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Challenge #4: Falling in love for the first time

Question: When did you fall in love with reading? How?


I couldn't read until I was in fifth grade. I hated it. It was so hard to get through a page, trying to decipher the words, that by the time I got to the bottom, I had no idea what I had read. Of course, as a student with a learning disability, my special education made me read regularly, which was maybe my most dreaded part of the day. No matter how hard my teacher tried to make it fun, it just never quit worked.

One day, when I walked in, my teacher told me that she had gone to the store the night before for a new book for us to read (we had just finished our last book a day or two before) and she had found one that she thought was perfect. In fact, she thought it was so perfect that she actually bought it just because she thought of me when she saw it and thought I'd love it! Then, she pulled out two of the same book from the a coat closet she kept her personal items, rewards and other odds and ends in.

As thankful as I was, I was a little apprehensive. No matter how she sliced it, it was reading and I HATED TO READ! I didn't want to disappoint her because she was so excited, but I wasn't very confident that I was actually going to like reading this new book, but she had put so much thought into it!

But, I sat down with her, at the kidney bean shaped table and started reading. I'm not sure when it happened...but it did. First, I realized that I liked the story. then I realized liked READING the story. My the time we finished the book, I was in love. I wanted to read everything I could get my hands on, starting with more from this amazing series! I was hooked. I was a reader!

And, I've been reading ever since.

But that's just my story. What's yours? How did you fall in love with reading? Let us know in the comments!

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