So I will give you a bonus with today's post since I was too busy to post yesterday. (This is the Thursday post)
First off, I want to talk about E.B. White and his book Charlotte's Web. This is the first book I can remember reading. I was in first grade. Yes, you read that right, first grade. When I was in first grade my teacher was out for the year. We had a substitute teacher, the elementary school reading specialist. I'm not sure what she did, but reading came very easy for me and the next thing I knew I couldn't get enough books to fill my need to read.
I think my parents were surprised to see me reading the book, not just looking at the pictures. They even have a home video of me reading the book out loud while rocking on a rocking horse that my Uncle Andy had made. I went on to read James and the Giant Peach and other great classic books. So while I wouldn't say he is a favorite writer, his writing had a HUGE influence on me and the rest of my life. In fact, I'll admit, I have never read any of his other works. I went on to always test way above my class level for reading comprehension. In sixth grade my reading comprehension came back PHS, which meant Post-High School level. When my parents asked about it, the teacher basically said that my comprehension was beyond the testing limits.
At this point I think my parents thought I might be some kind of reading prodigy. (which was hard for them to understand as neither of them were the type to read a novel) They started getting me some great classics to read. This is where I started to rebel. I was 12 years old after all. :) I wanted to read Sweet Valley Twins and Babysitter's Club. That is what all my friends were reading. Instead, my mom got me Ivanhoe. To this day, I have refused to read this book.
Although, I went looking for a link for you my faithful blog readers and while I was there I read a description of the book. It actually looks like the kind of thing I might want to read. haha, maybe I should give it a chance? Has anyone read it?
So at 12 years old I started saving my allowance and I would buy my own books. Which books did I like reading? Tomorrow's post will be about that author...and guess what? I still read every book that author releases.
Here is your bonus, I'm sorry again for forgetting to post yesterday.
This is a link to my friend Justin's blog. He has a hilarious YouTube video on his website with a funny song about IT people. That's me, IT people.
And oh yeah, I want this shirt.