Blog All About It Challenge August 2018

Posted August 15, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Blog All About It Challenge / 29 Comments



During these dog days of summer, I went with something that I personally found fun.  BEGINNING is such a wide-open topic.  There are lots of beginnings in a person’s life.

If I stick to just my book loving life, here are some firsts or BEGINNINGs:

First Picture book favorite (yep, poor dad had to read this sucker over and over and over):  Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin

First library card:  1979

First Chapter book favorite and first series book binge and first book girlfriend:  Nancy Drew in The Secret in the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

First book boyfriend:  We have a tie- Alec Ramsay from The Black Stallion by Walter Farley and Laurie from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

First Adult book (at the age of 9): Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

First Adult book with a romantic element (at age of 10) which led to a long love affair with mystery and romantic suspense:  The Winter People by Phyllis A. Whitney

First Adult book with some spicy scenery (at age 12) and first historical romance: White Indian by Donald Clayton Porter

First PNR/UF (at age 34):  Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

First Young Adult book (at the age of 39): we have a tie (I fell and broke my tailbone and my sister in law sensed a captive audience and could finally get me to try her favorite genre so brought over Twilight by Stephenie Myer and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare)

First Erotic Romance (and this is one I’m not sure about, but I’m guessing also the age of 39):  guessing about the book, too, so I’ll go with the first one I remember clearly, Caught Up in You by Roni Loren.

And, a few blogging firsts for you:

My first encounter with Delighted Reader was fall of 2011

My first review with Delighted Reader was April of 2012 for The Rancher and the Rockstar by Liz Selvig.

In January of 2013, I participated in my first blogger hosted book challenges:  My Reader Block’s Mt TBR, Under the Covers’ Immortals, Under the Covers’ Gena Showalter, and Historical Tapestry’s Historical Fiction

In March of 2013, I posted my first blog interview for Authors After Dark feature with Andrew Grey and my first Yakkety Yak discussion post on what I liked and disliked in a cover.

In Oct of 2014, I posted my first TBR pile vote.  Foolish Games by Tracy Solheim won out over Hope Flames by Jaci Burton.

In Oct of 2015, I posted my first audiobook review.  Emily: Sex and Sensibility by Sandra Marton and narrated by Devra Woodward.  The book was so-so, but the narration work carried it and a new audiobook lover was born.

So, those are several of my BEGINNINGs.  Did any of my firsts strike a chord with you?  Do Tell!

If you are interested in the details about this challenge hosted by Anna @ HCBS, here is the link:

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  • A lot of really good firsts. Moon Called was one of my firsts too. It was the summer I really got back into reading. I had been reading one book a year while on vacation (gasp). It had been an Anne Rice vampire book, but I got through all of them. So I took several books with me on vacation, not knowing if I would like them all. I had Moon Called, Anita Blake (Guilty Pleasures), Twilight, Bitten and I think one other book, but I can’t remember. I flew through all of them and binged all the series when I got home. I’ve been an avid reader ever since.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

    • Fun learning how you came to pick up Moon Called, too, and it helped get you launched into reading more.

  • RO

    Such a cool post, and yes I remember reading lots of books from Whitney too!(lol) I’ve traveled all over, and the very first thing I do is grab a library card, and I have several from various locations. Something about having a library card makes me feel as if I truly belong. Hugs and Happy Wednesday! RO

    • I miss the anticipation of a new Phyllis Whitney coming out each year. 🙂

      Yes! I’ve only moved a few times, but settling in was easier when I picked up my library card and got acquainted with my new community’s library. 🙂

      You have a splendid day, Radiant Ro!

  • Karen

    This is a fun take on the prompt. I’ve been trying to think of something lol

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Some of the prompts are definitely easier than others. I’m still drawing a blank for next month. LOL

  • Those are great firsts. I remember my first book as a kid that I liked was Where the Wild Things Are. And the first book I read for my own enjoyment was Cujo by Stephen King when I was 16.

    • Oh man! I wish I’d read Where the Wild Things Are as a kid. That would have been fun. I saw Cujo at the show and it freaked me out. Great ones, Mary!

  • Interesting! I can’t remember all those firsts for me. First library card for me would be from the early 60’s. First book-heck I flew through my first grade primer and never looked back. Moon Called? I actually own it but haven’t read it. I loved Nancy Drew too and Cherrie Ames nurse books. Fun post!

    • I had to go to a scrapbook I kept from when I was a kid to get several of these answers. It was a fill-in one that asked about my reading and I’d conveniently tucked my first library card in the picture spot.

      Yes, forgot about Cherrie Ames. Loved those, too.
      Oh, and you MUST read Moon Called. LOL

      • I know. My tbr is ridiculous. I could probably read for the next three years and not run out of books. I’ve read a couple of the spinoff series though.

        • Yep. Same here. Enough to last a lifetime and I still add more. At least, you’ve gotten to the spin-offs.

  • What an awesome set of firsts! I kept forgetting to post these topics and thus bombed out of this challenge. 🙁

    • Whoops! I had to put them on the calendar and get reminders or I’d forget, too. But, hey, jump in with September.

  • Ooo! I like what you did for this prompt! I’m still deciding….mhmmmmm *thinks*

    • Yes! Figuring out the prompt idea is definitely the challenge part. LOL

  • Oh my goodness, you are seriously bringing back some memories for me! I remember reading my sister’s copy of The Secret in the Old Clock. And Phyllis Whitney… I read so many of hers, including The Winter People. I remember spending summers at my grandmother’s house and reading all the Phyllis Whitney books she had on her shelves. Such nostalgia! 🙂

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    • Yay! Glad to give you a fun trip down Memory Lane, Tanya. I adored Whitney, Victoria Holt, and Mary Stewart so much. Nancy Drew probably made me a reader for life. 🙂

  • Northwomn

    This is great fun! You and I have much in common, although I am older. Thanks for sharing this. Anne – Books of My Heart

    • And, this doesn’t surprise me about the commonalities. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and sharing the same tastes. 🙂 Even the road trips though I do mine in a car. LOL

  • I am impressed by either your memory or your record keeping skills 🙂 I don’t think I could tell you when I read anything pre-goodreads. We may have gotten our first library cards at about the same time. I started kindergarten in 1979 so it was probably some time around then. Fun post!

    • Buahaha! A little of both. I still have a childhood scrapbook that turned up after I was looking for something else and it had some of the details. But, I remember some other details, too.
      Those library cards were gateways to adventure, right? 🙂

  • Wow! Your memory is good with all those firsts. I do remember the first book I read I was around 3 at the time I think. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. That was when my love for reading blossomed.

    • My memory is good for distant past, but lousy for every day life. LOL I confess that I had a scrapbook with some of the details in it.

      Oh fun! I’ll bet you wanted to read Snow White over and over, Nadene!

  • That is a lot of firsts to be able to figure out. How fun! I’m always so impressed with all the info you’re able to remember. Me…nope! ha!

    • Haha! Yeah, I’d like to let you think my memory’s that good, but, no. I remembered some, but I also had a childhood scrapbook and my old organizers. It was fun sifting through and getting the answers. 🙂

  • How fun to read about these beginnings! I would have a hard time remembering what was the first book I read in these categories. The blogging ones I would probably be able to look up if I wanted to. Although some books I do remember clearly, like how Bitten was one of my adult urban fantasy books and got me hooked on the genre. Or how Twillight got me into reading English books.

    • Yes! It is a fun one to come up with the post. I loved browsing through an old scrapbook and my organizers to find the answers. I did remember several b/c they were milestones.

      I like getting your firsts, too.