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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