Ask a Book Nerd

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The Eclectic Bookworm (at least the Amanda half) also writes for a site called I Read a Book Once. On this page, there are several other like minded folks who are just as nerdy as EBW.

Jonathan (the sites founder) has started a column called “Ask the Book Nerd”. He asked all of his contributors about the books that got them started in their book nerd pursuits.


Is there one specific book you read while growing up that you can point to as the reason you have become an avid reader? If yes, what was it? If no, what prompted you to become a reader?


When I was 11 or 12 I read my first book by Stephen King, and I was hooked.

I read the complete unabridged version of The Stand. I was mesmerized. The entire concept, the character development, the battle between good and evil, it all fascinated me. In the nearly 20 years since I have always been in search of books that captivate me in the same way.

I took a hiatus from my King fest after I read It, and to this day I am cautious when walking near sewers and I hate clowns.

I finally went back to King last year read 11/22/63, and followed soon with Under the Dome. He has softened around the edges a bit, but he is still my favorite author.

You can read the answers from the other Book Nerds here.

What about you, is there one book or series that you can pinpoint as your “jumping off” point in reading?

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