When I was growing up, the English dictionary was one of my best friends. I had an undying thirst to learn by reading books and often encountered words that needed to be looked up. But I can't remember what it was that inspired me to read.
What was your inspiration that got you hooked on books?
I received my very first book before I was even born. My Mum would read to me and gradually encouraged me to read my favourite stories to her. My Dad read all the time and his love of fantasy and sci-fi probably influenced my eventual genre preference.
I believe that if a child (or adult) develops a LOVE of reading, whether it's story books, poetry, fiction, non-fiction or comic books, they'll be hooked for life!
I am sure I was encouraged by my parents, and being one of the better students in my classroom, I also had the support from my teachers. All this encouraged me to read. However, the love affair begins from within. I must have read some books which inspired me to read on.
Although I liked my mum reading stories with me when I was little, when I got to the age where I could read by myself, I really wasn't interested. My mum tried loads of different books to get me going, but nothing particularly interested me until I discovered that Star Trek had its own book series. From then, I started reading loads of them, and while I no longer think the quality of the Star Trek books are very good, it was what got me starting to read.
Honestly, loneliness. I was a solitary kid and I needed some form of escape. I found it in books. The Narnia series by CS Lewis first helped me escape, I then moved on to SE Hinton's books, the Three Investigators and the Hardy Boys. It wasn't long before I moved back to fantasy though, digging into Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms novels. I stuck with those for most of my teen years.
Started with comics', then kid's magazines' which came from UK, then books. I was well & truly able to read by the time I went to School at five years' of age.
There was a UK mag called 'Knowledge' back in the late '50's, which my Father bought for me weekly. I had to read it, then he'd ask me 10 questions' from it. If I didn't get them all correct, I wouldn't get the next issue! So another, different, 10 questions' were asked. Don't remember ever having to go beyond that! Usually got the 'first lot' correct! Thus began my 'thirst' for 'knowledge' (pardon pun!), via books, which continues to this day!
Of course, that is now supplemented by DVD's from 'The Great Courses' on many various Subjects that I love!
I feel that I can never stop learning!