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What book, as a child, hooked you forever on reading? (Original Post) kairos12 Dec 2017 OP
Charlotte's Web... cbreezen Dec 2017 #1
That was an early great one for me as well. kairos12 Dec 2017 #45
Black Beauty. procon Dec 2017 #2
I loved Black Beauty and Beautiful Joe as a child, but I think they might be too sad for me now. nt Still Blue in PDX Dec 2017 #13
I read Beautiful Joe too, and Lad, A Dog, great books that fostered my love of animals. nt procon Dec 2017 #27
Black Beauty is still my favorite children's book. femmocrat Dec 2017 #95
Roald Dahl books. PoorMonger Dec 2017 #3
I read all of the Dahl books SCantiGOP Dec 2017 #80
Hopefully, not all of them. :) sl8 Dec 2017 #122
Damn. Never heard of those SCantiGOP Dec 2017 #123
Ulysses pangaia Dec 2017 #4
Let me guess SCantiGOP Dec 2017 #81
Yup !!! pangaia Dec 2017 #83
The Secret Garden Madam Mossfern Dec 2017 #5
Same here! narnian60 Dec 2017 #128
Little Women mainstreetonce Dec 2017 #6
As a child, I read all the Hardy boys but I got hooked on literature age 12 GusBob Dec 2017 #7
I read my big brother's Hardy Boys books when I was little. Loved them! Still Blue in PDX Dec 2017 #16
Nothing in particular. I just wanted to read. Anything, anytime, anywhere. dhol82 Dec 2017 #8
Similar story here MrsMatt Dec 2017 #47
Me, too. silverweb Dec 2017 #50
Same here. DiverDave Dec 2017 #69
The Little House books. n/t ginnyinWI Dec 2017 #9
I really got into the Bobsey Twins mysteries LeftInTX Dec 2017 #10
I don't remember ever not reading, but "A Wrinkle in Time" holds a special place in my heart. Still Blue in PDX Dec 2017 #11
Kon Tiki Adsos Letter Dec 2017 #12
My mom read that to us. I would say Nancy Drew got me interested. applegrove Dec 2017 #21
Nancy Drew Adsos Letter Dec 2017 #24
I loved those books when I was very young. smirkymonkey Dec 2017 #108
I was an avid reader MuseRider Dec 2017 #14
Misty of Chincoteague demmiblue Dec 2017 #15
Yes! Bayard Dec 2017 #85
"Death of a President" by William Manchester gopiscrap Dec 2017 #17
Almost anything by Beverly Cleary jrandom421 Dec 2017 #18
The first 3 "Oz" books teenagebambam Dec 2017 #19
Treasure Island changed my life Cicada Dec 2017 #20
In the late 60s my sister was babysitting me when the TV went out.... MLAA Dec 2017 #22
The Monkeys Paw Adsos Letter Dec 2017 #25
Oh, my . . . I remember finding a book of his stories in my mom's nightstand. Great stuff! Still Blue in PDX Dec 2017 #37
Love that you kept those teachers on their toes! MLAA Dec 2017 #57
I think it was called "Tip and Mitten" sl8 Dec 2017 #23
Bambi Leith Dec 2017 #26
treasure at first base chaking53 Dec 2017 #28
Little Galoshes... radical noodle Dec 2017 #29
Wind in the Willows and ChazII Dec 2017 #30
LOTR shanny Dec 2017 #31
I didn't read LOTR hermetic Dec 2017 #100
There wasn't one. surrealAmerican Dec 2017 #32
Henry Higgins Series tazkcmo Dec 2017 #33
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes MFM008 Dec 2017 #34
I was able to 2naSalit Dec 2017 #35
Anything that was Zane Grey. Wellstone ruled Dec 2017 #36
Half Magic. Lived in that book. Squinch Dec 2017 #38
Oh wow! qwlauren35 Dec 2017 #88
Wasn't it GREAT?? Squinch Dec 2017 #89
OMG - I remember that book and loved it! dhol82 Dec 2017 #91
I was really hoping hermetic Dec 2017 #99
THE HALF TALKING CAT!!!! Squinch Dec 2017 #107
"Fun with Dick and Jane" FuzzyRabbit Dec 2017 #39
I was going to post the same thing! yardwork Dec 2017 #60
Stone Soup, also The 100 Dressrs Blindingly apparent Dec 2017 #40
I honestly don't remember. I grew up in a house stuffed and crammed with books. Glorfindel Dec 2017 #41
Your response is most wonderful! kairos12 Dec 2017 #42
I started with Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew.... CatMor Dec 2017 #43
Babysitter's Club crazycatlady Dec 2017 #44
Many of these above and also "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith stopwastingmymoney Dec 2017 #46
The bridge to Terabithia dewsgirl Dec 2017 #48
Trixie Belden Forever! Collimator Dec 2017 #49
Mr. Pudgins? sl8 Dec 2017 #53
Thanks sl8 Collimator Dec 2017 #84
I remember Trixie Belden dhol82 Dec 2017 #92
Spunky Trixie, indeed. Collimator Dec 2017 #117
:))))) dhol82 Dec 2017 #118
Hardy Boys. GeorgeGist Dec 2017 #51
The Boxcar Children AJT Dec 2017 #52
Old Man and the Sea. EOM physioex Dec 2017 #54
My first first grade reader. 50 Shades Of Blue Dec 2017 #55
Comic books. no_hypocrisy Dec 2017 #56
That was a big part for me as well exboyfil Dec 2017 #126
Same here. A Wrinkle In Time! Roland99 Dec 2017 #58
Great question, Mad Scientists' Club and The Three Investigators Saboburns Dec 2017 #59
The Dr Doolittle books... First Speaker Dec 2017 #61
The Good Earth Freedomofspeech Dec 2017 #62
Wrinkle in Time RainCaster Dec 2017 #63
I was hooked on reading before being given... 3catwoman3 Dec 2017 #64
I fear disappointment as well about the film. kairos12 Dec 2017 #68
No one single book. PoindexterOglethorpe Dec 2017 #65
Charlotte's Web and The Hardy Boys...n/t Upthevibe Dec 2017 #66
I totally agree hermetic Dec 2017 #97
"Tunnel In The Sky" bearssoapbox Dec 2017 #67
Not sure of the exact title TuxedoKat Dec 2017 #70
Star Wars comics Blue_Adept Dec 2017 #71
I saw the headline before coming to this thread Rustynaerduwell Dec 2017 #72
Space Cat PassingFair Dec 2017 #73
Watership Down. LanternWaste Dec 2017 #74
Loved this book so much hermetic Dec 2017 #101
Encyclopedia Brown. Texasgal Dec 2017 #75
Island of The Blue Dolphins. madaboutharry Dec 2017 #76
Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy gay texan Dec 2017 #77
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe n/t wryter2000 Dec 2017 #78
The first books I remember loving SCantiGOP Dec 2017 #79
All the Pippi Longstocking books. I loved them all. MaeScott Dec 2017 #82
I had four encyclopedias. Three in Spanish, one in English Xipe Totec Dec 2017 #86
Interesting. qwlauren35 Dec 2017 #87
Phantom Tollbooth! I said Half Magic up-thread, but Phantom Tollbooth is definitely on the list. Squinch Dec 2017 #90
Mister Poppers Penguins cagefreesoylentgreen Dec 2017 #93
Actually three books read in rapid succession....all by George R. Stewart Brother Buzz Dec 2017 #94
My mother reading "Miss Menerva and William Greenhill" to me when I was a pre-schooler. patricia92243 Dec 2017 #96
along with so much of what is listed here miyazaki Dec 2017 #98
Where the Red Fern Grows Thomas Hurt Dec 2017 #102
Actually it was a book for adults - Jaws in the 5th grade MrPurple Dec 2017 #103
We need a bigger book!! kairos12 Dec 2017 #104
Jane Eyre MaryMagdaline Dec 2017 #105
Doubleday had a series of books named Best in Childrens Books. lkinwi Dec 2017 #106
There were so many of them, but one book that really stuck with me was smirkymonkey Dec 2017 #109
Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White Demoiselle Dec 2017 #110
I had undiagnosed dyslexia so I hated reading Paula Sims Dec 2017 #111
That is so sad that you came to love reading so late. dhol82 Dec 2017 #119
As a child our house was full of books... hunter Dec 2017 #112
Mine was "Chip the Dam Builder". denbot Dec 2017 #113
All of them! raven mad Dec 2017 #114
DAVID AND THE PHOENIX trueblue2007 Dec 2017 #115
Up The Down Staircase. EOM WiffenPoof Dec 2017 #116
I always remember reading mythology Dec 2017 #120
At 12 I read Gone With the Wind, all 1200 pages. milestogo Dec 2017 #121
The first novel I recall HeiressofBickworth Dec 2017 #124
Ray Bradbury's "Martian Chronicles." NNadir Dec 2017 #125
Newspaper comics, a book about Ilsa Dec 2017 #127
The Boxcar Children SCLumbeelady Dec 2017 #129
Alfred Hitchcock's "Stories that Scared Even Me" nuxvomica Dec 2017 #130
Story Telling and Other Poems, Childcraft #2, 1949. Greybnk48 Dec 2017 #131
Paddle-to-the-Sea... VOX Dec 2017 #132
Anne of Green Gables womanofthehills Dec 2017 #133

femmocrat

(28,394 posts)
95. Black Beauty is still my favorite children's book.
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 11:37 AM
Dec 2017

My aunt gave it to me for Christmas one year and read (most of it) to me.

PoorMonger

(844 posts)
3. Roald Dahl books.
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:05 PM
Dec 2017

They are the first chapter books that stick out in my memory. Just bought an amazing 15 book Dahl collection for my nephews for Christmas

SCantiGOP

(13,930 posts)
80. I read all of the Dahl books
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 06:21 PM
Dec 2017

To my youngest daughter as bedtime stories.
She is getting married in a year and asked me to use my “BFG” voice when I give a wedding toast at the rehearsal dinner.

sl8

(15,166 posts)
122. Hopefully, not all of them. :)
Mon Dec 25, 2017, 07:04 PM
Dec 2017
Switch Bitch was the first Roald Dahl book I read.

It was years before I realized that he was a noted author of children's books and I can remember having a hard time reconciling that it was the same author.

SCantiGOP

(13,930 posts)
123. Damn. Never heard of those
Mon Dec 25, 2017, 08:10 PM
Dec 2017

Just looked this up on wiki. Definitely won’t be reading these to the grandchildren.

SCantiGOP

(13,930 posts)
81. Let me guess
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 06:22 PM
Dec 2017

You were inthe first grade and that was a natural follow-up to the See Spot Run Series?

Madam Mossfern

(2,340 posts)
5. The Secret Garden
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:07 PM
Dec 2017

Now it's my standard birthday gift to 9 year old girls.

Oh, I forgot about all the Nancy Drew mysteries!

GusBob

(7,305 posts)
7. As a child, I read all the Hardy boys but I got hooked on literature age 12
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:14 PM
Dec 2017

Steinebeck, Of Mice and Men
Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, For Whom The Bell Tolls
Golding, Lord of The Flies

Still Blue in PDX

(1,999 posts)
16. I read my big brother's Hardy Boys books when I was little. Loved them!
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:49 PM
Dec 2017

I moved on to my mom's Agatha Christie, and eventually my mom bought me some Trixie Belden books.

It was kind of funny - for the longest time my mom didn't have reading glasses (they weren't available at a dollar store like now!), so she read a lot of children's books because the font was larger, while I read her books. She was an insatiable reader as well, didn't really matter what it was.

dhol82

(9,372 posts)
8. Nothing in particular. I just wanted to read. Anything, anytime, anywhere.
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:25 PM
Dec 2017

I would sit at breakfast and read the cereal box.
As soon as we moved to a house near a library I could walk to I would take out as many books as they would allow me.
When I was a preteen I asked and was allowed to borrow the adult books.
Reading to me was as necessary as breathing.
It still is.

MrsMatt

(1,661 posts)
47. Similar story here
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 09:56 PM
Dec 2017

I was reading before I started school, so I don't ever remember a time when I didn't love to read.

Although I do have a fondness for the "Chronicles of Prydain" - I must have read them 4 or 5 times as a child (and twice as an adult).

silverweb

(16,402 posts)
50. Me, too.
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 10:21 PM
Dec 2017

Cereal boxes and all. I was painfully shy as a child and reading was my escape from things that bothered me.

We had an elderly neighbor, who would see me walking to school every morning with my nose in a book. She'd call my mother almost daily to exclaim that I was going to "get hit by a car" (in our small town with very little traffic.)

I'm no longer so shy, but still a bookworm. My daughter gave me another bookcase a few years ago for Christmas because I had the books shelved two deep, with more stacked on top of those, and it drove her nuts. Even after getting rid of all those that aren't favorites to be read again later, I still need that extra bookcase.

As necessary as breathing. Always.

DiverDave

(4,920 posts)
69. Same here.
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 05:59 AM
Dec 2017

While the other kids were playing at recess, if I found a good book, I'd find a quiet corner and read.
The book that I remember most was the "Eddie and Gardenia" books.
"The White Mountains" got me hooked on Sci-Fi.
Last count I had 1300 books on my Kindle-well, most up on the cloud.

LeftInTX

(27,166 posts)
10. I really got into the Bobsey Twins mysteries
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:32 PM
Dec 2017

2nd and 3rd grade.

Prior to that, I had read the Henry Huggins series, but there were only a few books in that series.

Those summer reading programs also helped. I was quick to get my 10 books in.

Still Blue in PDX

(1,999 posts)
11. I don't remember ever not reading, but "A Wrinkle in Time" holds a special place in my heart.
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:36 PM
Dec 2017

I read everything I could lay my hands on every possible minute of every day. I am amazed I didn't get run over by a car on my way to and from school because I would read and watch the ground for obstacles out of the corner of my eye.

applegrove

(120,081 posts)
21. My mom read that to us. I would say Nancy Drew got me interested.
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:02 PM
Dec 2017

Last edited Tue Dec 19, 2017, 09:56 PM - Edit history (1)

Somerset Maugham short stories as a teen really got me interested in reading, though they were stories of their time.

MuseRider

(34,255 posts)
14. I was an avid reader
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:45 PM
Dec 2017

before I totally was hooked, could be talked into going out for a game of throwing dirt clods at each other but once I read the same book you mention, "A Wrinkle in Time" it was all over. I am anxious to see the movie, I hope it is good. I reread the book not long ago just for kicks. I remembered how and why I loved it so. Those old ladies were just the best.

Bayard

(22,858 posts)
85. Yes!
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 08:48 PM
Dec 2017

Misty, Black Beauty, The Black Stallion series. I was a horse nut from an early age. Used to try to convince my dad that we could keep a pony in the bathtub.

Also a big fan of Dr. Seuss, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew. Call of the Wild. We always had tons of books in the house, and my mom took us to the library regularly.

jrandom421

(1,026 posts)
18. Almost anything by Beverly Cleary
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:54 PM
Dec 2017

The stories about Henry Huggins and all his friends and neighbors captured my imagination. Because the stories took place in Portland, where I grew up, I was forever riding around all of east Portland, looking for Klickitat Street, hoping to catch a glimpse of Henry, Scooter, Beezus, Ramona, or Ribsey.

teenagebambam

(1,592 posts)
19. The first 3 "Oz" books
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:57 PM
Dec 2017

which were the only ones my local library had. I must have checked them out in a continuously for about three years.

Cicada

(4,533 posts)
20. Treasure Island changed my life
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 07:58 PM
Dec 2017

10 years old, summer. Back then the 3 month summer vacation was glorious, free to do anything I wanted, outdoors biking, swimming, climbing trees, walking through the forest, wandering freely, playing with friends. Then Treasure Island transported me, put me on a pirate ship in a world I had never imagined. After that the entire world, through books, was my playground. I stopped going out. I read. My parents got very worried, wondering what was wrong with me (my parents both went to work at 14, Mississippi depression, never bought a book in their lives at that time.)

After that summer I became physically active again but every single day I was also reading a book. I owe so much to Treasure Island.

MLAA

(17,619 posts)
22. In the late 60s my sister was babysitting me when the TV went out....
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:07 PM
Dec 2017

She handed me a book called something like ‘The Monkey Paw’ and told me to leave her alone and I haven’t stopped since. 😉

Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
25. The Monkeys Paw
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:12 PM
Dec 2017

Guy de Maupassant. My mom told me that story when I was a little kid, Scared the heck out of me.

Still Blue in PDX

(1,999 posts)
37. Oh, my . . . I remember finding a book of his stories in my mom's nightstand. Great stuff!
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:42 PM
Dec 2017

She was into H.P. Lovecraft and Ambrose Bierce, probably lots of authors that horrified my teachers when I wrote book reports on them.

sl8

(15,166 posts)
23. I think it was called "Tip and Mitten"
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:09 PM
Dec 2017

It was the first book I read and there was definitely a "Tip" in it. After that, there was no turning back.

When I first read it, "A Wrinkle in Time" was the best book I had ever read.

It still has a special place in my heart.

Leith

(7,834 posts)
26. Bambi
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:14 PM
Dec 2017

in English translation, of course. The movie was the first time I was disappointed when comparing it to the book. Thumper and Flower - wtf?!

Others:

Nancy Drew mysteries
The Boxcar Children
Encyclopedia Brown
Trixie Belden series
Henry Huggins series (I loved Ramona)
The Forgotten Door
Dr. Seuss books
Madeline books
Pippi Longstocking

radical noodle

(8,051 posts)
29. Little Galoshes...
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:21 PM
Dec 2017

a Little Golden Book my dad read to me when I was two years old. I can't really remember a time before I was hooked, but that is the first book I remember. I have always loved to read. The trouble is that there isn't enough time to read everything I want to.

 

shanny

(6,709 posts)
31. LOTR
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:22 PM
Dec 2017

To be fair, that's just the first I remember. I think it took me most of fourth grade and part of fifth) )in fourth grade the librarian read the chapter Riddles in the Dark from the Hobbit to us all and I was off). But I was already a Big Reader by then.

hermetic

(8,439 posts)
100. I didn't read LOTR
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 02:35 PM
Dec 2017

until I was in my 30s, and to this day I consider it one of the greatest things I've ever read. And I have read thousands of books.

surrealAmerican

(11,403 posts)
32. There wasn't one.
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:26 PM
Dec 2017

I kind of wish there had been. I didn't like reading until I was an adult.

I did discover a world of great children's books when I read them to my children, but not when I was a child.

MFM008

(19,887 posts)
34. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:31 PM
Dec 2017

my dad loaned it to me, and Gone With the Wind, Rudyard Kipling and many others.

2naSalit

(88,822 posts)
35. I was able to
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:32 PM
Dec 2017

go to the library before I started going to school and was actually reading a little before I started school. The first books I remember reading myself were Dr. Seuss, most particularly "One Fish, Two Fish"; The 10,000,000 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins"; "McElligot's Pool". I also liked "Horton Hears a Who" and "Horton Hatches an Egg" too. After those I was reading all kinds of stuff, we had books in our house and we were expected to read them.

Squinch

(51,352 posts)
38. Half Magic. Lived in that book.
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:42 PM
Dec 2017

But before that my dear father read a story to my sister and me every night from a book of fairy tales.

I STILL love to be read to. I listen to half the books I read.

dhol82

(9,372 posts)
91. OMG - I remember that book and loved it!
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 12:17 AM
Dec 2017

I thought it was awesome that you had to double your wish or you were screwed!


Geeze, that had to be close to 60 years ago. How time does fly.

hermetic

(8,439 posts)
99. I was really hoping
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 02:31 PM
Dec 2017

to find other Half Magic lovers here. It wasn't my first book but it may well have been the first to make me laugh out loud (the half talking cat). I still remember the cover, green and white. Wonderful memory.

FuzzyRabbit

(2,004 posts)
39. "Fun with Dick and Jane"
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 08:57 PM
Dec 2017

I'm serious. I remember reading the Dick and Jane books in first grade and loving them.

See Spot run.

Glorfindel

(9,810 posts)
41. I honestly don't remember. I grew up in a house stuffed and crammed with books.
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 09:09 PM
Dec 2017

We lived with my grandfather, a retired teacher, and both my parents were voracious readers. I remember the Freddy the Pig books, "Kidnapped," "Treasure Island," "Tom Sawyer," "The Adventures of Robin Hood," etc. I was nine years old before we got a television, and by then I was hooked on reading. I had to be persuaded to stop reading and watch TV. Actually, it could be "A Night to Remember," about the sinking of the Titanic, that really set the hook in me. I joined the Book of the Month Club at age 11. You could get four books for a dollar, so I filled out the coupon and put 100 pennies in the envelope and placed them in the mailbox. The mailman got a kick out of it, and put in his own dollar, after asking my mother's permission. The four books were: "The Robe," "A Man Called Peter," "The Fields of Home," and "So Long as Love Remembers." I liked them all except the last one, which I passed along to my sister. I still have "The Robe," 61 years later, and though its cover is torn a bit and it's a little worse for wear, I still treasure it. Thank you, kiairos12, for such an interesting question and for making me remember things I hadn't thought about in years. Oh, and one more: "Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels." It's incomparable.

CatMor

(6,212 posts)
43. I started with Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew....
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 09:20 PM
Dec 2017

then my first adult book was The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.

crazycatlady

(4,492 posts)
44. Babysitter's Club
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 09:34 PM
Dec 2017

Unfortunately they seem rather dated now.

But it was a series that I had to read every one of (until roughly book #100)

stopwastingmymoney

(2,068 posts)
46. Many of these above and also "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 09:43 PM
Dec 2017

The main character loved books too, Francie.

Collimator

(1,658 posts)
49. Trixie Belden Forever!
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 10:17 PM
Dec 2017

My cousin gave me "Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Emeralds" when I was nine. I was already a devoted reader, but that book introduced me to the word, "ennui" which I mispronounced in my head for decades.

I also remember "Beautiful Joe", a more obscure book called "Star Girl" and a collection of stories about a older gentleman babysitter.

Whenever he looked after the children, wonderous things would happen. Once, every faucet in the house produced a different flavor of soda pop. This was actually a lesson for the children, because they had been clamouring for soda earlier. Then, of course, they missed the simple pleasure of water.

In other stories, there were bushes that popped popcorn, and once it literally rained cats and dogs. If anyone out there has similar memories of these stories and can remember the name of the main character, I would love to hear from them.

Collimator

(1,658 posts)
84. Thanks sl8
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 07:39 PM
Dec 2017

Your help is most appreciated. And not only because of the lovely memories surrounding the stories, but because not remembering the main character's name was making me c-Wazy!

dhol82

(9,372 posts)
92. I remember Trixie Belden
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 12:20 AM
Dec 2017

It was a book I found at the supermarket and bought every one I could with my allowance money.
I didn’t even know about Nancy Drew at the time.
I LOVED spunky Trixie!

Collimator

(1,658 posts)
117. Spunky Trixie, indeed.
Sun Dec 24, 2017, 07:41 PM
Dec 2017

Those of us who preferred Trixie because she had chores and annoying brothers and problems in school, sometimes refer to the better known girl sleuth as "Nancy Who?".

no_hypocrisy

(47,005 posts)
56. Comic books.
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 10:47 PM
Dec 2017

I'm serious. Dennis the Menace, Superman, Superboy, etc.

Easy to read, good pictures.

(I later graduated to the classics -- and Mad Magazine.)

exboyfil

(17,894 posts)
126. That was a big part for me as well
Wed Dec 27, 2017, 07:16 AM
Dec 2017

Especially black & white horror magazines. My first memory of actually buying something is the demonic chess piece cover on Eerie 41.

Saboburns

(2,807 posts)
59. Great question, Mad Scientists' Club and The Three Investigators
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 10:52 PM
Dec 2017

I started with the short stories of the Mad Scientists' Club by Bertrand R. Brinkley. The first two volumes. Gosh I read and re-read those stories soooo many times. I turned 50 this year and ordered myself those first 2 volumes and read them again. Such great and powerful memories they brought back: Being ten years old in the bottom bunk of our bunk beds, my little brother up top.




And that led to the chapter books of The Three Investigators by Robert Arthur Jr. who included Alfred Hitchcock in a minor character role in this series.



Thanks for such a cool topic that brought back wonderful memories! I am so happy to be a lifelong reader.

Thanks Mom!

First Speaker

(4,858 posts)
61. The Dr Doolittle books...
Tue Dec 19, 2017, 11:35 PM
Dec 2017

...with the author--Hugh Lofting's--great illustrations. To this day, the West Country of England means Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to me...

3catwoman3

(24,502 posts)
64. I was hooked on reading before being given...
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 12:05 AM
Dec 2017

...A Wrinkle In Time for Christmas when I was 11. I have read and re-read that book more times than I can count, even as an adult. Absolutely captivating.

I fear the new movie will be disappointing from a visual perspective. L'Engle created such vivid descriptions of each of the characters. Those descriptions are such a part of the story. Mrs. Murray - flaming red hair, creamy skin, and violet eyes. Mrs. Whatsit in her multi-colored scarves and gray hair covered with a man's hat. Mrs. Who - a plump little woman with enormous spectacles. Mrs. Which - little more than a shommer or a figure in a black robe and a black peaked hat, beady eyes, a beaked nose, and long gray hair; one bony hand clitched a broomstick.

In the teasers/clips I have seen, none of these descriptions has been honored by the film maker.

PoindexterOglethorpe

(26,027 posts)
65. No one single book.
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 12:53 AM
Dec 2017

Once I learned to read I read everything I could lay my hands on.

To me the idea that one specific book was needed to hook a kid on reading is a bit scary. It shouldn't come down to one book. Either you read or you don't.

bearssoapbox

(1,408 posts)
67. "Tunnel In The Sky"
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 04:29 AM
Dec 2017

I was 8 and it got me hooked for life on Sci-Fi.

"A Wrinkle In Time" wasn't too far behind.

Then I found that the local library had most of the "Tom Swift" series. They were good at showing the progression of Sci-Fi through time.

It made no difference though, if it was Sci-Fi, I read it.

TuxedoKat

(3,818 posts)
70. Not sure of the exact title
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 09:00 AM
Dec 2017

it was a book about Jewish heroes from the bible that I found on my parents bookshelf. It had larger print and and illustrations and great stories about Moses, David and Goliath, Saul, etc. Unfortunately my mom gave it away years ago, but I would read it over and over.

Blue_Adept

(6,419 posts)
71. Star Wars comics
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 09:56 AM
Dec 2017

It was a gateway to reading. Read a lot of comics from there and there were so many references to books within them that I had to find out more.

Rustynaerduwell

(683 posts)
72. I saw the headline before coming to this thread
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 10:36 AM
Dec 2017

Mine was also "A Wrinkle in Time". Showed me that there are worlds in books so different than mine that I wanted to go back as often as possible.

 

LanternWaste

(37,748 posts)
74. Watership Down.
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 04:16 PM
Dec 2017

Watership Down.

After reading it in fifth grade and becoming enchanted with the concept that a brand new world not limited by the vagaries of skepticism existed, I thought that more books would show me more new worlds with new people and new solutions and new beauties.

It worked.

hermetic

(8,439 posts)
101. Loved this book so much
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 02:37 PM
Dec 2017

I cried and cried at the end because I didn't want it to end. And I was in my 30s then!

Xipe Totec

(43,962 posts)
86. I had four encyclopedias. Three in Spanish, one in English
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 09:27 PM
Dec 2017

I guess my favorite was "Mis Primeros Conocimientos"

qwlauren35

(6,162 posts)
87. Interesting.
Wed Dec 20, 2017, 09:55 PM
Dec 2017

I was just about to say "A Wrinkle in Time". But there were others that moved me. Like Bambi. And rocked my world and made me re-think everything. Like Animal Farm and 1984. Yes, I read Animal Farm as a child. Had nightmares for weeks.

Oh, and The Phantom Tollbooth. I absolutely love that book.

Brother Buzz

(36,737 posts)
94. Actually three books read in rapid succession....all by George R. Stewart
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 12:46 AM
Dec 2017

Thanks Mom, for pushing these books toward me. You were right.


Fire (1948)
Storm (1941)
Earth Abides (1949)

patricia92243

(12,636 posts)
96. My mother reading "Miss Menerva and William Greenhill" to me when I was a pre-schooler.
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 01:41 PM
Dec 2017

When I went to the first grade the teacher asked me to tell the other students why I could read so well. I didn't have the faintest idea why. I now realize it was my mother reading to me from my very earliest memory.

miyazaki

(2,306 posts)
98. along with so much of what is listed here
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 02:31 PM
Dec 2017

i always had my dungeons and dragons books mixed in with my school books.

MaryMagdaline

(6,922 posts)
105. Jane Eyre
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 03:32 PM
Dec 2017

First "adult" book I finished as a child was the Autobiography of Helen Keller. After than, all so-called adult books seemed easy.

lkinwi

(1,479 posts)
106. Doubleday had a series of books named Best in Childrens Books.
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 04:03 PM
Dec 2017

I think they came monthly. I read those books forever, because each book had a variety of stories that ranged from picture books to pre- adolescent novels.

 

smirkymonkey

(63,221 posts)
109. There were so many of them, but one book that really stuck with me was
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 07:32 PM
Dec 2017

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. I just loved that book and read it over and over.

Demoiselle

(6,787 posts)
110. Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 08:48 PM
Dec 2017

I was already a bookworm when I discovered it, but it will always be my favorite book. (Yeah, he wrote The Once and Future King.) It's about a young girl who discovers Lilliputians living in hiding on her family's run-down ancestral estate. It was written during WWII, and has some very nice metaphors about how Big People have no right to bully or control Little People. Also lots of little jokes about British history . And lovely illustrations.

Paula Sims

(877 posts)
111. I had undiagnosed dyslexia so I hated reading
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 10:13 PM
Dec 2017

By the time I got to Sr. in High School (12th grade) I learned coping techniques (still undiagnosed then) but fell in love with reading the Bible as a book (ie literature) rather than a book of God. Opened my eyes to so many things.

hunter

(38,565 posts)
112. As a child our house was full of books...
Thu Dec 21, 2017, 10:21 PM
Dec 2017

... and my parents were always generous whenever the Schoolastic book sales came around, giving us money for three or four books we wanted. There were always one or two books my mom tacked onto our orders. A Wrinkle in Time was one.

I remember one book about magnet experiments that came with a strong alnico magnet taped to the inside cover! Those magnets weren't common then.

One of the books I obsessed about was The boys' first book of radio and electronics by Alfred Powell Morgan. My third grade teacher had it in her classroom library and she'd let me borrow it as long as I liked. Star Trek was still new on television and I had my first TV crush. Lt. Uhura was someone who knew her way around radios and she happened to be beautiful too.

Later I had a Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, which was full of wonderfully dangerous, but very inspiring stuff. Nothing like it could be published today. Soon after receiving that book as a gift, and working my way through most of the experiments, I began devising my own experiments, mostly with rockets and explosives. In many unsuccessful experiments my rockets would explode, and explosives would take flight. By some good fortune I didn't kill or seriously maim myself or anyone else.

raven mad

(4,940 posts)
114. All of them!
Fri Dec 22, 2017, 02:29 AM
Dec 2017

From the day I turned 2, my dad brought home a little golden book almost every night, and we'd read.

trueblue2007

(17,452 posts)
115. DAVID AND THE PHOENIX
Fri Dec 22, 2017, 04:43 AM
Dec 2017

David and the Phoenix - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_and_the_Phoenix
David and the Phoenix is a 1957 children's novel about a young boy's adventures with a phoenix. The first published book by American children's writer Edward Ormondroyd, it is a tale of friendship between two different species—a young boy and a mythical bird—and focuses on David's education in the ways of the ...
?Plot summary · ?Characters · ?Major themes · ?Developments

 

mythology

(9,527 posts)
120. I always remember reading
Sun Dec 24, 2017, 11:21 PM
Dec 2017

The one that I remember most really hooking me was "The Sword of Shannara".

But I always read. To the point where my mom had to encourage me to go outside.

milestogo

(16,829 posts)
121. At 12 I read Gone With the Wind, all 1200 pages.
Sun Dec 24, 2017, 11:34 PM
Dec 2017

Then I was disappointed that the movie didn't go much into the details like the book did.

HeiressofBickworth

(2,682 posts)
124. The first novel I recall
Wed Dec 27, 2017, 04:57 AM
Dec 2017

was a gift from a favorite Aunt. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. It would have been around 1955, I was 10. I still have the book.

I read a lot and still do. The most reading I ever did was when I lived in Germany. I was 19 when I went to join my new husband who was in the USAF. We lived in a small farm village a few miles from the base. I didn't have a license to drive in Germany so I was home A LOT. With no TV and AFN radio, i started to get pretty bored. Then I discovered the base library. I checked out and read ten books every two weeks. After I finished all the novels, I started on SciFi.

I don't read that much now, but when you add up the internet, books, magazines and a couple of on-line newspapers, I still read a fair amount. Oh, and what was my job when I retired? Paralegal with an engineering firm reading, analyzing and editing contracts -- more reading!

Ilsa

(61,803 posts)
127. Newspaper comics, a book about
Wed Dec 27, 2017, 07:38 AM
Dec 2017

four siblings who pooled their weekly allowance and took turns letting one sibling have their own adventure. Since I came from a large family, it resonated.

nuxvomica

(12,617 posts)
130. Alfred Hitchcock's "Stories that Scared Even Me"
Wed Dec 27, 2017, 12:36 PM
Dec 2017

It was one of his anthologies. "Men Without Bones" scared the heck out of me. I didn't realize mere words could be so entertaining. Given the book's title, I would think one of the stories should've been "Tippi Hedren Finds a Good Lawyer."

VOX

(22,976 posts)
132. Paddle-to-the-Sea...
Wed Dec 27, 2017, 06:45 PM
Dec 2017

Although it was illustration, Holling C. Holling’s little masterpiece captivated my 5-year-old mind in like no book before it.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddle-to-the-Sea

womanofthehills

(8,984 posts)
133. Anne of Green Gables
Wed Dec 27, 2017, 09:04 PM
Dec 2017

and all the Anne books. She was a poor orphan with red hair, adopted by a family that wanted to adopt a boy to work on their farm and they got Anne instead, but, of course, they grew to love her.

A few yrs ago, I decided to reread this book to see why I liked it so much as a child. OMG! all through the book Anne was being blamed for things she did not do - every chapter. She was the victim of massive unfairness.

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