I have been able to read for as long as I can remember. It started with Around the Corner, a Mark & Janet book. There were smaller Mark & Janet books too. I can remember my dad reading it to me and I took it from his hands and started reading it myself. That was the start of my love of reading.
I also have vivid memories of my Dad reading a Strawberry Shortcake book to me.
As I got older, I read everything I could get in front of me. It didn't matter if it was junk mail, a magazine, or a cereal box. I loved the physical feeling of my eyes converting the shapes of the letters into words, sentences and paragraphs.
For the last 10 years or so, I kind of fell out of love with reading. I read all day long at work. At first as a customer service representative, then as a corporate trainer, and now as an instructional designer. I read and write (type) all day long. At the end of the day, the last thing I wanted to do was read.
One day it hit me: I'd lost interest because all I ever read was non-fiction. My recreational reading was mostly personal development stuff. I had just gotten burned out on it. I read a couple of fiction books and just couldn't get enough! Then I got the Kindle app on my Android phone and download free eBooks and devoured them.
About a month ago, my Mom bought me an actual Kindle. I LOVE IT! It's much easier on my eyes than trying to read on my phone. Of course I will always read on my phone when all else fails!
I'm also into audio books. I recently discovered that I can download them online for FREE from my library!
My main genres now are romantic comedy/"chick lit" and suspense. With Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, I get both! More on that to come as I review the Plum books I'm reading.