The first book you’ve read
I grew up in Germany, and luckily my parents started reading to me from a very small age on. I was always surrounded by books and could read and write a little before I got taught at school, and my love for everything written hasn’t left me since. As far as I remember, the first book I read on my own was Die Kleine Raupe Nimmersatt. The English equivalent would be The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I had that small book for many years, and I still remember some of the verses very fondly.
The first book series you finished reading
I read a lot of serial books during my childhood, among them books by Enid Blyton, the Narnia Chronicles, the Famous Five series and Goosebumps books. But mostly I didn’t read those books in order, simply because I didn’t know they were part of a series or because I couldn’t always find them in the local library. The first series I consciously remember reading in order and devouring from start to finish (with long waiting in between) was Harry Potter. I read all the books in German and many years later I re-read them in English.
The first book you read in a day
Ironically, that would be The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, as if I didn’t want the reading to end indeed. Those days, I spent many of my holidays reading a book a day. I still sometimes do it now, getting lost in shorter romance novels on Sundays.
The first book you haven’t finished reading
I usually make it a point to read all books, but ever since I’m also trying out free eBooks I’ve realized sometimes it’s better to give up and dedicate my time to books that really deserve the attention. The first book I didn’t finish at first was Wuthering Heights last year, though I did finish it this year. There are many free downloads that I have given up on, sadly… I never finished reading 50 Shades of Grey either, and I don’t intend to. Oh, and I still have to finish Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez. A very dear friend gave me the paperback and I’ve been savouring it bit by bit. It’s not exactly light reading, so I don’t like squeezing it in here and there.
The first book you’ve read and didn’t enjoy
Must have been a book read in school in Germany, though I can’t remember a specific title. Many on the curriculum weren’t exactly the kind of book I liked those days, but now I think I might have appreciated them more out of school or if I have been older. One of those I can remember is Homo Faber by Max Frisch.
The first book that made you cry
Definitely Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, reduced me to a blubbering fool because I was a bit too young when I first read it.
The first book you’ve bought
I never really got any pocket money, so I was already in my late teens when I bought my first own book. I must have been either Interview with the Vampire or The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. I had loved the German versions and remember desperately wanting to buy the English paperbacks.
The first book you received as a gift
Obviously, I received books all the time by my parents because I never wanted anything else for my birthday and Christmas. Apart from that, my favourite teacher – the one who encouraged me to read English books – gifted me The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, and I treasured that immensely.
Inderpreet Kaur Uppal (Eloquent Articulation)
Nikita Jhanglani (Njkinny’s World of Books and Stuff)
Sid Balachandran (I Wrote Those)
Deepti Menon (Deep Ties)
Marie Lavender (Writing in the Modern Age)
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