Monday, July 30, 2012

First books

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.

Your turn!


  1. Hmm...tough questions. I wasn't a big reader growing up so I don't remember many firsts. But if I were to take a stab at it I'd say:

    1 - The Witches by Roald Dahl
    2 - Most everything I was required to read. Great Expectations stands out as one I remember really hating because it was SOOOOO boring and painfully difficult to read.
    3 - I think the first full series I actually finished was Harry Potter.
    4 - A Wrinkle in Time
    5 - I too don't remember any especially funny books. Authors should write more of them.
    6 - She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
    7 - Needful Things by Stephen King
    8 - Obsessed...hmmm...I don't know if I've ever obsessed over a book. My favorite book to this day is Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor.

  2. yay! And yes, the whole "YA" label makes me feel old.

  3. I also didn't have a book that made me cry laughing and a book I obsessed over. Hard questions.

  4. I've had books that made me laugh (really, chuckle), but never any tears! The first book I hated was probably A Tale of Two Cities. Snoozefest.

  5. Ha, Anna Karenina. Man, that was a long one. It didn't bother me too much, but I don't really have to sympathize with a main character to enjoy a story most of the time.


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