Pryday

Hello all! I’ve decided not to participate in the Library Loot event anymore because I check so many books out and only read about 5% of them and it seems silly to post pictures of books on my blog that I’m never even going to crack open. But, I still want to do some kind of weekly themed post so I’ve come up with ‘Pryday’! Every Friday I will ask a book-related question, something to get me thinking about the books I love, why I love them and how I’m developing as a reader. I’d love to hear all of your responses too, if you feel like sharing. My first Pryday question is:

“What is the first book that you really LOVED?” 

I wasn’t much of a reader as a child. I was a good reader and I liked to read, but for some reason I didn’t read for pleasure. I was always outside playing with my friends or making mischief with my brothers and sisters indoors, but reading wasn’t a big part of my childhood. I only started to read seriously when I was about 13 or 14. That’s when I became more introspective and struggled socially after I entered junior high school. I turned to books to escape myself. Around this time my grandma sent a box of books to me that had been my mom’s books when she was a teen. Inside the box was a big, fat, dusty copy of Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I chose to read it during my summer break and was completely mesmerized. I remember being smitten with Scarlett, wishing I was as bold and fearless, as headstrong and demanding as she was. The passion and heat between Scarlett and Rhett was irresistible to a 13-year-old girl, prompting fantasies of having a dramatic romance of my own. And what other book so sways the reader so persuasively to the side of the South during the war? I held my Confederate sympathies for many years after reading GWTW and was convinced that General Sherman was a monster because of it. This is the only book I can remember immediately starting again right after I’d finished and I think I read it 3 or 4 times in a row during that summer and fall. I was so beguiled by this novel and I’ll never forget that feeling of falling in love with a book for the first time.

How about you? What was the first book you really LOVED?

14 comments / Add your comment below

  1. my first book I loved as a kid it was a book called abel island about a mouse that gets stuck on a island as a adult it was probably something like famished road or midnights children when I was 19 or 20 set up love of magic realism and the booker prize both set abroad as well suppose that says something as well ,all the best stu

    1. Oh, interesting that the books you first loved have influenced your current reading. I so admire people who have read Midnight’s Children because I didn’t like it at all and it frustrated me!

  2. Mine was Little House on the Prairie – which is also the first book I can remember anyone giving me, though clearly we had books before then. But Gone with the Wind was the first book I hid under the mattress, because my mom said I couldn’t read it. She was not happy when she found it (what was I thinking – much too big a book to hide that way).

    1. Haha! I love the image of GWTW making a bulge in your mattress! I loved the Little House tv series, but was curiously never inspired to read the books…

  3. I really need to read GWTW – what am I waiting for?

    The first book I loved was probably an Enid Blyton one – I loved books as a child and hers have really stayed with me. Possibly The Magic Faraway Tree or the Malory Towers series. Sigh…I want to read them again right now.

  4. I used to read a lot when I was a child and like the Book Whisperer, I was a big fan of Enid Blyton. But the first book I remember really loving was Watership Down by Richard Adams when I was about ten years old. I read it again last year and was pleased to find I still loved it as an adult too!

    1. Enid Blyton has been mentioned by so many bloggers in the UK as a childhood favorite, but she is pretty unknown here in the States. We only have 1 of her novels in my library system. I wonder if GWTW would be as wonderful to me now as it was 20 years ago…glad you liked Watership Down just as much now as you did as a child.

  5. I gave up Library Loot a while back for just the same reason. My mother has always loved books and encouraged me from a very early age, but I think my first real love was Winnie the Pooh.

  6. First book I really loved was Little Women. Re. earlier question – Jane Austen always gets me out of a reading slump – shame she only wrote 6 novels!

    1. I liked Little Women also, but it didn’t capture me like GWTW did. Yes, Jane Austen is good for getting out of a slump. I need to remember that next time!

  7. As a child it was Blyton’s Malory Towers series which I loved. Then aged 12-ish it was Jane Eyre which I loved, then just after that Rebecca. GWTW was my mother-in-laws favourite, she re-read it constantly and for that reason I’m never going to read it. It would feel too much like being in her domain!

Thank you for reading and commenting.

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