When I was a little girl, I really wanted to read. I didn’t just want to read books for my age; I wanted to read larger chapter books. I recall struggling through big words and long sentences just to get through a page. Part of this determination was due to wanting, no needing to keep up with my brother. Throughout our lives, we have had an ongoing competition. Well, really, it is just me trying to keep up with everything he does.
Aside, from reading books that I was not ready for, I loved the Dr. Suess books. One of my absolute favorites was There’s a Wocket in my Pocket. I was really amused by all of the made-up characters and their illustrations. I also enjoyed the Shel Silverstein books. I thought that his poems were entertaining and fun.
I remember sitting on the couch on a Saturday engrossed in a suspenseful Nancy Drew book. I read so many of those books as a child and loved every one of them. At one point, I wanted to read as many Nancy Drew books as I could, so I read two or three at a time. It got awfully confusing and I soon gave up on that tactic.
My next big memory of reading was the Harry Potter series. When I was about nine, my mom checked the first book out of the library and we read it aloud together. At first, I’m ashamed to say, I thought they were absolutely stupid, pointless books. I soon learned that I was very wrong. I began to see how magical J.K. Rowling’s creations were. I decided “Enough reading out loud!”, took the book and breezed through it. I proceeded to read the following books, and from then on, I was an avid Harry Potter fan.
Currently, I am very busy reading with our Chai Reading in English class. We have to read two books a month and write a summary, review, and another paragraph with a separate assignment for each book. At first, I thought this was impossible. I am a slow reader and had to make plenty of extra time to read so I could finish the books in time. Chai Reading has helped me read a large variety of genres (Mystery/Suspense remains my favorite). I also believe that it has made me a faster reader.
Overall, my life as a reader has been fantastic. From struggling through books above my reading level to the amazing Harry Potter series, I have enjoyed reading and will continue to for years to come.