gemini wrote:Reading everyones posts had me wondering how childhood reading affects whether you enjoy reading or not. Parlez, I loved Hawaii too and it got me to read several more of Michner's books. I think reading about Merlin as a child got me hooked on sci fi and fantasy and fiction. My parents both read but are not really into it. Like some of you, my dad is a big fan of the comics. My brother is an avid reader but only for research or education, never fiction. I read everything he reads plus my escape candy. I do have to admit that when I read fiction to escape it is more relaxing and that is how I read when I was a kid. I read research and heavy topics to learn but I never relax and just enjoy it for the fun of reading.
I can remember the bookcases being filled with books mostly of my mothers, but I never recall her reading much although she does love it and has done much more since we left home. My father was and still is not a great reader. Some of my earliest memories though were going to library's with my mother so she obviously pushed me in the right direction although she never had any influence on what I read.
My children are extremely avid readers too although sometimes my eldest does not broaden his tastes beyond his Sci fi and fantasy . He did read The Dumas Club though while we were away after I finished it, because he had run out of books
My DH reads very heavy stuff as far as I am concerned and doesn't read novels of any sort. Lots of Philosophy and trying to understand the meaning of the universe etc.