It’s time to take a trip down memory lane with the Childhood Book Tag! Thanks to The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me!
1. 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!
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!
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.
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.
12. Favorite middle grade read?
The first thing that comes to mind is the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. SO GOOD.
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.
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!!
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!