I was talking about first books I loved and hated with someone and I decided I wanted to know about your first books. Maybe you could answer these in the comments, or on your own blog and give me the URL so I could read? Yes? OK, good. Here are my answers.
First Book I Loved
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Because puffy sleeves and getting accidentally drunk when you’re a kid and dreaming of Gilbert Blythe are the gateway drugs of fiction.
First Book I Hated
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
I read it in high school and it was, at that point, the longest book I’d ever read. I was super proud of myself for getting through it, and then immediately after I was so angry at the dumb book I threw it across a wall. Then I got in a fight with a friend who said the book was AMAZING. I probably should have known right then that I could not have a career in anything except books.
First Series I Read
I can’t remember if it was Harry Potter or the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty. Either way, both excellent series. (OK, you need to forget that books #3 and #4 in the Jessica Darling series existed, but other than THAT, it’s a good series.)
First Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book I Read
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Does this count? I am not a big SFF reader.
First Book That Made Me Cry From Laughing
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Oh dear, this whole series is bust-your-gut funny, especially on audio.
First YA Book I Read and Loved
This one comes with a caveat, because I am old. “YA” didn’t really exist as a genre when I was in middle and high school, so the first book I remember being labeled this way was Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen. After I read that book, I believe I read every YA book I could get my hands on.
First Horror Book I Read
Yo, I’ve never read a horror book. My brother made me read a passage in IT by Stephen King when I was like, six, and it scared the pants off me and yeah, never again.
First Book I Was Completely Obsessed With
Welcome to the Monkeyhouse by Kurt Vonnegut
OK, your turn. Go!