IMAGINATION-A WORLD BEYOND FANTASY
My favorite answer was from an individual using the name King Khameleon. Here it is in its entirety.
No. Reading was fun for me from when I was a small child. My mother taught me to read those fairy tale books. That's why I love fantasy. She would read to me every night. One day, I took the book and read it through from beginning to end...even turning the pages at the right part. But then she gave me another book...and I couldn't read it.
That's when she realized that I had memorized the entire book! From then on, she taught me to read. That's when a whole new world was opened to me. Since then, I've LOVED books because they took me to places that I could only dream of going. Also, it helped me live the lives of others, see things from the point of view of people from all races, cultures, ethnicities and both genders. I read stories that were told from the viewpoint of a little girl. Another was told from the perspective of a man forced to be a pirate in order to rescue his homeland.
In my opinion, books are like movies...with a heavy dose of imagination, less stereotypes (though there are some) and much less expense. The best thing about them is that you can control when the world opens and when it closes. You can picture the put yourself in the characters' shoes. You can also travel to different countries, listen to a rich variety of accents, see the struggles of various groups of people and watch as good triumphs over evil (sometimes)...even if it doesn't often happen in real life.
Good books are like gold...rare, precious and able to be used over and over again. And no matter how many times you open it...you get a different picture of the flaws in your own character (or good things), the feeling that if you work just a little bit harder you can do well, or doing just the right thing...you can become a hero or a heroine too and get a great reward (or be respected).
Also after reading, I always feel better about others and more willing to step out of my comfort zone and end all the conflicts, strife, self centeredness, poverty and struggles that make life such a struggle for many in this world.
I wasn't forced into reading...my eyes were opened to new ethereal realms, cities, realities, nations, viewpoints and people. Reading made me a much better and more developed human being.
So my dear friends, the original questions still remain:
When did you start reading?
Where you forced into it?
Or was it your own decision?
Love to hear from you, and I will review all comments until July 26th, 2014. Then SOMEONE will be contacted (the best response given-in my humble opinion) and they will win a free ebook from Amazon. Price up to $5.99.
Happy thinking and pleasant memories!