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There are several rights of passage in every evolving bookworm’s life: the first chapter book, the first re-read, the first book you blogged. This week’s Top 10 Tuesday was a throwback freebie, so I challenged myself to come up with 10 Bookish Firsts.
From my Childhood:
My First Chapter Book: “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I was in first grade and remember how UNBELIEVABLY proud I was to 1) be reading a book without pictures and 2) reading a book with real chapters!!!
The First Book Recommended to Me: “Nancy Drew – The Hidden Staircase” by Carolyn Keene. My mom recommended Nancy Drew when I was on my chapter book kick. Naturally, I wanted to start with the second book – Hidden Staircases seemed way cooler than Old Clocks!
My First Grown-Up Book: “Starwars: The Courtship of Princess Leia” by Dave Wolverton. The Starwars trilogy was digitally remastered and re-released when I was 10. I was obsessed with Return of the Jedi and convinced my mom to let me get this from the adult second of Waldon Books.
My First Romance Book: “Educating Caroline” by Patricia Cabot. I was in elementary school and waay too young to be reading historical romance, but the cover said Patricia Cabot was the pen name for Meg Cabot – who wrote The Princess Diaries.
My First Re-Read: “Court Duel” by Sherwood Smith. This will always be one of my favorite books and I borrowed it from the library so often that my parents finally bought me a copy for Christmas.
As I got older:
My First Hard Cover Book Purchase: “The Assassins of Tamurin” by S.D. Tower. My Dad always advised against buying hardcovers because I read too fast, but it just looked soooo good. (And a good choice because I’ve read it several times!)
The First “Classic Book” I Read Not-for-School: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austin. The Kiera Knightly Pride and Prejudice came out while I was in high-school and I wanted to do a book vs. movie comparison.
The First Book I Stayed Up All Night Reading: “Daughter of the Forest” by Juliette Marillier. I remember staying up until 4am reading this!
My First Paranormal Read: “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer. Yep. First paranormal read. I binged the entire series my first year out of college.
My First E-Book: “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. I waited for a Nook for so long that this was a huge decision for me! I mean, I didn’t want my first e-book experience ever to be a bad one.