July Book Thing, Day 1

This post has been back-dated from July 6th

Day 1: Your first favorite book

Why oh why do these lists always have to pull out the favorites card? Aaargh!! Okay, fine, my first favorite… my first favorite book?! How do you even do that? The first time I read a book and went “this is my favorite book”, I guess…?

It would’ve had to be decades ago, but at my best guess, the first book of mine to get the title of Favorite Book for at least a little while would probably have been The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The problem is, that’s like… the first chapter book that I read? So… that seems like cheating…? Heck, I don’t know.

I suppose it still counts, since it held up as my favorite for a little while, I think, as I proceeded to devour every non-picture-book I could get my hands on. It had danger and adventure and excitement and exploring magical worlds that you discover within mundane aspects of normal life, and that makes it still hold a spot up there on the overall rankings, so to speak.

The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was another early favorite of mine, although to be honest, I forgot most of the book afterwards? The part that really stuck with me, though, is the kids who are the main characters are hiding in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for some reason I can’t recall, and the museum closes, and they go around and scrounge in the fountain for coins and sleep in the Historic Beds and it was again like a Grand Adventure, but this one in a Real Actual Place, in a way that I could actually contemplate happening for real. That made it extra cool and exciting.

(It was back before they had electronic alarms on everything, obviously.)

Presumably there’s a plot in there about Mrs. Frankweiler and her files, too, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was.