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Feb 1Liked by M. E. Rothwell, Andrei Atanasov

I never even heard of the book, but now I'll look for it to read it. Thank you

I enjoyed reading your essay. A lot.

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Feb 1Liked by M. E. Rothwell, Andrei Atanasov

I resonate with being bored by reading literature as a kid. I didn’t know I would be trying to write at all (not on a newsletter on Substack). In fact, Tekken 3 and 5 and Final Fantasy 6-10 were my go-to forms of entertainment. In 6th grade, I was absent for two days from school just to keep playing Tekken 3. It took me until senior high when friends introduced me to Eragon, Harry Potter (the books), and Lord of the Rings that I started taking an interest in reading literature. I then took an elective in local (Filipino) literature, which felt daunting at first, but it was worth it. Reading for fun became an important thing to learn.

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Feb 1Liked by M. E. Rothwell, Andrei Atanasov

Wonderful! I looooovvveee the autobiographical element of this series, Mikey. Getting to know a writer I’ve discovered better alongside a book that changed that writer is such a treat! Thank you to you both, Andrei and Mikey!

I’ve added this book to my to-read list.

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Feb 1Liked by M. E. Rothwell, Andrei Atanasov

I didn’t know the book, but now it sounds like a must-read.

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Feb 1Liked by M. E. Rothwell, Andrei Atanasov

I wasn't familiar with the book, but it sounds exactly like the what I am always looking to read and rarely finding. Definitely adding to my bookshelf!

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Feb 1Liked by M. E. Rothwell, Andrei Atanasov

Excellent! I just got the book....

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Feb 1Liked by M. E. Rothwell, Andrei Atanasov

This book holds my heart!! Thank you for sharing!

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So touching :'). Thank goodness for Mrs. Samsons of the world. It takes one person, then one book, to ignite that spark. I too hated reading, especially when forced, I rebelled. But then it all changed in grade school with my visit to the library with my granny and reading Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Though before that I used to also devour comics and video games, like you!

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Feb 3Liked by Andrei Atanasov

Lovely post, Andrei. I dont know the book, but I'll look for it.

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Beautiful tribute to your teacher and the spark that lite your passion for reading.

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Feb 3Liked by Andrei Atanasov

Heartwarming story, Andrei. Not aware of the book but now I want to read it!

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So glad there's another author here who didn't read as a kid! Me too! We are exposed. Ahhh. I love your story of how you discovered reading and the book that changed you, the teacher that inspired you. For me, it wasn't a teacher who inspired but a friend in HS. Maria was an avid reader who introduced me to books not on our HS summer reading list.

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Great article! It's often a teacher, isn't it? I've always enjoyed reading, but it was the English Literature teacher in university who ignited my love for the English language and who convinced me I may actually want to become a writer myself.

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It happend to me the first time I read a book not compulsory. I visited the local library and I saw a book called the blue tatto from the forgotten kingdoms trilogy, The cover had a women hand with a leather short glove, a blue tatto and a sword. It enjoyed it a lot, and that was the start of my reading passion.

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