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The Reading Gene

My parents aren't readers. Neither of them have picked up a book for quite some time, except maybe when they drop by the library for me to grab whatever I've ordered through the interlibrary loan system. I always thought I just happened to read a lot because I'm generally quiet and shy, and reading tends to go with that territory.

So yeah, my parents aren't readers, or at least I've always thought. But recently I discovered that when my parents were my age, they read as voraciously as I do. And that's got me thinking about all my friends who read, because as far as I know, their parents all read as well.

I can think of two possible explanations for this. The first is that perhaps similar personalities tend to have similar interests - reading, in this case - and so it makes sense that people in one family would tend to have much of the same hobbies. In this way, reading would sort of be like something passed down through the generations.

The other explanation is that parents who read or used to read are more likely to want their children to read. To me, this one may be more plausible. I distinctly remember my mom bringing me the library every weekend all through preschool and elementary school, and since reading was something I always did, I just never stopped.

So what about you? Do your parents read? Why do you think reading tends to run through families?


Jillian said...

My dad is most definitely not a reader, but my mom is! She doesn't read anymore these past few years because of how busy she is, but she used to love it! I guess I got it from her. She would encourage me to try out different books when I was little, and even used to promise me books as "prizes" (or bribes!) so I can be a good, obedient girl. haHA.

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Both my parents read but my brother doesn't. I think parents who read, value reading so they introduce the library and good books to their children. Parents who do not read, do not open that world for their children because they don't think to.

I'm only speaking on my own experiences and that of my husband.

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