Da Realist 1
“I just thought you’d like to know I can read. You got anything that needs readin’, I can do it.”–Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
I wish that I had an interesting story about a book that made me fall in love with reading. I remember liking “Harry the Dog” and “Encyclopedia Brown” books, but, according to my mother, my love of reading preceded even those childhood favorites.
Mom says I have been “reading” since I was two years old. Well, maybe not reading exactly, more like memorizing. My great aunt bought me a set of five Little Golden Books, and I loved them. I carried them wherever I went, pestering anyone and everyone to read them over and over. (Even then, I always had a book in my hand!) Apparently, my favorite read was the Three Little Pigs. After a while, I had memorized every page, and I began to amaze everyone with my ability to “read.” Then, instead of people reading to me, I began to read to them. I don’t know what it was about those pigs and their houses of straw, sticks, and bricks that thrilled me so, but I’ve been a bookworm ever since.
So, what about you, fellow bibliophiles? What book got you into reading?