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Bert Macklin FBI
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Book reader poll
Who here thought reading was stupid during high school/early college then read a good book and now regrets all the time you wasted?

Seriously, during HS and college I would have had SOO much time to read but I didn't really get into books until my Jr. year of college and now that I'm older and it's harder to find time to read, I wish I could have come to the light sooner


DestrehanTiger
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Houston, TX by way of Louisiana
Member since Nov 2005
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re: Book reader poll
I used spark notes all through high school. In early college I never thought to read for pleasure. One summer, with no shows on TV, I picked up my copy of Sorcerer's Stone. I finished it in 2 days and moved on to the rest of the books. I've enjoyed reading ever since.


Methuselah
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re: Book reader poll
I've loved it ever since I can remember. Started with comics, then whatever books I could find on the little shelf in my parents house - things like White Fang, Call of the Wild, Brothers Grimm stuff, etc.

When I was a kid I loved to read and learn stuff so much I'd pick up the Encyclopedia Britannica, pick a topic and start reading.


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Bert Macklin FBI
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re: Book reader poll
My story is very familiar, my book was the hunger games


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S
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re: Book reader poll
I've read as long as i can remember. Used to hate assigned reading out of spite, but looking back some of it was legit.


ProjectP2294
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I hated reading during high school, at least reading what I was told to read.

About 2 or 3 years after I graduated, I found a list from my sophomore year of all the books we had to choose from to read the summer before and through the year. I think we had to read 7 but had like 80 to pick from.

I just started working my way down that list and found some of my favorite books ever.

Catcher in the Rye still sucks though.


PillageUrVillage
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re: Book reader poll
I’ve loved to read ever since I was a kid. I started reading a lot of classic novels as early as fifth grade. I did a Journey to the Center of the Earth themed float for my elementary school Mardi Gras parade.

My problem was with assigned reading. If it wasn’t a story I was interested in, I didn’t want to read it.


S
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re: Book reader poll
I love Salinger but never got the love for that one. Franny and Zooey GOAT


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White Roach
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Not me. I come from a family of readers. I've been reading for pleasure since I learned to read, which was before I started Kindergarten.

In 3rd grade, Mrs. Mitchell was have the class go through a flip chart of five letter vocabulary words. I read my first word when it was my turn and quickly grew bored, so I broke out my current library book, put it in my lap and got back to it. By the time my turn came to read a word again, I was completely zoned out. Apparently, the teacher had called my name a couple of times before the kid behind me gave me a shove to bring me back to reality. Of course I've got no idea what word is next and looked pretty guilty. I'm trying to move the book out of my lap, which she notices. She says, "Come to my desk and bring what's in your lap." Now this is bad. It's Catholic school and even if Mrs Mitchell was nicer than most teachers, there's going to be consequences.

I slink up to her desk and she taps on it ... teacher code for "put it on my desk right here." I don't know what she was expecting, but I was reading a JFK biography. She looks at me and askes why I wasn't paying attention. I told her, "I already know all those words and my book is more interesting." She handed my a page of current vocabulary words and told me to go to the library and study it, because she was coming there at the end of class to give me a quiz.

I'm thinking, frick me my parents are going to kill me when they hear about this. And they always heard about even the most minor infractions. So I turn to head out the door and Mrs. Mitchell says, "Don't forget your book."

There was no quiz, but I got a lecture about disrupting class by not paying attention. I told her it would be easier to pay attention if it wasn't so boring. After that, she sent me to "work" in the library when they did vocabulary words. I got a list of that week's words and a library pass as long as I kept scoring 100% on quizzes. Mrs Mitchell was alright!


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Froman
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re: Book reader poll
I read everything I could get my hands on from a very young age. It's now that I have trouble reading as much. I went about two months without reading anything before I read Red Rising this weekend. (Thanks to this board, actually.)


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udtiger
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Member since Nov 2006
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re: Book reader poll
Not I.

I have always enjoyed reading.


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Ace Midnight
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re: Book reader poll
I read a lot less now. I was a huge reader through undergrad. I probably read 1500 books in elementary and junior high - I read everything I could get my hands on about World War II. In high school, in typical nerd fashion, I read a shite ton of scifi and fantasy books.


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StrongBackWeakMind
Member since May 2014
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re: Book reader poll
I've always enjoyed reading.

My reading has increased recently with the discovery of EBR Library's ebook rentals.
This post was edited on 12/13 at 8:00 am


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boxcarbarney
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I've loved reading since the 9th grade, but always hated school assigned reading. Probably has to do with the fact that every English teacher I've ever had has been a dried up old bitch who would assign books like Pride and Prejudice or some shite.


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Buckeye06
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: Book reader poll
It depended on the book for me.

In high school, i was in AP english and a lot of those books were hit or miss to me. You would get some great ones (Grapes of Wrath or Heart of Darkness or Lord of the Flies) and get some that to me were duds (the Scarlet Letter, Jane Eyre etc). A lot of that may be due to the authors.

When I was younger, my mom would make my brothers and I read for an hour every day in the summer during break. We got to choose the book (outside of assigned readings) but we had to read. The book that really got me into loving reading was Ender's Game probably. That or some of the R.A. Salvatore stuff


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Palo Gaucho
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re: Book reader poll
I hated reading until post college. A lot of it (especially high school) had to do with the books they were making us read.


Antonio Moss
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In fifth grade, I read Jurassic Park (too young to grasp some of the headier themes) and it completely hooked me on reading - especially fiction. Unfortunately, it takes me forever to get through books now because by the time I have time to read, it's late and I end up falling asleep after only a few pages.


LSUCouyon
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Member since Oct 2006
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re: Book reader poll
Mom took me to the library as soon as I could read which was very early even a little before I started school. She was a good teacher.
I read a lot and one of the greatest joys in life after graduating from college and going to work was that I finally had time to read Anything I wanted to.
I'd much rather read a good book at night than watch TV.


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Kafka
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Member since Jul 2007
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re: Book reader poll
I've always loved reading.

Sometimes as a kid I would sit in the car just to be by myself and read. Anyone else here ever do that?

Of course I grew up in the pre-net, non-gaming era and we didn't have cable TV. So there were fewer ways to pass the time in those days. Lots more things to do now.

Many posters have talked about not reading in school b/c they hated the books required, or just required reading, period. I think another reason may be that reading is a solitary activity, and youth is a very socially-oriented age. When you're a bit older you don't mind alone-time so much, and even seek it out.


Bama and Beer
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I read all the way through my senior year of high school but stopped almost all together during college. Dan Brown and James Patterson were mostly who I read during that time


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