I fully credit my mom reading to me when I was a kid as the reason why I read so much today; I actually thank her for it all the time.
When I was in grade school and junior high, I used to *beg* my mom to take me to the bookstore or library so I could get some new books (I had to have the newest Sweet Valley High!
), and she would get so fed up with me. "You JUST got two new books last week; you can't possibly be done with them!" Now she has to deal with my 13-year-old brother, who always wants new video games or CDs or rollerblades or a pair of expensive sneakers. I ask her now "See, me wanting books all the time wasn't so bad, was it?" and she says "I'd give anything to hear your brother say he wants a new book." Thanks bro, for making me look like the best child ever!
But back to the topic: I just finished Richard Russo's "Empire Falls" this morning, and I really liked it, especially the characters. (I'm not sure why it won a Pulitzer though.)