It’s called a “challenge” for a reason. Trying to think of the first book I’ve read really is a challenge, especially if you’re not sure what kind of “book” we’re referring to here. If it was my actual first book ever, we’d be talking Curious George or one of those Little Golden Books or “Hey Al,” but then no one would be reading this post. So I just went with what Marrok McIntyre did in his first post of the challenge and picked the first novel I read.
By the way, Marrok is the one who tagged me and is the founder of this challenge. He is a fantasy writer and an all around awesome person, and you should definitely check out his blog!
Little House in the Big Woods
You’re surprised it wasn’t Narnia or Lord of the Rings or some other fantasy or sci-fi book? Well, surprise, I don’t read just weird spacey timey wimey stuff. My mom read Little House in the Big Woods out loud to me when I was six, and after that I read it again on my own. And again, and again, and again, and then, dare I say it, again. And I read the rest of the books in the series as well. I loved the series, and I reread them again several years later and got more out of the historical part of the stories. (I even started copying Little House in the Big Woods by hand when I was younger when I got bored. Fun fact: I didn’t get past the first chapter.)
Little House in the Big Woods is the first in an autobiographical series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote about her life growing up moving west with her family in the 1870s. Her adventures included living in a cabin in the woods, travelling through rough terrain in a canvas-covered wagon, braving the prairie’s wild weathers of tornados and locust storms, battling scarlet fever, and surviving in the life-threatening winter wilderness. I love this series because it’s unique in that it was written by the person who is the main character, Laura Ingalls. I wouldn’t put it in the historical fiction category, because even though it’s chock full of history, it’s all true events that the writer experienced herself. Nor would I put it into the nonfiction category, because the narrative closely follows that of a story with third person deep POV.
The Little House in the Big Woods series will always be a favorite of mine. It began my fascination with historical fiction, the next book in the genre that I read being Johnny Tremain, which will never get old for me. If you haven’t read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series yet, I definitely recommend it; it can be read, enjoyed, and enlightened by all ages, and you’ll finish with a deeper appreciation of the day-to-day life of a West-bound family in the late 1800s America.
So there you have it! I hope I’ve got you hooked. And if you’re not, I forgive you, because now I’m tagging YOU to participate in the tag! Go write a blog post (if you don’t have a blog yet, start one, I’LL READ IT AND SUPPORT YOU) about the first book/novel you’ve ever read. I’m challenging you!
I’m also tagging a few friends of mine who have blogs and love reading (and writing!) and seem like people who are always up for a good bookish challenge:
Thanks for reading, have a great day, and don’t forget to look up Little House in the Big Woods! Cheers!