American novelist Louis L'amour famously said, "Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you." And when Netflix announced that it would be rebooting The Baby-Sitters Club, droves of the book series's fans began reminiscing about their love for the stories on social media, complete with tales of reading it to their children or saving the collection because it was what sparked their love of reading. As I read through the comments, I started to think about my own beginnings as a reader.
I'm now a person who lives for books. I was an English major in college, where I even took a class on fairy tales. I read on the subway, in the doctor's office, and before bed. I consider my happy place on the beach with a good book. But that love started far earlier in my home in Long Island reading as a kid with my parents. My mom used to read me and my brother The Magic Treehouse series that transported our imaginations to fantastical lands with spectacular characters. Later on, I started reading Little House on the Prairie with my mother, a series she had also grown up with. Not only are those some of my favorite memories from growing up, but they're also what turned me into an enthusiastic reader for life.
I figured I couldn't be the only person who has memories tied to reading, so I asked other POPSUGAR editors, "What was the book/series that turned you into a bookworm?" From well-known classics like Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events to lesser-known finds discovered at Scholastic Book Fairs, read on to see which books started it all for them.