The City of Ember is the book that got me back into reading and addicted to it. As a young child I read a decent amount and was read to often as well.
Though I do recall not reading some school assigned books then and again, I think for the most part I did read them all the way through Middle School. However I did not complete any reading in High School. If I recall correctly, freshman year I may have come close once and of course had to read along in class with the dumb textbook reading. And senior year I think I read most of one of the books. I faked my way through all the tests. I passed easy for whatever reason. It was actually Math in my last 2 years that had me worried about graduating. I’m not much of a left brainer really.
I kind of boasted about I had never read any English assignment. My first year out of High School though I read The Chronicles of Narnia, all 7 books, in a span of a few weeks or maybe months. I read The Magician’s Nephew in just 1 day though.
That was about the extent of my adulthood reading for a bit until I bought The City of Ember. I don’t know why really. Maybe it was the shiny cover, or because it was less than $5 new. Since then though I’ve read dozens of books every year. Several multiple times. Including my favorite book, The Little Prince, which I could go ON and ON about.
The movie adaptation was okay, even though they changed things. But that’s been the way with books and film for as long as film has existed. And with books and theatre as well. I’m sure now that I’ll be reading a lot through my days. Many stories and characters will introduce themselves but this book will always have a special place in my life as it opened the door to everything that came after.