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Mike Mckay is reading God's Ashtray February 9, 2012 - 9:37am

What was your very first novel that sparked your passion for reading?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 9, 2012 - 9:44am

The Golden Name Day by Jennie D Lindquist was the first chapter book I read on my own in first grade.  So I remember that one.

Before that mom read me Nancy Drew mysteries and Louisa May Alcott books. 

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razorsharp from Ohio is reading Atlas Shrugged February 9, 2012 - 9:49am

The BFG by Roald Dahl. Later, what got me into more 'literary' stuff, would probably be To Kill a Mockingbird. I think. My memory's kind of hazy.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human February 9, 2012 - 9:59am

The first "book" I read was Donkey Kong Country (I'm serious). What got me into writing were the Sherlock Holmes books. They blew my mind.

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade February 9, 2012 - 10:03am

The Big Little Book Classic versions of Moby Dick, Treasure Island, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckberry Finn, and Oliver Twist. These were fat blocks of paper with abridged texts and many pictures. Loved them all. Read them all in original form when I got older...

*sigh* "nostalgia"....

(I think Moby Dick made the biggest impression because everyone but Ishmael died...after Moby Dick, it would be Treasure Island because adults were terrorizing kids).

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines February 9, 2012 - 10:06am

The Hound of the Baskervilles in grade 3. Then Stephen King. 

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JonnyGibbings February 9, 2012 - 10:21am

Man I thought this was a sex post, got all excited.... don't you ever wish you could go back in time and have sex with the first person who you had sex with, just to show em how good you've got? I'd be all "yeah, yeahhhh - look who's not crying now I'm a big boy"

 

 

 

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The Boys From Binjiwunyawunya was my first book love.

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Profunda Saint-... from Calgary, AB is reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series February 9, 2012 - 10:24am

Oh Jonny... Cute.
I don't remember a time when I didn't read books, but the very first ones that I would read over and over were the Roald Dahl books, and then the Edgar Allan Poe collection my elementary school library had pretty much lived at my house from grade three to six. A little obsessed, I was.

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The Long Walk by Stephen King. Or Bachman if you want to split hairs.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound February 9, 2012 - 10:42am

I don't think there was a book that made me start writing. I got good feedback when I did it a few times and then did it more.

 

I was obsessed with Fight Club but now realise I've moved on from it.

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J.Dulouz from New England is reading The Sirens of Titan February 9, 2012 - 10:43am

Kerouac's, Desolation Angels is the one that lit the fuse. It came along at the right time, I guess.

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Rachel Harris from Cumberland Basin is reading mindless fluff (god, its so hard to get through, ugh) February 9, 2012 - 10:49am

Jane Eyre.  I started reading it the summer before i started sixth grade.  When Jane left Mr Rochester after finding the banshee in the attic i got so pissed at her for abandoning him that i stopped reading the book and didn't pick it up until a couple of months later.  But that was the one book i remember most that really got my 12 year old brain forever in awe of how powerful a book could be and the extent of emotional life that could be contained in a book that was more visceral and real than any interaction had proved to be. 

 

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Jack from England is reading texts of rejection from pretty ladies February 9, 2012 - 11:23am

Probably the Goosebumps books. I would read one and walk straight to the shop to buy another. Loved them. Will always hold a special place in my heart. 

Towards adulthood... it would be Kafka I think. That and Kazuo Ishiguro's The Unconsoled. I can't remember that book so well now, but at the time it had a real impact.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 9, 2012 - 11:27am

I read some Goosebumps, but I was very into the Fear Street books that Stine wrote.  I read a lot of those in 5th and 6th grade. 

Then oddly I started to read a lot of John Grisham books. 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin February 9, 2012 - 12:23pm

Frog and Toad. When I was little (like 5) I had a vast collection of frog and toad fanfic that I had produced. (In addition to my awesome "Fire Man vs. Water Man" comic that has dozens of issues written on stationary pads).

I mean, according to my mother at least I hit the ground running on literacy, I can't remember a time when I didn't love reading or writing. And then I read The Chronicles of Narnia which I loved, every single Hardy Boys book, and then I started reading Xanth books by Piers Anthony and thinking "You know, I could do this better than he does."

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Profunda Saint-... from Calgary, AB is reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series February 9, 2012 - 12:29pm

I loved Frog and Toad! The best one was the super scary ghost story one, that used to keep me up all night.

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly February 9, 2012 - 12:48pm

I read a lot of the Hardy Boys books in grade school.  I guess around Jr High I got into Michael Crichton and read everything he had out at the time.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters February 9, 2012 - 12:48pm

I like Frog and Toad Togetehr, the story where they eat cookies.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 9, 2012 - 12:56pm

Hahaha I remember Frog and Toad.

Charlotte's Web was one of the first books I ever read and loved. As far as sparking my passion for writing, it was Stephen King in high school and Clive Barker's Books of Blood.

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Rachel Harris from Cumberland Basin is reading mindless fluff (god, its so hard to get through, ugh) February 9, 2012 - 1:12pm

As far as book series when i was a kid: Beverly Cleary's Ramona, LM Montgomery's Anne, Madeline L Engle's Meg and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Laura

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Profunda Saint-... from Calgary, AB is reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series February 9, 2012 - 1:15pm

I almost forgot about Weetzie Bat. I remember reading Weetzie Bat about a hundred times. I read it again a while ago, and really don't see why I liked reading that all the time as a kid. Ah well.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin February 9, 2012 - 1:28pm

I remember enjoying the hell out of Lorna Doone.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. February 9, 2012 - 6:11pm

I think the reader in me has developed in four rough stages.

As a young child - Enid Blyton (must have read dozens and dozens of her books, the racist old mare could spin a yarn for sure)

Growing up slightly - Stuff like Charlotte's Web, The Silver Sword, The Machine Gunners. Anything Roald Dahl. Also those Fighting Fantasy books that Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson used to write.

Towards adulthood - Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Thomas Harris, Arthur C Clarke.

Young adulthood - Some one lent me Fight Club a few years ago.

I look forward to the next stage.

 

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break February 9, 2012 - 6:47pm

Roald Dahl, like a gentleman.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest February 9, 2012 - 7:02pm

American Psycho, unlike a gentleman. But, I think I knew I could write in the 9th grade when I wrote a fantasy story for English class. My English teacher thought it was so good she had it published in the school paper. I still have it, map and everything.

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TA10 February 9, 2012 - 9:33pm

Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. February 9, 2012 - 10:19pm

@wicked--yay for Charlotte's web.  "Some pig".  I always cried as a kid when Charlotte dies lol

@Moon--all my English teacher ever did was made me stay for special lessons in his office, then I blacked out and woke up sore.  What does it mean???!!!!

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SurLeQuai from Indiana is reading The Night Circus February 9, 2012 - 10:34pm

@razorsharp, @wickedvoodoo, @brandon--All YES to da Dahl. BFG, especially. When I was seventeen (seperate story, not the first time I read it!) I was a Junior Counselor at my sleepaway camp, and every night before my campers (7-9 yr. olds) went to sleep, I read them a chapter from The BFG. It was awesome. And I remember after I read it (2nd or 3rd grade?) I had a spell of talking exactly like the Big Friendly Giant, much to my mother's chagrin.

@Rachel: I got obsessed with Anne around 4th grade (which later morphed into an obsession with Emily of New Moon--also by Montgomery, and I like those a lot better). I used to pray at night that'd I'd wake up with red hair. Not kidding.

I also devoured Ramona (and The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and Henry and WhateverTheDog'sNameWas, and all of cleary, basically) around 1st grade. Do you still remember "The Donserley Light?" I do.

As for my first book...gah, I've wanted to be an author ever since I can remember..but maybe The Chronicles of Narnia, which I read in first grade. All of my subsequent writing attempts until about 4th grade or so were pretty much shameless imitations (for those threads asking who you imitate when you're writing, in elementary school, it was C.S. Lewis). Still some of the best books of all time.

See my profile for another childhood favorite that is STILL my all-time favorite (and I'm not ashamed!!)..

 

 

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SurLeQuai from Indiana is reading The Night Circus February 9, 2012 - 10:37pm

This has inspired me to start a new thread, in a similar vein. Let's see if I don't screw up the making-a-thread-thing like I did the first time I did it (it locked itself, and was only visible to admins, I think...or at least Richard).

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TwistedPaper from Poland is reading "The Book of the New Sun" by Gene Wolfe & "Seven Wonders" by Adam Christopher February 10, 2012 - 1:38am

Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and polish The Witcher. It's weird because nowadays I'm not much into typical fantasy

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel February 10, 2012 - 1:56am

The one that got the fire burning was the Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. I read it when six books were already out and I just had to find out what was coming next. Next thing I knew I had polished off all six in about 3-4 weeks. For me that was amazing considering each book is about one thousand pages. I then saw sunlight for the first time in a while.

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Nighty Nite from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and Works February 10, 2012 - 2:49am

It started with Goosebumps and the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series. This sparked a series of attempts at crudely written stories and long afternoons at the kitchen table deciding what monster or ghost to put in my next one page masterpiece.

In 9th grade, our english teacher had us read Slaughterhouse-Five, and I was so blown away that novels like that existed that I began taking writing more seriously.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff February 10, 2012 - 3:58am

My first entire novel ever was Seal Morning by Rowena Farre, an obscure and elusive author, somewhere in primary school. Italian translation, cause I was not fluent in English yet. I remember being very proud of myself when I got to the end and I still have that book here with me.

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Sam Sturdivant from Hayward, Ca is reading Murphy February 10, 2012 - 6:11pm

I, like many other children of the 90s, began my reading adventure with the Goosebumps series (I've still got the whole lot of them in my mom's garage). In middle school, my friend let me borrow a copy of The Transition of H.P. Lovecraft: The Road to Madness, the imagery on the cover is what primarily compelled me to read it. Something that disturbing looking had to have some bad ass stuff in it.

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Nick Rolynd from the US is reading Leviathan February 11, 2012 - 12:54am

Sadly, I don't remember. I've been reading novels since I learned how to read. Can't say I can place the one that really got me going. Feels like it's always been this, honestly. =P

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 February 11, 2012 - 1:52am

Probably Goosebumps as well. However, Catcher in The Rye, and all Salingers work were my first serious read.

Fun Fact: Final Fantasy VII taught me how to read at a college level in like 4th grade.

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Tish77 from Central Qld, Australia is reading something different everytime I log in... Currently The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank February 11, 2012 - 3:20am

Cujo by Stephen King - POV from the Dog - brilliant!

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. February 11, 2012 - 10:13am

I read for a long time before thinking about being a writer.  A lot of comic books made me want to write comic books (Spiderman and Batman).  But off the top of my head, I think it was Stephen King's "Dark Half" that made me think being a writer might be good.

Of course, that's the story of a pseudonym's psychotic character coming to life and going on a murder spree and trying to kill the writer... so I don't know why that made me want to write.  It was probably the psychopomps.  Man, I loved those.

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istika from a low income country is reading sejarah kecil "petite histoire" indonesia October 21, 2012 - 6:01pm

enid blyton's books and a lot of indonesian books by old now dead authors (mostly from dutch collony propaganda publisher named balai pustaka). a good description of situation always manages to entice me into reading and made me crave for more. these days history books by (again) dead authors attracts my attention more than any other books. maybe it's due to age :)

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit October 21, 2012 - 6:49pm

Cut my teeth on Stephen King--The StandThe Green Mile, and such--but it was Palahniuk's Fight Club that turned my literary world upside down and changed everything about my reading.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt October 21, 2012 - 7:38pm

James And The Giant Peach was my first book in elementary. Loved that book. 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books October 21, 2012 - 7:58pm

You know, I don't remember. I wrote a lot from a young age. My mom kept some of my journals from when I was 8 years old where I had an ongoing series I was writing. I think when my imagination really blew up, and I thought "I wanna write FOR A LIVING" was when I got into Tarantino movies. I even toyed with the idea of film school. Novel-wise, I was reading Stephen King at a really young age (I think maybe my mom got called into a parent/teaher conference about this when I was eight or nine, too)...so I guess I would credit Stephen King and Tarantino. Which is sort of funny, because I don't write horror or crime stories.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated October 21, 2012 - 9:53pm

It was a collection of books by Jack London bound together. When I realized that some books had stuff happening besides people hanging out and talking I was sold.

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Natso from Mongolia is reading Moby Dick December 24, 2013 - 11:13pm

It might sounds weird but the first novel that sparked my passion FOR READING MORE was John Dies at the End by David Wong. It's a really recent book. You might know him as Senior Editor at this comedy site called Cracked.com. 

Previous to this book, I was all about watching films and reading articles on the Internet-- although I read short stories and novels in college as part of literature classes, I wasn't enjoying them for their sake (except for some of the controversial ones like Lolita)

The first book I read in English were H.G.Wells's The Invisible Man and the War of the Worlds. I remember diligently downloading them from the Gutenberg project site. 

I know. I'm a late generation reader.

@Dwayne, I have White Fang going on on my mobile. Really regret passing it when I was a kid.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel December 25, 2013 - 1:58am

The first book that sparked a passion for reading was Atlas Shrugged. Before that I read occasionally, but it was not a real big part of my life.

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Linda from Sweden is reading Fearful Symmetries December 25, 2013 - 3:34am

The Silmarillion. It was one of the first novels I read in English (it took me weeks), and it was my introduction to "adult" fantasy.

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KarenRunge from South Africa is reading Blindness December 26, 2013 - 7:02am

Ah! Goosebumps! Stine! Having a beautiful nostalgic moment right now!

Stephen King's IT was the one that really woke me up and made me start thinking seriously. I was thirteen and perfectly impressionable. I listened to the audiobook recently and was thrilled to find it still holds up.... A very dear book, to me.

 

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami December 26, 2013 - 11:52am

I wouldn't say my first novel, but I would say my first short story collection. My first books were HP Lovecraft anthologies and Years Best Science Fiction. I gradually moved on to Burning Chrome by William Gibson. I eventually read 1984, and then Neuromancer.

I've found it hard to really get into fantasy, though I wouldn't say I don't like it. I'm not quite sure why that would be though.

All this to say, I'm more experienced reading short fiction.