R is for Reading

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?

7 thoughts on “R is for Reading

  1. Oh yes, I’m a reader. And my mom got me into it. She read to me when I was a baby, even though her friends thought she was nuts. So I read to my babies. The littlest (2 months old today) isn’t into it yet, but my almost-four-year-old loves books and stories.

    And I was like you! Always reading, every chance I got.


    • I’m going to read to my kids (if I ever have any). I’ll even read to them when they’re still in the womb.


  2. I started out reading because I was impatient about the book my father was reading to me (I think it was a Dr. Doolittle book). He read a bit to me every night., but I was impatient to find out what happened next, so I picked it up and read it myself. I thought he might be mad, but he wasn’t. He wanted me to read for myself, without training wheels. He used to give he reading lists for summer vacation (and I think I even had to write book reports).

    I’ve been reading ever since. Currently reading Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon (because he finally made it available as an e-book — at 1,000+ pages it’s too big to carry around 🙂 ).

    “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.” Exactly. It’s stories that I’m attached to, not books. I talked about that here: http://u-town.com/collins/?p=2927


    • That would be a good reason to get an e-reader; to read all those giant books that take up too much space on a shelf.


  3. Like you, reading has been everything to me in my life. My parents read to me, as well. I was already reading when I went to school. It was a pretty big event for me going to the library each week. When I was old enough I rode my bike a couple miles to the tiny library next to the fire station in my small town…books floor to ceiling…heaven!


  4. Same as you! My mum! She always encouraged me to read and I have been in love with reading since I can remember!!

    As for influence, definitely yes!! My thoughts, my beliefs all have been influenced in one way or another by what I have read!

    I too really don’t get how people don’t enjoy reading as much as I do! My brain can’t even comprehend it at times! 🙂


  5. I think if I didn’t read I wouldn’t have that escapism and enjoyment of getting ‘lost’ within a book. Also, I agree that a great story is a great story no matter how you read it. But personally, I prefer to hold the paper book in my hand – it just seems more casual and is something different to reading everything on a screen.


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