As a child, I remember being paid to read books. Yes, 2 cents a book. I struggled with reading words (decoding) and hated the effort it took to read. By the time I was in grade 4, I had a teacher that introduced to me a series of books that were interesting. I was able to read them and you couldn't stop me. I even remembered being banned from reading for a week because I wouldn't do my chores or homework!
Once I found the books I liked, I couldn't stop. My grades improved and I was able to connect to the characters, places and events that I was reading about. I love going into other worlds as I read about them!