For this installment of The Analogue Reader, let’s do something fun once more. I became curious about the first five books that turned you, my fellow readers, into passionate book lovers. Will you tell me about the memorable literary masterpieces that led you to become an ardent bibliophile?
Last year, I asked everyone to share with me a list of the 15 books that they’ve read that will always stick with them. For today and the next few days, I’d like for us to try another activity, this time, telling about the first five (5) books that got you hooked on reading. Again, the rules are simple:
- In the comments, name five books (in no particular order) that you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Don’t take too long to think about it.
- Tell us, as briefly as you can, why they got you hooked on reading.
- If you like a series, you can count them as one book.
- Do you know of a bookworm lomographer who likely has something interesting to share for this little game of ours? Go ahead and tag them along (with @[username]) at the bottom of your comment!
Allow me to start!
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
My mom didn’t like me reading horror books back when I was a kid, but that didn’t deter me from borrowing Goosebumps books from my classmates, making sure I’m done with the book before we were dismissed from class. It was one of the first books that got me hooked because of the alternate endings. I was fascinated with how one book gave me several stories, depending on how I want it to go!
The Sweet Valley Series by Francine Pascal
Like every teenage girl in the 90s, I got curious about the Sweet Valley Kids books my girl classmates were so engrossed with. For a while, I enjoyed reading about the adventures of these fictional kids. I even secretly envisioned myself as the Elizabeth Wakefield of my class. I progressed into the series so quickly (a.k.a. I skipped a lot of books) and moved on to the Sweet Valley High series, intrigued in high school life, crowds, and gossip. I eventually got bored with it after reading three or four books from the High series.
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
I was in an incoming sophomore high school student when my interest in period novels was sparked by a selection of summer reading assignments. Of all the classic books I read that time, I was most engrossed with the swashbuckling tale of musketeer wannabe d’Artagnan, and his three musketeer friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, set against the villainous Cardinal Richelieu and his seductress spy Milady. It was the first book I ever stayed up late for, spending sleepless nights reading gripping chapter upon gripping chapter.
The Lives of the Mayfair Witches Saga by Anne Rice
For a time, I became interested in the occult and the mysterious lives of witches, which began when I picked up a copy of The Witching Hour out of curiosity. For some reason, I enjoyed reading about the intriguing and tangled lives of the Mayfair family more than Rice’s more popular Vampire Chronicles series.
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada
Last but not the least, is the amazing novel by Japanese logic mystery novelist Soji Shimada that sparked my fascination for detective novels and Japanese literature. I guess I have always been into any story with mystery in it, but The Tokyo Zodiac Murders was a game changer for me!