Book Blogger Hop: May 25th | The First Book [& A Puppy!]

Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?

‘Book Blogger Hop’ is hosted by CoffeeAddictedWriter.

Due to my previous introductions to this weekly question meme, I feel like I always need to start off with some weird kind of event that’s cropped up in my life. However, apart from picking out my new puppy (he’s so tiny!), not much has actually been happening. Far Cry 5 has been kicking my ass, that’s for sure. Anyway, enough with that, let’s get on with the question. It’s a pretty tough one this week (also, check the end of the post for a photo of my new pup, I like showing him off).

I think that the first book that I read solely by myself was probably one of the ‘Winnie The Pooh‘ books due to the fact that I was pretty much raised on them. Otherwise, I would say it’d probably be one of Roald Dahl’s books. I used to have the entire box set collection and could read them over and over, and that’s one of my earliest memories when it comes to my love for reading overall.

I wish I could remember the first book that I read by myself because clearly, it was good enough to spiral me into being a bibliophile. However, I’ve been reading for so long that it’s pretty much impossible to pinpoint the very first book I read by myself. It was probably a book I read with my family and then got to the point where I was able to read it independently? No clue.

Either that or my memory is just that bad. Though, I’d be surprised if anybody would really be able to remember the first book that they read. Even if you’re not that much of a reader, I think it’s the usual to have to read during those first years of our educations. They’re all about those independent reading and writing skills. Not that I’m against that, at all, I think it was one of my favourite parts of my earlier years of education. I started school a lot later than people usually do in the UK due to the fact that my family moved to England from South Africa, and in South Africa you only start school at 6/7, so, by the time I enrolled in England, everybody had already had a head start and had their own little groups. I was somewhat of the kid that found themselves in the library whenever I could. I think that’s where my introduction to Roald Dahl’s works came from, and I just fell in love with his writing and his stories that I had to have them all, of course.

If I could remember, I’m sure my answer would be a hell of a lot more interesting, but I really can’t recall it. I’m just going to go with it was either something Winnie The Pooh or something by Roald Dahl.

Damn, my answer this week is boring! Sorry, I apologise for my memory being crap.

To make up for it, meet Arlo. He looks huge in these photos, but he’s tiny. He’s only 3 weeks in the pictures (he’s just turned 4 weeks now) and whenever he tried to walk his legs kept sliding out from under him. We had to do a 6 hour-round road trip to go and pick him out of the litter, but as soon as I saw him, I was instantly drawn to him. I knew that he was the one for me, especially because, as soon as we put him back with the rest of the litter and his mom, he started whining, so I already know he’s going to be a menace. I want him so badly to be with me right now, but he has to be with his mom for three more weeks. Then it’s another 6-hour road trip to go bring him home! Here some photos my mom got of me holding him. He has my entire heart.

He looks so grumpy. 

Anyway, what about you? Can you remember the very first book that you read by yourself, or are you just as bad at remembering that as I am? If so, what was it?

Thanks for reading my answer to this week’s ‘Book Blogger Hop‘ and I’ll write you later.

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12 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop: May 25th | The First Book [& A Puppy!]”


    I honestly wish I had all the books I’ve ever read starting from when I started reading by myself. I think that would be such a cool thing to have. Winnie the Pooh was definitely one I read when I was younger too. I now have a huge collection of all the stories and it’s one of my favorite book possessions.

    Great answer! Please tell Arlo he’s a good boy and give him some good scritches from me! <3

    • Oh I definitely will! There are going to be a lot more photos of him when we finally get him in just over 2 weeks (literally counting down the seconds, thanks to a handy phone app). He’s actually going to be my therapy dog, so I feel like I’m going to be clutching him at all times, he’s so precious.

      That would be great! It’d be so fun to revisit the books that I’ve read over the years and see how they’ve shaped my love of reading or my perspective on certain things. Winnie The Pooh is definitely such a big part of my childhood, though I don’t have book collections from my youth due to moving country, unfortunately.

      Thank you so much! I definitely will – you can expect to be seeing more of him soon! 😊

    • I’m genuinely counting down the hours (I had a countdown right to the specific second on my phone, haha) I’m so excited. We’ve been considering getting a therapy dog for me for a while, and now it’s actually happening! He’s so precious, I can’t believe he’s real. I’ll definitely be posting a lot more of him in the future!

      Thanks for stopping by! 😊

  • I totally understand how memories of so far back are not the best… OMG Arlo is sooo adorable 😀 He can look grumpy but not forfeit being cute at the same time which is why I sometimes wish I had a dog …. (I could never train them as I’m too soft in the heart) Thanks for visiting my post and all the best for you and Arlo! 🙂

    • Yeah, it’s way too hard to pinpoint my first ever book! It’s definitely a memory that has got lost along the way.

      Thank you! He is my whole world 😊My family has a vast experience with puppies/dogs/animals of all kinds, and we currently also have a sweetheart of a golden Cocker Spaniel (his name is Digby) so he’s looking forward to getting a little brother, I’m sure.

      Not a problem at all! Thank you for stopping by and for the best wishes! Same to you! 😊

  • This weeks question was so hard because childhood was so long ago. I think the people who only read for school and then only recently started reading again as adults because of a book like Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey (because I know both of those series seem to have gotten a lot of people reading again as adults) might have a better chance of remembering their first books because the experience was likely unpleasant for them, and we humans have a tendency to remember the unpleasant much better than the pleasant.

    Have a great weekend.

    • I definitely understand what you mean. Having read a lot in my childhood, I definitely cannot pinpoint the first book I ever read by myself. Way too difficult. For less frequent readers or those who get into reading more often when they’re older, I’m sure they’re more likely to remember. Not for me, however,

      Thanks for stopping by! 😊 Have a great week!

  • What an adorable puppy.

    Winnie The Pooh sounds like a good one to me.

    As you saw when you stopped by my blog, I am not really sure, but most likely Dick and Jane. 🙂

    Have a great weekend.

    • Thank you! 😊

      Yeah, I have really fond memories when it comes to Winnie The Pooh – definitely a big part of my childhood! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!


    ahem….baby animals are so precious..

    I couldn’t remember my first book either haha! I do recall reading Roald Dahl though. George’s Marvelous Medicine was my favorite 🙂

    • I love him so much 😊

      Yes! I also recall liking that one – though I think I read so many of the books over and over that they’re more or a less a jumbled memory. Thanks for stopping by! 😊

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