What got you hooked?

September 25, 2008 5:11pm CST
What was the first book to create your love of reading? The one that made you say, yeah, I need more of this in my life? I always enjoyed reading from the time I could but, when I read Jaws at the age of 11, my parents had a copy, I pretty much became a fanatic. :)
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@SukiSmiles (1999)
• United States
25 Sep 08
I don't think I had a first book. I grew up in a family that read for fun, it was just something we all enjoyed doing. We always went to the library and bought books from the store. I do remember getting a Piers Anthony book that really got me into the science fiction/fantasy genre.
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• United States
26 Sep 08
I didn't discover Piers Anthony til I was in my 50s. I love his Xanth series. I have almost all of them.
• United States
26 Sep 08
Yes, my mom bought me Dragon on a Pedestal from Vons and I was hooked. That was when it went to paperback. I still have it. I then had to go back and get the previous ones. I stopped reading them in college - too many other things I had to read for school and then I never got back to the series. The last one I read was Question Quest. I just finished reading Brinsingr by Christopher Paulini - literally 15 minutes ago.
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• United States
26 Sep 08
I go back and reread them over and over. Such silly puns! I'm looking for all the paperback copies. Have to hit the used bookstore and see if they have any more.
• United States
25 Sep 08
I remember when I was in first and second grades, we learned to read from the D ick and Jane books. They were so easy to read from. Too easy. I used to read ahead in our books while we had "read aloud" time during class because I was so bored while the ones who were having a hard time reading. Then when it came to my turn to read out loud, I didn't know where we were.Anyway, I can't really say which book got me started on my love of reading. I know I love reading books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and I didn't discover those 'til I was an adult. I also enjoy Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, some Stephen King, Beverly Lewis, Willie Nelson (yes, he's written some books), and James Herriot.
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26 Sep 08
Willie has written books? I am so over to Amazon.:)
• United States
26 Sep 08
Yeppers! I enjoyed reading the two books by Willie, also. I even took him camping with me last year. His book that is.
@googol (25)
26 Sep 08
well i am 16 years old and i got hooked to reading books at the age of 11 when i first started reading the harry potter series by jk.rowling, since then i have develoed an interest in books and read regularly.but sadly the series has ended, i am waiting for other books from rowling.
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@celestos (814)
• United States
26 Sep 08
"A wrinkle in time" was one that intrigued me long while back.I always have loved reading but I read this one in like the third grade and I have been hooked since.
• United States
25 Sep 08
i don't think there was ever a moment like that for me. i can not remember a time when i didn't read! my mother and father both love to read and do it quite often, so my brother and sister and i were always exposed to it. all three of us are readers now, too. i guess i just always loved reading for as far back as i can remember. i have two small boys, and i am trying to carry that on to them as well. so far they seem to love reading as much as my hubby and i! :)
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• Canada
3 Oct 08
I always read books but never with much enthusiasm until after i read the catcher in the rye. I read that book at 17 for an english assignement in highschool and it is still one o my favorites.
• United States
26 Sep 08
What got me hooked was Moby D**k in the classic comics version. I loved it so much that I nagged my mom til she got the real book. I think I was about 7 then. I don't remember what mom taught me to read on, but I was reading at 4 they tell me.