...in case you haven't noticed.
I love reading.
No, you don't understand. I LOOOOOVE reading. Always have. My parents are to blame, actually. They started me reading before kindergarten, and I grew into that typical adolescent that HAS to have a book in front of his face at all times. ESPECIALLY on car trips. If I got stuck on a long car ride and forgot to bring a book, it was like a class A emergency!
Once, this happened. Somehow, I'd forgotten to bring something to read on a car ride that lasted over an hour. Desperate, fifteen minutes into the ride, I turned to my sister for help.... who'd brought several of her Anne of Green Gables books.
Yeah. You guessed it.
I ended up reading almost the entire series.
By sixth grade, I'd read almost every book I wanted to read in our elementary school library ...twice. Because of this, I was given permission to walk ACROSS the parking lot with a buddy to take books out of the HIGH SCHOOL library. There, I discovered my first favorite "grown-up" author: Issac Assimov.
I spent a good portion of my summers reading.
In high school, I was allowed to stay up as late as I wanted, in my bed....reading.
In college, my love of reading exploded. All that free time. All that reading. I would spend DAYS in Barnes & Noble, reading. In fact, back when I actually had time to kill, (I.E. before children) reading used to my biggest distraction from writing. I'd have the hardest time making myself put down a book and actually start writing, I'd always tell myself: "Just one more chapter."
Reading, however, opened the floodgates for my love of writing. It was a book that spurred me to write for the first time. My senior year, some inconsequential little YA/teen sports novel called Tournament Upstarts. I loved it, (at the time, I ate, drank, breathed basketball), but the story felt unfinished at the end. Like there was more to tell. SO, I began writing a sequel.
Because I wanted to know how the story ended. So, from my love of reading sprang my first "novel" (written entirely in a Spiral-bound Mead notebook).
On college basketball road trips, I always hoarded some of my meal money to buy a book in whatever town we were visiting. This has become a habit, to this day. Whenever we go on vacation or on a trip, I'm compelled to buy a book while there...even if I already have several of my own with me.
Today, when I get a rare quiet moment - kids napping, I get home from work before everyone else - we just leave that TV off, and read.
And I read crazy fast, too. Have a book going during breakfast, a different one going before bed, and for lunch I read the novels I'm teaching. So, yeah, I really do read 4-5 different books at a time.
What can I say?
I'm a big ole reading freak...