It’s strange how things turn around. All through school I was never much of a reader. I only read the books I had to read and usually avoided that reading by getting the movie version. Actually through all 5 years of university I think I only finished 2 novels cover to cover. The Finite Automata text book was more interesting to me… I read that twice.
It’s always been that way for me. In grade 3 we were given an assignment to read a book of our choosing. I picked the dictionary and got to the g’s before the teacher found out and told me to read a real book.
In grade 4 I devoured “The Hobbet” but 20 years later and I’ve never gotten past Bilbo’s birthday party in Lord of the Rings despite countless attempts.
In the last 3 years I’ve had a transition. Still not much fiction in my library but I’ve read enough about sales and direct marketing and entrepreneurship that I could be considered an expert. My reading list is so niche that the 3 floors of Chapters carries less than 10% of the books I want to read. Luckily Amazon has a much better selection.
My latest order was 3 books by Dan Kennedy, one by Jay Abraham, and 2 books about swimming technique. As far as I could tell none of those books were carried in the greater Vancouver area by any bookstore.
So these days I’m reading a lot.