My stepmother taught me to read at 3 years of age, at 5 I was reading encyclopedia, by 8 i had read The Illiad, Beowulf, Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, Robinson
Crusoe, Treasure Island, Tale of Two Cities, just to name a few.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Was part of my English course along with To kill a mocking bird. Having to read them takes the fun out of reading.
I read To Kill a mocking bird, when I was much older and it was far more compelling to read.
I was reading at 3 and a half years old. The first book I ever read by myself was the Elves and the Shoemaker
My first 'grown up' book was The Hobbit, which was my Mum's copy when I was about 7. I didn't understand many of the words and found it tough
going (even now I sometimes find Tolkien hard going). There might have been others before that, but I don't really remember. I just remember The
Hobbit being significant because my mum gave me her copy from when she was a youngster.
I read it in the middle of the IRA bombing campaigns. It was that book that taught me to always look at the other side of the story before being
judgmental, a lesson carried with me throughout my life.
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