So I was wasting time on Reddit this past weekend, and I came across a thread that asked the following question: “What is the book that got you into reading?” I thought it would be interesting to ask the same question here, to see what the book/blogging community has to say.
When I was young, I liked it when my mother read me stories, but I didn’t like to read on my own. I think a big part of it was that there was a disconnect between what I was being offered to read at school, and the kind of stories that captivated me. That is, until I discovered Nancy Drew and The Boxcar Children. I devoured both series’, going to the library as frequently as I possibly could and not stopping until I’d read every single copy that they had, multiple times. And after that, I was rarely seen without a book (or five).
Then when I went to college, I stopped reading for fun. I had more of a social life than I was used to, and balancing work and class on top of that didn’t leave a lot of time for fiction. I did make sure to try to schedule at least one literature class per semester, but when you know there’s a test coming later on, it really isn’t the same relaxing experience. One day during my senior year, I came home from class and found a copy of Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey sitting on the coffee table, and I started reading it. I was hooked, and ended up reading the next six books in the series as well.
What about you? What books made you love reading, and/or got you out of reading slumps?