Booking Through Thursday: Firsts

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?

To be totally honest, no. As I’ve mentioned before, my memory prior to fourteen is kind of spotty—I’m not sure if it’s a defense mechanism against my preteen self (who had a whole mass of issues) or because nothing interesting really happened to me until high school. However, by process of elimination, I think we can get somewhere here.

The first novel I bought for myself was, I believe, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, which stands on my bookshelf to this day. I cannot remember the first book I checked out of the library, but it was probably one of The Royal Diaries from my middle school library or a Dragonriders of Pern novel.

14 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Firsts

  1. I saved up for a Scholastic book order “Lucy and the Merman” in the 3rd grade. Awful, but I was so pleased to own a book. An early reader, I remember arguing with the school librarian to allow me to check out “The Secret Garden” when I was in Kindergarten…

  2. I have no idea the first book I bought for myself vs. that was bought for me by my parents, but one of my first library books was People by Peter Spier… I had that book out of the library almost constantly for most of my childhood, and can still remember exactly where it was shelved, despite not having been in that library for more than 15 years.

  3. Wait, how could anyone ever under any circumstances possibly remember the first book they bought for themselves? The first book they read alone, I can see that being a powerful memory, but how could you remember the first book you bought? That was so long ago!

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