- My first ever library visit. Though we were never without books at home I can still remember my first ever library visit. Housed in a portable tin can of a cabin whilst awaiting the building of a new library, though this probably wasn't any bigger than two buses placed end to end, to me it seemed hugggeee, the potential to lose myself in all these books massive .... my dream come true.
- Something I have posted about before ...... Buying my first ever book. As a child at primary school we were encouraged to save money to be spent on the Book Bus that would turn up at the school at regular intervals, I can still remember how excited I was to actually buy my first ever book, The Pebbles Go To Town by Michael Cooper.
- Bedtime stories with Niece #1 and Nephew. In the time honoured tradition of my childhood I loved time spent reading to our niece (now a mother herself) and nephew. Not just a great way to end the day but a wonderful way of re-reading all of the favourites of my girlhood as well as discovering many of the new up-and-coming children's authors.
- Keeping with the theme of our niece and nephew,The last time I read a Thomas The Tank Engine story. Though now in his late teens as a child on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder it wasn't unusual for our nephew to become fixated with certain stories (at one point I remember it being Dr Seuss's The Cat In The Hat) but it was Thomas The (flaming) Tank Engine that I celebrated him growing out of. Read so many times I swear I could (and probably did) recite the books in my sleep, the funny thing is I now wish I'd kept them as I'm sure our great-nephew, Little Plum (26 months), may well come to enjoy them.
- My first on-line book review. Though Husband dearest, determined that I not only should but would blog, signed me up to Blogger in 2008 it wasn't until a year later on the 18th of April (coincidentally our nephew's birthday) 2009 that I got to publish my first post, my first book review, LIFE CLASS by Pat Barker, appearing two days later on the 20th.
- The Twilight series. Not since Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling's Boy Wizard, became so popular can I remember so much fuss being made of a book and just as it wasn't only children who found HP irresistible, it was grown woman as well as the young adults to whom it was aimed that became so caught up with Bella and co many of them declaring themselves for Team Edward/Jacob.
- Getting back to Moment Number 1 .... Husband dearest finding me a copy of The Pebbles Go To Town. A nostalgic soul at heart I'd always wanted a copy of the first ever book I'd bought but alas it was no longer available new and searches of second hand book shops/charity shops/car boot sales/markets etc had all proved fruitless. Imagine then my delight when Hd presented me with a copy that he'd managed to track down on-line. And, joy of joys, that on reviewing it (see HERE) the author took the time to comment that he was glad I'd enjoyed it.
- My thoughts on books requested. Having volunteered to review for Newbooks magazine I was delighted to receive my first assignment but even more exciting was the first time an actual publisher and then an author asked me, yes, little old me, to read and review their book. Such an honour, I can't begin to tell you how delighted I was and how proud my family were.
- A new genre. A fairly eclectic reader, though I do draw the line at some book types, I'm willing to give most genres a go at least once and so was delighted when I got to sample my first ever 'Western' or, as my granddad called them, 'Cowboy and Indian' thanks to Naida. OK, written with women in mind and dubbed by some as a 'RomCow' (Romantic Cowboy) this is hardly typical of the genre but, still, a first for me.
- Published. My latest bookish 'memory'? I was overjoyed to have my book review of Wayne McCauley's The Cook published in issue number 73 of Newbooks magazine.
So, what are your bookish memories?
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