On YouTube today – love of reading can come at any age!

Hi Everybody,

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Today on YouTube I’m talking about when I developed a love of reading. It was not when I was a kid – it came a lot later than that! It wasn’t until I got to college when I realized I could major in something that let me read novels! Now I always have a book nearby! Pop over to see how that happened:


Have you always been a reader? Tell me your story in the comments!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!



32 thoughts on “On YouTube today – love of reading can come at any age!

  1. I started reading early on, I think my first book was the story of Helen Keller. My deal is today, how do you find the time to read so many books? Even with all this downtime I have at the moment (since I can’t work at the moment), I would feel guilty reading a book during the day (like I’m supposed to be doing something else), and I only read for pleasure at night. That means I don’t read nearly the amount of books I want or need to. If I could, I would read more during the day, but I slate that time for writing, housework and the like. Right now though, I am hobbling around on crutches and can’t do much housework, so maybe I’ll gift myself an hour or so… I’m currently reading The Handmaid’s Tale on my Libby app…it’s so good! (I read on my IPad)
    I don’t understand people who don’t read or think it’s frivolous, I used to be made fun of at one of my old jobs because I wanted to read instead of going outside and wasting time. I feel like she was ignorant and uninformed due to her lack of reading, I prefer to be the opposite. 🙂

    1. Thank you for leaving such thoughtful comments. I only work part-time, but I rarely read during the day unless I’m under a time crunch for something. Usually I wake up early and read for an hour before I have to get moving. Then, if I’m really into a book I can pick it up during a brief moment or two during the day or early evening. I don’t do well reading at night because I’m usually too tired. I recently read The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood is an excellent writer. I don’t think I’ll watch the series though. I’ve heard it’s very intense. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. That’s what my kids tell me! It has taken some time for me to get comfortable but then I just decided to be myself, maybe not as close up next time though! 😉😬 thanks so much for reading and watching, too!

  2. Like Jacquie Biggar, I was an early reader (like, at three years old) so I can’t recall a time when I didn’t love to read almost more than anything else. My friends used to tease me about always having my nose in a book or not being able to pass up a magazine on a coffee table at one of their houses, when we were supposed to be doing something more important, like doing each other’s hair or gossiping about boys.

    1. Oh Jan, I wish I could say I was like that. I wasn’t a very girly girl either. And I wasn’t the one you’d find reading a book in a tree. Oh well, I think as we get older we come together in liking books. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. I don’t remember not reading. What I do remember is using my allowance for the first time to buy Stuart Little. I have vivid details of the time of day, weather, etc. It was a big evening for me. Great video, Barbara! You better hit that stack soon! My father gave me The Rooster Bar, too. It’s in my pile. 🙂

      1. Did you ever read Cotton in My Sack by Lois Lenski? Even though I didn’t read much back then I remember really liking that book! It was a Yearling Book just like Stuart Little.

  4. Wow, I love this video. Thinking back, reading started for me when I was very young. I never lost the love of reading, but like you, went through phases after school and then again when I had kids. Sometimes I feel like all I do is read middle-grade and picture books now. 😂

    Interesting that you were tracked into different reading groups based on how you did in math. That seems so strange, doesn’t it? My kids are so picky, and not all great at math, so I wonder if that would hamper their reading. Hmm…

    Excellent post! Love your YouTube vids. 😁

    1. Thank you Mischenko. I never saw the connection between doing well in Math and Reading, but that’s just the way it was. I remember the years when all I read were board books and picture books. I actually liked that. And when my kids got into middle school, I thought the books they read were really interesting. I used to try to read them at the same time but it got a little crazy. I read a few of the books my kids read in high school too. Thanks so much for always visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments! 🙂

  5. Like many of your commenters, I was an early reader. Not being able to pronounce certain words or names didn’t matter either. Example: I read a book when I was teeny tiny that I thought was called Physical Field Mouse, because in my mind that’s the way I thought it was pronounced. Years later I picked up that book, and realized it was Fitzgerald Field Mouse. See what that little girl did there? 😀

    Love your videos! Keep them coming.

    1. That’s a great story, Jennifer. Thanks for sharing your early reading experiences! I remember being in Kindergarten and it was my time to read a book to the class. I picked a book I mostly knew by heart (A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You by Joan Walsh Anglund) but I realized midway through that I didn’t know some of the longer pages, so I just skipped them! Not sure any of the kids noticed!

      I’m working on some new video ideas, but my efforts to get outside this week have been thwarted by another snow storm and cold weather!

  6. I started to read when I was first introduced to the alphabet, that will be at a very young age, but I actually understand how reading can be an acquired taste over time. People in my family encouraged reading and some families do not, or do not even have books lying around. It is never too late to start reading and appreciating literature.

    1. Haha – well we had plenty of books and readers around my house growing up, but I was outside playing and running around with my friends – which brought me to books and reading from a different place. I became a big reader in high school, college and beyond, many years ago. Thanks for reading and commenting, Diana.

  7. Great video! I was thinking of doing the same but still need to gather enough courage. 😉
    I was an early reader too and ever since I read my first book (The Island of Adventures by Enid Blyton) I was hooked and am never without one. This year’s the first time though I want to keep a record of which books I’m reading.
    You’re going to love The Rooster Bar – it’s awesome! 😊

    1. Oh thank you, Sarah. It was a bit of a leap for me to see and hear myself, but I’ve gotten used to it now. Looking forward to The Rooster Bar – coming soon, I hope. Right now I’m reading Transcription and I have a work book to read after that. So many books!

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