Do you remember your first?

January 27, 2015 Fun Questions 25

Fun Questions LogoJoin me every Tuesday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Do your remember your first?

*shakes head* come on y’all that’s not what I meant at all! We’re talking books here alright?

I think that in every book lover’s life there are some milestone moments. Like your first chapter book. The first book that keeps you up all night because it’s just so damn good you can’t put it down. The first book you got in trouble for reading. The first book that scared the shit out of you and you have to hide it in the closet so you can sleep. The first book that you put in the freezer. The first book that made you cry ugly UGLY tears. The first book you read over and over and over again. The first book that made you fall in love with love.

Do you remember all those firsts? Well I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, so I had to share some of my firsts – partly because I recently reread one of these and it got me thinking that it would be fun to share our firsts. Here’s some of mine:

My First Series

233722The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin
I think this might have been my first chapter book too, but I’m not positive. I do know it was my first chapter books series and I ate these books up. I got on a mailing list and they got mailed to me like monthly I think. I read all the spin off series too. I was obsessed with having them all and reading them in order. It all started a long time ago folks LOL!

My First Time Getting in Trouble (also my first all-nighter)

1728912Bright Show by AVI
I’ve mentioned this book on the blog before – because it was my first introduction to magic & fantasy. I did stay up all night reading it, but that’s not why it’s really note-worthy IMO. It was the first time I ever got in trouble for reading a ook. I had no idea I could get in trouble for reading a book, but my dad was convinced that the magic was evil and from the devil. I never got in trouble for reading a book again – not that I only read books I was allowed to read – I just never told anymore!

My First All-Nighter (that didn’t get me in trouble)

10210Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This is the book that inspired this post, because I recently reread it and appreciated it on a whole new level. Unlike Bright Shadow, I didn’t get in trouble for this book and it actually took me ALL NIGHT. I was up until like 3am with Bright Shadow but Jane Eyre I went to school with no sleep – because it’s not short! I just couldn’t put it down!

My First Ugly Cry / First Freezer Book

890Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Gah! This book destroyed me! It was the first time a book made me lose it. The book you try to hide in the freezer because you can’t take what it’s making you feel (I’ve never actually done that, but I think Joey had the right idea. ^5 if you get that reference)! I’ve only read the book once, because I don’t think I can handle being destroyed so thoroughly again.

My First Obsessive Reread

2239006The India Fan by Victoria Holt
I have no idea how many times I read this book. I would finish it, only to pick it up the next day and start over. I branched out to her other books eventually, but I kept coming back to this one. It was my first Historical Romance too and I really was too young to read it, but I kept the sex bits to myself LOL! I became infatuated with everything India because of this book too. For the longest time I wanted to go to India more than anywhere in the world because of it. It was an obsession.

My First Time Falling in Love with Love

1885Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is my all-time favorite book, for a host of reasons. I re-read it every year. It’s just the perfect romance and I never get tired of watching Lizzy and Darcy go from misjudging each other to falling in love. And the sweet sweet romance between Jane and Bingley. It’s the ultimate HEA – I don’t think you can help falling in love with LOVE after reading it.

Those are the first I remember – do you remember yours?

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25 Responses to “Do you remember your first?”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Omigosh! This is an awesome post! I honestly can’t remember reasons these books made an impact (like staying up all night, etc) but I loved reading Agatha Christie when I was in elementary school…Forever was a book I hid under my bed so my mom wouldn’t know I was reading it (and she didn’t really pay that close of attention anyway) when I was in 6th grade, I think. And Pride and Prejudice – made a lasting impact and I read it in 7th grade.
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  2. Terri M., the Director

    My first ugly cry? A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith. I’ve been on the hunt for this book for ages and I found it in a used bookstore 2 years ago while traveling in Seattle. My husband thought I was a nuts when I found it and insisted on buying this ratty $2.00 book hidden away in a dusty corner.

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  3. Lola

    I don’t remember many first, I do remember a lot of books and some memories associated with them. As a kid I never pulled all-nighters and still hardly ever find a book so good I go to bed really late. One of the books I remember reading up late is Harry Potter, I loved that book so much and read them till late in the evening and then re-read them a lot. For my first series I think that’s a dutch book about kids who grew up in a hotel and they got into trouble often, it was such a fun series, can’t remember the name. Maybe I read series before that, but that’s one of the earliest I can remember. I don’t think I ever got into trouble for reading, if I read past my bedtime I made sure not to get caught.

    I only remember two books that made me cry, one was Damanged by Cathy Glass. And it just broke my heart it was such a sad story and it pains me that things like that happen. The other was the third book in the Vampire Kiss series as it has such a sad ending and I didn’t read the next books until I read spoilers for he next few books.
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    • Berls

      Oh Harry Potter is so amazing. When book 7 came out I couldn’t sleep, I was so anxious to go to the store and get my copy. I finally got up at 5am to get it and then I read 17 hours non-stop. I took bathroom breaks and made a Chinese take out run, that was it. I cried so much in that book too. Gah, I want to reread it now!

    • Berls

      I’ve only read Jane Eyre twice, but after my more recent reread, its made my list of must reread. I think Of Mice and Men destroys everyone who reads it, how can’t it?

  4. Lexxie

    What an amazing idea, Berls! And yes, my mind definitely ‘went there’ for a fraction of a second about remembering my first… sorry 😉

    My first chapter books were by Norwegian and Swedish authors, Astrid Lindgren was a huge favorite, and she wrote many other books than Pippi Longstocking. And some of those books were really, really dark, too. I loved them to pieces, though. I think I started reading actual novels (most written for kids) when I was seven, so it’s kind of hard to think of which one was the first, but I remember falling completely in love with both Ronia the Robber’s Daughter and The Brothers Lionheart. There are no princesses, cuteness or nice little children in these stories, and I think that’s partly what I loved so much.

    Joey definitely had the right idea about the freezer, Berls, I have written in reviews that I wanted to put books in the freezer, but again, I can’t remember for which books :(

    Have a wonderful Wednesday and happy reading :)
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  5. Lillian @ Mom With a Reading Problem

    RL Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street were my first series and also the ones that made me scared of the dark 😉
    My first book that I would read over and over again was Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green (hence my historical romance soft spot)
    Then the first time I worried my sweet mama was reading Little Women. I read it in just under 48 hours, only emerging from my room to eat. She threatened to take me to a doctor because she thought I was depressed. SMH!!!
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    • Berls

      48 hour for Little Women is FAST. I’ve only read that book once because it’s so long! Its a great one though, to be sure. Your poor mom just didn’t know a true bookworm was being born 😉

  6. Anya

    I’m horrified to say that I can’t remember any of these! To be honest it’s probably because my parents encouraged me to read everything all the time so I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading ya know? I know Dragonriders of Pern was the first series that I completely went nuts over (maybe the only to that degree actually). And either Kate Daniels or Mercy Thompson was my first UF series, but I can’t remember which D:
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    • Berls

      I have a similar uncertainty about my first UF – it was either Mercy Thompson or Cassie Palmer, but I’m not sure which. A childhood full of reading memories is great though, even I you can’t remember the firsts :)

  7. A Voracious Reader

    I don’t remember a single first. Wow. That makes me sad. However, the Joey thing I think is where he was reading Little Women and Rachel was reading The Shining. Am I right? I’m right, aren’t I? How could I remember that and not any of my firsts?!
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    • Berls

      Woot! ^5! That’s it! He had the right idea I think :) you’ll have to rack your brain for a while, there in their somewhere!

  8. Heidi

    A fabulous post. I have never gone back and thought about all the books that made me feel. I think the book that broke my heart first was Where The Red Fern Grows. The book that spoke to my soul and made me love gorgeosu writing was Tuck Everlasting. I would have to think on the others. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Heidi! It’s fun to be nostalgic from time to time :) I’ve never read Tuck Everlasting, guess I need to! Where the Red Fern Grows, on the other hand, broke my heart too.

  9. Stormi

    Wow, I don’t remember my first like you I remember my dad reading Brer Rabbit books cause he did voices! :) I never got in trouble for reading a book. I started off with Steven King pretty early and he would be the one that kept me up late at night and scared me at the same time. :) I don’t remember my first romance but I remember sneaking one of my mom’s harlequins when I was about 15 or
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    • Berls

      See I’ve never read Stephen King – but I definitely would have hid him in the closet! I also probably would have gotten in trouble for reading Stephen King (my dad was super strict

  10. Michelle @ Because Reading

    My first was really the Point Horror books, I use to go every weekend to the book store to get one or two of them. I don’t remember reading the babysitters club but I do remember reading this series that had twins and I can’t remember the name of it.

    I remember my very first Historical Romance was something my mom had in her drawer. I loved it and questioned my moms choice in reading since it had a lot of steamy scenes. I know I don’t read them anymore but I always wondered if I should pick on up again just to old time.

    Great post! :)
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    • Berls

      You should! It took me a while to get back into them and even though they aren’t my favorite genre, I do enjoy a good HR. Oh and I think you’re remembering Sweet Valley Twins 😉 I read those too!

  11. Melanie Simmons

    I don’t know that I remember. I remember reading Charlotte’s Web, White Fang and Where the Red Fern Grows. I also remember reading a bunch of Shel Silverstein books like, Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree and A Light in the Attic. My first big adult books was Misery by Stephen King. I read it in seventh grade and the teachers kept taking it away from me because it wasn’t appropriate for a child of my age. I loved it. I want to reread or listen to it sometime soon.
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    • Berls

      Lol I think plenty if kids get in trouble for reading Stephen King – would you believe I’ve never read him?

  12. Ramona

    Do I remember? It was “The Crystal Egg” by H.G.Wells – it was an audio on vinyl, really old school, lol. A Christmas present from my parents when I was five or six, I guess… I must’ve listened to it until I could recite every word in my sleep! Ah, the good old days…

    Awesome post, Berls! Nicely done again <3
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    • Berls

      Thanks Ramona! Oh that’s an H.G. Wells I’ve never read. How cool about the vinyl – see you’ve always loved audio books 😉 LOL!

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