Blog Hop: Becoming a Reader

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Were you a born bookworm or did somebody get you into the habit of reading?

Is “both” an option?  I feel like a born bookworm–I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember.  I don’t know that that was just ingrained, though…it probably has a lot to do with my parents reading to me.  The first book I ever “read” was The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree, which I memorized before I could actually read.  It wasn’t until I looked at the book again as an adult that I realized the vocal inflections my parents always put in weren’t at all indicated in the text (and trust me, there’s a big difference between “yes, they dare” and “Yes–they DARE!”)

I also went to the library every week as a kid, and still do.  I live in the same city I grew up in, and I still have my first library card.  I don’t know how old I was when I got it, but even though it was in my name, it originally had my mom’s signature–which has pretty much faded past legibility now.  I go to a different library now…but I scan the same card.  I keep waiting for a librarian to comment on how old it is.  They never do!

If you’re here, you’re probably a bookworm. 🙂  So how did you get into reading?

9 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Becoming a Reader

  1. I don’t remember my mother reading to me very often, although I know she must have read to me at times… I do remember Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin, and a collection of fairy tales and folk tales that I loved. What turned me into a real reader was having my tonsils out at age 6-going-on-7. I was staying at my grandparents’ house to recuperate. I ran out of books at my age level, and plunged into my mother’s old Bobbsey Twins, Trixie Beldens, and Nancy Drews. The stories took my away from my boring bedroom and my very sore throat. By the end of that week, I had become an insatiable reader.

  2. I think for me, it’s genetic — I come from a family of readers. I used to have my original library card, but I think it got lost among one of my many moves. I think it’s cool that you still have yours!

  3. I wasn’t born a bookworm; I just became one. 🙂 I made sure I read to my son and fostered the love of books. He is a bookworm and is successful. I attribute it all to the LOVE of reading.

    Great to hear you were born a bookworm. My full answer is at the link below.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  4. dianem57

    I got into reading the same way you did – parents encouraged it, went to the library all year round but especially in the summer, always loved English class. The first “grown up” book I remember reading – I felt very proud of myself – was a junior biography of George Washington. It was “grown up” because it didn’t have pictures throughout – it was almost all text! 🙂

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