Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tiara Talk: First Reads

Let's talk first reads.

Okay, I know you're all staring blankly at the screen right about now trying to figure out what I mean by that. And no, I'm not speaking of the giveaways on Goodreads though that would be a good guess. I'm talking about your first read as in the first book you read. But not just in first book, I want to know the first book you ever read that really made you a reader.

What's mine you ask? Why I'll tell you all about it.

Reading came easy to me in my kindergarten days, I'm not saying that I loved it, just that I wasn't one of those kids who struggled with it. I learned how to read right off the bat and that was just about it. My Mom suspects it has something to do with the fact that she read to me a lot when I was younger and she's probably right.

ANYWAY. It was in third grade when we were assigned our first book report, and not just any kind of book report but the kind were the teacher chose a book for you based on your reading comprehension and what they thought would be best for you. My teacher plopped a copy of what seemed the biggest book in the universe on my desk and announced it to be the book I would be doing my report on. What was this book? Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. At the time it seemed huge and as if I could never possibly finish it on time. If fact for that very reason I put off reading it for as long as I could.

Unfortunately I was found out. My plan was foiled by those irritating notes teachers send home in elementary school informing parents of major homework assignments. My Mom questioned me, found the book and I was told to get reading.

So I did. Eventually. AND I FLEW THROUGH THE BOOK. I loved it. Suddenly I was a reader and looking at all of the books scattered through our house with new eyes. Did these contain stories just like it? I wanted more and more and more.

And of course wrote a totally awesome book report. Just saying.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. But now I want to know, what were your guys' first reads? What made you love reading?

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