My mom was single, had 3 kids and sometime worked two jobs so she never really made us do homework or emphasized education, which is probably why I failed the 6th grade and quit school in the 11th grade. But I always read books. I started reading when I was 12 years old after my dad bought me the Narnia series and the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. All throughout junior high and high school reading was my escape, it was also my education. As an adult I would consume stuff like LIFE magazine, Tom Clancy novels and Lord Byron poetry, and every couple years I would have to re-read the Narnia series and Lord of the Rings. In 2001 I started reading anything and everything about CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, I became a student of both, taking notes on everything I read, compiling articles about them and their works, reading commentary books and biographies on them. I wanted to be an expert on both professors and all their works.
I am now 43 years old and a writer. I read at least a book a month and I do believe reading has everything to do with who I am today. My 14 year old daughter is an avid reader and has been since she was ten when she read The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe.
All because I saw my mother reading every night.
Click HERE to check out the list of my top 20 books.
ht; This is a variation of a comment I made on a post on Donald Miller's blog titled, "Do This One Thing.." about the power of reading.