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Subject: Reading textbooks for pleasure?
Date Posted: 2/19/2008 10:55 PM ET
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I have always been a voracious reader and used to collect discarded reading texts for reading during the summer. Now I tend to lean more toward the college level. I also used to read most of the normal 'required reading' type books for pleasure. By the time it became required, I'd already read it a couple years before. Does anybody here or their kids read textbooks or large collections for pleasure? If so, around what age did it start? Just wondered if I'm alone in this.

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 11:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/20/2008 9:35 AM ET
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I read encyclopedias when I was younger. My mom would be yelling for us to come to dinner and I wouldn't hear a word. My son reads text books and manuals. I don't know what I will do when he leaves for college this fall, I won't be able to work the DVD player or the clock in my truck!

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 10:44 AM ET
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No you are not alone in this!!  I used read textbooks and enccyclopedias also.  Nina your mo and my mom must have had a ton of patience!!  But my kids are the exact way they read anything and everything!  And with my daughter she has read several book two times once for fun and once for school!! 

Nice to know there are other people like me, I thought I was just crazy!!

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 1:44 PM ET
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It's so good to see so many responses. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I never did the encyclopedia thing. I leaned more toward textbooks and collections. The encyclopedias bored me hehe.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 2:07 PM ET
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Actually this set of encyclopedias were geographical in nature. Each book at different nation or area. I did read 'regular' encyclopedias as well. I still enjoy nonfiction.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 2:27 PM ET
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Now those would have been interesting. I always enjoyed geography.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 4:24 PM ET
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My son started reading our college texts at around age 5.  His first interest was in Nutrition, so he started with that, then moved on to DH's Physics texts, then math.

He loves to read non-fiction for pleasure anyway :-).  At age 3, he begged for an antomy book at Best Buy one day.  So we bought it.  That was the start of it all.  At nearly age 10, he's still into science.

JC