Throwback Tuesday: My Bookish Firsts!

Posted September 12, 2017 by Mallory in Bookish Things, Top 10 Tuesday / 6 Comments

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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.

This was surprisingly hard to think of 10 different bookish firsts! I’d love to hear what some of your firsts were in the comments below!

6 responses to “Throwback Tuesday: My Bookish Firsts!

    • Mallory

      Haha – thank you, Evelina! It was a surprisingly a hard to think of 10 “firsts.” I might do some re-reads over the weekend now for old time’s sake 😛

  1. Natalie @Natflix&Books

    This is a wonderful list–and a great trip down memory lane, I bet. I loved The Night Circus and I think Pride & Prejudice might be the first classic I read outside of school, too.

    • Mallory

      Thank, Natalie! It’s funny how I’ll always remember “The Night Circus” as my first e-book, but I’m starting to forget some of the details and am thinking a re-read must be in order 🙂

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