Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Do You Remember...


the first book that made you a reader?

According to this Publisher's Weekly article, a new ad campaign encourages conversations about literature by asking well-known figures about the books that inspired them to read. If you are interested in what books people as diverse as David Duchovny and Joyce Carol Oates loved reading as a kid, click here. You can also view the national top 50 favorite list.

So, if you had to pick the one book that turned you into a reader, what would it be? I think for me it would have to be this one, this one, or this one.

7 Comments:

Cugat said...

Shamefully, I didn't read much as a kid so I missed out on a lot until I had a kid of my own. As a teenager I found Henry Miller and discovered that reading can be fun. And dirty.

Cugat
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Asian Chick said...

it's so funny how many of those books I read when I was a kid. Almost like 75 percent of those books on The top 50 list i've read!

Aaron M. Wilson said...

Choose your own adventure books! I don't remember titles, but they kept me racing back to the Library.

Angie Shultis said...

Early on, I remember Babar books being favorites of mine. Later, C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia were my first can't-put-down books. Oh, and I, too, loved the choose your own adventure books -- they were great!

Jessica said...

Oooh, good responses on this one! I love that Cugat's first was Henry Miller at an older age. If I had read Miller as really young person, I'd be a little crazier than I am now. :) But he was very influential for me, in my late teens and twenties.

I too found that many of my top books were in the top 50, especially Nancy Drew. I haven't seen the new movie yet... I don't want to tarnish the image in my mind.

Aaron -- Choose your own adventure books -- I loved those and would read them again and again. I wonder why they died out?

Like Angie, I loved Narnia as well. Although I found that when I watched the movie, I was a little rusty on them, so it was nice to catch up.

Donetta said...

My husband reads to the kids every night and has for years they have read 27 out of the 50 and more the entire CA Lewis series and Several Hardy Boys. I buy them used and keep and extensive child's library. I was excited to see that the were familiar with others through film, not to compare with the copy but still good exposure.

Jo said...

I just found your site and am enjoying reading you. Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are are two of my sons' favourites. For me it was The Wind in the Willows. My father read it out loud when I was six and I have been a bookworm ever since.