First Loves....

9:30 AM Elizabeth Seckman 16 Comments

Tyler County Public Library

I'll be here today from 1:00-4:00

Signing books and remembering when.

Ah good times; good memories spawned here.
 This is where I first met Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary.
Those ladies are still like favorite aunts I'm always eager to visit.

Then as I grew up, mature me wanted more, so I began my affair with John Saul, the bad boy with a dark side.
But I lost my heart to John Jakes and his epic stories of love, trials, and history.

It's here that I dallied with VC Andrews and had that first shock from the creepy side
of fiction.

It's here, on Broad Street, that I learned to love that indescribably intoxicating smell of books.

But where I became BFF's  with Danielle Steele, but then like so many other friends from adolescences, we lost touch.

It's where my real-life BFF and I hit our teens and snooped through the medical books.
Where, like boys flipping through National Geographic for boobs, we found more than we were looking for.
With gasps and giggles, we learned and will NEVER forget this warning from the Men's Health chapter:
Never put your penis in a vacuum cleaner....it can cause tissue damage.

Ah, good times. Good times.

Elizabeth Loves Books
2 friends 2 gether 4 ever


How 'bout you? Got a first love?








16 comments:

  1. I love this post!!! My first book love had to be Little House on the Prairie. I WANTED to be Laura! I wanted to make dolls out of corn cobs and candy out of molasses and snow. Her childhood was intoxicating to me. Now as I read this to my 7 year old I still feel that way :)

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    1. You know, I didn't read Little House until I was in college...and love them. My kids bought me the box set for Christmas.

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  2. That's hilarious! I too loved Beverly Cleary and later, V.C. Andrews. I was really into Sweet Valley High and Babysitter's Club too! Great post.

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    1. I never read Sweet Valley High or Babysitter's Club. Girliest book I read was Heidi...oh, and Anne of Green Gables.

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  3. Books and writing are my first love. But poetry holds a special place in my heart. It's also got me a first time that I love. Getting paid to write. Oh yes in 2007 my poem 'I Left her by the River' got me some moolah by being published in the Sunday Observer's, Bookend Magazine. It was about a teenage boy who left his love by the river and lives with the air of suspicion after she disappears.

    Love the post and glad you got to do a book signing somewhere cozy and familiar. I still visit my local library. In fact I'm typing this from there right now. Ooooh coincidence? Yeah, pretty much.

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    1. Yay for libraries!!! I am not a good poet. It's really tough to write it well...you should be proud of your successes!!!

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  4. What a clever post! My first love was Jilly Cooper and although there have been others along the way, we're still very close! :-)

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    1. I will have to check her out. I'm embarrassed to admit, I've never heard of her.

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  5. This is such a creative post. I remember E.L. Konigsburg being one of my first bookish friends. Dick and Jane--not so much.

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    1. LOL...I didn't see a Dick and Jane book until I was in high school. I thought they were just a joke till I saw some at a flea market.

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  6. I fondly remember the libraries I frequented in middle and high school, as well as in college. There were so many good books and authors, many of which I remember.

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    1. I still remember going into the college library. I was so used to my small town one that I was star struck by the one different levels and walls and walls of books. Got that feeling of, wow...I will never be able to read all the books I want to read in my lifetime.

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  7. I've loved so many writers over the years, it'd be hard to pick out my "first love." Not sure, but I think I popped out of the womb with a book in my hand. I just can't remember the title.

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    1. The first book I ever wanted to read was given to me by my dentist. I couldn't read a word yet, but I wanted to read it soooo bad!!

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  8. One of my first loves was Heidi - I always forget about that book when I'm reminiscing, so I'm giving it a great big shout out now.

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    1. I still have my copy of Heidi from when I was a little girl. Oh, and Loiusa May Alcott and "Little Women"...can't forget that one!

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