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I started with the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was around 10 years old, then I wanted to read the Lord of the Rings, but I put away this soon and my first novel what I read it was the Phantom. This still the favourite, because it was huge effect on me and I started to write because I read this book.

Which book is your heart?
 

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I've read novels since at least 2nd grade and I honestly don't remember what my first one was... Maybe Just So Stories, a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling, was one of my earliest I still remember. I know as a young kid, I adored The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois, which I'm sure was one of the first novels I ever read. It captured my imagination for what felt like a long time ((at least for a kid)) with its sense of adventure and the memorable characters. I haven't touched the book since childhood and yet I still remember the main character's name was William Waterman Sherman.
 

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That wasn't children's or young adult novel? I think it was the Hound of the Baskervilles when I was about ten. Though when I was eight I fell in love with this book about the 1900s and the Titanic called Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck, which is a young adult novel. I also remember reading this book I can't quite fathom the name of about an old Victorian house and a weird older relative and haunted dolls that came to life, also around 8-9. (It's called Behind the Attic Wall
..the internet is amazing). I showed a horror and mystery preference from the very beginning, and I think that's because the first short stories I read were Grimms Fairy Tales. Like the big book, no Disney stuff, my grandfather tried weaning me off the Disney kind of versions before I even started Kindergarten. I also had a book of Victorian children's poetry.

The first "classic" I attempted to read was Jane Eyre when I was 13 but I think I appreciated literature, that sort, more as I got older. In high school.
 
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