Saturday, April 10, 2010

Read-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Early Favorites

Hello, everyone! Welcome to hour 1,000,000 of the 24-Hour Read-a-Thon (Doesn't it seem like that long?)!

In this mini-challenge, I'm asking you to tell me about the first book you remember loving. I'm talking, soul-searing, blood-boiling, can't-get-enough-of-it love. This book doesn't have to be from your childhood but it can be.

Just write up a quick post telling me what the first book you absolutely loved was and why you loved it. If you want to include some stories about your history with this book, please do!

Riddle of BerlinWhen you're done, link back here and I'll choose one winner to receive a signed copy of The Riddle of Berlin by fellow book blogger Cym Lowell. Since I'm feeling all nice and generous, this contest is open to everyone, regardless of where you live (Although, I don't think I could afford shipping to the moon, so if you reside there, you're out of this one).







Here's the first book I loved:

The House That Had Enough: A Little Golden Book Interactive Story for Ages 3-7The House That Had Enough by P.E. King - This one came into my home when the Little Golden Books were incredibly popular. I had a ton of the LGBs -- The Poky Little Puppy, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, etc. -- and this was my absolute favorite.

I would make my parents and babysitters read this to me all the time. I just loved the story of a house that got so annoyed with the little girl who lived there treating it badly -- sticking thumbtacks into its walls, leaving her wet towels all over the floor -- that it just picked up and walked away. I know I still read this book from time to time when I was old enough to be reading chapter books.

So, tell me: What was the first book you loved??

60 comments:

Andrea Becraft said...

I would have to say the cat in the hat! my mom was always reading us that book! That and green eggs and ham!

Jamie (@fiteach) said...

I posted my entry here:
http://jnmfly.edublogs.org/2010/04/11/the-first-book-i-ever-loved/

heidenkind said...

The Vampire Diaries. I read the whole series at least five times within the first year it came out. I could not get enough of it!

Karen said...

I'm going to go with the first book I remember loving that I read myself;The Secret Garden. I loved everything about it: the mystery, the secret garden itself, the healing-loved it!

Cathy W said...

For me it was the Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope

I loved it because the main character, Kate, is a strong, smart girl. It's a book that stayed with me all these years and I gave a copy to my niece. t

Bekah said...

Are You My Mother: Post Here
http://thoughtsonbekahslife.blogspot.com/2010/04/first-book-i-loved-are-you-my-mother.html

kikiv68 said...

After living our of the country for awhile, I came back in the grade 10 and I have a special place in my heart for To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I also loved the movie. Thank you for hosting this challenge!

Jenny N. said...

My entry about a book I read when I was little and found again: http://jennys-books.blogspot.com/2010/04/read-thon-updates-april-10th.html

infogoddess said...

Alice in Wonderland http://infogoddess54.blogspot.com/2010/04/hour-17.html
thanks for the mini-challenge

readerbuzz said...

I remember reading Green Eggs and Ham over and over and over. I loved her "Do you like my hat?" and his reply, "I do not."

Please don't enter me in the contest as it is much too expensive to mail to the US.

Cindy said...

My favorite book that I read till the cover tore was known as Popcorn (Since you stole my other favorite the House that had Enough I LOVED that book too).

I don't remember who the author was but it was about a bear who made popcorn at halloween and the whole house filled with it and his mom and dad came home and they all ate the popcorn!

(Cindy's Bookshelf)

Angela said...

http://waterfallfaerie.livejournal.com/91668.html

here is my answer :) i had a lot of book titles running through my head but this one was the most prominent!

*Andye* said...

http://readingteen.blogspot.com/2010/04/mini-challenge-readathon_11.html

Here's my post!

wereadtoknow said...

What an awesome mini-challenge! It's always so hard to think of those really early books I loved so dearly! Here's my answer:

http://wereadtoknow.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/mini-challenge-bonanza-4/

Callista said...

I did both of the mini-challenges from this hour together: http://smsbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/04/24-hour-readathon-two-mini-challenges.html

gothougeekly said...

I loved Harry the Dirty Dog because Harry looked like a terrier, and our family always had terriers. I particularly loved the black spot on his side. I don't remember the story, though. But the first book I loved was The Real Mother Goose. My mother read me stories, rhymes and riddles out of there every day, and it was the first book I was able to read by myself. I still remember how we laughed when I would proclaim, "I am a don-key!"

Shel said...

My post is here:

http://sjkessel.blogspot.com/2010/04/response-to-early-favorites-readathon.html

bitsy said...

My entry:

http://fabula.exlibrisbitsy.com/chatter/read-a-thon-april-2010-hour-16-17/

Kate T said...

I probably took this over the top, but this challenge struck a chord with me! http://midnightbookgirl.blogspot.com/2010/04/mini-challenge-from-literarily-speaking.html

Chantele said...

When I was little, I remember loving a book called "Ginger Pye". I don't remember who it was by, but I remember I loved it. I read it a few years ago, and am not sure why I liked it as a kid...LOL:)
alwayssomething2read(at)gmail(dot)com

caknitter said...

my very first favorite book was Are You There God, It's Me Margaret. lol woke me up when I was young

Aleksandra said...

http://my-book-obsession.blogspot.com/2010/04/read-thon-mini-challenge-early.html

E. L. Fay said...

Here is my entry. My book is Robinson Crusoe.

Michelle said...

Oh, the memories...this was a fun one! Here's my blog post:

http://ramblingsofabookcrosser.blogspot.com/2010/04/read-thon-hour-17.html

blondierocket said...

Great challenge. Here is my post:

http://blondierocket.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/mini-challenge-6/

thekea said...

http://thekea.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/slowly-getting-through/

jehara said...

I posted my response. This was a fun, easy diversion. :)

Nise' said...

My post is here.

Jordan R. said...

I remember so many books from when I was little that I would read over and over but once I got to loving reading chapter books, this one stuck in my head. I love the Last Treasure by Janet Anderson. This was a mystery book that had me guessing the outcome at every turn. I used to not like mystery books but this one was my favorite and had a surprising outcome. It was kind of scary for me at that age but once I kept reading I just loved it!!

Kanaye said...

My entry here, http://kanaye44.blogspot.com/2010/04/24-hour-read-thon.html

Maree said...

Mine's here:
http://justaddbooks.blogspot.com/2010/04/readathon-mini-challenge_10.html

B said...

http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com/2010/04/mini-challenge-for-michelle-at.html

Kirsten said...

Little Golden Books FTW - my specifics are here :)

Carina said...

I'm back in the running! My post is here.

Ashley @ Ashley's Library said...

The first book I ever fell in love with was the Wishbone version of Romeo and Juliet. I had just seen the movie with Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes and I believe I was 7 years old.

I still have the original copy I read then, about 13 years ago! It's all beat up but I'm glad I saved it all these years. It's still the most important book I own.

nisababepraised said...

It was hard to pick, but I went with a sweet, short picture book called The Apple Bird.

My full post (with the cover!) is here: http://nisababepraised.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/rat-2/

Icedream said...

Great question, I posted my answer here:
http://readinginappalachia.blogspot.com/2010/04/hour-17-read-thon-mini-challenge-early.html

waitmantwillie AT hotmail Dot com

Melissa said...

Love Story by Erich Segal from when I was about 13.
http://www.librarything.com/topic/88879&newpost=1#lastmsg

Wendy said...

It has to be the Book Thief. Here is my post.

cherylbaryl said...

I am entering this challenge and here is my post:
http://cherylbaryl.blogspot.com/2010/04/hour-17-read-thon-update-mini-reading.html

ferrywoman said...

I had fun with this challenge. I've always had one answer to it, hehe. :)

http://ferrywoman.livejournal.com/104791.html

Thank you!

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Hey great challenge!
I posted here - http://itsjustme-wendy.blogspot.com/2010/04/100-i-will-survive.html

kihanadulay said...

Wow, I had difficulty thinking of a book, and explaining it too. I never thought about it before. But, when I remembered the book, well... it was hard to make sense of it, but it was hard to forget. ;)

I hope I made at least some sense in my answer. XDD

Thanks for the mini-challenge~ <3

Kihana

FICTION STATE OF MIND said...

heres mine :)

Spav said...

Here is my answer: http://fictionkingdom.blogspot.com/2010/04/read-thon-mini-challenges.html

Mama Librarian said...

A fabulous challenge. Hope I'm not too late.
http://mamalibrarian.blogspot.com/2010/04/dewey-24-hour-read-thon-minichallenge_9998.html

Booklover Book Reviews said...

I have just given you an award at Booklover Book Reviews, http://bookloverbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/04/awards-ceremony.html

GreenFairyLV said...

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
I read it years ago, but it was the first book I read where when I finished the last page I immediately flip back to the beginning and read it again. I still read it every year or so.

Valerie said...

The earliest I remember being obseesed over was "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach. I was about 7 years old. I even re-wrote the story practically by memory for a school project. Plagarism? probably!

Glad you are participating in the read-a-thon!!

Tammy said...

What a great question! I would have to say that the first book that really got to me and made me think was The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It blew me away and I wanted everyone I knew to pick it up and read it oh and love it as much as I did.

lovelife said...

Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer

http://lovelife.livejournal.com/302461.html

alisonwonderland said...

I posted about my first favorite book here.

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

This was fun! Mine is here:
http://lovesromances.blogspot.com/2010/04/mini-challenge-early-favorites.html

Mary said...

Here's my favorites: http://readingbytheshore.blogspot.com/2010/04/read-thon-update-3.html

Vicki said...

My very first favorite is posted HERE

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Here's mine: http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.com/2010/04/early-favorites-mini-challenge.html

Hope you're enjoying the read-a-thon!

Trish said...

I blogged about mine!

http://pecksandbushels.blogspot.com/2010/04/read-thon-update-slap-happy-but-still.html

Cheers and happy reading!

Ashley Amanda said...

I wrote about my early favorites here: http://ashley-amanda.blogspot.com/

resabi said...

Here is a link to my post: http://resabi.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/mini-challenge-early-favorites/ about Pluto Pup Goes to Sea.

Jenners said...

Sorry I didn't get here soon enough to cheer you on in the read-a-thon! It does feel like 1,000,000 hours after awhile doesn't it? : )

I have to look for this book ... it sounds so fun and charming!

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