I have loved to read for longer than I can remember. For my first booklist, I thought I would share some of my favorite books growing up. These helped to shape my lifelong interest in and enjoyment of books, and quite a few of them continue to be favorites today!
First Grade: Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books- My uncle gave me two of these for my birthday in first grade. They were my first chapter books, and I absolutely loved them!
Second Grade: The Little House series – This series was a Christmas gift from another aunt and uncle. I think I read the entire boxed set twice that year.
Third Grade: Nancy Drew – My grandma found a lot of my mom’s old Nancy Drew books in her garage and gave them to me to read. I was instantly hooked, and continued to devour books from this series (in chronological order, of course!) for the next several years. Mysteries have been my favorites ever since!
Fourth Grade: The Secret Garden – This is one of my all-time favorite books. We read it as part of a reading club in fourth grade. I still enjoy re-reading it.
Fifth Grade: Susan Cooper – The first Susan Cooper book I discovered was The Boggart and the Monster. I loved that it was set in Scotland, and I loved the folklore, so I went back to the library looking for more. I discovered her series The Dark Is Rising and fell in love with that too.
Sixth Grade: Little Women – Mom gave me a copy of Little Women on my twelfth birthday because it had been one of her favorite books when she was twelve. It’s still one of my favorites.
Seventh Grade: A Wrinkle in Time – My sister and I got several of these books for Christmas and read them together with our mom. It is a fantastic series, but A Wrinkle in Time will always be my favorite.
Eighth Grade: Agatha Christie’s mysteries – I discovered some of Agatha Christie’s novels in the school library. These were stand-alones like The Man in the Brown Suit, and They Came to Baghdad. I didn’t discover Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple until later.