50 Books Real Simple Readers Love
What book made you love to read? When almost 4,000 of our Facebook fans answered that question, they wrote passionately about the books they love (and, in some cases, really, really love). These titles and authors came up over and over. We used readers’ own words to describe their magic.
Charlotte made words cool and powerful. I still aspire to the last lines, 25 years later: “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” —Megan Johnson
I have the copy from when I was a little girl. I’ve read it to my children and I still read it myself every few years just because! —Bethany Johnson McGale
During my fourth-grade year I read it constantly. My mom, Charlotte, had to buy three copies because I wore the first two out. My friends would hide it from me because I was always carrying the book and ignoring them. —Jason A. LaPoint
When I was in the second grade, my teacher’s helper read us Charlotte’s Web. When she read it she made different voices for all the animals. I looked forward to it every day! She made the book come alive! I haven’t stopped reading since. —Genevieve Lyon Butler
My third-grade teacher read it to our class and I read it to my second-graders years later...and always felt the way I did the first time I fell in love with them all! —Maari Henderson Anderson
I remember crying when she said good-bye to Wilbur. I was 8 at the time. And was amazed when I finished the book and closed it that the animals weren’t there in my living room. I was so involved in the book. —Julie Adair
It’s the first time I remember using my imagination to let all the words form a real picture in my mind. That was 40 years ago and I still look forward to what I can imagine through words! —Renee Lancioni
Even though my Mom couldn’t read it to me without crying, it was a great book. —Tammy Smith
I remember sitting by my bedroom window and reading by the natural light since I was supposed to be sleeping! —Carmen M. Dunlop
I was 7. It was a gift from my great-aunt when my youngest sister was born. It was the first hardcover chapter book of my very own. —Christin Pivero
I loved that the characters were loyal and accepting of each other. —Heather Blackwell
I checked it out from the library so often that the librarian finally just gave me a copy so I’d have my own. —Kelli Webster
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