The Importance of Reading

Do you remember the first time you picked up a book and couldn't stop reading since? 
I do.

I remember learning how to read. It was agonizing, difficult and confusing, it made no sense.
The word "said" sticks out the most. I had trouble remembering to put S-A and I-D into one word.
Eventually, I was given the option of finishing the entire book we used, or stopping and moving on to other things. Of course, I chose to stop, and I've never seen the inside of that book again. 
I was a slow reader, I much preferred listening to someone else, rather than doing it myself (let alone writing anything).
The first time I actually enjoyed a book (that I read myself), was a long time ago, I don't really remember anything I read before that. 
Well, by now you're probably curious to know what book sparked my lifelong interest so much that I 'devoured' it fast than I knew I could (although I'm sure I read twice as fast now)-Okay, okay, I'll tell you now. 
It was the Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale. I often forget about this book, nowadays my absolute all time favorite book is Lord of the Rings (as I'm sure I've said, quite a bit), even though I didn't read those books till much later. Both of these are reasons I love reading Fantasy so much. 
So, what, or who got you reading (or even writing)? 
What's on your summer reading list? If it mostly consists of one genre/type, try something different (I'm sure you can guess what I read most of. Hehe, I'm working on it). 
Broaden your horizons, as they say! 
Have a lovely summer! My part of the world is bracing themselves for some...Not so lovely hot weather.

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