I don’t know about you all, but readathons are my favorite videos to watch on Booktube. And my favorite channel to watch said readathons on is readbyzoe. She posted a readathon last night of her reading all of her favorite oldies and books that she felt like really made her love reading. It gave me the idea to talk about what books I feel like made me fall in love with reading, and now here we are!
To be entirely honest, I don’t remember most of the books I read in elementary school, even though I did a ton of reading. At my school, the entire 1st grade had a reading competition to see who could read the most books throughout the school year. My mom and I would get a handful of books from the library every single day and read them together like it was the most important thing in the world (and I was 6, so it definitely was). I ended up tying for first place with a boy in my class who was equally as competitive as I, but I was still really proud of myself. Anyways, my point is, I read a lot. But this is just a list of the books that made an imprint on my brain and I still remember now as an influence to my love for reading.
Chrysanthemum – Kevin Henkes
I remember my mom reading me this book so many times as a child. I have an extremely basic name so I have no idea why I loved it so much, but I think that I thought that Chrysanthemum was a really pretty name (and I still do).
The Baby-Sitters Club – Ann M. Martin
I used to love these books. I remember going straight for their rack at the library once I started reading chapter books and flying through them. I don’t remember much about them but the film adaption was a favorite of mine and I also hear that Netflix is picking it up as series so… catch me in front of my TV for way too many hours at a time.
Goosebumps – R.L. Stine
I have always loved creepy and scary things, so of course I was a Goosebumps fan. Say Cheese and Die! was my favorite out of the whole series because it freaked me out the most (my mom is obsessed with taking pictures and the premise of this is that if you get your picture taken… you literally die).
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place – E.L. Konigsburg
I found this book in the library around the middle of my fifth grade year and loved it so much that I kept renewing it and didn’t give it back until the end of the school year. I remember another girl saying to me, “I really wanted to read that book but you’ve had it all year” and I just shrugged ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I’ve recently reread this book and it’s still amazing.
Ugh, middle school. Need I say more? I really don’t remember many significant books from this time period because I was so obsessed with one particular series that I’m not sure I even read anything else.
Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech
Actually, one of my 5th grade teachers read this book to us aloud everyday, but I mostly remember this book from reading it with my mother when I was (I think) 12. If you haven’t figured it out already, my mom was a huge influence on my reading activities. This book is so good and sad and realistic and I loved it so much.
Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
This series was everything to me when I was in sixth grade. I started reading the series just before the first movie came out and of course that just strengthened my devotion. I read the books completely out of order but didn’t care whatsoever. Edward made me realize that I was lonely (but I was also eleven) so he was most definitely my first fictional crush.
I think that I got really into reading again in my sophomore year of high school when I came across contemporaries and thrillers for the first time. High school really sticks out as the most important reading era for me.
Private – Kate Brian
My local library had this entire series and since I got so wrapped up in the first book, I of course devoted time to reading the entire series. As much as my reading tastes have changed, this is still such an important series to me because it truly brought me back to reading and also helped me discover that I love a good mysterious story. I still reread these.
Looking for Alaska – John Green
I know this book gets a lot of hate but it was the first one that I ever bought with my own money and I read it in one sitting that night. It was my first experience with the manic pixie dream girl trope and as much as I hate to say it, that trope gets me often. I was so in love with this book (and Alaska) that I have an annotated copy and a clean, unmarked copy.
Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
Quite frankly, all of Sarah Dessen’s books belong on this list but there’s no way I’m listing them all. I read every single book of hers that my library had in stock. She wrote about (fairly) realistic scenarios that teen girls go through and I think that her books were the first ones that I felt really connected to.
Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
I will never stop loving this book. It came into my life during a period when I really needed something like this, and it will always be engraved in my brain as a book that got me through the hard stuff. I would highly recommend it to any reader who is comfortable going into such a trigger-filled book.
I read so many more books than these, but these are the one’s that I remember as being influential to the type of reader I am today. They made me love books, fiction, and specific genres and for that, I will always adore those on this list.
What books made you fall in love with reading? Talk to me (: