Walter D. Myers inquires that “reading is not an option”. My personal encounters with this slogan forces my es to Myer’s slogan to affirm his initial theory toward success. As a young child being raised by middle class, elderly African Americans, it was not an option of mine to read: it was a requirement. My grandparents grew up in a time where education was rare amoung the young black population and this was there driving force for me being raised to appreciate the luxury of education that they never had. I completely agree withis the methods of Walter Myers as well as my grandparents. Reading is the fundamental basic for all tatics later in life. Literacy is a precious gift given to anyone who aspires to becoming successful and is needed to carry on life as we know it today.