From Nonreader to Author or What Gets People Interested in Books?

Wishbone with BooksWishbone's Many CharactersWishbone in Various CharactersSince this is my first blog post I thought I would use it to introduce myself to you as well as cover what I know on a question people often ask. This question would be, “How do you get someone interested in reading?” Before I give my answer to this question you should know that there was a time when I hated reading. For me it was really boring. So how did I ever get interested enough in books to become a writer? The answer actually comes from TV.

Before I was a reader the TV show, Wishbone, was playing on TV. For anyone who doesn’t know, Wishbone was a TV series about a talking dog who loved adventure and he loved to read books. In the TV show Wishbone would introduce the classic books by imagining himself as a character in these books. The book he chose was based on whatever was happening at the time in his and his human friends lives. I really liked the dog and the show, and there were many books based off the TV episodes which I began reading. Because it was about Wishbone, a subject I really loved and still do, I came to love the books.

This book series was called: The Adventures of Wishbone and were written exactly as everything was seen in the show. Then there was the Super Adventures of Wishbone, which I began reading next, which followed the same Wishbone story/classic story formula as was in the original series with one notable difference-the super adventures were all new stories about Wishbone that were never TV episodes.

This is what began my interest in books. I also later discovered the Wishbone Mysteries series and Super Mysteries, which tells a little bit about the classic stories but is more focused on Wishbone, and the Wishbone Classics, Early Years, and Tales of a Pup series. Each of these three focused the other way, on the classic story rather than directly on Wishbone.

Once I discovered I liked Wishbone books I began reading other books about talking dogs and later other animal books. My interest in the subject of magic also started with an animal, but that is a different story that I might talk about on another day.

Now let’s return to the question, “How do you get someone interested in reading?” The answer I found is first find their favorite subject. Maybe a book based off a favorite TV show or movie, or someone they like. Even comic book characters such as the Justice League have other books that aren’t comics available to read and are all new stories.

A couple good examples of subject based books are the book series: Wild at Heart aka Vet Volunteers by Laurie Halse Anderson, and Animal Ark by Ben M. Baglio aka Lucy Daniels. If you know someone who isn’t a reader but is interested in becoming a vet one day these two book series are fiction books with many real life vet situations and facts. Or maybe they are really interested in some Disney movies such as Bambi or 101 Dalmatians. Both of these movies were first books.

Bambi was written by Felix Salten and 101 Dalmatians was written by Dodie Smith. Both also vary greatly from the movies that were created based off them and are really interesting to read to see the differences or just to read what feels like an all new story starring some favorite characters.

101 Dalmatians also had a book sequel called: The Starlight Barking which is a really interesting book and is much better than the sequels that Disney came up with – 102 Dalmatians and 101 Dalmatians II, although I did like the movies.

Another Disney movie that began as a book that I really like is The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix. The Disney version may be for kids, but the book was written for adults and I would easily recommend it to adults who loved or still love Disney movies.

So that’s how I feel is the best way to get people interested in reading, and who knows, maybe once you start someone into reading they will become a published author can happen.
Before I close out this blog for today I would like to ask those of you who love to read, did you always like to read? What started you reading and do you remember what your first favorite book was? Do you still like that book and what genre is it? And what is your favorite book and genre today?


About animalsandmagic

I am an author and publisher of children’s fiction, as well as an artist, and photographer. I also enjoy reading, playing video games, watching TV & movies, and more. I love animals and currently have a toy poodle named Merveille, and a Mini Rex rabbit named Kojikaki. Many of my pets over the years have been rescues from shelters. I also have selective mutism, and social phobia and am a big supporter of mental health awareness as well as animal rescue.
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10 Responses to From Nonreader to Author or What Gets People Interested in Books?

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  2. Okay, thanks! I thought the /feed/ part was needed because when I was linking my blog to my author profile on Amazon it kept telling me to add /feed/ to it, so I thought that’s how it was done for all sites. I fixed the link on Goodreads and will remove the extra post on here. There are two posts becasue I made a few errors in it the first time. I didn’t know I could delete it so I will do that now. This is my first time doing a blog so I really don’t know much about blogging yet.

  3. I have no idea what got me reading. I think the first books I started churning my way through where the Famous Five/Secret Seven stories, and they were bloody marvellous beasts.

    How I made the transition from nappy-wearing, car-smashing infant to book-carrying, keyboard-mashing nerd I couldn’t honestly say.

    • I wouldn’t have known either if my mom hadn’t told me (and possibly everyone she knows) I only faintly remember a time when I didn’t like reading and I can only remember one book that I read during that time, and although I can’t remember it’s title now, I do know that several years after I became a reader I accidently read it again and liked the book. Until I was halfway through I didn’t remember reading it before. What I remember well is that Wishbone craze where I had to read all his books, but until my mom told me I had no idea that these were the first books that I ever wanted to read.

      • Nice one!

        By the way, I came to your blog via the link you posted on a Goodreads group. You actually posted the RSS link, meaning anyone clicking on it will get an odd error about XML feeds – if you edit the link you posted by removing the /feed/ part, it will work fine.

        A few other WordPress tips:

        You managed to post this article twice – I suggest you go into the dashboard and delete the one that doesn’t have the comments.

        Also, you should make use of categories and tags. Categories are for general grouping of posts, and some examples would be ‘Book Reviews’ and ‘Film Reviews’. Tags are more specific to the post they are linked to, so you might want to put tags like ‘Wishbone’, ‘Disney’ and ‘Dodie Smith’.

        However, you don’t want to assign too many categories and tags to one post! Any more than ten is counter productive when it comes to them turning up in search engine results.

    • shambhawip says:

      I also started from the Famous Five mysteries 🙂 They were the gems!

  4. I will put up a photo for my profile soon!

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