The giver was really good. Lord of the flies got me into a lot of good ideas for storytelling. Though I would probably say the original city of ember. It’s one the very few books I re-read because it’s just so good in my opinion.
The first book I read with eagerness was one of my first foreign language books when I was 7.
It is strange - today everybody is talking about the Hobbit (book and movie), but the book I read had the title: "The Little Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien. The contents was the same, a bit more funny written and very difficult for me to read at that time and age.
The first book I enjoyed reading, that I can remember (which isn't saying too much), is The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick, that I had to read in highschool. It's geared more towards young adults, and I think it shows. Still, for a rather random book for English, I thought it was a good book.
Though for the more "typical" classroom books, I also enjoyed Animal Farm and The Great Gatsby.
Don’t really have one. I cite Harry Potter as a turning point. Started it when I was 11 finished it when I was 17. Didn’t need the library for most of that because I had my own copy. A lot of us did. Even those who weren’t normally readers. The grade basically binge-read Deathly Hallows with the required ‘breaks’ for classes. It was really quite amazing.
But on the other hand, I always have enjoyed reading. And being read to. I enjoyed reading Dr.Suess from an early age. I also enjoyed doing the MS. Readathon.
Also in terms of general nerdy-ness instead of going ‘omg the library is free!’ I was going ‘omg I can work at the library in lunch!’. And by work I’m mean shelving. But that’s neither here or there.
"Ozma of Oz". Until I ran across the Oz books in the school library, I had no idea movies were often based on books. And then I found out how much richer and weirder the world of the books was than that of "The Wizard of Oz" movie, and I read every one I could get my hands on.
I don't remember ever not loving books. Like, some of my earliest memories involve reading books when I was 4 or 5, definitely before I was in school. The first Little Bear book was one of my favorites.
I'm a huge nerd, I read for fun before I read for school
...omg just remembered I was the level of nerd that, when a fiction book was assigned in school, read the entire thing instead of going chapter by chapter like we were supposed to (actually I think this made the books a lot more palatable)
PDFs existed since the 90s or older, I guess. Even that, I was too poor to be able to read a PDF file, because it needed a computer, and my country had it taxed as hell (and even before the 90s, such products were prohibited for importation ).
I've been a software engineer since 1985 and a programmer for longer than that, so yes, I know. Postscript is actually a Turing-complete language. Although it was primarily designed to specify page layouts, it's a fully-featured stack-based interpreted language capable of handling any number of computing tasks -- admittedly, not always in the most convenient way. In many ways, PDF is much simpler, or at least requires fewer resources to process.
Had the benefit that in Sweden, foreign strip comics are printed as dedicated comic books first and newspaper strips second, so was a bit easier to follow the sequence of events than in the original format.
For me it was a duel realization. One that there was a whole world of fantasy and two not to judge a book by its cover. When I was in grade school I read a lot but it was all field guides and mysteries. The bookshelf in my classroom had a copy of the Hobbit with truly sad art for the cover. It was directly in front of where I sat. I looked at it all year and finally with nothing to do one day picked it up and started reading. It was like suddenly being to see in colour.
It reminds me I still need to read The Hobbit. The biggest book I read was the Walt Disney's biography, and I love to listen to the 33-hour audiobook. Maybe I'm a lazy reader, while I can stay hours at Wikipedia or PDF versions of those books... I don't know.
At least the version I read, The Hobbit isn’t that long. It’s much shorter than the the rest of the Lord of the Rings. Although, it still took me ages to read it for some reason probably because I’m not a fast reader and I am/wasn’t use to the pov. So YMMV. Still worth a read though.
Ahhh, I see. Remember there was a pretty widely proliferated series of blue-jacketed textbooks on natural science and space engineering in the mid- to late 90's, and wondered if it might have been the same.