For The Great Love Of Books

I have had a strange relationship with books.  Not only am I a writer, but I am also an avid reader.  That might not seem strange, after all, if you want to be a good writer you NEED to be an avid reader.

However, it wasn’t always that way for me.  In fact, the idea I am a writer at all is pretty strange.  Let me explain…

For the great love of books. Becoming a writer, overcoming reading difficulties


The reluctant bookworm

Many people seem to think that those of us who love reading, had that habit since we were young.

The bookworm of the family, surrounded by stories and with a larger vocabulary than most adults.

Maybe that is true for most people (I don’t know, I’m not most people), but it wasn’t true for me.

When I was young I actually struggled to read.  Like most of the Infant and Primary schools, mine had the colour-coded reading system.

Pink and red stickered books were easy books for new learners.  Then it went through the rainbow getting harder with each colour category.

Finally, it ended at silver and gold which were the top reading books.  It was expected that children would reach these by the end of Primary school before they went on to High School.

However, for most of my years, I could barely get past the red books.  I was not considered to have dyslexia, so there was no condition that affected how I saw words.

I just couldn’t seem to grasp them.  I could spell them and read them but it was like there was a slow block that stopped me grasping the meaning.

So, I floundered while everyone else flourished.


A lover of stories

One might think that this would drive me away from the written word, but since I am writing this in my Writing Blog and pursuing a dream of writing full-time, we can see that didn’t happen.

Since I was little, stories held me fascinated.  My parents and my sister would read to me when I was young and I would get to listen and just imagine the places in my head.  It meant that I was well on my way to creating my own worlds, ideas, characters etc.

Now, all good writers know that reading is important if you want to be a writer.  So, I never let my struggle to read affect that.

Whether it was the sheer amount of effort I put in or whether I just “grew into my brain”, who knows.  But by my second year in high school, I was able to read at a normal pace.

I no longer struggled with reading and I got to enjoy the stories without the need for someone to read them to me.  It wasn’t easy.

In fact, even now I still have moments when I struggle to grasp something.  It’s as if my concentration lapses and I’m just blinking at some word I’ve read a hundred times and now it’s just not going in.

Thankfully that doesn’t happen as often.

My love of stories, of books and the worlds these authors shared with us, drove me on. Despite the difficulty I had, they opened up a world of wonder that I have felt at home with.

I am glad to have reached a point where I can truly enjoy the stories and now, even make my own. 🙂

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This post has been batting around in my head for a while and when the Blog Hop came up, I didn’t feel drawn to the Optional topic, so thought I would use it to share this.

I hope you enjoyed it and do make sure to check out other Blog Hopper authors.  As always, big thanks to Julie Valerie for running the monthly blog hops 🙂

Normal scheduling will resume on Friday with a typical writing post, so do pop back for that 🙂

Happy writing

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13 thoughts on “For The Great Love Of Books

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  2. Wow, I had no idea you struggled so much when you were younger. We had the colour coded system for books and although I loved reading in secondary school I really didn’t like reading in primary. I was somewhere in the middle of the reading range and ended up crying when the teachers wanted me to read aloud because I was slow at reading compared to others and felt upset when I could read a word in the text. My reason wasn’t the same though, I have no idea actually why I couldn’t read that fast in primary.
    I’m glad you felt you could share this. I know it’s not easy sharing something personal like this but you’ve helped a lot of people by doing this and I hope you’ve helped yourself a little too. It’s very good you haven’t ever let your reading stop you from becoming a writer and reader today 🙂 ❤

    1. Thank you hun, your words mean a lot. It was hard to reveal this but I do feel better for doing it. And I hope it helps others who may feel that if they too have an issue like it, that it doesn’t have to stop them being a writer. I understand how hard it is when a teacher asks you to read outloud and you don’t feel confident or comfortable or like yourself, felt your reading pace was slow. I love how teachers never seem to realise how a child is struggling and what makes things worse eh? 😉

      1. Teachers can be the worst. I can’t believe how they can actually make things worse for you. I won’t clog your comments section about myself but in the latest article I wrote on MTS it’s the teachers who were really to blame for the loss of my confidence in anything creative.
        I think the whole teaching profession needs a new course in spotting and dealing with kids differently, spotting their potential and being encouraging instead of making them feel worse.
        I am so glad you’ve stuck with the writing. We should all do what we want to do, and not let those silly teachers stop us 😀

  3. I agree with Pauline, Ari. This is wonderful, heartfelt post that will resonate with other readers. Thank you so much for sharing your struggles – and your triumphs with reading. I’m so honored that you wrote and shared this on the Fiction Writers Blog Hop.

  4. I was good at school, but HATED reading as a kid. Couldn’t see what was interesting about it. I didn’t discover a love of reading till my late teens when my dad, an avid reader, but a copy of Pawn of Prophecy in my hands and I discovered how transportive a book could be, and I was sold.

    1. Thanks for your comment, glad to know I am not the only reader who didn’t start out reading avidly at the very beginning. I have never read Pawn of Prophecy, I may have to add it to my “To Read” pile 🙂

      1. It’s Fantasy, which I don’t read anymore, but at that time it blew my mind and I read everything fantasy I could get my hands on, then I found women’s fiction and I found my ‘home’.

  5. I would love to think, somehow, this message can reach other children who are struggling with reading and perhaps comfort them that an aptitude for turning letters on a page into words and words into stories can come along a bit later in life. Thank you for sharing so honestly.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Pauline. I have never felt comfortable with discussing my early struggles but I felt it was the right time to be open about them. And I would love to think of this post helping someone understand that they can get through this like I did.

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