What book got you hooked?

My name is thelinster and I’m a biblioholic. It’s been three days since my last Amazon.com order. Oh, who am I kidding: I won’t make it to a week. I love books — the way they feel, the way they smell, the way they look on the shelf. And I love the way a woman looks when she’s reading a book.

Growing up, I was a regular at the library. But nothing matched the feeling of having my very own books to read. Every kid deserves to have that feeling.

Organizations like First Book agree and have made it their mission to give kids from low-income families their very first new books. First Book, which just gave its 50 millionth book to a child in need, is in the midst of a national awareness campaign called “What Book Got You Hooked?” A lot of authors and celebrities are participating, telling us their favorite books from childhood.

For actress Rebecca Romijn, it was Bridge to Terebithia. “Forget the movie,” Romijn says, “there’s nothing that could possibly be better than this book.”

See what happens when she forgets to bring a book to read in the tub?

Joan Allen loved the Golden Book series. “The Little Engine That Could was my favorite. I was crazy about the determination of the little guy and the rhythm of ‘I think I can, I think I can.’”

Oh, Joan, of course you can. Anytime.

The L Word’s Marlee Matlin cites Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. “It changed my outlook on life and let me know I wasn’t the only one out there who thought the things I thought.”

I bet I’m not the only one thinking what I’m thinking now.

Other famous females who share what book got them hooked include violinist Midori, WNBA star Helen Darling, singer Lisa Loeb, actress Anna Deavere Smith and news correspondent Judy Woodruff. Plus famous folks of the male kind, like actors John Lithgow, David Duchovny and John Krasinski. And lots of other authors, journalists, musicians, and TV and movie stars. See them all here. You’ll also find a list of the top 50 children’s books according to a poll of firstbook.org visitors.

Mine’s right there at No. 8 — The Poky Little Puppy. How about yours? What book got you hooked? Let me know; I may need to order it.

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