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27 Books That Sparked Your Literary Awakening

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all." —Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what book made them fall in love with reading. Here are their inspiring results.

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1. The Giver by Lois Lowry

2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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It helped me realize other people are shy, love will hurt you, and true friends are where it's at.

Submitted by amandaa492b1bc35

4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth

6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

7. Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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The stories of the four sisters changed my relationship with both books and with my friends and family.

Submitted by Molly Lahr, Facebook

9. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

10. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Anne is imaginative like me, so I could really connect with the way she thinks and the way she sees new things.

Submitted by naomif406be05b9

11. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

12. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

13. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

14. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

15. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

16. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

17. White Fang by Jack London

18. The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

19. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

20. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr

21. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

22. 1984 by George Orwell

23. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

24. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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After reading it, I understood why people read for pleasure, because it was an escape to a different place and time.

Submitted by Rebecca Cook, Facebook

25. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis

26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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The thought of living in a world where I couldn't read books made me want to read as many as I could.

Submitted by sarahm4876f3007

27. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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As a child, I felt like I never belonged. When I read the books, I figured that if a scrawny nobody can have loyal friends and wild adventures, why couldn't I, too?

Submitted by sophiaj4bd4ab6a7

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