Tuesday, October 2, 2012

{ 31 days of books - day 2 - at the beginning }

I learned to read when I was four years-old.  At least that's what my parents say.  I remember reading in my kindergarten class at least.  When I am asked to describe myself reader is always a word I have used.  It's just what I am.

To start this series off I want to go back to the beginning.  Back to the very first books I read.  I have a sentimental attachment to these books.  A lot of them are still packed away in my closet just because I can't stand to part with them.

The very first book I remember reading is the Charlie Brown Encyclopedia.  Do you remember those?  At the time they were sold in our local grocery store as a special.  Each week there would be a new book and you would have to buy a certain item to get the book for free.  You could buy the book on its own but it was like $4.99 and that was a crazy amount of money to spend on a book back then.  At least to my parents.  They were actually in pretty high demand and my Grandpa would go down first thing in the morning every Monday to make sure I got my latest edition.  I would love them forever for that reason alone.

Besides Charlie Brown I also was in love with character books.  I had Care Bears, My Little Pony, Rose Petal and even She-Ra books.
My Rose-Petal Place Book Collection    Care Bears + My Little Pony Books

And oh so many miscellaneous ones too.  You rarely saw me without a book in my hand.  Now you rarely see my without my Kindle.  But that's another post for another day.

What were your favorite books as a child?  Do you still have some of them?


  1. I was never a big reader as a kid, but I really enjoy it now!!


  2. I've always referred to myself as a bookworm because I won't go anywhere without at least one book...usually right inside my purse (because I don't have a Kindle which is just a long, sad story). I haven't thought about those Charlie Brown books in years, but absolutely remember them. Some of my first chapter books, which I really enjoyed, "The Hardy Boys" and "Nancy Drew" series, and the "Babysitter's Club" series. There's just nothing better than a good book to escape to!

  3. So happy to find your blog through the 31 Day Challenge! I've always been a reader and never understood when people say they don't like to read. How can you not like to read?!? I, too, began reading early. When I was in first grade, I was moved to the fifth grade reading group--which was great, until I started missing my friends. So I pretended I couldn't read, was sent back to my classroom, but then my teacher caught on to my ploy and sent me right back. Now, I'm so glad she did. Our kids love reading, and I'm so grateful for all of the adventures they'll experience with books.

    My favorite book as a child was Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. It was a beautiful story of two Japanese dolls, sent to live in England. I loved the book so much that I became obsessed with Japanese culture--my dad even built a Japanese doll house for me. Ah, the power of books!

    Look forward to following along with your 31 Days of books! Cheers!

  4. I LOVE reading.. Growing up I had very firm favourites Enid Blyton ; the faraway tree, famous five.

    But the books that made me fall in love with reading was Anne of Green Gables series. I still adore L M Montgomery today as well a good dash of young adult fantasy Tamora Pierce & Harry Potter of course :)

    Now I read a lot on my iPad which is so great a load of books in the space of one book.

  5. Dr. Seuss was definitely my first real series. And encyclopedias were big back then, like kid friendly ones?


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