I am 22 (23 in some weeks). The last time I read a full book is more than 4 years ago (I think). When I was 14-17 I usually read all the time. I used to read one book every month, because I'm a slow reader who wouldn't miss the details. I write almost every day and I am still interested in literature. I just feel that I can not sit down and read anymore. I think my life somehow fell out of place and I need to restore it. But how should I start reading again? Which book should I start with? I always think low of myself because I am interested in literature but haven't read in years. When I've tried to read the last year, I have just ended up with putting away the book after reading some pages. I feel that I have missed SO much and that I will never be able to read the same way as I did before. I was and am still a fan of fantasy and scifi, but I think I'll need to read the old classics. I'm going to a writing course next year (a boarding school for writing technique), and I am scared that I will make a fool out of myself by no longer being a full time reader. If all of the other students will be literature experts, and I will be the only "lead astray", I start hating myself. Let's say that all in the group say "come on, let's discuss War and Peace by Tolstoy", and I'm the only one who haven't read it. One of the reasons why I never start reading again is because I feel inferior because I haven't read in years. Literature does give me a lot of pleasure, but I feel like I haven't had the time, discipline, inner security etc. I feel that my life has been more or less a chaos the last five years. Five years ago, I could open a book and just disappear into it! Are there other people in the same situation as me? I write mostly fantasy/scifi. Am I a hypocrite to write when I don't read? Am I missing a lot by not reading? I WANT TO read! HOW? I made a list of what I want to read: The Hunchback of Notre Dame Gulliver's Travels The Lord of the Rings (again. I have read it LONG time ago and I loved it) The Hitchhiker's Guide (I read 2 of the books, I think. I want to finish the rest) The Discworld Series The famous Shakespeare plays (R and J, Macbeth, Hamlet and Othello) The Stranger The Anne Rice books Jane Eyre The other sex Dracula Frankenstein War and Peace Anna Karenina Lovecraft's short stories Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde The Earthsea cronicles Does it mean that my writing technique is bad because I don't read much? And..... Don't recommend audio books. I think it is more difficult to get me to read an audio book than a normal book.