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message 1: by Kerri, the sane one (new)

Kerri | 328 comments Mod
What books got you hooked on reading either as a child or an adult?
I remember loving the The Boxcar Children and Eddie and Gardenia that were read to me as a child. I also enjoyed reading Little House on the Prairie and The Flight of the Doves on my own as a kid. But it probably wasn't until I read the entireThe Chronicles of Narnia series that I actually saw myself was a reader. How about you?


message 2: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Stewart (Haybop) I absolutely adored The Chronicles of Narnia and read them all - but I didn't realise I was a book worm until later when I was hooked on Willard Price's adventure books and would spend weekends rereading them and imagining myself getting involved in all the action - I loved that series!


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Everyman | 153 comments Kerri wrote: "What books got you hooked on reading either as a child or an adult?
I remember loving the The Boxcar Children and Eddie and Gardenia that were read to me as a child. ..."


The Arthur Ransome books. First introduced to them when my mother one summer day suggested reading "Swallows and Amazons" to my sister and me. I said no thanks, I wasn't interested in a book about birds and fat women. But as I passed the doorway where she was reading, I heard this neat stuff about kids and boats and camping and adventures, and from then on I was totally hooked on Ransome and reading.

Also hooking me were the little orange covered biography books for children that my library had in abundance -- books about interesting people, from Florence Nightingale to Daniel Boone to Lincoln and Washington to Booker T. Washington. I realize now that they were very chauvinistic, but I loved reading about these lives and devoured the books over and over. (Our family went to our small community library every Tuesday evening. I had my own card from the time I was five, and within a few years I had read every children's book in the library and most several times.)

And, of course, I devoured The Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and Nancy Drew.


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Azalea | 19 comments Kerri wrote: "What books got you hooked on reading either as a child or an adult? "

Some books I remember treasuring... and still do:

Two Bad Mice- Beatrix Potter
Peter Rabbit- Beatrix Potter
The Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Williams
A Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham
The Reluctant Dragon - Kenneth Graham
The Borrowers - Mary Norton
A Wrinkle in Time- Madeline L'Engle
The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Great Brain- John D. Fitzgerald
The Giving Tree- Shel Silverstein
The Little Prince- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Various books illustrated by John Tenniel
My Book House set- various authors and illustrators


message 5: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Stewart (Haybop) Azalea wrote: "The Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Williams."

My reaction to this book every time is: "awww, the Velveteen Rabbit, love!"

I just had that reaction in my head reading through your list - I blame you ;P


message 6: by Leslie (new)

Leslie (lesslie) The Secret Garden


message 7: by Jennie (new)

Jennie | 8 comments The chronicles of Narnia, Where the Red Fern Grows, and To Kill A Mocking Bird. Love them all then and now.


message 8: by Azalea (new)

Azalea | 19 comments Hayley wrote: "Azalea wrote: "The Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Williams."

My reaction to this book every time is: "awww, the Velveteen Rabbit, love!"

I just had that reaction in my head reading through your list -..."


:) I read this again every now and then with a middle school student or even high school student during a tutoring session. Some love it openly. Others admit they love it but don't want me to tell anyone else. :) It is a good story to read and compare with Kate Dicamillo's The Misadventures of Edward Tulane. (Edward is also a bunny, but don't call him a toy.)


message 9: by Jim (new)

Jim When I was a teen back in the 70's, The Lord of the Rings books pulled me in and I ended up reading them all in about one month. Very engaging for me at that age.


message 10: by Lisa, the usurper (new)

Lisa (lmmmml) | 1858 comments Mod
The one that I remember the most was The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. It was read to me by my 4th grade teacher and it got me hooked! I loved horses as a kid so I read everything by Marguerite Henry, Walter Farley. My parents also had some children classics with red covers that I devoured!


message 11: by Kerri, the sane one (new)

Kerri | 328 comments Mod
I checked with my library and they have some of the Arthur Ransome books so I am going to read at least one in 2012. Also, I forgot about the Lord of the Rings triology...great books but I didn't read those until college. And I still want to read The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles because of Lisa's recommendation.


message 12: by Kayla (new)

Kayla | 15 comments The Sweet Valley books definitely played a big part in getting me hooked on reading. I read all of those series (Twins, High, University) voraciously in elementary and middle school.


message 13: by Pragya (new)

Pragya  (reviewingshelf) | 10 comments Kayla wrote: "The Sweet Valley books definitely played a big part in getting me hooked on reading. I read all of those series (Twins, High, University) voraciously in elementary and middle school."

Me too. :)


message 14: by Kerri, the sane one (new)

Kerri | 328 comments Mod
Kayla wrote: "The Sweet Valley books definitely played a big part in getting me hooked on reading. I read all of those series (Twins, High, University) voraciously in elementary and middle school."

I've never read those.


message 15: by Pragya (new)

Pragya  (reviewingshelf) | 10 comments Kerri wrote: "Kayla wrote: "The Sweet Valley books definitely played a big part in getting me hooked on reading. I read all of those series (Twins, High, University) voraciously in elementary and middle school."..."

You can give them a try. But can't say how you would feel reading them now. They were a great delight during the teens!


message 16: by Tim (new)

Tim Jackson (timwjackson) | 2 comments My first reading addiction was Go, Dog. Go!.

Elementary school evenings were filled with The Great Brain books, anything by Jim Kjelgaard - Big Red, etc., - The Borrowers and The Chronicles of Narnia.

By the time I discovered The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in middle school, I was an unrepentant bookworm.


message 17: by Rena (new)

Rena Searles (Gramzilla) | 23 comments I loved being read to as a child - I am so grateful to my grandmother for indulging me in this way. My favorite book as a child was "Heidi", by Johanna Spyri. Must have read it ten times over the course of my elementary school days, and once more as an adult.


message 18: by Kerri, the sane one (new)

Kerri | 328 comments Mod
Tim wrote: "My first reading addiction was Go, Dog. Go!.

Elementary school evenings were filled with The Great Brain books, anything by Jim Kjelgaard - Big Red, etc.,..."


I loved Are You My Mother?. It is one of the picture books that I remembered my mom reading to me.


message 19: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan (Mistborn22) Hayley wrote: "I absolutely adored The Chronicles of Narnia and read them all - but I didn't realise I was a book worm until later when I was hooked on Willard Price's adventure books..."

Both of those for me too. Actually as far as I can remember The Chronicles of Narnia were my first ever books I was introduced to at about 5 years old when mum read them to me. The next year at six I read through the series myself. I went on as a child to go through Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, The Redwall Series, The Hobbit, Pilgrim's Progress, Little Women, Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh and then finally at about grade five I read The Lord of the Rings (which led me onto a fantasy addiction in a way). Now my literature studies have led me on to short stories and plays and mysteries and classics.


message 20: by Catherine (new)

Catherine (puddingduck) | 3 comments The Clue of the Broken Locket, a Nancy Drew book, got me hooked when I was a kid. It's one of the very few books that I've read more than once because it was so good.


message 21: by Julia ✩ (new)

Julia ✩ (bookish2016) | 4 comments The Brothers Grimm fairytales, Anne from Green Gables, Little Prince, The Secret Garden and Uncle Tom's Cabin were a big part of my childhood. They stimulated my mind and soul.


message 22: by Hiba (new)

Hiba | 8 comments hands down-love in the time of cholera. I'd carry my copy everyyywhere while reading it.


message 23: by Ethan (new)

Ethan It was Cat's Cradle for me. That book was eye-opening for me in regards to what can be accomplished with literature. Got me picking up books left and right.


message 24: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 7 comments I cannot remember a time when I was not reading. I loved going to the library and picking out books. Some of my favs (though not all) were anything by Judy Blume, The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set , The Fear street series, Where the Red Fern Grows , The Swiss Family Robinson , Anne of Green Gables Series , plus many others. I was an avid reader at a young age, and still am today lol.


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The Flight of the Doves (other topics)
The Chronicles of Narnia (other topics)
The Boxcar Children (other topics)
Little House on the Prairie (other topics)
Eddie and Gardenia (other topics)
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Willard Price (other topics)
Marguerite Henry (other topics)
Walter Farley (other topics)