I’m sure most people would agree that being forced to read a story book isn’t the ideal way to kick-start your journey as a reader, but here I am! I was just ten when my sister made me read Harry Potter (followed by several other books).
The start was hardly encouraging – my patience gave out just a couple of pages into the book. However, my sister just wouldn’t let me be. One day, she made me sit through Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood. Several tedious attempts later, I was finally beginning to enjoy the experience. And that was where my journey actually began. Looking back, I should credit my sister for getting me into a healthy reading habit. We still have a difference of opinion about her high-handed approach to it, though.
Over time, books like Geronimo Stilton, Peter Rabbit, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, and Mr. Mole started making a lot of sense. By the age of thirteen, I had seen all Harry Potter movies and was already wondering what was keeping me from reading the books. It wasn’t long before I became an official Potterhead. It took me just two months to read through the entire series! In fact, I cried my eyes out when Professor Snape died. Looking back, I’m positive that those couple of months were what made me a hardcore bookworm.
I picked up the Shadowhunters series next and raced through it. This exhilarating experience was followed by brief phases of obsession with Jane Austen and Amish. I am currently going through a Classics’ phase. It hasn’t really been a smooth journey so far, but I’m sure a good gothic war novel will get me through it.
I like to describe my reading experiences in phases because I believe each genre introduces you to different, hitherto unknown versions of yourself. Each book makes you feel as if you lived through a new life. This becomes such an important part of you that you are already looking forward to your next read. The books you have previously read become old, fond memories of your past life. With each book, you become a better person. In fact, each poem or even a quote from your favorite character goes on to become an integral part of the mosaic of your personality. Having been through this extraordinary metamorphosis, I can say for sure that I’m so proud that I started reading. I would like to sum up my story with a quote by John Wooden:
Good things take time, as they should. We shouldn’t expect good things to happen overnight. Actually, getting something too easily or too soon can cheapen the outcome.
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