Discussion: Your Reading Influences

Yes, it’s the second discussion in a row this week!  I had a brainwave the other night while thinking up a post and decided that this was actually the perfect topic for a bonus discussion.

A lot of people influenced my love of reading but the main credit would have to go to my parents, who read to me every day before I began going to school.  Even after I started going to school, my mother would still read me bedtime stories up until grade three.  By then I just enjoyed listening to her read rather than actually needing her to read to me.  Even though the school reading program and the teachers did their best to suck all of the joy of reading out of me, I persevered and became the avid reader I am today.

Most of you reading this blog are readers of varying degrees.  So what I want to know now is this: Who influenced your love of reading the most?  Was school a positive influence on your reading or a negative influence, as it was on mine?


  1. Jay Dee

    This is really hard to answer for me. School was a mostly negative influence, particularly English class. I didn’t want to read novels because they forced me to. However, junior high school introduced me to The Hobbit, and that’s when my love of fantasy started. Star Trek started my interest in science fiction. But before that, I was always reading the encyclopedia for fun, hence my blog’s name. Not sure how I got started doing that. I was just very curious about everything.

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s pretty cool. I was never one of those kids that read encyclopedias for fun but I did read almost anything else I could get my hands on. I can definitely understand that insatiable curiosity to learn more about the world. 🙂

  2. Harliqueen

    I think my mum definitely played a big part. She would always read to me and my sister, all kinds of things, books, poems, anything really 😀 We didn’t have much money when I was young so we would always be round the library, it really made an impression on my life. Reading is such an incredible thing.

    • Carrie Slager

      My mum also read to my sister and I, so she was a very big influence. The school library was also a big influence because the librarian always had new recommendations for me and we’d discuss books ’til the cows came home. I don’t visit the public library much but the library in school did instill a love of reading in me.

  3. Jnana Hodson

    By and large, I’d have to say school left a negative imprint on my love of reading, apart from the Landmark histories and biographies I devoured in fourth- through sixth-grade. Apart from that, nearly all of the reading I remember was done outside the classroom … or clandestinely inside, like the Scientific American that I was caught reading in arithmetic class after I’d finished the assignment. A sophomore-year English teacher instilled a love of grammar and my senior year introduced the novels Animal Farm, 1984, Brave New World … all of which I loved.
    Fortunately, I found a lot of great reading at our public library. Makes me wonder, though, how much help I had in selecting works when I was reading Tom Sawyer and Robinson Crusoe in second grade and third grade.

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s funny because in school I always carted at least one book around to my classes with me because I was always done early. The teachers never seemed to mind except when I didn’t hear them talk to me because I was so engrossed in the story.

      It’s strange that my elementary/middle school teachers tried their best to make me hate reading but like you my high school English teachers only encouraged it. I didn’t tackle the classics as young as you did but I’m thoroughly enjoying a lot of them now.

  4. Rabindranauth

    My mom, she’s a reader and she had me doing it when I was little. As I got older, she was forced to feed my addiction, lol. Then when I hit my teens, I started going to a school like 2 corners away from an awesome secondhand book store. So in a way, school was a positive influence, because every week I’d be in there at least 2 or 3 times to buy a book 😀

    • Carrie Slager

      Yes, my long-suffering mum also had to feed my addiction! She was so happy when the bookstore got a used section so she wouldn’t have to spend so much money. Although I did start paying for my own books when I was 15 she probably spent thousands of dollars, all because she instilled that love of reading in me from a very early age. 🙂

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