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Oh Mommy, the things I could write...I think, however, that I'm going to have to say Harry Potter. Perhaps those who haven't read it don't understand, but bear with me. When I was in grade school (2nd or 3rd grade, I think), I didn't much like fantasy novels. I read some mystery, and some historical fiction, but that was about it. Everyone tried to get me to read HP, but I didn't want to. I figured that (as is often the case) anything getting so much hype couldn't be that good. But finally, one rainy afternoon when I was bored out of my mind, I flopped down on mom's bed and asked for something to do. She tossed "HP and the Sorcerer's Stone" to me, and I reluctantly began reading. JK Rowling had me hooked from the first sentence. Her wit and charming characters sucked me into a magical realm I never before believed could interest me. Since then, Fantasy has become my absolute favorite genre, and I devour novels like only a BookkWyrm can. While my tastes now encompass most everything regarding magic, wondrous creatures, fantastic realms, etc. Harry Potter will always hold a very special place in my heart. (Are you happy with the mini novel I wrote you, mom? ;))-Emmalie
Yes, and I'm not surprised one bit that you mentioned Harry Potter. :)The first life-changing book for me was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe... but if Harry Potter had been around back then, I'd probably be saying the same thing!
I'll second Harry Potter. I was older than your daughter when I first read it, but not by much. I was about 12 or 13, and I was reluctant to read the series as well... mostly because everyone kept telling me I "had to read it." I too quickly fell in love, and I've read the series several times. I was always a reader, but I feel like I've tried so much more since then, and I will never not be a reader.