Book Wisdom, Bookish Radness

What Book Made You a Reader?

Do you remember the first book that made you a reader? People might guess that mine would either be The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia, but I didn’t encounter Tolkien or Lewis until much later in life (after college). Although, there is a very vague childhood memory of the epic 1970s epic Hobbit cartoon and the most terrifying Gollum to ever be on screen, but I didn’t make the connection until after watching the LOTR movies.

Anyway, there are two books I think of from childhood that I claim as those that made me a reader. One I have no clue the author or title and it was published in the late 80s/early 90s. So good luck finding it – haha! All I can remember is that it was a fantasy book about a young girl who had to leave her castle (I think), go on adventures, and save her family. The cover had her (I think she had a brown braid) and a mountain on it. Possibly included animal sidekicks. If you can help me find that book, I promise to send you every fiction release I’m working on this year.

The other book? The Land I Lost by Quang Nhuong Huynh

I still have my original 1986 version.

I read this book so many times when I was young! I was completely fascinated by Huynh’s stories. How different they were from my own. I loved the stories of his animal encounters (even the scary ones and, after reading it again recently, some violent ones), his pets, the adventures, and the love of his home country. It was so exciting exciting to learn about a culture millions of miles (at least it felt that way to young Jamie) away from Southern California.

I didn’t fully understand all that it meant at that age, but I knew it made me want to learn more about other people, places, and lives. Isn’t that one of the greatest gifts a book gives us?

I’d love to hear from you! What book made you a reader?

Also, if you have kids in your life, GIVE THEM ALL THE BOOKS! You never know which stories will impact them.

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6 thoughts on “What Book Made You a Reader?”

  1. From my early childhood, I remember reading the Dick and Jane books. As a teenager, one of my Mother’s friends introduced me to stories by Grace Livingston Hill. Beauty for Ashes was the first GLH book I read. Yes, yes! Please share books with children. My first children’s book, “Licky the Lizard” was released in 2018. The story has a message about not being afraid because we are all created by God. 🙂

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  2. I was always fascinated by books and stories, since my parents often read them to me. So, my mom started teaching me to read when I was four. I can’t remember a specific book that made me a reader, because I think I was born one.

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  3. Goodness, there are so many that come to mind. My mom read to me all the time and when I was 3 she got tired of me asking her what the words were she taught me to read. I read all the Dr. Seuss books and like many kids Green Eggs and Ham was my favorite. I’d say that was the book. And Beverly Clearly’s Ramona series was my first chapter book. Now, I want to know what book you can’t remember the title of.

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