What was the first ‘adult’ book you read? Mine was Jaws ?What was the first ‘adult’ book you read? Mine was Jaws ? Debbie #questionnaire
If you count this but True Blood
The Mists of Avalon when I was 15. I got a bit of an education ?
Valley of the dolls
Skeleton Crew by SK
Maybe Dean Koontz? I must’ve been about 11?
Postcard Killers by James Patterson
Wifey from Judy Blume
The Firm by John Grisham
Flowers in the Attic
” Exorcist” and ” Santanist”
The Green Mile by Stephen King
It’s called Storming Intrepid by Payne Harrison.
Clan of the Cave Bear. I was too young to be reading it but I could not put it down.
in cold blood
Erica Jung Fear of Flying
To kill a mockingbird..a tree grows in Brooklyn..and one flew over the cuckoo’s nest..I was about 13..my mom got them from a book club..she said I couldn’t read them..too adult..sooo..she worked night’s.. slept days..and I sneak read them…yup..bad teenager ??
Pet sematary and it
It was probably VC Andrews Flowers in the Attic.
“Jaws” may have been mine as well! It certainly was one of the first “adult” novels I ever read, back when it was the big thing, months before the movie came out. I was around 10 years old.
I can’t remember how old I was but I vividly remember the beginning of the book. It seemed like a sex scene to me and I was shocked!
Flowers in the Attic
I don’t remember my first, geez that was a long time ago, could have been anything, Flowers in the attic, Jaws, Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, Jaws, Stephen King books, I read all of those! 😀
and all those old gothic romances too!
It was an autobiography of a woman with anorexia , I can’t remember the name
Possibly? The authors last name was horn-something. This was 20 years ago when I was 8
Yes. Marya Hornbacher.
@Kelly YES that’s it!
I liked her sequel memoir, Madness. I also enjoyed her fiction, Center of Winter.
Misery by Stephen King
I was 8 when I read the Earths Children series by Jean M Auel.
8? And I thought 12 was early
@Laura I saw my dad reading Clan of the Cave Bear and I wanted to read it too. Because kids books were too easy for me. I wanted to read a “grown up” book. He told me I was too young to read it. In my innocence, I thought he meant that the vocabulary was too advanced for me. So I was determined to read it anyway, and read it with a dictionary next to me, looking up all the new words I didn’t know. There weren’t many. I loved the series, and read them all. I didn’t realize until after I read the second one, that he meant I was too young because of the subject matter and adult content. By then it was too late. I almost became an anthropologist and actually wrote a letter to the author for a class assignment. She wrote me back.
A Child Called It by Dave Peltzer
The Good Earth
I can only remember back to high school reading list. The Butterfly Revolution, Flowers for Algernon, The scarlet letter, To kill a mockingbird. Non school assigned were Sybil, Go ask Alice, Borrowers but I would say that is YA my first chapter books were the Nancy Drew series Mom let me join the monthly book club and there were 2 books in one, the back of the book was printed upside down. Loved getting those packages. I fell behind one summer and mom cancelled. I was so sad come wintertime with nothing to read and started watching way too much TV and stopped reading until highs school assigned books.
The Godfather by Mario Puzo when I was 10. My parents allowed me to read anything I wanted.
I don’t remember stuff like this.
Cardinal of the Kremlin
Jaws. Then Jaws 2 by Hank Seals. I was a kid then.
The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodweiss.
My mother let me read Peyton Place.
Harold Robbins The Adventurers
My mom’s Gone with the wind
My foster father used to give me dirty magazines
Valley of the Dolls
Dead Witch Walking
The first I remember was Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. 3rd or 4th grade, and it took me a long time, but I remember loving it.
Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler
The Inheritors by Harold Robbins. Steamy as hell.
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Read Jaws at 14, when published. Loved it. Mine was The Exorcist, when I was 12. (I bought it along with a few other more mature books with my gift certificate that I was awarded by my English teacher for reading the most books in a month). Big mistake. I loved it but it scared the crap out of me. I had a hard time sleeping at night. The 2 books I caught the most grief from my parents over were Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) and Helter Skelter. I was 15 when I read them. My mom kept hiding the 1st 1 from me and I kept finding it. (I borrowed it from our neighbor’s library while babysitting and since she and her husband were very hippie-ish, she saw nothing wrong with my interest in the book). Because of this, it took forever for me to finish and return it to my neighbor. My dad was the 1 with the issue with Helter Skelter. He saw me reading it when I was 15 and asked me if I didn’t have anything better to read than that “trash”. Fortunately, I had a TV in my room when it came on TV because my dad would never have agreed to watch it. My parents never “chaperoned” my bookstore visits so I took advantage of that fact. I was always reading way above my age and grade level. And when I discovered Stephen King at 14, when Carrie was 1st published, there was no turning back.
Flowers in the attic
I think it may have been Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier.
Superstition by RL Stine.
The first adult author I read was Mary Higgins Clark- I’m pretty sure I read A Cry In the Night first.
Misery by Stephen King.
john grisham’s the firm ??
one of my favorite books!
@Angel love every j.grisham”s novel especially the client and a time to kill ?
@Zelle I like him too! I haven’t read The Client, but I’ve read The Chamber, and The Testament and loved those!
@Angel nice to meet a j.grisham fan here?… when i read the testament, i never touched a book for a half year, that was my first deep read ?
I loved that one! so good!
Lord of the Flies .
Carrie by Stephen King
Either Payton Place or Valley of the Dolls. The yr was 1969 and I was 14. I put a book cover on it so my mother would think I was studying!
The Four Guardsmen by Alexander Dumas, I was 14 when I first read it.
I can’t remember the exact one but it was something by Wilbur Smith as my mum has lots of his and one day I just started reading them
Just remembered that then I started on the Mills and Boon afterwards hahaha ??
It was one of my moms romance novels I can’t remember to title but I was hooked
Flowers in the attic
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H.Lawrence
I ca\t remember lol
I don’t remember. Maybe Pet Sematary?
The Godfather. My mother was very strict so I “hid” it in a paper bag book cover…..?
Nemesis by Isaac Asimov.
The Valley of the Dolls and The God Father.
A woman.who lived in my building when I was a kid used.to .throw out numerous Adult paperback books in the trash, which of course I found and read and read!
Probably Suffer the Children by John Saul or Flowers in the Attic.
Peyton Place. 🙂
Dark Tower, Stephen King…I read it when I was at school because a friend had and wouldn’t stop talking about it.
Flowers in the attic
Count of Monte cristo unabridged in 1st grade
When Rabbit Howls.
I don’t remember…too long ago.
Invisible Man. HG Wells
The Scarlet Pimpernell – https://www.amazon.com/Scarlet-Pimpernel-Baroness-Emmuska-Orczy/dp/1420955438/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1525111001&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=the+scarlet+pimpernel&psc=1
To Kill A Mockingbird I think
Silence of the lambs
Carrie Stephen king.
Thomas Mann the magic mountains death in Venice and Buddenbrooks
the sleeping beauty series by anne rice under pen name
Little House on the Prairie
Gone with the Wind.
A Tale of Two Cities
Oh, way too long ago but maybe To Kill a Mocking Bird.
Catcher in the rye