'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
I got awesome responds on my discussion post, where I talked about being embarrassed because of the books you read – and why you shouldn’t be! The comments made me think of a new topic and today I want to talk about support from your surroundings.
I was born a reader. I grew up with a book in my hands and despite the fact that my parents aren’t readers, they always made sure I had enough to read. My mother took me and my sister every Friday to the library and I was always so excited! I brought stacks of books with me and I went with a high pace through most of the books in my category. I'm very grateful for them, because they never stopped me from picking my own books. My mother always read bed time stories and when I was older, she even read books like Fear street to me, because I loved those, haha.
This is the reason I got to discover my likes and dislikes at an early age. I was pretty young when my mother took me to the adult section. Some books were graphic and shocking, but I didn't mind. I could always talk about it. I’ve always felt supported and that is how reading is not only a hobby, but also a passion. It’s the reason I became the reader and person I am today. My grandparents are also great, especially my grandmother, who always shows interest in the books I'm reading or buying.
The same for my boyfriend. He always listens when I’m overwhelmed by feelings. He doesn’t get it, but at least he pays attention to me and that’s a great feeling. My sister is a special kind of reader: she collects cookbooks and is always with her nose buried in them to find new ideas (I don't mind, I get to try everything, haha.)
I think school does a great job in trying to demotivate to read. First, they always pick books many people dislike and that doesn't help. I wish they picked more books from now to show that reading can be fun. (I did read a lot of books I liked though. I discovered my love for Shakespeare) And I also hate how teachers just assume that every student hates reading.. It always frustrated me! It's not a FACT.
When I grew up I didn't have many friends. I got bullied, so I hardly talked about it - I just wanted to blend in. Secondary school was much better though, but we just had fun and shared other things. My friends now a days are cool. We all have our own things we like and we talk about it. So when it comes to friend, I've never had readers - until now. All my blogging friends! :)
How about you? Were you a reader when you were little? Is your family supportive and are there other reading family members? Did your parents every forbade you to read certain books? What about your friends while growing up and your friends now?