Not everyone liked reading books as a kid, but everyone had plenty of friends in primary school/middle school who could just disappear into books for hours/were always reading a novel under their desk in class. I was like that and so were plenty of my friends, but I've noticed that we all stopped reading for leisure abruptly at a certain age. We still appreciate a good book as a gift and will spend lots of time loitering in bookstores and book fairs, but we never buy anything. Even if we do, it has to be either a classic or something on a Very Important Social Issue or a book that is considered exhaustive/authoritative in its field. It's as if everything we read has to be 'worth it', or has to be part of a greater journey to becoming more cultured/urbane/in the know/expert without having to invest a huge amount of time on less 'absolutely essential' but still relevant and enjoyable books on certain topics. I used to read a lot of sci-fi and realistic fiction and poetry; my friends would read a lot of fantasy and mystery novels. I think I would still enjoy a lot of the books I used to read - in fact they're very similar in theme and tone to the TV shows I binge watch now (definitely for leisure). Yet I have never felt the urge to get back into those books (except once, but that's a story for a different post). Did this happen for everyone?