Point of view
I grew up in a home where my parents read books, lots of them. Some of these books were read over and over while others were placed on a shelf and left to gather dust. I imagine my parents read to me and taught me to read. Then I started exploring their shelves and found friends.
Books are super friends. They helped me navigate in the world and have a place to turn when things got too confusing.
As an adult I was told that people who were autistic could not like fantasy because they had no imagination. This was an expert stating this. It kind of made me wonder how well the professionals and researchers actually know the autistic community. Not very well, I imagine.
I started writing reviews in April 2012. Some of those early reviews were really bad. As I re-read stories (Yes. I am one of those people.), I take the opportunity to re-write the worst ones. The adage of practice making perfect, well at least practice makes better. Usually. I love writing about the stories I read, but am never able to catch up to my reading. As some of you have noticed, I had to branch out with Terry Pratchett and Zane Grey. There really was no other option. I guess that was the excuse I used for all of my blogs.
I have a daughter who is dyslexic. Getting her to read was a challenge. She loves books, has always done so, but we have had to use audio-books. Once she cracked the code, life became easier for her. But both of us still enjoy my reading to her, something I do not believe one becomes too old to enjoy.
My other son didn’t bother to read to himself until 4th grade – not properly. He has no learning disability, he just didn’t read. Then he went from reading poorly to finishing the first four books of Harry Potter in less than 3 months.
My Aspergian son also loves fantasy, mainly in the form of manga and anime.
Struggling to read?
For those of you who are struggling to read, or have loved ones who are, there is hope. And so you know: All books are good. As long as you read them and enjoy them, they are good.