I found out in high school that I loved to read, but hated my English classes. I dreamed of writing my own book one day, but I struggled with the lessons, and assignments. It was hard for me to conform to the standards of literature in public school. I begged my teachers for tutoring, constantly searched for websites that I would study incessantly. I wanted so badly to write like the authors in the books I read, so I continued to study and work on my writing skills. I worked at learning different forms and styles by submitting poems to online contests, as well as essays and articles to magazines. A few of my poems were published in coffee table poetry books, and I was thrilled I finally had something published. I never received any replies from the magazines I submitted articles to, but I did get one essay published in the local newspaper. Of course, when I did have positive results, I always shared my successes with my mother, who was always supportive. I will always be grateful that my mother was a librarian, and passed her love of reading on to me.
Growing up the son of a school librarian it is not surprising that reading became my favourite hobby. My parents encouraged me to read from a very young age, always making sure I had plenty of books at hand. I think I was about ten years old when I became obsessed with my first book. The book was A Secret Language, by Ursula Nordstrom, and the story intrigued me so much I fell in love with reading. After reading the book, I convinced my friend Ken to create a secret language with me. The two of us also used our own books and opened a library for kids in our neighbourhood. I discovered science fiction books when I was around 13 years old, then mystery novels at around the age of 15. Throughout my life, I have read a variety of books ranging from Little House On The Prairie to The Da Vinci Code. When I was about 16, I read J.R.R. Tolkiens, The Lord Of The Rings and it changed my perspective on the world around me. I love reading because it enables me to escape my everyday life and travel to unknown places, I get to experience the past, present, and future as mush as I want. I love that when I pick up a book and start reading, I can become someone else, be something else, or experience something new. I also enjoy being able to look at the world from a different person's perspective.