Thoughts on Thursday: It All Began With…

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What was the book, or book series, that first began your love for reading?

When I was in elementary school and first branching out in my reading, I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Needless to say, I fell in love. I always thought I was born in the wrong era, perhaps, because I loved the simplicity of life then.

77767I devoured the entire Little House on the Prairie series over the course of 4th grade year.

And then I re-read them again in 5th grade. And probably 6th grade, too. I remember re-reading them several times. I went on to continue reading more about Laura Ingalls Wilder, including The Rose Years series.

What’s more is that I watched the TV show with my grandmother. That was our thing in the summers. I loved having two back-to-back episodes to watch, and watching them with her. They are some of my best memories, and it is also where I learned the basis of what a good man is.

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Source: parade.com

Pa was an extraordinary character, an extraordinarily man, and Michael Landon brought his character to life in the TV series. I fell in love with Michael Landon and how he exemplified all the good things a man should be.

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books are what sparked an interest in history and my interest in reading and learning more about different time periods, cultures and ways of life. I think this was an easy transition for me in school when it came to studying these things, and as I grew older I always had a very avid interest in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War time periods.

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The Ingalls Family | source: biography.com

 

Which book(s) began your love for reading? 

7 thoughts on “Thoughts on Thursday: It All Began With…

  1. I’ve seen these questions around and I always start to think back and choose which book it was. I don’t know. I remember having the Bobbsey Twins and The Boxcar Children read to me. And then reading Nancy Drew and The Babysitters’ Club. Then going to the library and reading all the books!

  2. Aw, I love this! I had a friend who adored the Little House books. I read a few, but didnt really get “into” them. Which is weird, because I would like to read them now!

    I can pinpoint the book that did it for me: It was Stacey and the Missing Ring, The Baby-Sitter’s Club Mystery #1. My aunt bought it for my 8th birthday, and I was HOOKED. At first, I thought it was cheesy, and almost didn’t read it, but then… oh my goodness, I wore that book out I read it so many times. ANd then I became obsessed with the series, and then Ann M. Martin in general, and then BOOKS.

    This is such a fantastic post, thanks for sharing it!

  3. People will probably hate me but I have never read the Little House books. Or did I finish The Babysitters Club.
    As most British people would say, “I think Roald Dahl got me into reading” and most British girls of my generation would say, “Right from the start, it was Jacqueline Wilson”.

    Lol, anyways, can’t wait for more discussion posts!
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