Who do you give the credit for developing reading habit in you?

@Wismay (2038)
India
July 22, 2009 4:54am CST
It is a known fact that reading habit is a very good habit which can help in many ways. From motivating in difficult times to having fun. Usually most avid readers credit their love for reading developed in their childhood and Dad or Mom or Grandparents being the person who introduced them to reading. Are you glad for developing the reading habit and love for it? Did it help you in anyway? And who do you give the credit for developing reading habit in you? Share if you have any interesting things about this habit and its effects on you!
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@bellis716 (4804)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I'm afraid that I'll have to give credit to my love of books to growing up in the country without electricity or a phone. I was the only girl, and my brothers were several years younger than I. When I wasn't helping my mother, doing chores or field work, I would usually read. My parents allowed me to check out 5 books at a time from the library in the nearest town. Those 5 books had to do me until I got back to town.
• United States
23 Jul 09
My second grade teacher Miss. Sweeney. She had a big impact on all of us in that class. She was a bit of a hippy and the administration got rid of her after her first year in which I was lucky enough to have been in. Not only did she get us all into reading but out of the 13 or so of us in her class two of us have been printed and do freelance writing, three are journalists (one for NY times) one writes medical journals and myself I have written and am in process of being published for my patterns and hope to get my kids books out there soon. That is 7 kids from that class who grew up to be literariness. The administration was wrong.
@mansha (6301)
• India
24 Jul 09
Its an interesting story,how I got hooked in to reading. My mother tounge is Hindi so I read a few of the books but not too many and found reading quite boring. But then when I was in 8Th grade a new girl ,Archie came to our school. She was from South Africa and she was not fluent in Hindi and I was in English very weak.. We stuck up a friendship of mutual convenience as we were often thrown together by just being weak students in the class. Though she was brighter then me. We agreed to help each other with our languages. One day in the Library she told me to get a book issued to read, book was one of the Nancy Drew Series. I never read any English books. But on her insistence I took that book but never intended to read it. Infact, I had thought to myself "okay, I will return it next week as it is, how will she ever come to know". I did the same thing, but she caught me returning the book and asked me if I have read it , I could not lie to her so I said no I have not. She insisted that I get that book re-issued and read it this time. I took it back again and this time really read it just to save me from that ambarrassing situation of getting caught aga. That book had a Dolphin's picture on the cover, I still remember the cover, but that book captured my mind and mesmerised me completely.I really got hooked in to reading Nancy Drew books, Suddenly as if a flood gate has been opened, I read all Enid Blytons' Hardy boys and so many others. I turned in to an avid reader and I still am a reader. Give me a book a day and I can for go my cooking, eating washing and anything. That habit helped me improve my spoken and written English too. I read so many books written in my mother tongue too after that. Only person I give credit to making me fall in love with this treasure is Archie. Over the years we have lost touch, infact this 16TH July was her birthday too. I wish I knew where she was now. I have looked for her so much but may be someday she will read this post and we will be reunited once again.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
24 Jul 09
Really very interesting. You get a very few people in life who leave such an indelible mark. I wish myself and on behalf of all MyLotters that you will get the information about Archie and meet her too! Regards
• Indonesia
4 Aug 09
I love reading! I will credit my dad for this nice and useful habit. When I was child, every night before I slept my dad will read a bedtime story for me. He's a good reader and can add some sounds or imagination to it and I was really happy! When I grow older, my dad stop read that story for me and I must read it myself. I had a big box for all my books and since that day I love reading. Of course this habit really helps me. I can read and understand the information quiet fast and I found some of my friend can't stand reading. They prefer watching,, eventhough they know the information in the book more complete but they just impatient while reading.. So, thanks to my dad for all the bedtime stories
@Wismay (2038)
• India
4 Aug 09
It is very nice to know that you do love reading so much. Yes, simply reading doesn't help much, one can savor reading when one involves completely and reads according to the context with all the emotions and pace etc. Happy Mylotting!
@jeeva_s6 (399)
• India
28 Jul 09
I give the credit to my sorrows. . Seriously. That is how I got the reading habit. Whenever I feel very down and alone, I would take out a book and read to change my mind and that became a habit. Mostly I start a new book only when I am down. And then I will continue reading the book even if I have recovered from my miseries to finish the story.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
4 Aug 09
Yeah, right! when you feel down books are a great things to have as they will act as close friends and motivate you
@mjhicks (319)
• United States
27 Jul 09
I have to say my grandmother is the first person to encourage me to read. She was a retired school teacher with a lifetime teaching award from the state of California. She lived nearby and each of us kids took turns at her house for the weekend. She would always read me stories at bedtime or anytime I asked. She had the whole series of Little Golden Books as well as Fairy Tales and many story books. She taught me to read along sounding out words I didn't know and taught me I could read anything I wanted even really big books (meaning the books my parents or older brothers could read) just by sounding out words using the spelling rules and letter combination (now called phonics). Sometimes she would read just a few pages from a good long story and stop right at an interesting part. This would dram me to read the story on my own to find out what happened next. I loved proving things so I started reading the news paper instead of just using it for paper machea when my father was done with it to prove for myself that I could read anything. I read my brothers Jr High & High School text books. I hated with I was forced to read in school but loved reading when it was something I chose to read. I was always in the highest reading level group at least two grade levels above my own. In fourth I was in 6th grade reading. In Jr high my reading comprehension level went off the chart at second year college. Thank you grandma Lyon for teaching me to love reading. I don't read near as much as I once did but enjoy it so much when I do and have no trouble understand and learning when it comes to text books or self help/ improvement books. My brothers are the same way. When they had reading in school and were to be reading some story from their English grammer book, they would get caught reading something else. Usually a book well beyond their years. Most kids would sneak a comic book into class but my brothers had readers digest or a novel hidden behind their school book. When the teacher would call our parents to complaint my parents would just tell the teach so what and suggest they get better books in the classroom. We were never scholded for reading when it was something good like the clasics or educational like readers digest. If TV, movies, and all forms of electronic media dropped off the earth tomorrow we would go on happily reading books for learning and enjoyment.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
28 Jul 09
Reading books that we love is always a great pleasure and yes usually school books and syllabus sometimes don't enthuse the students Thanks for a very descriptive response Happy Mylotting!
@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
24 Jul 09
I give the credit to myself. People can encourage me to read or entice me to read with rewards. The fact is if I do not take the initiative to read, I will not read in the first place. I started reading because that is the only activity which is free when I was young.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
28 Jul 09
Yes, if one doesn't love reading no one can do anything! So the person gets the credit for sure but usually it is someone who introduces the habit when the person is very young and that is what called encouraging someone to develop the reading habit. Happy Mylotting!
@cegypt01 (73)
• United States
22 Jul 09
Oh I love to read. I have been told that my grandmother had me reading the newspaper at the age of four. I don't remember this being four and all. L.O.L But they weren't able to keep me away from book since that time I have read over 20,000 books since the age of 16, I'm 45 now most of them were under 200 pages though so. I normally have my nose in a book whenever company comes over. So yeah I love to read, I have on occasion read all night and slept for four hours and then gotten up for the day. Boy did I go to bed early following the all nighter.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
22 Jul 09
Wow that is really an amazing stat! 20,000 books is no small deal. Happy Mylotting!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
22 Jul 09
Hi Wismay, i was introduced to books as an infant and always had them around me, as soon as I learnt to read I never put a book down. I believe a home should be full of books and people reading as an example, for me a home is not a home without books. Reading is the most important habit to develop young, we learn so much from books, discover different cultures and derive pleasure. As soon as my son was born I introduced him to books, taught him they were not playthings and to always be respected. When he was three I taught him to read so he could also enjoy the pleasure and he too is now an avid bookworm so it was a pleasure to pass this onto him.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
22 Jul 09
Yes I loved books since childhood. I used to feel very bad if someone mistreated a book by folding it etc. Sometimes my brother used to blackmail me by saying "if you don't do this, I will tear the pages of this book!" and I would do the work!
@divkris (1156)
• India
22 Jul 09
I think i should thank my mohter to have introduced me to reading. I have seen her reading magazines and books, and that is what inspired me to read. She was the one to enrol me into a library and then started picking up books for me - the first book i read is Enid Blidon's Famous Five - and as i grew i learnt that there are many other good authors too and thanks to my friends (those typical bookworms)who updated me of authors and books that are not only well written but also a hit amongst readers.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
22 Jul 09
Famous five? Yes I too read the series. I loved it. Thanks for sharing!
• Philippines
22 Jul 09
Well, I definitely would give the credit to my parents for developing the reading habit not only for me, but for all my siblings as well, we were brought up with books all around us, they bought us all the books that we want, and I think that really helped nurture our love for books. I am forever grateful to my parents for giving me this habit, because I just love reading, it is a good past time, and it makes you more knowledgeable.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
22 Jul 09
Yes reading is a very good habit and it develops imagination, motivation, constructive thinking etc. As far as me is concerned credit goes to my dad, he is the one who instilled this habit in me and my brother. Happy Mylotting!
• Indonesia
22 Jul 09
When I was a little child I remember a have an avid reading habit, I even stole books from my school library lol. I read mostly fiction books, especially Agatha Christie's one. I interested in reading that since my sisters like to read their books, and when I found the books at school, I was so stoked and always waiting for the new one to arrive. Though these reading book habit made me wearing a -8 glasses right now, I was not regretting it. Unfortunately, right now I have almost no time to read books, busy with my work and internet :(
@Wismay (2038)
• India
22 Jul 09
I was also very fond of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie novels. I used to love just reading books and having snacks or some cool drink or Tea/Coffee while reading.
@med889 (5954)
22 Jul 09
My father is someone who has indeed motivated me to read and till today he still buy books and gift that to me, he says that if someone can read then he will be someone especial, my grandfather was a great man and he was always reading aloud, he insisted that I read also and since childhood I am being surrounded by wonderful people like them. My mom who was not so keen to read something was infact the one behind my success today.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
22 Jul 09
Your response shows how an environment plays a crucial role for a kid to develop great things. Thanks for sharing!
@Iriene88 (5346)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 09
My mum was illiterate, she can't read. My dad was very busy with work, therefore no one encourage me to read (besides text books by my teacher). I do not attend nursery nor kindergarten in my life, therefore I do not know how to read ABC when I was small. I only learnt it when I was in mid-term of Primary 1. That is when I know how to read the sound for eg. e-le-phant. I got so excited, so I just take any simple reading materials to spell it and when I can make the right sound and understood the meaning of it, READING became my passion. I will borrow books from the library, I will buy educational magazines, I will read any book I can find at home... those of my elder brothers or elder sisters, Readers' Digest etc. That's why when I was in Primary Six, I will be busy reading reference book of Secondary 3... but now I only read selected materials...lol
@Wismay (2038)
• India
22 Jul 09
I am really happy to see your explanation. Very well explained!
@Ruby_Dawn (617)
• Spokane, Washington
22 Jul 09
actually they way I got in to reading is kind of funny.. I bought my best friend a book for Christmas but it turns out that she had already read it so she gave it to me and I was bored one night so i decided to read it and have not been able to stop reading since lol
@Wismay (2038)
• India
22 Jul 09
That is a very accidental way to start reading books! Happy Mylotting!
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
6 Aug 09
I would give credit to my parents for reading me stories when I was a child and getting me interested in reading, my dad also even more because he was always reading which was a good example to me. My teachers of course, and librarians as well. I also give credit to the shows Sesamie Street, and the Electric Company. They made learning about letters and spelling words fun.
@ucue2008 (926)
• Malaysia
28 Jul 09
It will be my father. I love him so much. I am so glad he develop the habit in me, because I become a person who are more wiser and know what to do if I'm bored instead of blaming of surrounding all the time. When people around me saying how bored they are, I am not, as I know I have alot of things to do, to learn and to explore, through reading of course. I know it hard for me to experience a lot of things, but through reading,a t least I get the chance to have the glimpse of things all around me.
@Savvynlady (3685)
• United States
28 Jul 09
My parents; my father was a bookworm and built his own bookshelves that last until now. Even though we lived in the projects of the Bronx, we had bookshelves, books about us as a people and the library wasn't far either; So I give it to my parents. They taught me to read. And to this day, each of us kids have books;
• United States
25 Jul 09
I was supposed to start Kindergarten early because before I started the cutoff date for turning five was December 1. But the year I was supposed to start, they changed it to September 1 and my birthday is November 2 so I had to wait another whole year. In the meantime, my dad thought that if I didn't know how to read and write when I started Kindergarten, I'd be behind my classmates. So we started when I was three and by the time I started school, a year later than planned, I was reading at a third grade level. I had a friend ask a while back if I had ever read this children's book or that children's book and I hadn't. I didn't really read children's books, I told her. I kind of just jumped from the ones that only had pictures to chapter books without any significant pause in between. Sure I read a few of the Little Golden Books while I was learning but I didn't stay with them very long. As I have gotten older, I still love books but I have kind of neglected them in favor of more pressing things. When I was a kid I could check out 8 or 10 books from the library each week. Now I avoid the library because it's a hassle to keep renewing the one book I checked out a month ago and still haven't made it halfway through. But I can still sit and devour a book in just a few hours if it's a good captivating book.
@Sreekala (32782)
• India
25 Jul 09
Hi, Nobody is there to get the credit. In fact I don’t have a good reading habit. Presently it gets worsened and I felt uneasy while reading and I ended up without completing the same. It seems I lost the patience to read. Most of the time I am busy with work and when get free time I am busy with net. But I am trying to make reading habits to my kids and providing them for story books and magazine to read.