My First Books

by Ginger on August 6, 2012

in Entertain Me

I am a sheeple, so I’m copying Shalini (and a bunch of other people) about this first book thing. Because why not talk about books, huh?

I will say, these are all based on my memories as I recall them right now. Given that motherhood has made my brain into swiss cheese about stuff like this, I reserve the right to come back later & revise 🙂

First Book I Loved

The Secret Garden

This was one of the first books I remember falling in love with when I read it the first time (and I read it many, many times after that). I just loved everything about it, from the way I wanted to smack Mary in the beginning (my word was that child a brat), to the way I wanted to hug her at the end. It was such a wonderful escape type story & man did I love it.

(I’m also going to call out two books that were read to me: Winnie the Pooh {I think it was House on Pooh Corner, but don’t remember for sure if that was the specific book} was a book I remember my mom reading to me as a kid, and The Hobbit was a book my dad read to me that I also loved. I loved it later when I read it myself also, but I have extremely clear memories of reading it with my dad.)

First Book I Hated

I remember really disliking The Outsiders when we read it in school, and I can’t really remember too much before that, so we’ll go with that. (Though my real disdain in books wouldn’t show up until Dickens & Shakespeare made more frequent appearances in my classrooms. Gag.).

First Series I Read

The Babysitter’s Club

I loved these books. I didn’t read the whole series, I think I only got up to something like #119, but man did I love those books. In the summers, my dad & stepmom would always take me to this amazing used bookstore in Santa Cruz, & I would SCOUR the shelves for the next one in the series.

Oh, and I was totally Mary Anne. Totally.

First Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book I Read

I dunno whether I read A Wrinkle In Time first or The Hobbit. Probably A Wrinkle in Time. I remember being entranced, but also feeling SO NOT SMART ENOUGH for that book. I doubt that feeling has changed much, actually.

First Book That Made Me Cry From Laughing

Hmmm. This is a tough one. I don’t really read a lot of super funny stuff, I guess. Or maybe it’s just not as memorable?

Ooh, I’ve got one:

Couplehood by Paul Reiser. I was a big Mad About You fan, and when I saw his book, I had to read it. I did laugh myself to tears a handful of times in that one. (Interestingly, I think most of the funniest books I’ve read are not fiction but instead memoir. Except for Christopher Moore, his stuff cracks me the hell up).

First YA Book I Read and Loved

I have a really hard time with this, because I’m not sure YA was really a category I was aware of growing up. AND because I read across a ton of age ranges even at a really young age (I was reading Maeve Binchy and Mary Higgins Clark at 11 & 9 respectively, so you know, it’s not like I paid attention to that stuff). I mean, I read and adored Little Women, does that count?  What about Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? (Interesting thoughts on this, from NPR‘s most recent foray into the 100 best YA books.)

Eh, I’ll just go with my gut & say Little Women.

First Horror Book I Read

Probably something by either Christopher Pike or R.L. Stein. I went through a phase of those kinds of books & though I can’t remember a single plot point (or heck, title), I know I plowed through dozens of these.

First Book I Was Completely Obsessed With

I’m cheating: There were two, in the battle of the Anne’s.

Diary of A Young Girl

For some reason, WWII and the Holocaust always captured my attention, and Diary of a Young Girl took that interest & turned it around on me: Here was a girl, LIKE ME, and her story. And it wasn’t a story. It was her life. I don’t remember how old I was when I first read the diary, but it stayed with me through my first reading, and my second, and my third. I’ve probably read this at least 10 times in my life, and it never fails to catch me in new ways.

Anne of Green Gables

I loved Anne. I wanted to BE Anne. Heck, I STILL want to be Anne. I loved everything about Anne, and I reread the whole series every couple of years just to get another chance with that amazing character. Why can’t I be Anne?

Ok, there you go. What about you? Come be a sheeple with me and share YOUR book firsts!

Kathleen August 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

The Secret Garden was the first book I did a book report on! I bought this copy for my daughter for her first birthday & plan to buy her another classic every birthday/Christmas so she’ll have a good collection. 🙂

Ginger August 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

If I had a girl, I would be RIGHT there with you.

shasta August 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

OMG A WRINKLE IN TIME. Best way to blow a 10 year old’s mind.

FYI, the sequels are good but not great.

Ginger August 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I know I read the sequels, but I can’t remember much of anything about them other than they were trippy as hell for me. I seriously am contemplating rereading the series to see if I’m smarter now…

Andrea August 7, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Great post… I feel like we could have been twins. I LOVED Babysitter club books… friends and I pooled our money to buy one of the special books, where they go on a cruise… one of the friends dropped the book in the tub and ruined it, we were so mad! Hahaha

And I grabbed every LM Montgomery book I could find during 7th and 8th grade.. No particular order, just whatever was on the shelf at the time. Still love those books and movies. One of the times I wish I had a daughter instead of two sons, as I just don’t think they will love them the same.

(Would be an interesting topic to hear about literature that we moms have loved that we may not share with a son in the same way we would with a daughter)

Ginger August 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I’ve been considering writing a post like that for a while. When I found out I was having a boy, I was 99% excited–but that 1% was sad about all the books I wouldn’t get to share the same way now: Little Women, Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables…He may still read them, but I’m sure even if he does it’ll be different.

Katherine August 7, 2012 at 10:44 pm

You know what I remember of A Wrinkle in Time? Floating through space on a lion, and I’m pretty sure that isn’t remotely close to what the book is about.

It may have been a horse.

Ginger August 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Was it a pegasus? I don’t remember much about the book now, but I have some idea about a pegasus…maybe I’m making that up.

Joanne August 8, 2012 at 6:37 am

I’m right there with you on The Secret Garden, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, The Babysitter’s Club, Christopher Pike, Diary of a Young Girl and Anne of Green Gables. I have the videos that I bought at the library of Anne of Green Gables, the whole series. I recently found a biography about the author of The Babysitter’s Club when I was working at the library and this other girl and I had a good talk about those books.

Ginger August 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm

You know what’s interesting? For as much as I loved Anne–I’ve never seen a single one of the videos. I don’t really know how that happened…

Hope August 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

I love love loved both the Secret Garden and a Wrinkle in Time. And the Babysitters Club, although I think I read more of the Sweet Valley High books.

Ginger August 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I totally loved the Sweet Valley books, but I read them later so they didn’t make my “first” list. I did love those twins though (have you read the new ones? Now that they’re adults? They’re terrible, but awesomely so).

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