Reading isn’t for everyone. Some do it because they want to and others only do it when they have to. I am one of those weirdos that absolutely loves to read and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy picking up a book and getting lost within it’s pages.
I like to think that my experiences as a teen reader were unique, but in all reality, they were probably pretty similar to those of others. I read when I had to and since I actually liked it, I did some reading in my free time. I was one of those kids that was only allowed to really do anything on weekends so I had to find fun elsewhere. I was always on top of my homework, I watched a ton of movies, and I read a ton of books. I found many books that I absolutely loved and a few that I really couldn’t stand. When I was in high school, reading was something highly encouraged for all students. Everyday, before each class started, we had to pick up a book for ten minutes or so and free read before the lesson began. Many students disliked this, but I was one of the rare students that could not wait to pick up their book.
You see, when I find a piece of writing that I really enjoy it gets hard for me to put it down. When you attach yourself to a piece of literature you allow yourself to be in another world all together. You get to (in a sense) experience what the characters are experiencing and you learn lessons a long the way. When I was a teenager I read the typical novels that most teenage girls read: Twilight, Harry Potter, etc. I also read things that most teenage girls wouldn’t think about picking up: Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, etc. I found that I had a thing for darker stories that seemed to take you to a totally new world. I read about Dorian Gray and Alice and realized how unique each story is and how extraordinary the human mind is. That’s when I decided I wanted to teach others about reading, writing, and literature.
Without my experiences as a young reader I wouldn’t be in the same boat as I am today. I would be studying something totally different and I would probably be a slightly different version of myself.