I was clearing out a bookshelf the other day and came across one of my old Nancy Drew books, a hardback copy of The Secret of the Old Clock, the first in the series.
Mine is the 1959 version which had been revised from the original 1930s version. They made Nancy 18 years old instead of 16 and gave her a spiffy Mustang convertible rather than her original roadster.
I read every single one of those books. No, I didn’t read them. I devoured them. I gulped, guzzled and gorged myself on them. Even at the time I knew they were all basically the same story, but it didn’t matter. I couldn’t wait to share the adventures with Nancy, Bess, George and Ned.
She had a housekeeper and no mother! And a convertible! And a girlfriend named George! What a strange and exotic world!
Ahhh. I loved that world and my visits there turned me into a reading junkie. If I didn’t get my daily fix, I got the shakes.
It made me wonder about the books that other people loved.
So, tell me … what turned you into a raging reader?