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Redigeret: mar 8, 2008, 7:49 pm

I thought this was a good subject. After talking to my sister earlier on today she picked up one of my books and laughing said "I didn't realise you still had this, it was from that holiday wasn't it?"

So here's the story, I think I was about 11 at the time, we all went away on a family holiday to my uncle's house (he lived on the coast) while he and his family went to Spain. All being - me, my two older sisters (18 and 20) their boyfriends (22 and 25), mom and dad. I went out into the village a lot that holiday to get away from all the bickering, name calling, fist fights between boyfriends, clawing between sisters etc.

I walked into a beautiful little book shop and after a couple of hours of browsing and imagining I bought my first ever book with my own money. It was called Angelica-the bewitching witch by Walter Hayes (out of print now) but I still have it.

That book kept me sane, it was the place I escaped to for the fourteen days of that holiday.

So first book you ever bought and why does it stick in your memory?

mar 8, 2008, 7:31 pm

The first book I ever bought for myself was Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. I was about 8 years old at the time and bought it off the Scholastic Bookmobile that came to my elementary school. And yes, I still have it even after all these years.

mar 8, 2008, 7:48 pm

You know I have never read Charlotte's Web. Thanks for jogging my memory. I'm putting it on my wish list right now. I've seen the movie but I think books are, more often than not, the better alternative.

mar 8, 2008, 8:48 pm

I can't even remember the first book I bought, but it was probably a Nancy Drew book when I was in 5th grade. Speaking of Charlotte's Web, I love that book, and when my son was about 8 or so, he used to like me to read to him every night before bed, and I read Charlotte's Web to him. He hadn't seen the movie or anything so it was all new to him, and at the end I was so choked up, I could barely read it out loud, we both wound up crying, and it's one of those few books I remember that we both cried over together, I'll never forget it.

mar 8, 2008, 11:20 pm

It does not matter that I know what happens, but just like with Little Women when Beth dies, I cry every time I read Charlotte's Web and Charlotte dies . . .

mar 9, 2008, 1:29 pm

The first book I bought with my own money was also at a Scholastic Book Fair...those things were like a dream come true for a country kid like me who had yet to set foot in a book store. We were heavy library users so I had read plenty of books but hadn't yet owned MY OWN book. I remember the book I bought was some sort of juvenile mystery set on a ranch out west. Paperback. I think I was in second or third grade. I read the book in the first hours I owned it. I remember the excitement of knowing the Scholastic Book Fair was coming to school twice a year and saving up money from birthdays and such Ahhhhh. The joy.

mar 9, 2008, 1:32 pm

Alcottacre...a funny story re. Little Women: A friend of mine is the third sister in a family. Her older sisters knew she was reading Little Women so when my friend came out of her room crying, one sister said to her, "I know it's so sad when Beth dies"....My friend cried, "Beth DIES!!!!??? I was crying because Jo cut her hair!"


mar 9, 2008, 3:47 pm

Beth Dies!!!???

mar 9, 2008, 8:58 pm

I haven't read Little Women in a very long time and something else I haven't read for a while is What Katy Did and the rest of the series... I'm wondering if I should have started this thread - I know I'll be adding to my books to read again list *grumbling about money and heading off to her wish list.*

Redigeret: mar 9, 2008, 11:09 pm

Little Women is one of the books I read at least once a year. It has always been one of my favorites, and I expect it will be until I die. I have several books I read on a yearly basis and this is one of them.

#9: Don't be grumbling TheBookImp - the rest of us are in the same boat!

mar 11, 2008, 10:04 am


I know but the last time I looked at my wish list it was 300 books, I think I need a wish list for my wish list :)

Stig of the Dump is one of my reads each year. First time I heard the story it was being read to us by a teacher at school when I was about 8 or 9 I think... Mr Wills you were my hero!

mar 11, 2008, 4:59 pm

Hmmm... no idea. Probably something sports related, if it was with my own (allowance/lawn mowing) money, or Franny and Zoey if it was a paycheck... first album ever bought was Earth, Wind & Fire's greatest hits, first truck was a '78 Chevy Luv...

mar 11, 2008, 6:16 pm

My first album was either The Police's Outlandos d'Amour or Tonic for the Troops by The Boomtown Rats, now that's a blast from the past. All the kids in my class at school wanted those albums and I got them both, talk about being popular.

mar 12, 2008, 12:52 pm

I don't remember my first book I bought - perhaps Nancy Drew? We always went to the library so I'm not sure.

My first album - James Taylor's "JT"
First car - 1976 Chevy Malibu (unfortunately, not the cool kind)

mar 12, 2008, 4:22 pm

Sorry, MDLady, I should have put "spoiler" on the post. :) Hehehe.

mar 13, 2008, 7:24 am


mar 15, 2008, 3:11 am

I have no idea what my first book purchase was. Although the first book I remember getting for Christmas from my great aunt was The Muddle Headed Wombat. And yes I still have it on my shelf.

My first LP was "Daddy Who Daddy Cool" by (of course) Daddy Cool. I still have this one too.

My first car was a 1969 Cortina. Sadly, this one I don't still have!

apr 20, 2008, 4:21 pm

awwww scholastic book fair , responsible for more kids reading then any other venue ever, and still going strong! I shudder to think of the money I have spent over the years with them , first on my books then on my kids , then the grandkids and still buying from my name i'm sure is on the owner shares list , or should be!
The first book.. Katie John , laffed and leffed , who could forget rotten eggs!, Bond of the Fire and Partners of Powder Hole , there was also one about a cavalry fort and a horse, and a girl who looks after younger kids , that i enjoyed, any ideas on the name?.. And yes they are still here on a shelf , somewhere!

First car is a 67 Chev Impala Ragtop, that I still own, then a 72 Chevelle , that yes still in yard!.. I can't toss anything out. First Album , prolly a k-tel one that still in my living room , and a 45 of Please Mr memories!

apr 20, 2008, 5:20 pm

Cannot remember first book - mom got them when she could, otherwise it was the library. Started working at 14, but can't recall the book. First albums were Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Pyromania by Def Leppard. First car was an 82 Chevy Cavalier and yes, it was a total POS. The Leppard not so much.

jun 12, 2008, 10:33 am

I remember purchasing a scholastic children's cookbook when I was 7. It had a recipe for meatloaf cooked in muffin tins. My mother supervised/assisted me as I prepared my first meal shortly after the cookbook arrived.

jun 24, 2008, 11:06 am

I can't remember my first book. My parents were traveling to my father's parents every 2 months (a 3 hour trip) by train. To keep us kids quiet, they bought us children books (of a poor quality I now have to add). After a few years, we were entitled to buy the books ourselves. Later, we would get 10 books a week from the library. I must have read thousands of books at that time.
My first music LP was called "The sound of music". An anthology with a couple of Dutch 60s pop bands. Bought just to say that I have a LP. The first LP I bought for its music was The Lamb Lies Down at Broadway by Genesis. Quickly followed by a lot of punk bands and New Wave.
My first CD was Substance by New Order. After the LPs of Joy Division, I wanted this group to sound like the 90s on CD.
My first DVD was Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. I bought a DVD player just to watch this movie.
I only drive/wreck lease cars. Preferrably Alfa Romeo

aug 6, 2008, 6:04 pm

My parents bought me books when I was little and read to me every night at bedtime, since before I was old enough to understand the words.

I don't remember which one, but I'm pretty sure the first book I picked out myself was a Nancy Drew mystery.

Several posters above mentioned Little Women. It was the last book my Mom read to me, although I was perfectly capable of reading it myself. I was in fourth grade, attending a Catholic school without much lunchroom space, so unless you lived more than half a mile away, students third grade and older went home for lunch. We lived right on the half-mile mark, and I went home; but my brother was in second grade and ate at school. So it was Mom and me for lunch.

Over the course of the school year, she read all of Little Women to me. It was great fun.

Haven't read Little Women since, and Mom is no longer around to read it to me. I will have to read it myself one of these days.

aug 22, 2008, 12:19 am

I uncovered the first book I ever bought while I was cataloging the other day. David Attenborough Life on earth: a natural history. I sent off a mail order coupon from the newspaper to Readers Digest when I was 11. A couple of weeks later the book arrived, I got home from school and mum asks "What's this and how are you going to pay for it?" Well, I had the pocket money for it, I just had to get someone to send a cheque. I still chuckled the other day when I found it again.

sep 24, 2008, 2:20 pm

With my own money? Probably The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

My first car was a '70 Pontiac LeMans

My first job was at Angelo's Pizza, in Pontiac, IL. I worked there until it was shut down in a money laundering brew-hah.

I don't remember what my first LP was! Maybe 'The Stranger', by Billy Joel? Either that or The Osmond Brothers (yes, I similarity here....I was trying to find myself, apparently)

sep 24, 2008, 3:22 pm

I'm pretty sure the first book I ever bought was a Stephen King, probably Salem's Lot or The Shining. The first album I ever bought was High Infidelity by REO Speedwagon. Man, I'm old.

Redigeret: sep 26, 2008, 7:59 pm

I still have my first copy of the Outsiders. It's pretty worn from rereading it over and over. Not sure if it was my first book I ever bought, but I bet it's up in the top 5.

sep 26, 2008, 8:35 am

I think the Little House Books were the first I bought. My teacher gave me the first one, Little House in the Big Woods and I was hooked, had to read them all. I was also a Scholastic Books junkie.

Redigeret: sep 29, 2008, 3:03 am

Great topic. I can't remember the first book I bought with my own money. I learned to love reading with the Little House books sitting on the sofa with my Mom. For Christmas and Birthday's I always had a list a mile long of books I wanted, so many of the books from my youth which I still have were given to me by my parents or (Santa) A few are inscribed to L J for being a good girl love Santa (his handwriting was amazingy similar to my Mothers) My parents gave me Little Women. All time favorite. I imagine that when I started buying books with my own money I was deep into the Nancy Drew series.

I also remember the book that really got me started reading on my own. It was called The Mystery of the Green Cat. I can't remember the author nor do I still have the book. I believe it was an assigned book in the 6th grade, from school. I don't remember the name of the reading program but in the class room there was a box in which were color coded cards, and you would start at the beginning (I belive it was yellow) and you would choose a book from each color. You would get to walk (on your own) to the school library and find the book, and you would take it home and get to read it. You would have to answer the questions that were on the cards, and then you progressed to the next color. I remember that myself and only one other classmate made it to the color Olive. That was quite an achievement and earned me a good grade (I believe it was an E for Excellent) This is when I feel in love with reading..

The first album I bought was actually a cassette tape (to go with my Birthday present of a cassette tape recorder for my 12th Birthday) I bought The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. The first LP was Donny Osmond Puppy Love

My first car was a 1979 2 door hatchback (boy was I cool) royal blue Toyota Corolla. Second car was a Toyota Supra (white with black racing stripes and a painted cobra on the hood. Even more cool LOL)

sep 29, 2008, 11:36 am

Racing stripes and a cobra?? I'm jealous!

My favorite books that mom would read to me were: Andrew Henry's Meadow, and How Fletcher Was Hatched. We had others, but I always asked for these.

My older sister would read The adventures of Huckleberry Finn, chapter at a time, to my brother and I when she came home on weekends, or when we visited her at ISU.

sep 29, 2008, 1:29 pm

No idea, really, and no way to check, since I left home 20 years ago with 15 books, and the parents finally made us going through our leftovers and purge, when *they* moved a few years ago.
I know, however, what my first english book was: Robert P. Davis: The Pilot. I had read it in the Reader's Digest books of neighbours at a campingsite in France (in English). When we were back at home, I went to the local book shop and ordered it. In English. From abroad. Pre-Internet. Waited six weeks and paid a fortune, but I loved the book, even though it was heavy going at first (in my 3rd or 4th year of English). Still do, and read it every few years.

maj 13, 2009, 12:15 pm

I don't know exactly what it was, but it was a small order that I put in through the Scholastic Books program at my elementary school. I remember being so excited when the books were handed out in class, and I had my very own books to take back home with me. Since I was one of 9 kids, it made it especially exciting for me since we rarely had anything that we could truly call our own at home. Practically everything had to be shared with our siblings.

maj 13, 2009, 5:14 pm

Oh yeah, Scholastic Books! I loved those. I have had books my entire life, but the first book I bought for myself was Flowers in The Attic. I was staying with my father and his new wife for the summer. I was about 12. My mother had a fit when I went home and she read it....She said it was to grown up for me.

Redigeret: maj 23, 2009, 7:03 pm

The first book I bought? That's a toughie. I've no idea really, but there is a very good chance it was a Peanut's collection, a Hardy Boys mystery or something by Thornton Burgess.

Some of the books I liked the most were ones that people (relatives and parent's friends) gave me that I probably wouldn't have picked up otherwise. The Phantom Tollbooth is one of those. And Scholastic Books was great. I've still got a few of those books.

maj 29, 2009, 8:29 pm

The Scholastic Books program in schools is amazing, it is still going here in Australia and I remember my first book's package being delivered 35 years ago. The days the catalogue's were handed out at school were always a highlight.
The first book I really remember was Mister Meddle's Mischief and I read many other Enid Blyton's after that. Loved the What Katie Did books and Nancy Drew. I think I also had the full set of Trixie Beldon books. Mum and Dad had bought a series of condensed "Childrens classics" from Reader's Digest. From those I read Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, The Scarlet Pimpernal, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Little Women, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and the list goes on. It was a real tresure trove, I still have them (even the ones the puppy & kittens chewed) and my children have read quite a few of them, eventhough they have a ton of other "modern" books to read.

jul 4, 2009, 8:24 pm

The first book I ever remember "owning" is Mandy by Julie Andrews. I was probably about 12 at the time. My mother and I had gone to the mall in the big "city" and she offered to buy me 1 book at the bookstore. We came home and I didn't come out of my room until I was finished with that book. I felt so grown-up. The other day I was going through some old stuff and found it in a pile of paperbacks.

jul 4, 2009, 8:38 pm

I can't remember the first I bought but the first I owned outright was given to me by a school teacher. It was The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner and I still have that book and credit it with a love of fantasy that I have to this day. I owe her a huge debt of gratitude.

Redigeret: mar 9, 2010, 6:04 pm

I had so many books bought for me in childhood, and growing up in the Netherlands not so many opportunities to buy English books, so I can't remember what I first bought for myself.

But I do remember those Scholastic book fairs, and one book I remember which I think I must have chosen for myself, even if parents paid for it, was (unusually for me who mostly read stories) a book called Secrets in Stones which was all about rocks, crystals etc, including an experiment in growing your own salt crystals by suspending string in a concentrated solution of salt water! It fascinated me, but didn't turn me into a geologist!

However, another book fair purchase in later years was a book about The Book of Kells - I think it was the Francoise Henry one, with lots of photos of the beautiful illuminated pages of the manuscript. That did set me off on a path that led me to study medieval manuscripts and write a thesis on pre 9th century sribes... So you never know where those early books will take you!

mar 20, 2010, 11:00 pm

My first real books were Nancy Drew and young adult books by the late great Phyllis A. Whitney.

mar 21, 2010, 12:02 am

it was either the paul mccartney story or john lennon remembers. i was a beatles scholar during the mid to late seventies. actually, more like a beatle fundamentalist.

mar 21, 2010, 9:46 am

Mejix, I LOVE the Beatles. I was in my 30's before I really got it.

okt 18, 2010, 9:43 pm

As an adolescent boy, I loved (and bought) books from the Hardy Boy series. Though I later learned that the books were potboilers, written by who knows who, I retain fond memories of reading accounts of, to my notion, exciting, outdoor, youthful activities ... boating, skating, ice-boating, etc., all mixed up with youthful detective work.

As a high school student the first books I purchased were about Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright's An American Architecture, The Natural House, and The Future of Architecture, plus Corbusier's Concerning Town Planning. Wright, of course, was my hero. After high school I became a student, and later a staff member, at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, residing at both Wright's homes: Taliesin and Taliesin West.

Also purchased McKinley Kantor's Andersonville at a high school book fair, merely on a lark. The latter, of course, was anything but a merry, carefree adventure. I later spent a year at Fort Benning, GA, just a few miles down the road from the site of the infamous Confederate prison.

Though it is over 50 years now since they were purchased, all of these books except those from the Hardy Boy Series are still on my shelves.

nov 11, 2010, 8:40 pm

I want to say it was a Nancy Drew when I was around 9 or 10 but honestly I can't really remember.

nov 27, 2010, 10:19 am

First book I bought? That's a hard one. I'm the youngest of 3 and my brother and sister were both big readers so most of what I read, I read because it was in the house. I'm thinking it might have been A Wrinkle in Time but then I think that sounds like something my sister would've liked so maybe it was originally her''s entirely possible that I didn't buy any books of my own until after college...that's weird! Oh wait! I think I bought a 'book' about the band, The Police in high school. It was a collection of snapshots and personal and tour anecdotes, it had some really dreamy shots of Stewart Copeland!

First album was something by The Bay City Rollers no doubt, I was a huge fan of those guys at one time. There is no accounting for the musical taste of the young.

feb 21, 2011, 5:30 am

I think it was Five go to Smugglers Top by Enid Blyton I was about 9 at the time and proceeded to buy the whole set...I think they are still at my mums packed away in a cardboard box. As are The Secret Seven series

From there I recall graduating to the Alfred Hitchcock & the 3 investigators series and then onto real books :)

Redigeret: maj 19, 2012, 8:37 am

The first book I ever owned was V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic. I remember being so upset with the Mom and Grandmother.

maj 17, 2012, 8:32 am

I was destined to be a geek reader from a young age, since I was already spending money in the second grade on books - in that case, from the Green Forest series by Thorton W. Burgess. I'm not sure which volume was first, but I still have them.

Shortly after that it was the Hardy Boys - y'know, back when they were hardcovers? The ones the libraries are discarding now, and the new volumes refer to when assuring today's readers that these are "not your father's Hardy Boys"? Sigh. And yes. I still have those too.