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Lisa (Lisa Loves Literature)

Wow! Great post! I love your idea for a giveaway, wish I'd thought of something like it to do on my stop of the Blog-A-Licious tour. Hmm, the first novel that was my favorite? It's so hard to say. The first books I remember reading were Nancy Drew. I remember my mom buying all the different ones they had when we made our regular trip to the local JCPenney's outlet store. I dove right in and couldn't stop. My favorite was probably the Kachina Doll mystery, or there was one about lace and ballerinas I think? If those don't count as novels, then I'd have to say The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.

Sonia Rumzi

What a great post and wonderful writing. Glad you saw the show too. So good to introduce children to books. Amazing! Like pulling teeth with my grandson. :(


Lori, I too read all of the Anne of Green Gables books! Loved them with all my heart! My first chapter book was "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh." Did you ever read it? I felt so grown up reading a book with so many words in it! :) Around that time I also remember reading "Harriet the Spy" and "Charlotte's Web." How I love those books!

Pandora Poikilos

Oh I so remember Anne of Green Gables. Think they even had a miniseries. Thank you for Lori for joining the tour.
Cheers - Dora

Shelley Workinger

I always find it shocking how you gorgeous redheads hate your hair when the other 95% of the population is so envious of it! (Like the grass is always greener, maybe the hair is always redder?) I made the heroine of my YA series a redhead, so I can at least live vicariously through her :)

Shaeeza Haniff

My first favorite novel was the "Hidden Staircase", I was nine and I sat at my mom's feet whilst she prepared dinner and read that book cover to cover. I was too scared to put it down:)


Loved your post, Lori. Thank you.

Kelly Hashway

I'm kind of ashamed to admit that I didn't have a favorite until high school. I've always read a ton of books but I never reread them until The Great Gatsby in my sophomore year. (In my defense I was always young for my grade, so I was only 15.)

Great giveaway. I love the gift card idea.


Corinne Rodrigues

Lori - I absolutely loved your post! I'm so glad to be on this tour with so many lovely people who I may not have 'met' otherwise. I grew up on Enid Blyton's books but my all time favorite at age 12 and still at age 46 (!) has to be 'Pride and Prejudice'. Don't ask me how many times I've read it and watched various versions of it!


That was one of my favorites when I was young too. I remember thinking to myself that I could be Anne, since my brown hair has red in it. (I know, not the same)

Did you know that as far as fictional characters go, they say she was an INFP? ;)

Janet Beasley (@JLBCreatives)

What a wonderful post! I'll have to get those books and read them - they sound like a lot of fun. I like your comparison to Guantanamo Bay...really gets the point across. I'm having a ton of fun on this blog tour - thanks for being a part. I would have to say my first favorite novel would be Steve Hamilton's "A Cold Day In Paradise" simply for the fact that, that was the first novel I was able to read all the way through and comprehend, after learning how, and breaking free of the trauma of my world without books! ;-) ~Janet~ JLB Creatives

Dawn Brazil

I love your post - life without books would be detrimental to my health. I fear I wouldn't survive. I couldn't even imagine a place.

My first favorite novel was, The Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Too adult for my third grade mind, yes. But it was wonderful and spawned a love for literature that still exists in me today. Books totally RoCk!!!

I'd love a gift card too.

Jenny Woodruff

How fun Lori! I must admit that my first Novel obsession was Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark... a HIGHLY inappropriate book at the age I read it! But that made me love it even more... memories :)

Angi Hansen

My first favorite novel was CHARLOTTE'S WEB. Lost the library copy I was reading on the walk to school one day. Don't want to remember that trauma. But I did get my hands on another copy and finished it. Haven't killed a spider since. Not even the black widow that spun a web between our bedroom and bathroom one evening. Call me crazy. See you soon!


So the first book that I fell in love with was "The Callendar Papers" I remember reading that book over and over. I've always loved mystery novels and the fact the wore all white in the book seemed so classy at the time. Anne of Green Gables was also another good one I'm still looking for my Gilbert lol.


My favorite book, the Cat and Mrs. Carey.. Anne was and is a favorite story, although the talking Cat was a favorite and probably the reason I fell in love. Loved reading this post to day, your excitement jumps off the page. I went looking for the Cat and Mrs. Carey novel and finally after a long long search found it via one of Amazon's resellers. I tell you the day the book arrive I ran into my room and once my tears dried read it from cover to cover.. loved it still.. Thanks, Lori for taking me along with you today..


I spent one Junior High summer working my way through the Victoria Holt section of public library fiction section. I felt so wicked reading Grown Up Romance novels. Before that I was into Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables and the Little House series'.

Ali Kat99

Okay, I just finally got around to reading today's post. I don't even know how far back I have to go to remember my favorite first novel, but I remember that I really loved To Kill a Mockingbird. It stands so clearly out in my mind that I was completely upset by the injustice and loving the dad completely. Another that has stuck with me eternally, as well as made quite a presence in quotes in subsequent journals from the time I read it is Once and Future King. "Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically-to those who hardly think about us in return." As a teenager this spoke to my unrequited teenage love, insecurity, and basic teenage belief of being done wrong:) Love your blog.

Ali Kat99

How could I forget! I don't know if it counts because it was read to me by my first grade teacher, but I loved The Indian in the Cupboard. As a nanny it was my go down for nap book for the boys, and when the oldest boy turned 7 and called me up and said, "I finished my assigned reading list and now I am reading The Indian in the Cupboard." I literally teared up:)

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