No. 1: The First Book You Ever Read (Or Was Read To You)
The first book I can remember reading is The Little White Rabbit and Other Stories by Enid Blyton. I read it so many times and it had some illustrations in it. I can still remember the story of the white rabbit who fell into a barrel of tar (I think) and his mom washed him and hung him up to dry. Can’t really remember the other stories but I know there were some about fairies and little kids. The book was a little worn out before I read it because my sisters had read it before me. I have no idea where it is now though.
No. 2: The First Book You Ever Bought With Your Own Money
As a Kid I didn’t have an allowance so I disturbed my parents until they finally agreed to give me money to buy a book and guess what book it was. THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS. Hahaha. It was around 300 – 500 naira and I loved the book. It is a funny story about two kids and their dreadful teacher. They hypnotize him to become captain underpants ,a character in the comics they write. But things get out of hand and they end up saving the world from an evil baby sized villain. It was so much fun to read and it had funny illustrations too. It is actually the first book in the series but I never got to read the other books. I kept it till I was about to enter university and finally gave it out to a kid. I wonder if it still exists. There is also a captain underpants cartoon that was released recently and yes I watched it and enjoyed it. Reliving my childhood.
No. 3: A Book You Stayed Up All Night Reading
Hmm I’ve stayed up all night reading a lot of books . First book I stayed up all night reading would be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I actually slept off though cause as a kid I could hardly stay awake at night. The book was so huge to me as a kid but it was interesting so I kept reading it till I finished it. Yes, that was the first harry potter book I read before I went on to read the rest years later.I read them out of order (gasp). I don’t know why but I can read books or watch TV series out of order and still enjoy them when I eventually start from the beginning. Since then Ive read it over and over again and it’s still in my bookshelf although missing its front and back page but whenever I see it I smile.
No. 4: What Book Or Series Will You Never Forget?
Well it’s really hard to choose just one book or series. Do not make me choose.
So here goes, Harry Potter series because it really got me into reading, the Binti trilogy because that is the first sci-fi book I read where I could see myself in the main character because she is an African and it was an amazing feeling and the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn because it made me fall in love with historical fiction.
No. 5: A Book You Frequently Think About
I think about a lot of books, like a lot of books. I’m frequently caught up in daydreams. I frequently think about a book called Leah. it was about an awkward, quiet teenager starting high school, the friends she makes and the events that take place during her first year. It stayed with me cause I really liked the main character and she was able to discover that the most important thing is to love yourself for who you are. I got it for free on an e-book site and I don’t have it anymore. But I think of it and wonder if the author finally made it big cause that book is a gem.
No. 6: A Scene That Has Haunted You For Years After Reading It
I read Homecoming for Kezzie by Theresa Breslin when I was in primary school. My sisters had this small bag of books and when they weren’t around I used to go through them. It is a book about two sisters struggle to survive during World War 2 . In the book there is a scene where a bomb lands and explodes in their building while they are trying to escape. It really shocked me because the little sister was buried under a pile of rubble and was only found by chance. Some of characters who were introduced before died in that building. Seeing Kezzie and her little sister deal with the grief and the effects of war . Maybe it was because I was a little kid and didn’t know much about war but that scene really affected me. The whole book touched me and I began to be more grateful for the fact that I’m alive in a place free from war and I have people who care about me. I think you should read this book, I read it over and over as a teen and it’s still on my bookshelf though its missing some pages. It is actually the second book in the Kezzie duology.
No. 7: An Unforgettable Character
Okay the questions just keep getting harder. How can I choose just one. Sigh.
Okay one character I can’t forget is Kaori Miyazono in Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your lie in April) Yes it’s a manga, it’s still a book. She is so full of life and has passion for music and playing her violin and tries to bring the other main character out of his shell so he can create music with her. She is trying to live life to the fullest despite being sick. I loved the friendships in the book. The ending broke me, I almost cried. I also watched the anime which made me almost cry too, like why whyyyyyyy. You should watch the anime though; the music scenes are amazing. You really need to watch the anime or read the manga.
No. 8: A Book That Changed Your Opinion About Something
I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy growing up but at a point they were getting boring. They were not really diverse and just the same old ideas every time so I felt there was nothing new in Sci fi. I wanted to write science fiction set in Africa but i felt they wouldn’t go well together because I had never come across such book.
Then I read BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor and everything changed. It is about a Himba girl who travels to an intergalactic university and the struggles she has to face. First up Himba is a tribe in Namibia in Africa and the main character is black. I was so excited when I read it and the world in the books is so different, so unique. The way Binti loves her people and traditions but also wants to do what she loves, I resonated with it so much. A Nigerian girl is even featured in one of the books briefly though. Binti feels real, she is an extremely talented girl who goes through a lot and even deals with PTSD and tries to protect her people. Reading this book showed me that Sci fi can be written by anyone and feature cultures from all over the world and now I want to read more diverse Sci fi. Just read this book guys. It’s a trilogy but they are novellas so you can finish them all in one day if you have the time.
No. 9: Share Another Random Bookish Memory
When I was a little girl, I stumbled upon this little bookshop on my street. I had never noticed it before, so finding it was like finding a magical world. The owner was nice so he allowed me read some of the books provided I didn’t mishandle them. People hardly came to the bookshop so I could read in perfect peace. Every weekend I would go there and that’s where I bought my first book from. Eventually it closed down, I guess he wasn’t making enough sales to keep the place open, I was really sad but he allowed me take one book as a goodbye gift. I took a book about Pokémon, can’t find it anywhere now though. But I still remember that bookshop and that man, though I can’t fully remember his face. I hope I meet him again one day.
This was such a fun tag to do, thinking back to my childhood and all the bookish memories. Books have always been a part of my life. I can remember disturbing my dad to buy books for me on his way back from work. I caused so much trouble as a kid. Just ask my older sis,we got into so many fights. I tag Nandini @ Unputdownablebooks and Lara and I tag you if you are interested in doing this tag.
Chat time! What was the first book you ever read? What bookish memory do you have that you can’t ever forget? Do you read manga? Come let’s chat in the comments.