Sometimes I can't get over how different my children are. I think I have raised them in a very similar way, but their habits, hobbies, likes and dislikes are often very different. My daughter could quite happily become a vegetarian and usually removes any large pieces of meat from her plate, whereas my son could live solely on meat and literally gnaws any spec of meat off any bone he can get his hands on. My son likes to have everything in straight lines (don't know where he got that from....) whereas my daughter is happy to live in a pigsty.
To my despair my daughter hates reading...... I used to read them a lot of picture books as children and I often take them to the bookshop and tell them I will buy them any book they want, but she refuses to even look. To my delight, my son has recently really taken an interest in reading and spends any rainy lunchtimes inside reading at school. Of course I would be happier if he was reading in English, but at this stage reading in Japanese is better than nothing. His latest discovery is the Narnia series and every day he takes great pleasure in telling me what has happened in the part he has just read. Today he finished The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and, as they finished school early, they got to watch the DVD this afternoon. Note my daughter's position behind the couch... one thing they both have in common is that they are scaredy pants when it comes to movies!
I know I can't force my daughter to read, but I really do hope that one day she discovers the pleasure of curling up with a hotwater bottle and a book - which is what I am off to do now!