Who were your biggest reading influenes? What did they do that helped you to discover a love of reading?
My own childhood was surrounded by books. My mother is an avid reader and pretty much had a book in every room of the house. I am pretty sure that is where I developed my habit of reading several books at once, and having a book on the go in pretty much every room of the house. It took my husband quite a while to even get used to that idea. I don't even remember a time when reading was not encouraged, and trips to the library were a weekly event, with hours spent there. My mother was known to read until the wee hours of the morning, and she always watched television while reading a book. And my husband wonders where I picked up that habit?! She also encouraged me to read whatever I wanted; the concept of censoring books did not exist in my house. I was a strong reader and probably read things I shouldn't have at a young age, but I outgrew Nancy Drew at a young age and needed something to challenge me. I was reading adult lit at ten years old.
I credit my ninth grade English teacher with introducing me to historical literature (I read a fiction story on the young life of Will Shakespeare) as well as science fiction. I read The Chrysalids in her class and was immediately hooked, reading through the gamit of whatever I could find on Sci-Fi at that time. It was not as developed as it is today, but there are some incredible dystopian novels from that time. The House of Stairs still sits on my bookshelf and when my husband suggested I sell it, I almost had a fit. He backed off quite quickly and hasn't mentioned it since. Smart man!!!
Then, along came The Fionavar Tapestry. I was introduced to Fantasy in grade 12 by a good friend. Guy Gavriel Kay was one of the first Science Fantasy writers I read, then Raymond E. Feist, and another world opened up to me. More money, more time, and hours of reading enjoyment. Pug remains to this one my favourite heroes and magicians, despite the hundreds of books I've read since then.
Reading is such an important part of my life and I would love to gift my children with it as well. So, when I find books in the bathroom, the living room, and the kitchen, and they aren't mine, who am I to complain?
My children are reading!
A big thanks to Reading With Tequila for this idea.