Sunday Book Club: First Favorite Book

June 5, 2016 Sunday Book Club 40

 

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My nephew is in town for another visit (YAY for cool aunt-ing) and I am so happy that he loves books!! His favorite book right now is Pat the Bunny. I don’t know if he’ll remember that this classic was his first favorite book, but we will.

My first favorite book – at least the one I remember – was Cinderella, and I still collect versions of it to this day. As a child, I was entranced by the magic of the story and all the various elements that make this such a beloved fairy tale. I even knew when my parents had ‘kipped a page in their umm… eagerness … to finish yet another reading. As an adult, I love the story even more because to me it is such a perfect picture of our story as Christians.

What about you? What was your first favorite book? How have you appreciated it differently as an adult?

Carrie

40 Responses to “Sunday Book Club: First Favorite Book”

  1. Beckie B.

    My first favorite was The Very Little Girl by Phyliss Krasilovsky. I have my original copy and one I gave to my daughter. She was not impressed. LOL. It’s funny the books that make an impression on us.

    • Carrie

      I have not heard of that one, Beckie! I will have to look it up 🙂

  2. Victoria Bylin

    The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. I read it too many times to count, along with the other books in the series. Loved them all! I also read the Little House books over and over. These Happy Golden Years was my favorite . . . loved the romance 🙂

    • Carrie

      Oh yes – the Little House books are faves of mine too! I still have my original yellow box set 🙂

  3. Annie JC

    Wow! Kindred spirits! My first favorite book since I can read myself was Cinderella too! I loved it so much, it was the cake topper from my childhood friend who made a cake for my 21st birthday! Before I can read myself I had a fascination with the Hungry Caterpillar, in case you want to know. 😉

    • Carrie

      Yaaaay! I knew I liked you 😉 The Hungry Caterpillar is another fabulous book!

  4. Melony Teague

    I think my first fave was a book given to me by my grandmother. I can’t remember the title but it was about a boy and an elephant named Tubby. They made a giant Chinese lantern and flew away on it. I lived thst story so mch. I wish I could find it sgsin, but can’t remember the title.

  5. Rachel Dixon

    Little House are the first ones I remember. And my folks have the set…but I long to have it for myself. We visited Mary’s house in South Dakota years ago and I was in awe of walking the paths that they did! Even at 12…I valued the importance of history.

    • Carrie

      Oh wow! I would love to visit some of those sites! Love those stories

  6. Andrea Stephens

    When I was born my mom bought a set of encyclopedias and a collection of children’s books. The Children’s Book of Questions, The Children’s Story Hour and one other that my sister ruined when she was a baby. In the Story Hour book I had a favorite story,I could recite it word for word at 2 and still can. It was about an old women who found a sixpence, went to market and bought a pig that wouldn’t go over the stile. The woman has to go look for help, each thing/person she asks, expects her do something for them before they will help her. Until finally This story meant so much to me. It taught me that life is not easy, nothing is free, you have to work for what you want to have happen, and be happy when you get home at night. Somewhere in there there is also a lesson in asking for help but I’m not good at that. I was born fiercely independent and taking care of others. Now that I’m older I need to learn to ask for help. It’s not going well.

    • Carrie

      I’m bad about not asking for help too!! I love how that story has stayed with you all these years 🙂

  7. Yvette

    My reading was a bit delayed (illness) but once I could read on my own there were three books I repeatedly read – Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, a non-fiction book titled Stolen by the Indians, and a book of Greek myths. Historical fiction had me from the start ?

    • Carrie

      The Secret Garden (also by Burnett) was another favorite of mine!

      • Yvette

        Oh, and cool-aunting is definitely the best (though it might be tied with great-aunting)!

  8. Katy C.

    My first favorites included No Carrots for Harry by Jean Langerman (my dad did great voices), Dr. Seuess – especially Hop on Pop, The Berenstain Bears, and The Musical Life of Gustav Mole by Kathryn Meyrick.

    • Carrie

      My dad always did the best voices too!!!

  9. Lacey Bullard

    Being dyslexic I didn’t enjoy books growing up. Mom argued with me about not reading so it was only a chore. She got so fed up with me she tried one last attempt when I was 17 and a senior in high school. She said “Pick a book you know was made into a favorite movie of yours”. I picked Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Now I am hooked on reading. I always have a book with me. And with my new e-reader I have over 300 books with me right now. Always adding more.

    Side note…if you have never read Dracula try it. It is not the movies. It was the most Christian book I ever read. It’s not really about chasing a vampire. It is about finding God’s forgiveness and redemption. It started me on my Christian walk.

    • Carrie

      I’m so sorry you had a bad reading experience growing up, Lacey! But what a great idea that your mom had! I will have to add Dracula to my TBR list on that recommendation 🙂

  10. carylkane

    I loved The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. I was drawn to the “becoming real’ theme.

    Happy SONday! 🙂

    • Carrie

      Ohhhh that’s a tear jerker 🙂 Happy SONday to you too, Caryl!

  11. DeAnna Dodson

    I always wanted my dad to read me The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

    Even when I was old enough to read it myself, I still wanted him to read it to me.

    • Carrie

      Awwwww 🙂 That one is a fun story! And daddies do read it best!

  12. Winnie Thomas

    I loved The Secret Garden when I was young. Also, my grandmother lived with us while I was growing up, and she used to tell us the story of The Monkeys and the Pedlar. I don’t think we ever had the book. She would just tell it and do the actions. She was from Switzerland and still had a Swiss accent.

    I taught myself to read when I was four. My older sister was 18 months older and was learning to read in school. I would look over her shoulder and tell her the words she didn’t know. She was not happy with my helpfulness! 🙂 My first two children also taught themselves to read at 4 years old. My daughter’s preschool teacher said, “Do you know she can read upside down and in cursive? She sits in front of me and reads my notes.” Yep, we’re a family of readers!

    • Carrie

      LOL! My preschool teacher said basically the same thing to my mom, Winnie lol! Funny 🙂

  13. Terrill Rosado

    My first favorite book was a biography of Helen Keller. I cannot remember the author, but I have a memory of exactly where it was on the library shelf at my elementary school. In second grade, I would check it out over and over. It was a junior chapter book that had so much interesting information about her. I remember being so intrigued and obsessed with her physical limitations and how much she did with her life. I think this started my love for biographies and non-fiction. It wasn’t until I read Pride and Prejudice (my second favorite book, but all-time fave) at 14/15 that I started enjoying romance, especially romantic comedy.

  14. Carolyn Astfalk

    I’ll be politically incorrect and admit that one of my earliest book memories is STILL one of my favorites, Little Black Sambo. My kids and I all loved those tigers chasing each other so fast they melted into a pool of butter.

    • Carrie

      Haha! And you do not appear to be harmed irreparably from the reading experience 😉

  15. Marilyn

    My favorite books are “The Bobbsey Twins Series and Honey Bunch Series.
    Marilyn

    • Carrie

      I haven’t read the Honey Bunch series but I loved the Bobbsey twins!

  16. Sydney

    Hey Carrie. If you are a Cinderella Fan (I am too!) you should read Cinder Edna by by Ellen Jackson and Kevin O’Malley. You will LOVE it! 🙂

    I don’t remember many books from when I was super young, but I remember in grade school reading a lot of historical fiction books by Ann Rinaldi. LOVE those books!! Like Amelia’s War and The Blue Door!

    • Carrie

      I will check all of these out, Sydney! Thanks!!!