Good news! Shalini posted a survey about books, my very favorite things. So today I'm answering those questions and you don't have to listen to more ridiculous things my kids say!
First Book I Loved
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This wasn't the first chapter book I read, but it is the first one I remember loving. I think I was 8 when I read it for the first time? Or 9 maybe? I still have my copy and you bet I'll be reading it to Kalena.
First Book I Hated
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
I'm not much of a book hater, and I'm not even sure that I actually hated this one, but I do remember being annoyed by the characters. In particular I felt like all Anna's problems were her own fault and I had no sympathy for her. However, I read this when I was 19 and I haven't read it since so my opinion could be totally different if I read it now. I didn't hate Wuthering Heights the first time I read that (at 17) but hated ALL the characters when I read it a few years ago. So.
First Series I Read
The Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I had read this whole series by the time I was 9 or 10, and I've read all the books many times. I love these books. I could probably have put them in the "first book I loved" category, but it seemed like cheating to put in a whole series. And how could I just pick one?
First Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book I Read
I'm putting two books down here because fantasy and sci-fi are very different!
Fantasy: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
An excellent series.
Sci-Fi: Ender's Game
I think I was 12 the first time I read this book. I love it every time. Also, it's one of the few books that I recommend to basically everyone.
First Book That Made Me Cry From Laughing
Um, none? I rarely laugh until I cry and I've never read a book that funny.
First Young Adult Book I Read and Loved
I'm not going to apologize for liking it. Also, it was pretty much the first YA book I ever read, since I don't think anything was labeled Young Adult when I *was* a young adult.
First Horror Book I Read
The Shining by Stephen King
I can't guarantee that The Shining was *actually* the first horror book I read, but I can assure you that if it wasn't, something else by Stephen King was. I'm kind of a Stephen King fan. I've read many of his books.
First Book I Was Completely Obsessed With
I don't know! This seems like a horrible way to end this survey, but I tend not to obsess over things and I can't come up with a book I've obsessed over.