In my younger years, if I was awake, I was outside the house and --- more often than not --- in trouble. Other than devouring a small handful of the Horatio Hornblower series by C.S. Forrester and almost everything I could find on flying, I wasn't much of a reader until after I graduated from college.
After graduating from college, I went into the Air Force and spent five years in the Strategic Air Command. In SAC, when I was not in Southeast Asia, I spent seven out of every twenty-one days in a concrete alert facility…and I became a reader.