My love of reading comes from my Dad.
My dad loved to read. I remember nights sitting in bed while he would read numerous stories, some of which probably gave me nightmares. Books like Little Pilgrim's Progress, books about history, and one about a boy and his friends that got lost in a cave which I still think about today and get goosebumps.
Garrison Keillor was one of his favorite authors. He read all of Keillor's books and would lay on the floor in the living room at night with the lights off, listening to the radio broadcast by the author, A Prairie Home Companion.
My dad was hit and killed while riding his bicycle when I was 14. Of the many things I learned from him, the love of reading he instilled in me is probably one of my favorites. It is the one thing I hope to pass along to my two children.
A book can give you so much: inspiration, a friend, hope, a new perspective, empathy...
I'd love to know what, or who, inspired your love of reading?