Monday, August 15, 2011

Top Ten Firsts

This week the Broke and the Bookish's top ten list is a free-for-all. I decided to go with a theme of 'firsts'.

1. First Book I Remember Reading:  The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss. I recently reread this, and I remembered how angry Thing One and Thing Two made me feel back in the day. They caused all that trouble and then just left?

2. First "Real" Book I remember Reading: The Call of the Wild, Jack London . It may have been a slightly abridged version, but I knew it was a real novel and not just a kid's story. Reading it straight through on Christmas day made me feel very grown-up.

3. First Science Fiction Novel:  I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X, Bruce Coville.

4. First Series:  The Henry Huggins / Beezus and Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary, starting with Ribsy.

5. First Book I Ever Read with a Friend: Roswell High, Melinda Metz.  A friend of mine read the first novel and let me borrow it: I bought the second novel and let him borrow it. This went on to the point that we read our separate copies of book four together while riding on a bus, but then he moved away, the fink.

6. First Book I Ever Ruined: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway. Checked it out in eighth grade and spilled a glass of milk on it. D'oh.

7. First Serious Book:  The Pigman, Paul Zindel. While The Call of the Wild may have been written with a serious idea in mind, as a kid I just saw it as a book about dog. The Pigman featured two very flawed main characters who undergo turmoil when a lonely old man they befriend dies as a result of their actions. I think I may have been eleven or twelve.  I also read The Pigman's Legacy and The Pigman and Me.

8. First Serious Nonfiction:  Nothing Like it in the World, Stephen Ambrose. While I'd read plenty of history and nature books in the library, this is the first I ever read which was targeted toward adult audiences.

9. First Book by my Favorite Author:  The Positronic Man, Isaac Asimov. I checked this out after watching Bicentennial Man, though Asimov wasn't then my favorite author, or even an author I retained in memory for long.  (Positronic Man, be it noted, is not the story  upon which Bicentennial Man is based. Its roots are in a short story of the same name.) I'm fairly certain I read a book by Asimov on the solar system before this, but I can't remember the it doesn't count.

10. First Book I Ever Became Obsessivly Devoted To:  The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Max Shulman.   It's a collection of short stories featuring university/campus life during the late 1940s. The main character is girl-crazy, intellectual, bright, eccentric, and exceedingly proud of himself, and Shulman's humor in portraying him matches my appetite exactly.  You can read one of the stories, "Love is a Fallacy", here.


  1. I love, love, love this list. Now I want to go and destroy my list and make a "First" list, too. Maybe I'll steal your idea some other time. Thanks for this wonderful list.

  2. Such a great idea! I think it's fantastic that you included Dobie Gillis. I worked for three years in a library that actually still had a copy on the YA shelves. It never went out, but I never had the heart to weed it. I wonder how many firsts I can remember. You may have inspired a future blog post for me!

  3. @ Katie That's how I came across my copy! My high school librarian gave it to me at the end of my senior year while she was weeding out books. :)

  4. A list of 'Firsts' is a great topic. I might have to do something like this myself one day.

  5. That was a great idea for a list- I really enjoyed reading your post.

  6. Super list! I had never heard about "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" by Max Shulman, but I sure do remember the early sixties tv sitcom.

  7. Fantastic list and fantastic idea for it. I think it's probably the most original.


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