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2023-11-02 00:00:00 / episode: 290


Hi and welcome to the Les Perras dot com podcast.

You're listening to episode 290.

And today I want to talk about reading.

I wasn't a reader when I was young.

Well, that's not saying much.

Probably you weren't either.

At one point I learned how to read, but that wasn't enough.

There was a problem I didn't want to read.

Playing outside was more fun.

Playing lego in my room was more fun.

Watching TV.

Was more fun.

Even just talking with people was more fun.

I had points though where I was bored and my mother knew reading was important.

It could change your life.

I believe reading could have and has in my case changed my life.

So she got books for me.

Now, I got these books.

I looked at them and I wasn't interested.

My mother was quite clever.

She said, ok, let's bribe this boy, she offered me $1 for every book that I read.

It worked.

It got me to read and it was cheap for her because she only ever gave me $1.

I read one book.

I got $1.

After that I was hooked.

I kept reading the books.

I, on the outside, I pretended I didn't like them but inside I really enjoyed them.

Then the next revolution happened.

What happened was I discovered a book on my own.

My mother didn't bring it home for me.

I remember I read comics, asterisk comics.

And that made me want to read more.

But I, but I didn't want to read the chapter books that were just text until I found a book called The Hobbit.

My sister said that I would like it.

I became interested.

She said it was a little bit too difficult for me.

I was too young.

I became more interested because I love challenges.

So I read the Hobbit and I fell in love.

I started reading more and more.

And before you know it, I was discovering new genres, fantasy, science fiction.

And then shall we say literature.

As I grew, I started reading more and more nonfiction.

Today I read almost completely nonfiction.

I don't read fiction anymore.

It's not because it's bad.

It's because I, I have a limited time and I want to read with a purpose.

How about you? Do you read a lot? What do you read? And what's your purpose for reading? Put your answers in the comments below if you're interested.

I'd love to read them.

Thanks for listening.