I know there was a point in all of our lives when we picked up a book (not expecting too much) and simply could not put it down. I know many people say they have loved reading ever since they were little but for me, that’s not the case. Which made me think and wonder how everyone else got hooked and fell in love with the literary world. Therefore, today’s ramblings topic is:
What book(s) or which author(s) got you into reading? Have you loved reading from an early age or is it something you got into during your teens? Or even later?
Lots of people will be tut-tutting when they read this, but whenever I hear someone say “I’ve loved reading ever since I was little”, I’m always a bit sceptical. It may be just a cultural difference but I’ve seriously never heard of or known anyone in my previous schools or in my neighbourhood who has been a bookworm all his/her life.In fact, many people still don’t read at all, but that’s a thought for another time.
As for me, well… I wasn’t keen on reading when I was little. Don’t get me wrong, I did read books occasionally (Winnie the Pooh and that sort of thing) but it wasn’t something that I particularly loved doing. Then it got even worse. During my primary school years, I simply loathed it. And I blame school for that. We had so many books we were forced to read that I lost all interest and needless to say, I associated reading with a tedious chore that needed to be done once in a while. And for this reason, I didn’t start reading for fun right until my first secondary school years.
I think for me there were two authors and two book series that got me interested in reading for the first time in my life: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. Girly choice I know, but I was 13 so I’ve no regrets. *snickers* I started reading the Harry Potter series a bit later than most people but once I picked it up, I just devoured the whole thing. And the same applies to the Princess Diaries series. I loved them both for different reasons (I still do) and I’m very grateful for both authors. Of course there have been several other authors who influenced me and inspired me since then but Rowling and Meg Cabot were those who gave me the first push. Who knows what would have happened if I hadn’t fallen in love with reading? I might not have been a bookworm all my life but honestly, I don’t even care. I’m happy with the way things turned out.
What books or which authors made you fall in love with reading? Do you still like them or read their books?