Discuss your first love
I'm sure it will surprise no one when I say that my first love was books. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom reading to us. Early favorites I remember are Tell Me a Mitzi, Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and some Strawberry Shortcake book that turns out, thanks to the All Seeing Eye of Google, to be called The Adventures of Strawberry Shortcake and Her Friends. (Remember when you would have just had to wonder about something like that for the rest of your life? I love living in the future!)
Pretty soon I started reading for myself. Some early highlights there include lots of Amelia Bedelia, and basically everything by Beverly Cleary (Ramona, Socks) and James Howe (Bunnicula, Teddy Bear's Scrapbook). I remember too reading Family Circus and Garfield comic books over and over. Then came longer books like Harriet the Spy, oh so many Babysitters Club books, and somewhere along the way, Little Women. I loved My Side of the Mountain, read for sixth grade English, and later To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, and Pride and Prejudice. Outside of school, I remember reading a lot of Cynthia Voigt and, ok let's be honest, also a lot of Christopher Pike and similar. Oh, and I sure did love the book Christy.
Pride and Prejudice remains my all time favorite, which I realize is an entirely unsurprising pick, but it's everyone's favorite for a reason! Currently I am rereading Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World. I read it years and years ago on the recommendation of my friend Angela. Recently, a different friend posted on Facebook that it's now on sale for $1.99 for the Kindle. I'd loaned out my paperback copy, which never came back to me (sadly the fate of most of my loaned out books) and it's been so long that it's almost new to me. I'm also a very different (and much more well-traveled) person reading it now, probably ten or fifteen years later. I recommend getting yourself a copy, especially if you've got a Kindle.
Here's one more recommendation for you and your kids if you have them. For one of my grad school classes, I read Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo. It's a Newbery Medal winner, but more importantly, it's hilarious. I loved this book so much. Perfect for elementary schoolers on up.
Ok, I'll stop now. Otherwise I won't have any time left to read before bed.