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I have memories of me, an excited little kid looking forward to my grandmother visiting my family. Every night, I would be waiting in bed for my grandmother to come knocking on my bedroom door. She would pop her head in and ask if she could come in and read me a book. This was our routine before she put me to sleep. She would ask me to choose a book.
We have many books in the house as my mother and sister are avid readers.
My mother still has books she used to read as a child growing up. She has passed on all the books to my sister and I. My favorite book then was Mr. Topsy Turvy, from the Little Men series.
Looking back at these deeply missed memories when I was about 3 or 4 years old, my grandmother would patiently read to me with the most enthusiasm I have ever seen just to make my reading experience more enjoyable.
For example, if there was a knock on the door in the story, she would represent that by knocking on my bed frame. She would continue telling the story with the necessary dramatics and intonation to bring the story to life. She wanted and tried to make reading as interesting as possible to nurture my reading habit.
My next milestone in the English language came along some months later. I had progressed to reading books independently. I started with the Peter and Jane Ladybird series. Now I would read to my grandmother to practice my reading skills.
I tried to imitate her by acting out certain scenes of the story. She would also take turns to read to make the whole activity more exciting. At this point in time, I truly felt that reading could be something I would really enjoy.
Around the age of 10, going into Year 5, my comprehension of the English language became more mature. However, I started to gradually dislike reading as the work in class made me look at reading differently. It started when I had my first major assignment to write an essay explaining what happened in the book of Varjak Paw by S. F. Said. I found it terribly boring and too long-winded. At that point in time, I would be cursing if we were made to read a book in class. It was also very hard for me to find a book that I was genuinely interested in. I know there were many authors and series out there but I was not attracted to anything in particular.
Now I like autobiographies. The book I like is The Operator but Robert O’Neill. It’s an amazing account of a SEAL Team Operator who is the author himself. It describes his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is an interesting account of his life and experiences.
I admit that I am not a keen reader, unlike my sister but I do realize the importance of reading and I need to improve my vocabulary.
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