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the first real book you ever read

Discussion in 'Chattery Teeth (Other)' started by Tiny, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. Tiny

    Tiny RECEIVED:Annoying Questions award

    I remember it clearly . it was what I called a "real' book (in the 4th grade)1978
    I was 9 , and I read " Otherwise known as Sheila the Great "
    I continued reading Judy Blume and a few others. then I found
    "Flowers in The Attic" when I was sixteen or seven teen,
    from there I started with
    John Saul and moved on to Steven King (IT was first for me)




    seeing these covers really takes me back, please post your first books and the pictures. let us walk down memory land. post stuff like "where the wild things are " or
    'Goodnight Moon , if you like.
  2. Tiny

    Tiny RECEIVED:Annoying Questions award

    IM SURE THIS THREAD HAS BEEN MADE BEFORE , but im doing it again.
  3. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Holy moly--I have no idea. I've been reading since I was 2 or so. The first story that I remember loving and reading to myself was The Velveteen Rabbit.
  4. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I read and loved Judy Blume books - starting with Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, when I was 9 I think. The first adult book I read was Class Reunion by Rona Jaffe when I was 11. My mom had read it and left it lying around and I got ahold of it. Oh boy - I learned so many things. But it was a great book. She caught me reading it, but just let me continue. Flowers in the Attic and the sequels I read in jr high school - as they came out I think.
  5. Tiny

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  7. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    First chapter book I read was


    I was in grade one. In spoiler tags is the long story about it.

    I read the first book, but when I went to get the second one, the librarian wouldn't let me. She said it was for students in grades 3 and 4. The grade one books were.....the same as the kiddies books. She said I wouldn't be able to read it...it was to difficult. I opened it randomly and started reading. She said I couldn't comprehend the story. (And the fact that she used the word comprehend and I understood that shows I could understand a book aimed at grade three students.) I told her all about the first book and she said someone must have told me what it was about. Then, for being such an impertinent child....I was not allowed to take a book home.

    So, I bribed my brother. I would give him something (probably my allowance for a few weeks, but I actually don't remember) and he would get the book out for me. He was above grade 4 and you were allowed to get books below your grade but not above it. When I went to pay him for the third book in the series, his friends saw him getting it from the library and teased him. So, that was the end of that.

    The end result of this experience....I learned to hide my books. The more I enjoyed a book, the more it was hidden. Class trips to the public library, while everyone else behaved and sat listening to the librarian reading whatever silly story she was reading, I stayed hidden in a back shelf reading the section with the numbers 398.
  8. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    The first grown-up books were either Moonfleet or Prestor John. We had a lot of old classics lying around the house.
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  9. Lepplady

    Lepplady Chillin' since 2006

    I've been reading since long before I can remember, but some sentimental favorites are:
    Where the wild things are.

    Charlotte's web

    The first "grown up" book I read was Salem's Lot.
    It scared the bejesus out of me. Partly because it was supposed to, and partly because I was pretty young.
  10. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    The first book I remember was Shag. Loved it. It wasn't about sex. It was about an American bison. Educational and entertaining.
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  11. Lord Tyrion

    Lord Tyrion Well-Known Member

    I define, "real book" as a book without a lot of pictures and would be considered more of a novel.


    I think I read this in the 5th grade. It didn't really leave a great impression on me. All I remember is that the killer was
    not the guy in the cover.
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  12. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    I read all the kids books when I was young.. Probably the first older book was the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.. And that turn ed me on to reading..

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  13. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I read The Hobbit in 1980. It prevented a fight on a bus.
  14. danie

    danie I am whatever you say I am.

    The first books I really remember reading for myself (like longer chapter books) were the Little House books, Nancy Drew (constantly) and Charlotte's Web.
    Also, there was nothing like the feeling at school when the Scholastic book order arrived!!!!
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  15. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    Ah, found it.


    I also remember reading a forgettable little book, The Jinx of Payrock Canyon, a young readers mystery story, but it takes place in a mythical mountain town in Colorado, and that one of the things that got the Illinois boy so interested in the mountains.
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  16. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    Where the Wild Things Are traumatized my daughter when we read it to her - or more accurately when her DAD did, because he had to do it like it was a reading for an audition to a movie or television show. He was in the performing arts but was a singer not an actor. I guess all those careers in talent have certain crossover points. Anyway he was multi-talented just not majorly lucky, like say Charlie Sheen is.
    Most kids like the different voices in their reading but not my daughter, and not when it was a book like Where the Wild Things Are.
    She had something happen to her when she was 5 though, which made her react that way. She wasn't just a weak person - like so many people deduced of her without even asking if something could have made it that way. Altho the ones who KNEW what had happened and judged her anyway, I think they're worse than the ones who didn't know.
    She also cried watching 101 Dalmatians when Cruella wanted to make fur coats out of the puppies.
    So Eric told her that "nothing bad happened to the puppies. They became 101 mascots for 101 Fire Departments," then expected me to say "Oh yeah, they did."
    He was hilarious: 101 mascots for 101 fire departments.
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  17. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    Ha Danie I also read the little house books,and charlottes web,but went with the hardy boys instead of nancy drew..another favorite was a black bear's story,by emil liers..

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  18. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    My daughter's favorite book. She's always loved bunnies. She has 3 now.
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  19. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    Oh, wait, wait. How could I forget this? My parents got the LIfe Nature series of books when they first came out. I was seven or eight at the time. I devoured them. I don't know if this was the first in the series, but this is the first one I went through, and I remember turned to Chapter 3 or 4, and there was an up-closed image of a fierce shark face, and I was actually startled:


    I was talking with family members at a gathering, and I used the word "scarce" correctly, except I pronounced it "skairk," because I'd only seen it, not heard it. But my parents were proud that I knew the word and could use it appropriately. They corrected the pronunciation and complimented me on the use.

    Weird what you remember from your youth.

    That was a good series. One of the books was Evolution. Kinda brave stuff for the early '60s. Another was Ecology, again from the early '60s, and that's when I first heard that word. They were quite enjoyable and illuminating for this (approximately) second-grader.
  20. xkittyx

    xkittyx Unfound

    The first book I ever read on my own when I first learned to read was The Haunted House, a Disney Wonderful World of Reading book.

    However, if we're strictly talking older kid book, not picture story book... it's impossible to say what the first was. I was reading so freakin' much! In kindergarten I was sent to the 2nd grade reading class, and had been reading older level books always after that.
    My first SK was in 3rd grade with Cujo (and I'm absolutely sure most of the adult stuff flew over my head, I was in it for the dog :blush:) and Eyes of the Dragon immediately after finishing that. EotD remains a top favorite of all time ever for me after many re-reads!

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    One of the earliest books I can remember loving from the elementary school library and checking out again and again was Snow Dog by Jim Kjelgaard. I read a couple other of his books, but Snow Dog was the one I loved best.


    That one led me in turn to the classic White Fang, which I used to re-read often as well.


    Then of course there was the other things I would devour. The Serendipity books were pretty early, and anything that I could find that was about horses, or unicorns, or dogs, lol. The many series: Babysitter's Club, Babysitter's Little Sister, Sweet Valley (elementary SV thru college SV lol), Boxcar Children, my mom's old Nancy Drews, Goosebumps, Fear Street... So, so many it is just flat-out impossible for me to know what came first. :nerd:

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