Sunday, November 25, 2007

 
This New York Times essay ponders what it is that turns a person into an avid reader. Which books spark the habit? For me it was probably the Hardy Boys, which seemed a bit less dated in the early 1980s than I'm guessing they do today. I read the newer tales as well as the old books that were left over from my father's and older brother's childhoods.

Having a library card helped. For a year or two when I was in elementary school my mother got us cards for the Greensburg (Pa.) library, and I checked out several books every couple of weeks. By the time I was in junior high, books were among my favorite gifts, and Stephen King and the Dragonlance chronicles propelled me into high school.

Lately, I've rediscovered the joys of the library, and the Goodreads social networking site is an endless source of book recommendations.

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