20 Books That Made You Fall in Love with Reading

Posted by Hayley on May 8, 2015
Remember when you just didn't get what made reading wonderful? (You were probably a child, so don't be too hard on yourself.) Books were just glued together stacks of paper until the day the right one fell into your lap and—not to be hyperbolic or anything—everything changed.

Last week we asked on Facebook and on Twitter: What was your first favorite book? Today we've got your top answers. Did yours make the list?

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If your first favorite book didn't make the list, share it with us in the comments! And check out more beloved books over on this Listopia: What Book Got You Hooked?

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message 1: by Michele (new)

Michele Rowe Anne of Green Gables, most definitely.


message 2: by Lois (new)

Lois Anne of Green Gables


message 3: by The Lit Bitch (new)

The Lit Bitch Harry Potter and Anne of Green Gables


Fictionophile " Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce Tom's Midnight Garden" by Philippa Pearce


message 5: by Susan (new)

Susan Ray Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders


message 6: by Hyosun Song (new)

Hyosun Song Fairy Tales!!!! I was reading in pre-school I borrowed books from the daycare all the time >.< I also looovvveed A Little Princess when I was little.


message 7: by Erma (new)

Erma Harriet the Spy. I went around for months imagining myself as Harriet, keeping notebooks and pretending I was just like her.


message 8: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Rivers Charlotte's Web


message 9: by Hil (new)

Hil Simonson Harriet the Spy


message 10: by Angie (new)

Angie DeLaney Where the red fern grows


message 11: by Lilian (new)

Lilian Jane Eyre


message 12: by Jess (new)

Jess Lois wrote: "Anne of Green Gables"

same here! I loved that series as a kid and read each book over and over again.


message 13: by Laurie (new)

Laurie Tyler Gone with the Wind. As a 13 year old I was surprised how engrossing a book could be. I couldn't put it down!


message 14: by Liz (new)

Liz Watership Down, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, The Hobbit.


message 15: by Lissa (new)

Lissa Heidi by Johanna Spyri


message 16: by Joanie (new)

Joanie "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, and the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.


message 17: by Chris (new)

Chris Cook The Pigman by Paul Zindel


message 18: by Enric (new)

Enric White Fang by Jack London. Superb book


message 19: by Lori (new)

Lori Hardin Where the Red Fern Grows


message 20: by Ana (new)

Ana The Famous Five series. I loved those...


message 21: by Donna (new)

Donna The thorn birds


message 22: by Miki (new)

Miki Adopted Jane and the Betsy-Tacy books.


message 23: by Linda Barnhart (new)

Linda Barnhart The Peter Cottontail series by Beatrix Potter


message 24: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Anne of Green Gables by LM Mongomery and The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald


message 25: by Lynne (new)

Lynne Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder


message 26: by Brianna (new)

Brianna Anne of Green Gables started everything for me.


message 27: by Carol (new)

Carol Great list


message 28: by Phoebe (last edited May 08, 2015 09:46AM) (new)

Phoebe Gorski I would have to agree with the Anne of Green Gables series along with Little House on the Prairie series but even before reading those, I loved the Mandie books by Lois Gladys Leppard. As a child, whenever my parents went to the book store, they would have to limit me on the number of books I could get (normally 2) and at least one would be a "Mandie" book. :-)


message 29: by Mounir (new)

Mounir As a child: The three bears.
In adolescence : Jane Eyre.


message 30: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Neumann Island of the Blue Dolphins and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. How can you have a list like this and not include Roald Dahl?


message 31: by Teresa (new)

Teresa Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry


message 32: by Billie (new)

Billie Little Pear...I was hooked early!!!


message 33: by Karen Parnell (last edited May 08, 2015 01:37PM) (new)

Karen Parnell The Phantom Tollbooth for me. For my children, Harry Potter series.


message 34: by Brandy (new)

Brandy I hated reading when I was a kid, until I found Harriet the Spy. I loved that book so much that I have been reading ever since!


message 35: by dbbks3 (last edited May 08, 2015 10:01AM) (new)

dbbks3 Jane Eyre. I was in grade school and just kept re-reading it. Also in 6th or 7th grade, "I Married Adventure", a book not many people have heard of. It told the story of a photographer Martin Johnson who traveled through Africa in the early part of the 20th Century. His wife Osa traveled with him and wrote of their adventures. It stimulated my love of travel and cultures.


message 36: by Trisa (Absolute Bookishness) (last edited May 08, 2015 10:13AM) (new)

Trisa (Absolute Bookishness) Too many Little Golden Books (like The Little Red Hen), Dr. Seuss books, and so many others (like the books + cassettes kits that told you to "turn the page") got me into reading. (Yeah, I'm that old.) I've never not liked reading. And I liked too many to have a real favorite.


message 37: by Denise (new)

Denise Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine :$ I was totally addicted


message 38: by A B (new)

A B I'd have to add The Egypt Game, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and anything by Lloyd Alexander.


message 39: by Katie (new)

Katie Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton


message 40: by Cathe (new)

Cathe Olson Another vote for Anne of Green Gables


message 41: by Cathe (new)

Cathe Olson James and the Giant Peach and Phantom Tollbooth too.


message 42: by DJ (new)

DJ The Monster at the End of the Book.
Ramona the Pest.
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

So much awesome, so many fit, but one I don't see that fell into my favorites as a kid in the 80s, The Phantom Tollbooth. GREAT list, GR.


message 43: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia For me it's A Little Princess :)
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


message 44: by WendyB (new)

WendyB I read the entire Little House on the Prairie series over and over and over, and loved it more each time.


message 45: by Eric O (new)

Eric O Journey to the White Mountains

The White Mountains (Tripods, #1) by John Christopher


message 46: by Lori (new)

Lori A Wrinkle in Time, definitely. But also The Hero and the Crown and Wizard of Earthsea.


message 47: by P.R. (last edited May 08, 2015 11:18AM) (new)

P.R. Annabel And Bryony
The Far Distant Oxus

Both unusual books, both much loved and read more than once!

- and 'Heidi', definitely.


Mageesgirl=Jan Hayes Wind in the Willows


message 49: by Crystal (new)

Crystal ANYTHING by L.M. Montgomery. Anne's stories changed my life....for the better. I do not know what I would have done had I not read that series. <3


message 50: by Samy (new)

Samy daddy long legs


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