My mother, who is now in her 80s and still working two days a week, instilled a love of reading in me. She started reading to my brother and me when we were around 2 years old. She works in our local library. The American Library Association is a very good resource for things relative to reading. I believe that individuals who do not read every day are at a disadvantage in many of life’s endeavors.
Ceaseless Entertainment and Education
Books are our lifetime treasures maps to worlds of mind growing fiction and creative non-fiction. No matter your background or interests there are books that will provide both education and entertainment opportunities for you. I have a library in our home and the books lining the shelves cover almost everything from, Structured Basic and Beyond, by Amsbury to, The Great Book of Amber, by Zelazny. My passions include science fiction/fantasy, history, mystery, classical to poetry and many non-fiction works.
Freedom from Mundane Lives
Fictional works offer a lifetime of adventures that can easily relieve the routine of our lives. I especially enjoy a good detective novel that challenges me to work my mental capacity to its fullest analyzing clues and trying in vain to beat the author in solving the crime before the end of the book. GoodReads has a good listing of some of the top detective/mystery novels on the market today as well as timeless classics.
In October 2012 I used my love of reading to expand my opportunities. I quit my forty hour a week job for a full time writing career. The Write Life.com has many good tips for those who wish to pursue full-time writing. I now have 7 children’s books written, one of which has been published, The Goat in the Coat, two poetry books published, and one novel Published, The Slaughter of the Saints. Writing for me is just as enjoyable as reading. I start my day at 6:00 AM and write until noon or until I decide to stop. I breakup my day into blocks of writing and reading and usually finish reading at least one book a week. I also read various newspapers, magazines, and web articles. I believe there are many more people reading today than thirty years ago. Even those who do not read books or magazines usually read at least some web related content each week.