I saw this on Scaredy Engines blog several months ago (as with all my tags I save them in a folder and then never get round to doing them!) and thought I’d do that this evening 🙂 I could easily do this whole tag about Harry Potter, but I’m trying to think of some alternatives!
1. The first book you ever read (or was read to you)
I feel very lucky that my parents and grandparents read to me a lot and bought me books from a very young age. I especially loved reading with my dad just before bed, and I remember loving Kipper and Letters from Felix. Then at school the first books we would read were the Biff and Chip collection, not sure how widespread they were if you’re a 90s Brit kid!
2. The first book you ever bought with your own money.
I really can’t remember what that would have been! I have a vague memory of using some money my grandparents gave me to buy a non-fiction book about insects (not sure what that was about, I hate creepy crawlies!)
3. A book you stayed up all night reading
The first book I ever did that with was Order of the Phoenix – it was so huge, and looking at it now I was quite young to be reading such a long book, but everyone at school was talking about it and I didn’t want to be spoiled!
4. What book or series will you never forget
I’d say Perks of Being a Wallflower is a strong contender – for me it’s a good representation of mental health, and a great example of friendship
5. A book you think about frequently
For me, I tend to think mostly about the book I’m currently reading. I don’t have any friends that are really into reading so I don’t tend to talk about books offline.
6. A scene that has haunted you for years after reading it
Some of the most harrowing scenes I’ve read are from The boy in the Striped Pyjamas – the end sequence is obviously quite distressing, even more so in the film.
7. An unforgettable character
Apart from lots from the Harry Potter series, I can’t really think of any. As much as I love character driven novels, I don’t read much YA so I can’t really think of a particular character that is “unforgettable” in any adult books I’ve read.
8. A book that changed your opinion on something
Although The Casual Vacancy didn’t really change my opinion on politics in the UK, I remember it being quite an eye-opening novel because Rowling is so far left and the audience are left to feel sorry for people that previously I’d never really given a thought to – growing up where I did, these situations are quite far removed from my life.
9. Share another random bookish memory
This is a hard question! I’m curious about what other people read when they were learning to read and spell! I remember loving Letterland (showing my age) and Biff and Chip