I've always been a reader. I have a distinct memory of perusing my father's bookshelf while I was in middle school and, incredibly optimistically, picking up The Grapes of Wrath. Now, I have to be honest. I never finished The Grapes of Wrath. Matter of fact, I don't believe I made it much past page 5, but what I like best about this memory is that I absolutely thought I could do it. The size of the book presented a fun challenge to my mind, and I felt confident it was within my reading ability. I have loved reading and will continue to love reading for as long as I have access to books. Even without them, I imagine I'd happily read the backs of cereal boxes until my golden years.
My most favorite genres to read are Young Adult and Science Fiction. Better yet, Young Adult Science Fiction. I do on occasion like to read Non-Fiction, but it's usually a book that has a humorous slant. If you think you don't like non-fiction and you've never read The Year of Living Biblically or The Know It All by A.J. Jacobs, I highly recommend you do so.
I love to have book discussions with friends and colleagues. I find that this is the best way to find my next great read. The passion people feel when talking about a really great book is unmistakable and infectious.
Some of my all-time favorite books are as follows (but in no particular order...as if I could choose!):
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
World War Z by Max Brooks
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Graceling Trilogy by Kristin Cashore
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams