My sister would read me the same kind of books when I was little, to the point where I could recite them all. One night I took the book from her and pretended to read it back. I remembered all the rhythms and cues but I didn’t actually fully know how to read. She thought I was a tiny genius.
Year 1 we had a reading corner. It was made by two perpendicular bookshelves with a big fluffy blanket and giant cushy pillows nestled in the corner. Everyone used it to talk or nap. I was the only one who used it to read (shoutout to Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl). Actual quote from Matthew C. “Why are you reading in the reading corner?”
In primary school I was in the group for advanced readers. Since the books they assigned us were technically borrowed by the school and not under our individual library cards, I usually kept all the books instead of returning them. (HAHAHAH, you can’t trace it back to me!). By the end of Year 6, I felt guilty and snuck back around 2 or 3 bags full of unreturned books at the library door before school started. They figured out it was me but didn’t say anything.
Also in the 6th grade I challenged a friend to see who could read the Da Vinci Code faster. TAKE THAT, JACK DELACEY.
6th Grade again (wow, a big year of me): I loved the Captain Underpants series so much that I brought the bookset to read during silent reading time. Classmates would ask to borrow them. I even drew and wrote two of my own Captain Underpants comic books which people actually borrowed!
I have finished a series before by reading a book per night, no matter the size.
I have portion of my bookshelf devoted to borrowed books that I never had the chance to return from friends. Sorry, guys! I just haven’t seen you in so long.
I went overseas to San Fransisco for the first time in February. Every day, except one, was devoted to visiting family members. My cousin took me on an unofficial secondhand bookstore/cafe tour. I ended up buying 9 books and 3 silent movies. I would have been much, much, more if I hadn’t remembered the weight restrictions for suitcases.