As a kid, I hated to read. Nothing stuck. Everything around me had more meaning than written words inside a book. Then came To Kill a Mockingbird. At age 14, this was the first book I read cover to cover. “So, some books are good?” I thought. This one was proof.
I always liked writing but, many, many years passed before I became an avid reader. Maybe it’s because my mind could finally focus on words I didn’t write, words that enticed me to enter new worlds such as:
ancient Egypt in River God by Wilbur Smith
1975 India in A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
the Depression-era Ireland in Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
inside the memories of a man from a very dysfunctional family in The Prince of Tide by Pat Conroy
And many more, of course.
Still, I am very selective of the books I read. Many times, a book is over before I finish it. And no, I don’t feel guilty for closing it prematurely as some do. I just grab another and hope others don’t do the same with my novels! 🙂
Read to your child when they are young!