If you were able to see me many years ago you would laugh at the fact that I am now an avid reader. As hard as writing was for me when I was in school reading was even tougher. Oh, how I loathed to read! Today is different though as I am currently on page 1,260 of Les Miserable.
Back in school though reading was something I did not enjoy. I would read just the required amount and not a page more. I was vocal in my hatred of books, but I didn't really know why I didn't like to read. I could read without a problem, but it just seemed to take too long.
There was a turning point in 4th grade. I read a book that was based on the television show Ghostwriter and actually read it in one sitting after school. In one sitting! I had never read taken the time to read something that wasn't required and I had never read for more than twenty minutes and on this day I took over two hours to read.
As much as I enjoyed reading this I felt like I had to keep the fact that I read a book secret. I did not boast to my parents that I had a read a book because that might mean they would have me read more so I kept this day of reading secret and continued my vocalness anytime reading was required.
If you have read my book, or followed my blog for a while, you will know that I did not go to high school so much of the required reading was missed out on.
In 2004 when I went to Lithuania I had to come up with a way to pass the time of the flight. I would be separated from my video games so there had to be something I could do. I decided to go to the bookstore and I bought Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne Trilogy. Not quite classic lit, but at least I was interested in books.
From that point in time every time I have traveled I would have some books on hand. In 2006 when I went to Madagascar I read The Great Gatzby, The Old Man and The Sea, and started A Tale of Two Cities.
I now read when I am not traveling and already have my next two books lined up. After Les Miserables I will tackle War and Peace and then it is off to the complete series of Sherlock Holmes. I never thought I'd be an avid reader, of course I never thought I would be a writer as well, but I still find it funny that all the way back those many years ago on the day I read my first book that wasn't required I kept it a secret until now.