (332)
• Sri Lanka
23 May 07
Well for me I still remember how I got addicted to reading. My dad had his books collection, but it was never used. One day when we were cleaning the box, I discovered Enid Blitons Famous Five - Treasure Island. It was during a school vacation and I was nine. I started reading and I couldnt keep the book down until I finished it. That vacationI finished up reading all the books that My dad had. WE were not recommended to read during school days, actually it was a family thing. But I used to long for week end where i could get hold of a book and read. My mom got me enrolled to a library. And ever since I have not stopped reading as yet.
• Sri Lanka
24 May 07
well reading was actually outside our school curriculum, we had to pay our 100% attention to school curriculum and not anymore. And also we used to play alot at that age, had a lod of kids around my age in the neighbourhood. So most of the evenings were spent on that and nighttime we used to do our homework from school. And had to go to bed early, That was our lifestyle then
• United States
23 May 07
Why couldn't you read during the week?
@sophylline (1041)
• Philippines
11 Jun 07
Oh, I think I was in fourth or fifth grade when I started to read a lot. I remember I loved reading Nancy Drew Mysteries. I think I read all the volumes! I also remember I loved to read all the books by Judy Blume. Oh, how I loved it! I was just starting to explore and read all these good books. And then ofcourse Sweet Valley High, Sweet Dreams, pocketbooks, came along. Wow, just thinking back then, how much I enjoyed reading..
@anastazia (154)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
I'm like you I don't remember a age but young as well. When I started reading it would be the harliquin novels and once I got started I didn't stop. To this day I read alot of every type of book. bbsmiles