Now, a friend of mine once asked me, "Why do you read so much?" Because honestly, if you had known me when I was much younger, you would know that reading was never at the top of my list. In fact, reading was a chore for me. I hated it to do. During reading time in elementary school I would just sit and stare at the pages and let the words slide right along, not taking anything in. I never understood the importance of reading or why people bothered. I mean, adults weren't sitting down and reading all the time, so why should I?
Well, when I got to middle school the whole "pretending to read" did not get me very far. In fact, sixth grade was the year I had to start writing book reports and giving presentations and actually doing research. I was dragged to the library against my will and it annoyed me to no end. I was getting terrible grades and was actually forced to take a special class for those kids who had reading disabilities. They actually thought it wasn't that I didn't want to read, but that I couldn't read.
We went to Barnes and Noble, and I bought more and more Nancy Drew books.
In the eighth grade I had to move to a different school and I was at a weird time in my life, so I didn't want to talk to anyone. And the only way I could avoid being social was to make it look like I was too busy to talk to people. So I went and bought Twilight and New Moon, and I wanted more.
I discovered Gossip Girl, The It Girl, The Clique, The A-List (I was thirteen at the time, don't judge, besides they were actually really good).
After I entered high school I had a new book with me each day, and even if my life got increasingly hectic and left me without sleep for like two or three days (and yes, that is possible) I would still find time to read. So, I was really happy. Honestly, I can't tell you how many books I've read. I know that in the eighth grade I read somewhere around 124, but just because we had to keep track of what books we read.
Eighth grade was also the year I discovered Jodi Picoult and her wonderful work.
So, what had been your gateway book?