When I was a little kid, I always used to read, probably because my mom read to me when I was too young to read for myself. If not for my mom’s influence, I doubt I would read as much as I do now, and I doubt I would even write at all.
In elementary school, I used to finish my homework, go to my room, and read. It’s not much different now. If I get some time after I get off work, or on a weekend, I go to my room and read. People who don’t enjoy reading can never seem to understand how enjoyable it is to pick up a book and get lost in the world within it… but I don’t understand how people don’t enjoy reading, so…
Basically, so many of the books I’ve read have influenced my life and who I am as a person. I honestly don’t know what I’d be like today if I hadn’t grown up constantly reading. I know I definitely wouldn’t have picked the career path I did. I would definitely not have majored in English in college.
Reading may be changing—we do most of our reading on the glowing screens of electronic devices these days—but the joy it brings will not change. Even if paper books completely disappear in the future (not that I’m saying they will), reading will always be alive. Unless, of course, someone develops a program that sends all the information directly into your brain… but this post wasn’t supposed to be about science fiction.
So… if you like to read, who or what got you into reading? Has reading influenced a significant part of your life?