My “First” Book


I am blessed by a mother who loves to read, and we always had books in our house. Many were library books, but Mom also bought books. However, we often lived in small towns and didn’t always have book stores, so Mom ordered books from book clubs. Do you remember those? The company would send you a book each month or so, and you could choose to buy it or send it back.

When I was small, Mom chose all my books, except for library books. But, in second grade I got a couple store-bought books. I think I picked them out, too. I’m not quite sure. But I do remember devouring one of the books in just a few days. As years went on, I was able to get a few more books in that series to keep, but they were always available in either my school library or public library, and I read the complete series multiple times.

My first two books I (must have) chose to own: Nancy Drew books.

What was the first book you chose for yourself?


    • Deb Watley

      I loved Big Red and the Little House books, too. I read some Bobsey Twins, but probably not the whole series. Eight Cousins was another of my favorites. Oh, and I loved The Borrowers series. There were so many books I missed, though. I have a feeling I re-read my favorites over and over.

      • Steve Arnold

        Charlotte’s Web and Treasure Island. I know – there couldn’t be two books more different, but I read each of them every year for years while I was growing up.

        • Deb Watley

          How cool that you loved more than one type of book! I’m guessing you still read books in multiple genres. And you know, even though Charlotte’s Web and Treasure Island are very different, I think they are both a type of friendship story.

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