What is the first book you remember buying for yourself?What is the first book you remember buying for yourself? Kathy #questionnaire
I was a freshman in high school. At the book fair in the library I purchased The Godfather by Mario Puzo. My rebellious days!
Trixie Belden books when I was a kid
First book that I used my own money for – Catcher in the Rye. Sophomore year of high school I found out I would be moving in a few months and not reading it junior year so I got myself a copy. I’m glad I did, too, because it wasn’t assigned in my new high school.
The Lovely Bones
fred mustard stewart was my first favourite author. read all his books. was in 1969 when i bought his first book.
I’ve never heard of this author.
@Lee He wrote scince fiction, a medical thriller, than found his niche by writing historical fiction. one book was a tv movie about Ellis Island. another was called six weeks, and mary Tyler Moore was in it. My favourite story of his was called the mannings. the last 4 books were historical fiction,and started writing bout pirates, and finished after Worl war 2. I was never bored of his stories.
@Don Will check him out. Fun to find new authors and their books!
he died in between 2000 and 2010. he was by far my favourite. my late mother liked his books too.
I think it was a Family Circus book.
I got a token for World Book Day, and used it to get Darren Shan’s novella Koyasan.
Presumed Innocent was my first adult book. Nancy Drew as a child.
Probably a VC Andrews book
The Family from One End Street. Paid for with my first pocket money.
A junie b Jones book
A Sherlock Holmes book
I have always LOVED the library and prefer to borrow books! I do remember buying a few ‘Choose your Own Adventure’ books in 6th grade. I also remember reading off my Moms bookshelf and “Gorky Park” was probably the 1st thriller I read around age 11-12
Had to have been hardy boys book from a school book fair
Don’t know if it counts, but i stole Blood and Gold by Anne Rice from a Walmart about 11 years ago. ?
I doubt that I bought it, but the earliest book I remember reading that was purchased for me and not from school or the library or a hand-me-down was Yellow Eyes
If you still have it and its in good shape , its worth alot now .. looked it up for another bookclub member going for a few hundred on amazon
@Brenda Probably gave it to a cousin in the early 70’s. My mom isn’t one to hang onto things. If it’s not being used get rid of it.
Yeah , my family is a bunch of pack rats , I have more books than I have room for
@Brenda I haven’t purchased more than a dozen physical books in the past 10 or so years. I’m strictly ebooks now. I mention this because I have over 3,000 books in my basement and when I moved 20 years ago I got rid of over half of the books I had at that time.
Percy Jackson. Bought it the day after it was released as an award for good grades that year
It was some 50’s sci-fi from a cool second hand store.
One of @Louis books. At one point I had 212 books of his. I’d love to recollect that again. #LackOfRoom
The Lovely Bones … I don’t think it was the first but it’s one I remember.
A cardboard version of Little Women which I still have!
Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates. 59 cents.
Oh, I loved that book!
Think it was a collection of Horror Stories with a big brown tarantula on the cover, my phobia of spiders meant I always opened the book at top corner point & fast, so as not to touch or see the spider at all 😀 Still love horror still hate spiders 😀
The witch of Portobello
Sweet Valley High
One of many Hardy Boy books. 😀
Little House on the Prairie
along came a spider james patterson
The Shining. I remember saving my babysitting money and going to Rainy Day Books and feeling so grown up because I had a job and was buying an adult book with my own money.
I always got my books at the library as a kid. I don’t remember buying any myself til I was in my early 20’s and joined a couple book clubs.
R.L. Stine- Fear Street books. I’m still collecting them to this day 🙂
The first I can recall buying was a funny nonfiction one about incorrect answers students had written on history tests, titled “And Then Some Other Stuff Happened.” I didn’t buy many books in my youth. I was and am devoted to libraries.
One of the Hardy Boy books
Bloody kemper Hewitt clarke
I remember buying a book of poems at a school book fair. I don’t know if it was the first, but I loved it. I was 7 and my favorite poem in the book was one by Emily Dickinson. A great memory. Thanks for prompting it. ?
One of the Nancy Drew Mysteries!!!
The Bad Seed.
Sweet Valley series
The thorn birds ?
When I first got into reading I lived with my grandmother so most of my books came from her MASSIVE book collection or she bought them. So the first book I ever bought for myself was The Walking Dead Vol 1. It is my prized possession, it’s signed by Robert Kirkman himself ?
I cant remember that far back. I think it was a pop up Snow White. I was 6. Lol
The Encyclopedia of the Horse. ?
The Sword of Shannara
Archie comic books.
I bought those also.
Timothy I still buy them once in a while. To see how they have changed. Amazingly, I did not appreciate their foray into politics …. I think I was nostalgic for the innocent time in my life where a socially awkward girl could disappear into a book and not have to worry about the world around her. ?
@Ellen I am with you
One of the books in the Dawson’s Creek series ?
A book on Cats
I remember buying books from the Scholastic book fair when I was in elementary school but I don’t remember which ones. As an adult I bought Harry Potter #4
Me too..bit truthfully I get all my books from the library now…
@Chrissy I get most of mine from the library or used book stores now. I’m cheap haha
A bunch of harlequin romances at a used book store. I was 12…babysitting money!
It aint fiction book … Its ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’
Eragon and Eldest by Christopher Paolini (it was a two in one omnibus). It helped me really get into the fantasy genre too. (Though there were probably other’s before that, but I really remember buying that one on a whim for myself.)
Harold Robbins – as a child I was always interested in the lives of the rich and famous.
Babysitters Club ?
Wizards tale .
Goosebumps: Egg Monster From Mars!
Probably something from the weekly reader books.
Stephen King’s IT
Where the Heart Is
I think my first official book was a collection of lightly twisted fairy tales by Gail Carsen Levine or it might have been a book from the Sisters Grimm series
Oh man… it would have been elementary school at the Scholastic book fair (which was the greatest time of the entire year, let’s me honest)
Always My Dad is the one that stands out the most to me. I actually bought it on accident in the 3rd grade and it ended up being such a powerful, emotional book for me. My situation was very similar to the young girl in the book. It’s a very special book to me, I treasure it very much.
The joy luck club
Wizard and glass
Mills and boon
When I was in 8th grade I used to save my allowance each week to buy trolls and a new book from this series
Thorn Birds..I read it many time..The movie was so good also..I was around 13..
It was a photography book by Ansel Adams
Saddle Club–some I got as gifts but there was a Waldenbooks (remember those?) walking distance from my house as a tween, and I’d be there as soon as the next in the series came out!
A Nancy Drew book
I think it would be “The seven habits of highly effective people”
She is so cute!
@Arundhati yes and now my daughter loves her lol
Ditto ditto again!
Toynbee History of the West
I think it was a The Babysitter’s Club book by Ann M. Martin
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Dracula by Bram stoker?
Agatha Christie, at the time in French
I bought my 1st book when I was in 1st grade of senior high school. It was Twilight 😀
Goosebumps: Stay Out of the Basement … (I think I was 10 … LOL)
Oh gosh, that was such a long time ago. I don’t think I’d remember…
Halo box set
Jannat k pattey. An Urdu novel.
I had no idea of this book. Never read any book. This book made me fall in love with reading.
Probably a Three Investigators book…The Three Investigators and the Mystery of the Green Ghost
Lord of the rings
A Magic Tree House book from Scholastic Book Fair
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone I was 13 and saved up my pocket money just to buy it
Anyone remember Scholastic Book Fairs in elementary school
The hunger games
Twilight…my grandson got me back into my love of reading…thanks Duncan !!!!
The Bobbsey Twins series.
H.p lovecraft classic horror stories. I only actually bought two books my mom normally buys the rest or we go to the library.
Nancy Drew book.
Dr. Seuss books.
Gosh, it’s been so long I can’t recall! I do remember buying The Tao Te Ching and This Is It (Alan Watts), but I was college age by then. I know I bought books before that but just can’t get the little grey cells to spill the info! ?
Some book based on Dark Shadows. Mom and I had quite a few of those. Think I was maybe 13.
David Copperfield at 12 years old
Probably a Magic Tree House book
I honestly have no clue as I have bought so many books
Tale of 2 cities
Die Hard? Or Dempsey and Makepeace? No, I’m wrong. It was The Empire Strikes Back! <3
Diary of a wimpy kid.
Harry Potter or “Dødens terning” (part of a series called ‘Den store djævlekrig”)
Alchemist Paulo Coelho
Sweet Valley Twin series
Can’t remember the first I bought but I shoplifted the Stand because I was so eager to read it???
That’s a really good question! Mine is The Darkest Minds, Alexandra Bracken
The Golden Compass. That’s the first that I remember buying in a store. I bought books from school book fairs before that but can’t remember which ones.