The following is a guest post by Laura Thomas of This Eternal Moment.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. –Haruki Murakami
I have a confession to make — I did not grow up reading classical literature.
While I have always loved to read, I have another confession to make: part of this love came, at least initially, through an incentive.
You see, when I was in elementary school, my parents sought to encourage my brother and me to read by offering us a penny a page for any book we read that they felt was at our current reading level or beyond.
For several months I read … and read … and read until something happened — my parents saw that I was now officially “hooked” on reading and they were no longer going to offer pennies as an incentive.
And – Eureka! They were right! I kept reading!