Addicted To Reading

I don't like to read, I LOVE to read!  When I was very young, I used to get in trouble with my mom almost every night over reading.  She would put me to bed and I would read by the little red nightlight on the nightstand next to my bed.  She nearly always caught me and said I would ruin my eyes doing  When I was a little older I used to take an encyclopedia volume to the bathroom with me and sit on the toilet reading.  I read everything I could get my hands on.  I still do.  I'll read anything that happens to be laying around anywhere.  When I was growing up I loved science fiction, especially what I called the ABC's of the genre:  Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke.  Isaac Asimov was my favorite.  I loved all his robot novels, including the Foundation series which I still read from time to time.  As I got older I switched more to fantasy.  J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings has to be my all-time favorite books.  I was introduced to them by the school librarian and I will always be grateful to her for that.  About the only genres I can't get into are romance and western, although I have read a few westerns.  History is a big favorite too.  It really doesn't matter what the historical subject is, I'll read it.  I guess for me reading is a form of escape from the everyday world.  But I enjoy just as much learning new things and new ideas.  I may not agree with those ideas, but I appreciate knowing about a different way of looking at things.  It helps me to understand the world around me.  What I can't understand is when I hear people say things like reading is gay or stupid or a waste of time.  Are you kidding me?  If more people would turn of the TV and stereo and pick up a book of some kind, they might actually fool around and learn something.  OMG, we can't have people learning!  That would be the end of civilization!  As for me, I'm going to keep reading for as long as I live.  It's an addiction I never want to get over.

misfitme misfitme
51-55, M
2 Responses Feb 9, 2010

OMG. I just realized -- you're a guy!! Oh well. Scratch all the girly books above and forget what I said about Jane Austen & romance novels. You're still a good egg. :-)

LOL.....Thanks. Actually I have read about half of what you mentioned, including Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Mythology, I'm a sponge! Iliad and Odyssey, yep.

I know I'm three years late replying, but hey...I'm a guy. We're never on time. :)

Holy Cow. Are you me?! *jumping up & down and waving arm* Ooh! Ooh! Scifi rocks & LOTR rules, but -- did you read any other children's series when you were younger? I'd devour sometimes 4-5 books a DAY. (stream of consciousness rave here . . ) Narnian Chronicles, the Susan Cooper series, Edward Eager, Madeline L'Engle. Anne of the Green Gables (all books), Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women", Dickens. How about Nancy Drew & Hardy Boy mysteries, Agatha Christie, the Iliad & Odyssey? The almighty Judy Blume! Amen. Don't get me started on Arabian Nights, The Grimm Bros, & Greek & Roman mythology! *grin*. Okay, I know you don't like romances - -but does that include Jane Austen? (pleeeease say no!)<br />
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As an adult, I'm ashamed to say I've been reading mostly commercial stuff: Crichton, Clancy, Dan Brown, Orson Scott Card . .. oh well.