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When did you start reading?

Age 4
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65%
Age 5
66
19%
Age 6
31
9%
Age 7
15
4%
Age 8
8
2%
Age 9
2
1%
 
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sat Aug 04, 2007 6:21 pm UTC

This is the generic "Reading" thread. Less about specific books, but more talking about reading, literature, and books in general. Mostly, I was wondering at what age everyone here started to read, and how you think it affected you? What sort of books did you start reading? How do you feel about Gutenberg? Whatever.

Now, thanks to my mom, both me and my sister started to read very early. I started just before I was four (I got my first real books as presents just after I turned four), and my sister started around the same age (If she reads this, she'll confirm). My mom would show us off to her friends by making us read out loud from the newspapers, to prove we weren't cheating. In grade school, while everyone was going over "hat, cat, sat, sit, pit, dog", I was being bored in the corner reading Hardy Boys mysteries. I spent a lot of my time reading Calvin & Hobbes books (my older sister had a bunch, I think), and when I was finally in a school with a library, I tore through it like a chippie tearing into a lobster. By the age of ten, I had moved on to just about every Isaac Asimov story there was, and then everything in the Science Fiction section of my local libraries, as well as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, and everything by Eric Wilson and Gordon Korman.

Now, you might think that I am all for early reading, and I am... to an extent. I won't deny that it probably helped me immensely through school, but thanks to the glories of the public education system, I was bored out of my damn gourd until high school. I was rapidly singled out as a nerd, and was generally abused both in school and out. I spent too much time reading, whereas all the happier and more popular kids never read much at all. My son is just starting to read, and he's 5 and a half. He's slightly ahead of the curve for comprehension, but nowhere NEAR where I was, and for this I am twistedly happy. I'll help him read, I'll help him learn, I'll help him with anything he wants, but I'm not going to force nollij down his throat. I was raised with the (granted, noble) ideals that intelligence was the most important thing, far beyond mere popularity or fleeting friendship, but unfortunately I was raised this way by someone incapable of grasping how unpleasant being unpopular can be.

I didn't mean to link all this to popularity, but I've still got three bitterness-removal appointments to go.

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Postby Pathway » Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:05 pm UTC

Right now it stands at five votes for age 4 and one each for 5 and 6.

I think you should scrap this and create a poll with options for ages three and (perhaps) two.
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Postby Kawa » Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:27 pm UTC

Pathway wrote:I think you should scrap this and create a poll with options for ages three and (perhaps) two.

Yes, because I started reading at age 3. I read tons and tons from my local library much of my life, and still go nuts when presented with one.
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Postby Jesse » Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:16 pm UTC

First book, third birthday. Was about a boy called Gary (The books would put any name you wanted in, so my parents used my name) who met a dinosaur and went on an awesome adventure.

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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:17 pm UTC

Wow, and here I thought I was throwing the curve. Figures a comic with strong ties to NASA / MIT would make me look dumb my comparison...

Uhm, can you all keep track of how many "three" votes, or should I scrap this thread and re-post with a new option?

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Postby Jesse » Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:17 pm UTC

The voting is the least important part, just let the discussion roll.

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Postby Rodan » Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:20 pm UTC

My mom says Five.
I still remember taking a reading assessment thing in kindergarten, where I read various little books to the teacher, until I find a book that I can't read.
I never finished. I could read everything she gave me...

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Postby The Sleeping Tyrant » Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:24 pm UTC

I can't really remember much before 5, and none of it involves books, so I'll say I started reading at 5. Mostly Munch and Winnie the Pooh stuff.

Then video games struck! I didn't really start caring about reading until grade 5, a good 6 years later.

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Postby b.i.o » Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:36 pm UTC

My parents never taught me to read myself, so in first grade, I was separated into the group of people who had never read before....

That changed in about a month, when I caught up to the others. I was 5. I was reading pretty long books by the end of the year.

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Postby Castaway » Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:16 am UTC

I don't really remember before I was five, but I know I was reading when I was five, so I put that down. Maybe I started when I was four, but it probably wasn't very meaningful.
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Postby peter » Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:33 am UTC

Uh... I don't member.

I think 4 is a little early, maybe 6 or something. I'm not voting.

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Postby SpitValve » Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:44 am UTC

On my first parent/teacher interview, my teacher was like "So you taught David to read?" and my parents were like "... he can read?". Turns out my big sisters had been playing school and taught me to read before school started. School starts when you're 5 years old here, so I guess I was 4.

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Postby SecondTalon » Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:00 am UTC

I have no idea. I cannot recall a time when I could not read, so... 4ish, I guess.
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Postby Zohar » Sun Aug 05, 2007 1:12 pm UTC

I started to read when I learned how to in first grade (age 6). I only stopped reading books in junior high (and even then, I read everything required for school but it wasn't much).

The most obvious implication of my reading is my English. I know English much better than most people around here.
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Postby niko7865 » Sun Aug 05, 2007 8:06 pm UTC

I read my first novel at 5 1/2 (one of the redwall series). Don't know when I started reading, so I voted 5.
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Postby Owijad » Sun Aug 05, 2007 9:01 pm UTC

I guess I was probably five when I learned to read. I started out with this book about a caveman who invented the wheel. I specifically remember being very confused by their use of a hyphen an the end of a line :P I read The Hobbit and some sci-fi my brothers forced on me, but it all went over my head, and I didn't really read much 'till second and third grade, when I read Brian Jaques and Roald Dahl and the like.
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Over the course of fourth, fifth and sixth, I read Piers Anthony, a bit of Azimov, George Carlin, most of Orson Scott Card's stuff, David Eddings, some Heinlein, Tolkein's stuff, Discworld, and things like that. Halfway through seventh grade, I just stopped reading and I haven't read a novel since, even for school.
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Postby Alisto » Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:14 pm UTC

Kawa wrote:
Pathway wrote:I think you should scrap this and create a poll with options for ages three and (perhaps) two.

Yes, because I started reading at age 3.


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Postby liza » Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:13 am UTC

I read the Hobbit in sixth grade and all of LotR in seventh. It was like a project. Damn near got me through seventh grade social studies. I might have set myself on fire to alleviate the boredom that class brought on had I not had tons of reading material and a few snarky friends in that class. Though my seventh grade self required a dictionary at hand throughout LotR. Bits of it were over my head.
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Postby Pebbles » Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:09 am UTC

I started reading when my older sister did. She was in kindy, I was 4. I pretty much hijacked her reading lessons at home. She ended up not being able to read properly and had to take special classes in year six (end of primary school) :( I ruined her reading skills. Thankfully, she doesnt miss them.
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Postby Phenriz » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:33 pm UTC

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I started reading a book about dinosaurs, and learned how to pronounce the word archaeopteryx by reading the pronunciation key in the book, i remember the feeling, it was awesome.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:37 pm UTC

WOO! Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia! I took that book out of the library every other week, so I basically co-owned it, along with the library. I annoyed everyone I knew by just launching into speeches about archaeopteryx, mamenchiosaurus, parasaurolophus, and so on.

Holy crap, buy it for a penny! It's not the same edition, obviously (whichever one they had in 1985), but sweet!

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Postby Phenriz » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:49 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:WOO! Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia! I took that book out of the library every other week, so I basically co-owned it, along with the library. I annoyed everyone I knew by just launching into speeches about archaeopteryx, mamenchiosaurus, parasaurolophus, and so on.

Holy crap, buy it for a penny! It's not the same edition, obviously (whichever one they had in 1985), but sweet!


true, but did you at the time divulge the knowledge (arrogantly i might add) that the longest dinosaur name at the time was micropachycephalosaurus?

but yeah i got the same book from the school's library ;)


I may have to buy the latest edition, if nothing else to have a copy around for when i have kids.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:52 pm UTC

Hehehe, yeah. We were jerks.

My son's favorite books aren't quite so nerdy, but I'm really glad he likes them (even if he doesn't ALWAYS take the hint). http://www.alibris.com/search/books/aut ... %20Donegan My dad kept every book I had as a kid, and sent them up when my son turned 3..... all five hard-to-lift boxes of them. These made up one whole box. The second box he sent up? The book on the top of the stack was about coping with your parents divorce.

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Postby Vaniver » Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:01 pm UTC

I sat with my brother when he went through his readers and such, so I learned how to read at... probably 4ish. My kindergarden teacher refused to believe that I knew how to read, instead claiming that I "memorized" whatever book I was presented with. My mom didn't like her much :P
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:03 pm UTC

Vaniver wrote:I sat with my brother when he went through his readers and such, so I learned how to read at... probably 4ish. My kindergarden teacher refused to believe that I knew how to read, instead claiming that I "memorized" whatever book I was presented with. My mom didn't like her much :P

Thats why my mom got me and my sister to read from the newspaper. Take THAT, education!

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Postby Invisible_Insane » Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:15 pm UTC

I started at 3. I'm told I read books to my younger brother, is three years younger than I. Amusingly, my kindergarten instructors refused to believe my mother's claims that I could read, and thought I was retarded, or something like that. Good times.
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Postby Narsil » Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:41 pm UTC

I started reading at three as well.
Mostly the R.L. Stine "Goosebumps" books. Man those kicked ass.
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Postby quaunaut » Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:59 pm UTC

Started out on a kid's version of the Bible, and then went into Goosebumps. I read them as often as I could(at the time my parents were so obsessed on Christian stuff they thought reading 'horror' stuff would corrupt me).

But on my 10th birthday I went into high-gear 'cause I discovered Animorphs(the leader had my name!). Went through the entire series that was out at that point in about 2 and a half months, got every new one that came out, and grabbed anything that looked like it from there on out. Been goin' fast ever since.

Man, I wish I could re-read books without getting incredibly bored. I wanna go back and read those.

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Postby Invisible_Insane » Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:03 pm UTC

I don't think people talk about Animorphs enough. That was some of the greatest fun I've ever had.
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Postby Alisto » Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:38 pm UTC

Man, you guys are young... started reading when Animorphs came out? I feel so old.

Also, Encyclopedia Brown books for the win.
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Postby Sprocket » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:11 pm UTC

Do you mean when did I learn how to read or when did I start acutally using that skill other than when I was asked to? Because I learned how to read when I was like 4 or so...before getting to Kindergarten. But I didn't really start reading until I moved to Boston. ;-)

I do find it very strange though, the kid I sit for is almost 8 and she just learned how to read this past fall.

I have no recolection of what the first "chapter book" I read was (we call them "novels"). The first thing I picked up that shocked my teachers was Black Beauty and/or Call of the Wild in fourth grade. I had no concept of what fourth graders were "supposed" to read, I honestly thought that was what I should be reading. My friends I knew were behind, and they read pretty childish things.

Lately I just read stuff on the sci-fi fantasy border, but I don't delve into the likes of D&D books or dark tower or anything like that.
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Postby Bakemaster » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:16 pm UTC

Invisible_Insane wrote:I don't think people talk about Animorphs enough. That was some of the greatest fun I've ever had.

Ah, mixed memories of back when I used to write Animorphs fanfiction. On the one hand, I'm totally glad I stopped writing fanfiction. On the other hand, Animorphs was so cool! Until the TV series.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:18 pm UTC

CatProximity wrote:I do find it very strange though, the kid I sit for is almost 8 and she just learned how to read this past fall.

7-8 is par, which is why I started this thread.

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Postby Sprocket » Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:30 pm UTC

I never heard of it until it was a tv show. I was never much into you adult novels, and I was older when that was around.

I actually was told in first grade that I didn't know how to read and put into a remedial type class for it. Basically there was a test we took which was supposed to tell them if we could read or not, and I thought about the questions too much I suppose. (example...three birds left to right on a branch, a six year old me, untrained yet in the norms of our society that dictate left to right...the question asked "which bird is first"...that could mean a butt-load of things if you don't think "left to right") Also I was bad at reading out loud, so they assumed I couldn't read, and I just assumed they should know, because they're teachers, I mean I was 6. Anyway, that killed my interest in reading pretty well.
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Postby Owijad » Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:12 pm UTC

Alisto wrote:Man, you guys are young... started reading when Animorphs came out? I feel so old.

Also, Encyclopedia Brown books for the win.


Haha, I hated those, I guess probably some time around six.

Like, not the "I didn't like them so I didn't read them" hate. I mean obsessively.

See, I was reading this story, and I got to just before he made his conclusion. So I sat there for a few minutes trying to figure it out, and got nothing. So I read his conclusion. Then I spent another five or ten minutes pondering and re-reading the story. Still nothing. So I skipped to the end for how he figured it out, and the detail that tipped him off wasn't in the story. Injustice of injustices!
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Postby Bakemaster » Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:27 pm UTC

I used to read the "Vitamins" entry in my Golden Book Encyclopedia every single day. It was my favorite entry.
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Postby bbctol » Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:19 pm UTC

First book I ever completed was "Go dog Go", at age three. Dumbest thing I've ever done: tried to read "The Hobbit" at age four. I am, however, an absolute readaholic.

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:32 am UTC

I barely remember when I really picked up reading. Sure, I learned to read at an early age. I remember in Kindergarten (age 5/6) those letter workbooks that had lined pages where you practiced the capital and lower case of that particular letter. I also remember it had pages with pictures of objects that began with that letter. What was really cool about those books is sometimes they had scratch-n-sniff stickers on the pictures, if they were something you'd want to smell, like a strawberry in the "S" book, an orange in the "O" book, a pickle (yuck) in the "P" book, a watermelon in the "W" book, and so on.

I do remember in Kindergarten the teacher's assistant made me learn to read using the flash cards, while the other students got to play with the toys or do some arts & crafts project with the teacher.

When I was 3 or 4, my great-grandparents semi-taught me to read by reading road signs while we were driving. Would have been a big mistake, if great-granddad got pulled over for speeding, he claimed the speed limit was 65, but the cop says it's 55, and I say it's 55 because I can read and that's what it read back there.

My parents read to me a lot of Dr. Seuss' books. I could probably read some of the words, but I mainly liked looking at the pictures.

I think I really didn't get into reading until 1st or 2nd grade, from what I remember. I learned at an early age, but really didn't get into it until much later.
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