Reading with Dad

My Dad turned 65 today. He is a major influence in my life, and I credit him as one who instilled in me my love for reading.

Whenever he had the night off, he’d read to us. It was then that we were introduced to Little House on the Prairie, Tisha, and Mutiny on the Bounty. This eventually shaped my three great loves: history, teaching, and creative writing.

Me and Dad “reading” when I was about two years old.
Dad in a museum bookstore last year. I come by it natural!

When we talk, it’s usually about what we’re reading. One thing that I love about this is that we often send each other the books we liked. He’s sent me several history books like Bay of Pigs and Pershing; I’ve sent him novels like Eaters of the Dead and classics like Seamus Heaney’s illustrated edition of Beowulf.

Who was your introduction to reading? Who made you passionate about books?


The featured image (also below) is of all the books I own because of Dad. They either were his (or his dad’s), like Man-Eaters of Kumaon, Run Baby Run, Mrs. Mike, Ivanhoe. and the Educator Classic Series (featured here- our favorite Jack London); or he encouraged me to read, like Joan of Arc by Mark Twain, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, and Never Cry Wolf. Also featured because I chose to buy a copy to emulate his and mom’s shelves: Undaunted Courage, and Black Elk Speaks. 

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