Very late in answering this meme, but what the hey.
How did you become a reader? What factors influenced you to take it up as a hobby? For instance, was it your mom who read to you every night? Or was it a high school friend who started lending you books? Or maybe it was a really inspiring teacher whom you wanted to emulate. Whatever it was, we hope you tell us all the story of how you became a leisure reader and what it is about reading that you enjoy so much.
I seriously think that the existence of our school libraries in Colegio de Sta. Rosa, Makati was the one catalyst for my love of books. Not simply the opportunity to borrow books, but the place itself. For one, the Elementary library at my school was air-conditioned back when the classrooms weren’t, so I had extra incentive to stay there. There was also the idea that you can hide yourself in a small nook during recess and lunch time, where silence is highly enforced and you only have the company of characters in books with you.
When I became old enough to borrow books from the Main Library, it was a very important step towards maturity. I managed to find writers there that I’ve treasured until now, such as Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain and Roald Dahl. I didn’t find Stephen King books there (I wonder why, come to think of it) but I read books like Firestarter and Christine there, relishing the quiet. I also smuggled in romance books with uh, mature content, to read there. The process of falling in love with a library continued in college, managing to find there beloved authors like Mary Renault, Umberto Eco, and Mario Vargas Llosa.
Maybe that’s one of the many reasons I can’t sustain my reading recently. These days, I snatch reading moments in between getting distracted by TV, the Internet and work, often during commutes. There’s something to be said about having a constant place where you can read books.