This post is basically about how I began reading and when. We all start somewhere, and I started very early. It all started with an obsession, when I was 6 years old, and it was an obsession with encyclopaedias! Weird, I know. But I just loved reading encyclopaedias, especially the ones with a lot of pictures. I also loved books about animals, I still have the very first ones I bought. A book about cats and another one about taking care of birds, lol. I even have the very first encyclopaedias I got back then. You can tell its old by just touching it, I mean, the book about cats is literally falling apart. Anyways, so it started with those, then I went through a period of obsession with Atlas and map books. Even my parents found it a bit strange that I didn’t pivot towards the story side of reading. I mean kids are supposed to love stories, right? When I was about 10, my uncle would take my cousins and I to a book store every two week and he asked us to each choose a book. He always made sure we wouldn’t choose ‘bad’ books, so if one of us does pick a book that isn’t appropriate, he would choose one for us instead. For years, this two-week tradition went on. I started borrowing books from the school library every week and that diversified my reading a lot. Looking back, I can’t believe I used to like horror books XD I don’t read any horror now. Fantasy became my escape, I carried my books with me everywhere! And basically yeah, that’s how it began, I branched out ever since. Survived the vampire books era. Now I would say I found my reading niche; historical everything, and of course fantasy. It was a lovely journey and I’m very thankful to my uncle, he made me fall in love with reading.
I would love to know how you started too!