What was the book that turned you into a bookworm?

Philippines
January 8, 2009 7:39am CST
A LOT OF US HAVE THE ADDICTION FOR READING BOOKS. We just do. It's like our piece of escape, what with living straight-edged lives and all. Paper and ink is our form of fun, and words are our way of life. But of course, it all couldn't have happened if there wasn't this first force that actually led you to become the literature junkie you are right now. Q: What was the book that made you love books? I know it's a little weird, but I'm pretty sure we can all remember that first thing we held. The book that led me to THIS is Roald Dahl's Matilda. I watched the movie first before I got a copy of the book, though. I read the book when I was nine; it took me three weeks to finish it. Pretty much after that I was always craving for food worse than a pregant woman's food cravings. So what's yours?
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• Australia
9 Jan 09
To be quite honest, I have no idea, it was 62 years ago lol. My grandmother started teaching me to read at age 3, and by age 5 I was hooked, but what it was, I don't know. Perhaps one of the Australian children's classics, like Blinky Bill or Bib and Bub. Lash
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• Ireland
8 Jan 09
Our family always love to read books. My mom love to read romance novels and father love to read spy novels and thick ones at that. As far as I can remember my dad signed me up in a bookclub called Bookworm. I started with the high school thing book ( i can't remember the name now). From there I really got hooked into reading books. I often would read in the jeepney, the bed at night before I go to sleep which sometimes ends in sleepless nights and even while I'm in the LOO! I can remember the first thick book that I started was a book called On wings of Eagles by Ken Follet. Absolutely loved it! Unfortunately, I can't seem to finish reading one short book because of my son who needs my attention. Plans to finish one thick book soon.
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• Philippines
8 Jan 09
THE LOO. HAHA!! My dad, especially when his tummy aches, the first thing he does is--he buys the daily paper, and then rushes straight into the bathroom. We're the only ones at home who read in the loo. It even comes to a point where my mom would knock on the door and tell me to 'let go of that damn book' because she needs to go potty. :))
• Ireland
9 Jan 09
Hahahaha.... I did experience that as well. Sometimes when you forgot to bring a book the moment you close the door, I open it again just so I could get a book and read. Now I have a book inside the Toilet so that if ever I forget to bring one, i have a reserve already. happy posting
• United States
8 Jan 09
Actually I use to read alot of Judy Blume and sweet valley high books when I was in grade school thru high school, then after high school I just stopped reading. When I turned 18 my mother would buy me 2 books a year for christmas because I loved to read, but I never found the time to pick up the books between classes and working and friend time. I have been married going on 13 yrs this year and we bought a house, a fixer upper a few yrs ago and when I was unpacking I found the box of books I had. Well it was spring time and we were in between projects and my son loved to play in the back yard so I started by taking a book out there and reading it. It was Johanna Lyndsay Defy not the Heart. It was so good I couldnt stop reading, I read every book in my box and havent stopped buying them since. That was three years ago. LOL
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• Philippines
8 Jan 09
I read Sweet Valley once. It's fun the first time around, but then as you read it more and more... it tends to get a little old and boring. It's totally cool that you started reading as a mom and everything. My mom doesn't like reading a lot. Sometimes she makes me wonder how she managed to graduate from her course. :))
• United States
8 Jan 09
I think the sweet valley high books I read were different from the ones out there now...it was about twin sisters and they had one that got in trouble alot and the other was a straight a student....LOL I havent read those in years so I forgot alot of them. I absolutely loved reading as a teenager, and my mother encouraged me to read which is why she bougth me more books. She read as well, but hers were romance books at the time. I didnt understand that at the time, but now that I am older, I do....LOL finding time to read now as a mom, one is not easy, but I get more time to read at night or in the summer it seems. but it is a way for me to escape into another world and forget about bills, and house work, and changing diapers...LOL
@GADHISUNU (2163)
• India
8 Jan 09
Though this is a very good question, I am really not able to remember what was that particular book that made me an avid reader. I can rack my brains and strain my memory to remember not one but a special family of books that were called " Ladder Books". They were able to explain great concepts through an English Vocabulary that was not more than 2000 words! Though at the time I started reading these books my vocabulary was much higher than this, what I liked in those books was they cared to carry a message across to the reader. This made me an avid reader wnating to master several subjects.
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
Aren't books beautiful, that way? =)
@GADHISUNU (2163)
• India
8 Jan 09
True. Very True.
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
I got hook on reading books when I was in college already. The professor gave us an book report assignment. The book I choose was "The Thorn Birds". After that I got hook. I read all sorts of books from Daniel Steele, JRR Tolkien, Stephen King etc.
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
W-O-W. You must have a really good repertoire of books that you've read. I know those authors, but the genre's a little too old for someone my age. =))
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
As you get older your taste for books will also mature. For a girl like you, I bet you would love the books written by Daniel Steele. Her books brings out the hopeful romantic in me.
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
hi there..i had fun reading the responses and the comments. i'm a booklover too. i got this addiction to books way back elementary. girls who read sweet valley twins,kids,high and university were regarded as cool. i'm sort of insecure and wanted to be in so i borrowed sweet valley books books from cousins and classmates and tried reading. after that, i never got to the cool-gurls group though but i learned to love reading. after that i read all types of books. during college,reading as an anti-stress. i read a chapter or two before studying for an exam. sometimes it is my motivation to finish my assignments and all the things i need to do for a certain night. when i am tired of reading my schoolbooks, i read something that i love. just a chapter or two then back to schoolbooks again. oh. how i love to read.
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• Philippines
9 Jan 09
Back in elementary school, the status symbol was a hardbound copy of Harry Potter. I didn't like reading those books then. I read 'Don't Talk to Brian' from Sweet Valley High, and it was actually my classmate's book. I never returned it to her. And that was like, six/seven years ago. Haha!!
@Savvynlady (3685)
• United States
9 Jan 09
When I was little, I would read a lot of Curious George and stuff. My mother made sure she got me lots of books and took me to the local public library and stock up on stuff too. It's kind of hard to say which book turned me into a bookworm, but I will wager The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou by the late Kristen Hunter Lattany. They got me on my way. Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and her set of autobiographies were also a delight and let me know that they were other writers I can identify with.
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• Philippines
9 Jan 09
My English teacher when I was in High School--she loved Maya Angelou. Said teacher gave me a little card with a quote from Maya back when I'd get top ranks in the exams. :))
@regal_aeros (2605)
• Singapore
8 Jan 09
for me it wasn't really a particular book but a particular author. When i was younger, i hated to read & my mum had problems getting me to read. I was always on the go. I wanted fun and to be moving all the time. BUt to read, that'll require me to sit down and settle down for a long time. In which i have no patience for. Just like any other kid, i do read Roald Dahl's books. But i constantly went for those kids version. Because i still get the gist of the story without going through the agony of reading those small print. WELL. ANYWAY... fast forward in time... Last year, i picked up an author named Julie Garwood. I was totally sucked into her plots and i just couldn't put down the book. It was hard because i wanted to know what happens next. BEfore you know it, i finished one book and sought another and another and another... WHen i maxed out all her current books, i started looking for other similar authors like hers (but to no avail).. in any case, i've been having a possession of a novel within reach now.
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@patgalca (16671)
• Orangeville, Ontario
9 Jan 09
I have had a real hard time getting my 12yo into writing books. Like you, she is a mover... an athlete. Plus she just couldn't find the right kind of books that interested her. The ones her older sister read were not for her (15yo started with Goosebumps and read a lot of the Mary-Kate and Ashley books). She finally found Bailey's School House Kids (or something like that) and now reads a lot of books that have to do with sports.... I mean stories that are about sports.
• Australia
9 Jan 09
I remember reading those small classic books like Little Women and The Last of the Mohicans when i was 7 or 8. Of course i didn't fully understand them but i liked the feeling of reading a book and enjoying the story in that moment. I was 11 years old when i started reading a lot. I don't remember the book that got me started but i used to read popular fiction and chick lits because they were easier to understand. Now i prefer literatures and books that are more real to life. Because of this i feel slightly sad that i can't really believe and enjoy fantasies anymore. But i like the fact that as we get older and experience life more, we can understand books and their authors better.
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@lynnbear (46)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I actually got so addicted to reading books, mostly are fiction books. The book that got me really into reading is The Da Vinci Code. My brain was just picturing all the events that I was reading. After reading that book, I read all the other Dan Brown books. Then I started reading other books that are as thick as dictionaries such as Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. Now I'm reading James Rollins books. I even read a horror/suspense book called A House Divided by Deborah LeBlanc.
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@dogsnme (1265)
• United States
9 Jan 09
Actually, it wasn't a book but rather a movie that inspired me to start reading. TITANIC was that movie. When I saw it for the first time a week after it came out in theatres I knew nothing about the history of the Titanic except that it hit an iceberg and sunk. After seeing the movie I was so blown away that I had to learn more about it. I was borderline obssessed with it for awhile - some of my friends would say I was completely obssessed - and I bought nearly every book I found about the Titanic including a couple of books about the movie. From there my appreciation for reading grew and I began reading about other historical subjects and anything else that I could learn from.
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@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
9 Jan 09
I liked Enid Blyton secret seven and famous five series made me love reading. I was so hooked into reading when I was around ten years old that my father used to come and switch off the lights. He used to take away my torch because I used to read under the blankets using a torch instead of the room lights. (c) ronaldinu 2009 - the more people I meet-the more I love my dog
@sharra1 (6341)
• Australia
10 Jan 09
I read those as well when I was a child. I always thought it was unfair that the girls never got to do anything adventurous, except for George of course. She and her dog Timmy were my favourites of those books.
@Widget (18)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I have a saying; "I haven't read the book because I didn't want to spoil the movie!"
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
Too bad. Sometimes, books are exponentially better than they are in the movie. =)
@JOIEMARVIC (2341)
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
My favorite book right now and FOREVER is the Twilight series.I have already finished reading the three books, Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse.I am halfway through it's last installment Breaking Dawn.There will be 4 books that will be written after that which will be part of the Twilight Series,making it a total of 8 books.And mind you this books are composed of 600 pages and up,so im really spending all my free times, even the not free ones reading the series.The story is about the forbidden love between a vampire and human with a werewolve as a part of the love triangle.The story is very modern and the characters are very easy to realte with.Due to its ppularity a movie of the first book Twilight has made its way to the big screen and became a very phenomenal movie hitting worldwide movie goers.
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
I haven't heard of Forever, but the Twilight Series--ooh!!! I LOVE THEM. I finished reading them August last year. I first saw Twilight last June, and had my parents buy the entire series for me. It was a total sellout here in Manila that I had to have Breaking Dawn reserved two months before its initial print run. As of today, none of the Twilight series is displayed in the bookstores; they're all reserved, still. :)) I can tell by your reply that you're madly in love with Twilight. :))
• India
8 Jan 09
Harry Potter made me a bookworm i really love that book till now i have read all the books of harry potter.
• United States
8 Jan 09
My mother started reading to me when I was very young, and I enjoyed it when she read Little Golden Books, especiall Saggy, Baggy Elephant (I've always loved elephants - maybe I was one in another life.) I read sporadically after I learned to read myself, but didn't get hooked until I was 9 or 10 and had chiken pox. My mother bought me some Nancy Drew books, and I was hooked. I still read about 95% mysteries - particularly British ones - and now I can't not read, and panic when I'm running out of books.
• United States
8 Jan 09
The book that was my hook was Little Women by Louisa May Alocott - I loved that book and couldn't put it down. It belonged to my mother and she let me borrow it when I was nine. Now it's on my bookshelf and, when my step-daughter turns nine in a few months, I'm going to let her borrow it - hopefully it'll have the same impact on her. :)
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
Little Women's the total classic. Our country used to have like, a cartoon version of the entire thing. And I hope your stepdaughter has fun with that book as much as you did. Happy myLotting!
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@KAStew (15)
• United States
8 Jan 09
Ooo, when I first thought about it, I thought "The Giver" in 8th grade is the first book I can remember LOVING. But after seeing Roald Dahl, I remembered the BFG, and still love that book to this day. It's so great to have children's authors like that who can get kids into wanting to read. I can remember a select few books I read at a young age that really hooked me... The BFG, The Giver, Night, To Kill A Mockingbird.
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
I haven't heard/seen any of the books you just said. Haha!! But I'm sure that they're cool. Don't you just wish that there'd be more Roald Dahls in the world today? Kids really need to read.
• Australia
8 Jan 09
The book that got me hooked on reading was "It" by Stephen King. I first read it when I was 11 and I had nightmares for a month after that, but since then I've now read every Stephen King Book I can get my hands on (as well as just about any other book in reach!) I've also re-read "It" at least 20 times since then and it still never fails to scare me!
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
It's funny [and a little weird], how you enjoyed the book--meaning you enjoyed the 'nightmares for a month' thing, too. Haha!! But--like what I said before, I'm not partial to horror books, hence I haven't read any of Stephen King's yet. Maybe I'll get around to reading it if more of the respondents keep on saying 'Stephen King' over and over. Haha!!
• Canada
8 Jan 09
OH what a good discussion and a good way to get new ideas for books. I remember one afternoon when I was 10 or 11 and I had nothing to do. It was storm day or something but it was sunny out and We had a copy of Heidi. And I picked it up and I enjoyed it immesely, but i don't think that was the book...I remember reading after that but not until I read tommyknockers By stephen king.....OH my what a difference...I was 13 or 14 and I loved how it sent shivers up my back. I was in my basement room and it was dark and I only had my light on....I was soooo scared that night I wouldn't even go upstairs.....Then I read almost anything I could get my hands on. Esspiecial by stephen king. And he still does it too me....If i'm really into one of his books and someone sneaks in or just startles me i will give a little scream!!!!
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Stephen King's the one who writes really, really good horror/suspense books. I'm not partial to horror anything, so needless to say I haven't read anything of his, but maybe that would be funny if people around your house like, snuck up on you and then you scream out loud. I can imagine it in my head and it's hilarious. :))
@Emma30587 (402)
8 Jan 09
I used to LOVE Roald Dahls books as a child so I can see where your coming from. I wouldnt class myself as a bookworm though. I tend to go through phases where I read all the time and then I wont read again for months. I tend to go for womans books (chick lits) and easy reads. I like a book to keep me hooked but not where I have to think alot about it!!!!
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
Haha!! That's funny; I enjoy reading because they all leave me stresses out, like I'm thinking "I have to put this down now," and try to go to bed, but then I'll end up awake and reading it althrough the night! Books are fabulous.