Miche lle Peralt a
English 111 -CAA
Passion for reading
My world as a child was about books and reading , it took me on adventures
and helped my confidence. Not knowing the connection reading would have on
me my entire life.
My love of reading backdate s to when I was a toddler . I loved to read before I
even knew how as my mother would say. I would always have a book in hand as
if I were reading . I would want anyone that was around me to read to me. Mostly
my mo ther as I couldnt go to bed without a story being read to me.
As I grew older into grade school I would always remember wanting to go to
the library with my mom and could not wait to check out the next book. To me to
take a book home was like starting a new adventure. When we would go to the
store , I just had to have a new book . The other kids in the store would be in the
toy isle picking out their next toy I was always in the book section trying to decide
what book to bring home, I would get home and not want to put that book down.
In my mind it was like life or death to finish the chapter and turn the page to see
how it ended. I just couldnt separate from it. I remember clenching onto the
flash light holding my book in han ds trying to turn the page quietly and not get
caught as I was supposed to be sleeping . I would guar d my book like a treasure
when I would hear footsteps outside of my room.
Books made things adventurous for me especially being the only girl amongst
three bo y siblings, this was something just for me. I was able to feel like that
character in the book , imagining myself in their clothing , having their powers , or
living their stor y. It felt so real , so fun, so impo rtant. I could change into the
characters, and there was no one to tell me I could not . Ther e was nt any specific
way things had to be. Thats what made me feel like reading was so im portant. I t
told me my min d co ntrolled what was to happen next and let me learn without
even knowing that my grammar was getting better, my reading and writing were
strengthening because of my exposure to reading .
The strength I built up over time by reading often helped me become more
confident. I didn t always do well in school in othe r s ubjects but noticed I wa s
impro ving because my reading skills were strong. As time went on my reading
was able to get me thru most of my classes because as long as I could read the
material . I became better at understanding things. As an adult I began to read to
read magazines, travel guides, books that later became movies and realized I