Alina tagged me last week and I finally had the time to think about some book-related firsts. Except I chose to go with an English version of the tag, for those who do not speak Romanian. And because I simply wanted to have this tag written in two languages on eLitere. Once you’re done reading this, tell us about your first books.
The first book you‘ve read
I grew up with fairytales, either told by my grandparents or read by me. But, these aside… I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the title of the first book I’ve read. I think it was Mary Poppins și casa de alături (Mary Poppins and the House Next Door). I still have (and love) it. The story and the book itself are special to me and remind me of my childhood.
The first book series you’ve finished reading
I don’t like book series. I haven’t even finished The Chronicles of Narnia, despite the fact that I love The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. If it’s a series, chances are I will not start reading it, no matter how appealing the story seems to be. That being said, my answer here will be Harry Potter. It’s the first and only book series I’ve finished, but that happened only after I got my hands on all seven volumes.
The first book you’ve read in a day
Stephen King’s The Shining. I remember that day, I was supposed to be studying for an important exam. I regret nothing!
The first book you haven’t finished reading
I’ve finished all of them so far. Some were a waste of time, but I really can’t think of one I haven’t finished. I mean, even if it takes months, I eventually go back to the stories I start reading. I’m looking at you two: Shan Sa’s Jucătoarea de go (La Joueuse de go/ The Girl Who Played Go) and The Countess: A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory (a novel written by Rebecca Jones, translated as Elizabeth Bathory: Contesa sângeroasă).
The first book you’ve read and didn’t enjoy
I’ll go with Fetish by Tara Moss. I have no idea why I bought that book in the first place, but it happened. Fortunately, it’s not long, but I don’t recommend it.
The first book that made you cry
This one’s easy: Les Miserables (Victor Hugo). I posted a review on eLitere last year and I’m thinking about writing a new one, just for the book. It’s amazing!
The first book you’ve bought
There were three books I bought at the same time back when I was around eighteen years old: Promisiunea îngerului (Frederic Lenoir, Violette Gabesos), Tokio (Mo Hayder) and Dicționar de mitologie slavă (Ilie Danilov).
The first book you received as a gift
People don‘t give me books as gifts… pity. But someone, a friend and colleague, did offer me a book a couple of years ago: Amantul doamnei Chatterley (Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence). It wasn’t the first, but it’s the gift I remember right now.
That would be a long list. Let’s start with Mihaela, Vlad and Noexis.
by Elena Atudosiei