Like Lois, I can't imagine not being a reader. And her post, combined with my current dilemma, got me thinking about when and how I became a reader. To tell the truth, I can't remember. I've been an avid reader as far back as I can remember. I do know incidents and specific books that cemented and reinforced my love of reading, but I can't remember NOT reading. And, obvious, since I'm a writer, it's a passion that has driven a lot of my life choices.
My own kids are readers, though it was tougher getting my son interested since we had trouble finding things he liked, but (thank heavens) that didn't last. (Now that he's grown and buying his own books, his reading choices amuse me. He reads a general list of fiction--whatever is around and available on our bookshelves or his friends--but if he's spending his money, he's into self-help stuff that boils down to getting other people to do what you want them to.) My daughter is perhaps a more passionate reader than I am. And she reads everything.
My dilemma is this: What do you do with a nine-year old who isn't interested in reading? My niece is staying with me this summer and just isn't interested. How do I GET her interested? I'm determined to send her home when school starts, addicted to reading. (I know this is a prejudice of mine, but I swear, the people who read do much better in life. The ones who don't, don't seem to be having as good a life.) I know she'll do better in school. I know she'll see that she has more options. I just know that, like my kids, reading will open lots of worlds for her.
So what made you a reader? What books changed your life? Any specific book that made you a passionate reader?
And most importantly for right now: What books interest your nine year olds?