Cyndi - It's a good book, so is it's sequel Eldest.
kareng57 - I'm not saying everyone should be a reader, I just think it's sad there's often various discouragements from getting people to read. While I'm an avid reader, I do more than just read, I'm way too fond of playing games like World of Warcraft, chatting with friends online and real life, hitting certain message boards.
It's just that there seems to be such a prevailing attitude these days that there's something wrong if a child doesn't love reading - you know, the "just give him the right kind of book" reasoning. For me, that would be similar to someone saying to me "you'd love to garden if you had the right kind of spade!" Yes, parents and teachers should expose the child to the literature that's out there - but IMO the main concern should be that the child does indeed have proper reading comprehension, rather than how much he/she enjoys reading. Difficulties with reading, while they can usually be overcome, can affect the person for the rest of his/her life after all.
I'm going off on a bit of a tangent here, but I think sometimes kids become discouraged because parents/teachers are insisting that they read only classic-literature. As I mentioned before, for a few years my boys read voraciously - but in all honesty a lot of it was Goosebumps, Archie comics and MAD magazine. I figured , so what? (Naturally I wouldn't have allowed them to read anything really objectionable, though after the preteen years I probably couldn't have prevented it anyway). I remember about 10 years ago I would up being a parent rep (I still can't remember how I got "selected") at a reading seminar. The majority of the teacher-speakers spoke about instilling a love-of-reading in students. I think our school principal was the first brave person to assert the idea that, no matter what you do, not every student is going to become an avid reader. The goal should be for all students to become competent readers.