Love of Reading

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Kyredeon Trevath, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. Kyredeon Trevath

    Kyredeon Trevath

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    Obviously everyone on this site loves reading, especially when it comes to WoT, but has it always been that way for everyone? I remember hating anything to do with reading up until i was about 12 when i first picked up the Eragon, the first book in the Inheritance Cycle. I know, the movie was atrocious, but the books were pretty good. They sparked my love of reading and started me on my journey to become a literary person.

    Im interested to read about other peoples' first experience with something that they loved reading and made them into avid readers. Anyone care to share? Feel free to include some other series' that you've read over the years that have stood out to you!!:p
     
  2. Kallarn Lo'Vosh

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    I've always enjoyed reading, I went for a spell of nearly two years once where I had no interest in reading but otherwise i've always had books on the go.

    I remember vaguely as a kid being read the Faraway tree stories and reading myself in junior school Roald Dahls books, the Narnia books and the hobbit and LOTR. I was mostly into sci-fi (and mostly Star Wars and Aliens) but in my late teens someone introduced me to Eriksons Malazan series and from there I read WoT and the rest is history.

    These days i'll often prefer to read a book over a movie adaption and am constantly reading in any spare minute i get.
     
  3. Imzadi Hopewind

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    Oh, I've always loved reading. I biked to the library to borrow tons of books and cartoons :D

    At schhool (5th grade or something) I had to write summary of some books, and then I choosed the books about the starship Alexandria (only in norwegian sadly) by Jon Bing. So that was my first meeting (that I can remember) in sci-fi.

    At 13 years old I read the Lord of the Rings at Sicily (yes, at vacation, but I didn't want to play around or sunbathing only, so I read). And since I haven't looked back.
     
  4. Kethaana Nia Khamara

    Kethaana Nia Khamara Aes Sedai

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    I hated reading when I was young (except for someone reading stories to me when I was a kid)
    It ended when I was about 18 and picked up the Lord of the Rings. Before that I didn't know there were fantasy books.
    I started reading the wheel of time shortly afterwards and have continued reading different stuff, but mostly fantasy, from then on.
     
  5. Carina al'Sim

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    My mom tells me that when I learned to read, I was doing some sort of summer challenge where you read 100 books to get a medal. I started the summer off reading Bob books (Cat sat on a mat!) and finished with the Little House series. I've never looked back. (I was OBSESSED with that series. My mom had to stop me calling my little sister Carrie because she thought it was actually her name. :lol)
     
  6. Kyredeon Trevath

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    Nice, i loved that series! It's my second favourite series next to WoT. I tried reading some of the single novels that were written in connection with the original malazan series but i couldnt get into them. I recently read the first book in the Kharkanas trilogy though and it was pretty good. The trilogy explains how the Tiste split off into Andii, Edur, and Liosan. There are only two books out now but it looks promising.
     
  7. Kallarn Lo'Vosh

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    Yeah I have the first 2 books but will wait for the third to come out.

    Esslemonts Malazan Empire series was quite good (slow in places) but steer clear of Eriksons Bauchelain and Korbal broach books they are weak or downright dull.

    Nothing to do with Malazan but Eriksons Sci fi Star Trek piss take 'Willful Child' was a good read.
     
  8. Ealandrelle Melyma

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    I've loved reading for as long as I remember. I started with the Noddy stories by Enid Blyton and went on from there. I think I've read pretty much every Enid Blyton book ever written :look From there I went into Roald Dahl, The Chalet School (yes they're ridiculously old-fashioned, but I loved them :lol) and just about anything I could get my hands on. I wasn't allowed books at the dinner table so I used to sit and read cereal packets :look

    The first fantasy I read was probably Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness quartet. Then a teacher gave me The Hobbit to read and I was properly hooked on the fantasy genre from then on :)
     
  9. Sailea Nerid

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    I have always liked stories and when my sister was born nobody really had time to read to me so I learned to read myself (had some kind of help books with pictures) since then I have always loved reading and never really considered it an obligation or homework, just a hobby.
     
  10. Seaghan Hama

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    I've loved reading for as long as I can remember; the earliest recollection I have is reading the Narnia books, A Wrinkle in Time, and the Little House on the Prairie series. My kids are baffled when see me reading, and ask "Haven't you read that before?". Blows their mind when I tell them that I have read some books, such as Eye of the World 20+ times, and will read them many more times.
     
  11. Luciana Valkyrie

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    As long as I can remember, I've loved to read. When I was a kid (and had more free time!) I'd read a book a day or every other day. My parents always said the house could burn down around me and I'd never notice if I had a book in my hand :lol
     
  12. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    Reading was a chore when I was in grade school. In fourth grade, one of my teachers got me into a book series and I started to realize that reading could be fun!
    I did not really discover fantasy books until I was in high school. I have been hooked on fantasy ever since. I will read other genres every now and then but I always seem to come back to fantasy!
     
  13. Agoroth Shald

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    That's a good one. I definitely have a clear point where reading became enjoyable for me, and not just something I had to do for school. I believe it was 2nd/3rd grade summer for me. My aunt bought me the first and second Harry Potter books. At the time I had never read anything that I absolutely loved and made me want to read. I had liked reading the magic treehouse books, but mostly I read those at that time because I needed to read SOMETHING for school.
    The summer that I received the Harry Potter books, I remember sitting outside almost every day and reading through them. Once I finished those I bought the next one(or had my mother buy it), and read that. Once I started 3rd grade I decided I wanted to read more and started reading through The Hobbit, and later that year the rest of the LOTR.
    From that point on I have always had something that I am reading, mostly fantasy, but the occasional Sci-Fi. I read so much through middle school and high school that when I got into trouble in school for not testing well enough or doing homework, my parents would have to ground me from reading, otherwise I would never put the books down.
     
  14. Rhed al'Tere

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    I've always been a reader. My mom says that when I was a toddler, she'd nap on the couch, and I'd get me a stack of books to look at while she napped. Then I'd go back for another stack, and another... :lol
     
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    I've always been a reader. I grew up in a neighborhood that were mostly elderly folks and no other kids with a brother that's 11 years older than me, so reading helped me entertain myself. Honestly, since about 2012, my reading has sharply declined. I went through a spell of severe depression where I didn't enjoy anything, and my love of reading hasn't truly bounced back from that yet. It's not that I don't enjoy it; I just don't make the time to do it and I find that I don't get as long into the story as easily as I used to.
     
  16. Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn

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    I've always been a reader. When I was young, I never went to bed without my parents reading to me, and it hasn't changed much. I started reading to them, and just kept going.

    I read Narnia as a kid, and then got started with Harry Potter, not long before the fourth was coming out. I reread those so much my mom turned to my uncle (who has a huge library) and said "I am sick of seeing her with those books, get the child something else to read!" He brought me Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger Series ((looking back, I was probably a little young for some of it, but eh)). I have been reading tons of fantasy every since.
     
  17. Markus al'Dreak

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    I have always loved reading. I live in a small town with nothing to look at but corn. :x So, I use books as an escape from the the monotonous way of life here.
     
  18. Agor Narsil

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    I think I've always loved reading, the first experiences I had were audio books and the like. The first series I really enjoyed was Narnia!
     
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    I can remember almost the exact moment when the odd symbols on the page became words and I realized they were words, and that I could read! 'Mr. Mugs plays at the park." It was honestly thrilling!

    It wasn't until the 3rd grade that I knew reading would become a life long love of mine; my third grade teacher would read aloud to us every morning. One chapter out of a book until it was finished...the first was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Which I re-read almost every year to this day) and I can remember imagining the chocolate waterfall and pipes that (SPOILER ALERT!!) Augustus Gloop got sucked up into and realizing the power of imagery. She then read us The Boxcar Children and I can remember desperately wanting my own train car as a clubhouse. It's how I know reading aloud to children really does help them with literacy. :)
     
  20. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    So many people began reading at a young age!