Reading Habit

IMG_6592.JPGThis is my humble collection of Harry Potter books. They’re in 3 different languages, but none of them are complete.

I am being serious when I say that about 70% of my childhood – early teenage years is related to Harry Potter, and very much so. The number of kids like me seems to be decreasing every year, but I’m coping. This is the first series with which I was obsessed, and the second series I’ve ever read. (The first was Sailor Moon, 8-year-old me had enormous fun with the books.)

Reading habits are, I believe, not easy to form after a certain age.

That’s why I am so thankful for my folks, each of whom brought a copy of the first book of Harry Potter series at one point. It was for some reason such a funny incident that I still talk about it from time to time. I regard it terribly unfortunate that there are kids who simply cannot find much fun in reading, who have yet to get to know the building tension and excitement that makes you turn the page.
I tried countless times to make my own little brother read without much success – I assume there is more to it than just a good book, but I haven’t figured out what it is.

Now that I think about it, there was not much censoring or screening to my reading list. I used to choose books by the reviews written by grown-ups or merely by its cover, which resulted in a wide variety of books and many of them unread. Some of those make me go, ‘what was I even thinking when I bought that book?’ when I spot them on the bookshelf. But that seemingly did not bother my pap, maybe he thought that I’d learn myself afterwards. For that I’m also grateful.

My reading habits at this point, though, seem to have scarcely developed compared to when it started. So I’ll set the following as my reading goals for my 20’s. Let’s see how it goes.

1. Don’t sit and be idle. Read.
    (I might need something durable and portable for that. Maybe.)

2. Reading doesn’t stop when the last chapter finishes. 
     Talk about the book and write about it, too.

3. Read more non-fiction. One-food diet is not healthy.

4. Recommend books, lend them if need be.

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