So this weeks question is:
Were you a born bookworm or somebody got you into the habit of reading?
I want to say that I was a born bookworm. I grew up in a house where my mom was reading when she had the chance, she read to me and my bothers. We visited the libraries often. My mother was a part of children book clubs, so we received books in the mail every so often. I even saw my grandmother with her cheesy romance novels often, until her eyes starting going bad. My love of reading, I think came from both my mother and my grandmother (though the latter would deny really having any love for reading).
However, I think what really pushed me to read, wasn't the books coming in the mail, or seeing the adults in my life read. No, it was my elementary school teachers telling me that I couldn't. What? Teachers don't do that! Oh yes they do. I think I've mentioned it before, but English is technically my second language. But don't let that fool you, I feel more comfortable speaking English than Spanish, I always have. That didn't stop my teachers who knew what my first language was, from acting as if I was dumb as a rock. They would keep me from all the good books I wanted. I have a deep-seeded hatred of Judy Blume and reluctance of the contemporary genre thanks to my teachers. Any sort of fantasy and historical fiction were completely out of my league or so they kept telling me. I wasn't allowed to touch any of the Harry Potter books on my own at the school, my mother had to buy me my own copies so I could read them at home.
I wanted nothing more at the ages of seven through eleven to prove them all wrong. I think my habit of reading came from wanting to spite my teachers as odd as that might sound. I would bring in my Harry Potter books and other relatively big books and just read them before class in front of the teachers when they couldn't do anything about it.
So where you a born bookworm? Or did something get you in the habit of reading?