First book you ever bought
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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?
#9: Don't be grumbling TheBookImp - the rest of us are in the same boat!
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!
My first album - James Taylor's "JT"
First car - 1976 Chevy Malibu (unfortunately, not the cool kind)
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!
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 Custard..lol..omg memories!
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
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.
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 know....no similarity here....I was trying to find myself, apparently)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
From there I recall graduating to the Alfred Hitchcock & the 3 investigators series and then onto real books :)
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.