Childhood Book Tag

CHILDHOOODIt’s time to take a trip down memory lane with the Childhood Book Tag! Thanks to The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me!

Honey Bunny Funny Bunng1. First book you remember reading on your own?

I honestly have no idea… probably a picture book of some sort!

2. First book you remember having your parents read to you?

This definitely wasn’t the first book my parents ever read to me, but I do remember them reading me Honey Bunny Funnybunny by Marilyn Sadler quite frequently. I used to LOVE bunnies, mice, and anything small and furry back then (let’s be real- I still do!) so this book was right up my alley.

3. Book you read because of your parents? Because of a friend?

SO MANY. Let’s go with Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements, which I read in middle school because one of my best friends loved it. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it!

The BFG by Roald Dahl4. Favorite book from school?

Definitely The BFG by Roald Dahl. I had the same teacher for both fourth and fifth grade, and each year she read this aloud to us. The idea of nice giants plucking me from my bedroom window never failed to make me almost wish it would happen to me one day…

5. Favorite book in elementary school?

Same as #4: Roald Dahl’s The BFG. 

6. In Middle school?

It was most likely a tie between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings… I love them both so much! harry potter

hobbits gandalf

7. In high school?

Any and all of John Green’s books. If I absolutely had to pick a favorite, I think I would have to go with Looking for Alaska. So many feels, my friends. 

8. Book you gave up on as a kid that you’d like to revisit?

None really come to mind– I usually finish a book once I’ve started it, so there aren’t many that I’ve completely given up on that I’d consider revisiting.

9. Book you checked out from the library the most as a kid?

There wasn’t really one specific book that I checked out from the library more than others. Whenever I went to the library (which was quite often) I would usually just check out whatever popped out to me or seemed interesting in the moment. I’ve found some of my favorite books by randomly checking them out from the library on a whim (I’m looking at you, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta!).

10. Book you made all your friends read?

John Green’s books. There was a period of time when ALL I recommended to people were his books. No regrets.

John Green PIZZA

11. The book that made you love reading?

Hmm… this is a hard one. Reading has been such a huge part of my life for so long that it’s difficult to imagine when I first started. I think I’m going to have to say Harry Potter, because it really made me fall in love with a story for the first time.

Phoenix

12. Favorite middle grade read?

The first thing that comes to mind is the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. SO GOOD.

jellicoe road cover13. Favorite young adult read?

Besides John Green’s books, my favorite YA novel is Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I’ve reread it every summer for the past three or four (or five?) years, and each time I do I love it even more. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend doing so ASAP.  It’s one of those books that sticks with you long after you read it, especially when you read it for the first time. Just writing about it makes me all nostalgic and excited– I love it so much!

14. First long series you read as a kid?

HARRY POTTER. I started reading the first Harry Potter book in second grade, and I wanted to be Hermione so badly.

hermione wand gif

15. How did you learn to read? How old were you?

Umm… in school and at home? At an average age? I’m not really sure, to be honest.

16. How obsessed were you with the scholastic book fairs as a kid?

OMG. Like, SO OBSESSED. I looked forward to them so much and I would look through the catalog and circle the books I wanted to get. They made little book lover Holly incredibly happy!!

kelly kapoor

I tag whoever would like to do this tag! I can’t keep track of who has done what tag before, so if you haven’t done this tag yet (or if you want to do it again?) feel free! Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments if you decide to do it– I’d love to check it out!

What are your answers to these questions? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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18 thoughts on “Childhood Book Tag

  1. Great post! Glad you got to do this 🙂 I love how so many of these posts are filled with references to Harry Potter- amazing the influence that book had- all around the world!! And I *loved* Hobbit growing up- actually, who am I kidding? I still love it now!

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    1. Harry Potter really is the ultimate book series– it has everything that a book lover needs and more! It was also the first true “fandom” that I was a part of, and that sense of community and camaraderie around these stories also helped fueled my love for the series. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever stop rereading it! 🙂

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      1. That makes total sense- it really is a lovely series and I still have fond memories of it- it was the first “big” book I ever read and the first series I ever fell in love with. I’ll never forget it got me into reading when I was 7 🙂 That’s the magic of the series- that it means so much to so many people 🙂

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  2. I’m so happy someone else likes Jellicoe Road!! It’s one of my favorites, but no one ever talks about it. And yes, SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIRS. MY HAPPINESS

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    1. Jellicoe Road is my JAM. I absolutely LOVE it!! There’s just something about the characters and the way Narnie and Taylor’s stories overlap and intersect that keeps me coming back to reread it time and time again. Have you read any of Melina Marchetta’s other books? I haven’t really read any of them, but I desperately want to!

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      1. YES, the intersecting storylines were so beautiful and heartwrenching. I got Saving Francesca a long time ago but I never read! And I’ve heard great things about Finnikin of the Rock. But no, I haven’t read anything else by her either, unfortunately

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  3. Ah I love childhood books! This post is bringing back a lot of wonderful bookish memories (those book fairs were BRILLIANT). I’ll keep this tag in mind if I run out of things to post about, ta Holly!

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