“Firsts are best because they are beginnings.”
― Jenny Han
They say that the first step is always the hardest. But it is also the most unforgettable for some. The firsts are always special in different ways. For a bookworm like me, the first step into a new world is a memorable one. It will define how you see that world for a while because first impressions can be lasting. Since I have just started this blog, I think going back to my roots will be a good start. So I decided to compile (just for the heck of it) my firsts off the top of my head:
Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
This was actually the series that started my descent into the paranormal universe. To the world of vampires, werewolves and the supernaturals. Looking back, I think it was a pretty safe start. No extreme language or gory and graphic scenes that would put me off the genre back then. I was in love with their world, especially when reading about the different talents and unique characteristics of vampires in this world. There was the enigmatic Volturi, the vegetarian vampires, the wolves and their imprinting, not to mention the history behind each character. All of which was another attempt to take on the recurring supernatural theme surrounding the two species.
Here I got a taste of the world of fantasy and I took my first chance into submerging myself into it. I never much cared for romance back then but since it was the major theme of the books where ‘the lion fell in love with the lamb’, I couldn’t exactly avoid it.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
This was actually a recommendation to me (another first!) by my dear old dad. I didn’t know what he was thinking when he handed me the book but I remember it being my very first owned book.
This was a tough one to write about since I feel like I am in the minority who liked the book for itself and not for the scandal it caused in the eyes of devout Catholics. I loved how it dealt with art and history and at the same time thriller and mystery. Every chapter seems like a cliffhanger to me that I craved for the next one until I finished the whole thing. I have never fallen into the conspiracies surrounding this book. I was just there enjoying the whole ride of Professor Langdon (much like a treasurer hunter or maybe Sherlock Holmes) racing to find the next clue. To me, it was a perfect blend of history and fiction that made you pause and overthink most of the time. Then you remember that this is just a story so you hang on and see it through the end.
The World of Shadowhunters by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices
These books right here is where I started to hoard quotes. There are so many things that I wanted to save, to remember, and to share from these books. From the runes to the witty conversations and even the Latin phrases that they keep saying. I wanted everyone to read it back then but sadly I got no one to fangirl it with. I remember reading this when I just got my first kindle and I happen to discover the highlights. From then on out it was madness, I tell you. Madness!
And may I just add that this is also where I found my first book boyfriend! You can never go wrong with the Herondale protagonists in the books. First, it was Jace, then his ancestor Will, and assuming I’d still be alive after Cassandra Clare releases The Last Hours it would be James Herondale next.
Fifty Shades by E.L. James
My first erotic romance. Well.. this was a funny story. When I got my first kindle as a gift from my aunt, she asked me for book titles so she can start me up on books I want to buy. Me back then seriously had no idea about this book. I just saw that it was one of the top best selling books back then and then added it to the list. Why did I not bother to read the description, I have no clue. My aunt also had no clue I guess, because she wouldn’t have bought it for me if she only knew…
Imagine my surprise when I actually read the book. I was flabbergasted. But putting the erotica aside, I thought the story was pretty good, engaging even. It was years after when I was at the university that I finally got the courage to read this again. E.L. James definitely aimed to please.
Camp Half-Blood Chronicles Series by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, and the lot
My first mythological books! Learning Greek mythology through the eyes and ears of our Seaweed Brain has never been more engaging and fun! I like Percy but (of course) Annabeth Chase is my spirit animal. The nerdy know-it-all and battle-tested daughter of Athena was my favorite in the first series. But the Heroes of Olympus happened and by the second book — the Son of Neptune, which was my favorite out of all those books up there — sold me out to Percy.
The other characters introduced were also well loved in this series — Grover, Nico and Thalia, and all the Heroes of Olympus crew. It was a very exciting adventure with their tons of prophecies, irritable gods, and harpies with a photographic memory (I envy Ella the harpy for this).
I have also read the Kane Chronicles which is the Egyptian counterpart of the series. I am still in the process of organizing my books and TBR so I haven’t yet read The Trials of Apollo. Though I seem to always have the time for a Percy Jackson books reread. Sorry, not sorry.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The first books in my dystopian shelf! (no such shelf exist in my Goodreads because I have yet to organize sigh)
You know that saying that you should never judge a book by its movie? That’s true for the most part, but I actually loved the movie version of these books only because of the actors that truly gave life to the characters. Whenever I remember the story of the Mockingjay, it was always Jennifer Lawrence that comes to mind. There’s no other Katniss for me from the moment I saw the movie. But for the record, I actually read the books first waaaaay before the first movie was released.
The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore
My first stories of aliens. The Garde and their beloved Lorien. Their stories put into writing by the great elder Pittacus Lore. It is one hell of a read from the first books to its most recent novellas. I think I still haven’t finished with the Lost Files and their other accompanying novellas, but nonetheless, this was worth a read for me. Much like my fascination with the vampires at Twilight, it was the same for the different and unique abilities of each of the Gardes. The story of their lives in hiding, their quest for freedom, the betrayals, and losses in a planet not their own – it was an adventure worth getting lost into. Even if it was just finding out who Pittacus Lore really is.
And finally for the last one on this list:
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
This was the case of watching the movies first before actually reading the books. Young Daniel Radcliffe was already on our television screen long before I got my hands on these beloved books. But I have never regretted the way it turned out. Imagine a young kid wanting to know more about Hogwarts, about Patronus and about the boy who lived whom she first saw on TV. And that kid-turned-teenager discovering that it was actually based on books and there are seven of them to boot! Well, I devoured the books even to the point of not returning it to the library where I borrowed it. These are also my first five-star rating on Goodreads. Blame it on my young self or my biased five stars because I want to be a witch myself but it will remain one of the most loved books in the bookshelf.
So that ends the compilation of my firsts for now. I think I might have forgotten some books and several noteworthy firsts so I will probably be back to update this!
What about you? Have you read any of these books?