BTT: Firsts

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Do you remember the first book you bought for yourself? Or the first book you checked out of the library? What was it and why did you choose it?

Like many others, I found this a really hard question, one that evoked many memories and recollections, but not one specific “first” I could really verify as being “correct.”

The first book I chose to buy for myself was probably in a series, either The Babysitters Club or Sweet Valley High , books that I bought or borrowed whenever I could and read obsessively. When my own girls recently started reading BSC books, I was surprised at how much I still remembered about Claudia, Kristy, Mary Anne, Dawn and Stacey and all their innocent adventures.

I remember a beat-up copy of Little Women , and I remember hunting down every single L.M. Montgomery book I could find, which I also read over and over again. I was and remain a devotee of the Anne of Green Gables series first and foremost, but I also read and loved the Emily of New Moon trilogy, the Pat of Silver Bush novels, and really, every other book I think she’s ever published. Whether or not they fall in love like I did, my own girls will definitely own a copy of all of her books as well. If I had to choose, I would say the L.M. Montgomery books had the biggest influence on me as a child, having a major impact on how I see the world today.

I wish I actually did know the first book I ever purchased, the way you wish you knew your first word, or how we treasure those pictures of newborns with scrunched-up faces. The moment I was read my first book, and the moment I started building my own personal library, are equally significant to me, as the moments when I truly started becoming the person I am today.

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10 responses to “BTT: Firsts

  1. I agree with you. It would be great to truly know the first book you ever purchased and the first book you ever read, as those are pivotal moments in the creation of the book lover and person you are today. I love the way you put it!

    I too was a fan of the babysitter’s club books. I wonder if I would still remember details of the books nowadays?

  2. I’d love to know the first book I read or was read to me too….it began a lifelong love of all things literary (and many that aren’t so literary but I still enjoy reading!)

  3. Anne of Green Gables was a favourite of mine too but as most other people I do not remember my actual “firsts” either.
    http://dawntreader-island2.blogspot.com/2011/01/httpbtt2.html

  4. I love Little Woman. I don’t remember first bought book, but I do remember first library book checked out. Check out my answer for Booking Through Thursday.

  5. Dragonfly, thanks for the kind words! Do you remember which girl had diabetes and which had a boyfriend named Logan? 🙂

  6. Marnie Colton

    I think mine was Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers, a book I can still re-read and find hilarious–it’s so snarky and New York, especially for a kid’s book. My copy had the wonderful Edward Gorey cover(http://www.goreybooks.com/cgi-bin/emAlbum.cgi?c=show_image;p=Book Covers;i=18;img=freakyfriday.jpg). I also loved the original movie with Jodie Foster, but that doesn’t hold up as well as the book.

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