Let's Talk Books

The Joys of Reading

As ever, I’m as curious to know what book—if there was one single book—that turned you into a reader? Where you just knee-high to a grasshopper when you started (as I was) or did your reading life start later?

For me, I’d been reading from a very early age as my father (a voracious reader himself) was the one who took us every week—come rain or shine—to our nearest library. And while I was probably want to read anything to hand, or that was put in front of me, the first book I remember that really struck a distinct cord with me was, HAVE SPACESUIT WILL TRAVEL (originally pub. 1958), the last YA novel from the master of SF himself, Robert A. Heinlein.

After that, there was no turning back for me. I read SF almost exclusively from that point forward right up into my late 20 if not, my early 30s. Starting with, of course, everything Heinlein had in print at the time, and thereon afterwards.

And you, dear reader?


  1. Ah, Heinlein! I can see why you fell in love with SF through his work, Alex. As for me, it was Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes who introduced me to crime fiction, and I’ve never looked back.

    • Alex says

      Indeed, Margot, I started ith what are called his juvenile works and was captivated. I also had a love of Enid Blyton too, and the Biggles books, beacuse my older brothers read those.

      Ah, for you it was Sherlock, and who wouldn’t fall in love with Conan Doyle. He came later for me along with Jules Verne.

  2. George Santayana’s “The Last Puritan” is the book that turned me into a thinking reader; it’s the single book that changed me forever, for better or worse.

    • Alex says

      Ooo, now there’s a book I’m going to have to look up, Kenny. I’m sure it’s heady and cerebral, just like your good self. 😉 Me, if it doesn’t have pictures in it these days, I get bored easily. Ha! Ha! Okay, you know I jest.

  3. I started to love reading when I was in Standard One. I was a big fan of Enid Blyton. I think I’ve read every single one of her books.

    • La Blonde says

      Oh, you too, Veronica? Enid Blyton was a go-to author in our house. Such fun books for any age.

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