The Once Upon a Time Book Tag

The Once Upon a Time Book Tag

The Once Upon a Time Book Tag

I’m doing the Once Upon a Time Book Tag, created by Lenna at Sugar Dusted Pages! I think this tag looks like a lot of fun. Also it has a gorgeous image, which isn’t the reason I’m doing it or anything, I just think it looks really pretty, and wanted to mention that.


  1. Post the Once Upon a Time Book Tag image on your blog and link to the creator’s blog.
  2. Thank the blogger who tagged you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Tag as many people as you’d like, but try for at least one or two.


1 – First book you remember reading to yourself

Beetle Bug's Party

I’m assuming since the next question is about the first chapter book, this means the very first.
The first book I remember reading to myself is Beetle Bug’s Party. It’s like, a counting book, you know, one beetle has a party and he invites two bees and three fireflies and so on. It was my favourite book when I was little, mostly because it had a picture of fireworks, and they lit up, and I thought it was so cool. Now it hurts my eyes. Also the first page had a cool picture of food, and I loved looking at it.

2- First chapter book you remember reading

I couldn’t tell you exactly which book, but one of the special edition Rainbow Magic fairy books*… ugh those books are sort of awful, but I loved them when I was little, and I have a very vivid memory of being so pleased with myself for reading a book with a whole fifteen chapters! Now I’m like, those books aren’t even two hundred pages long, they’re half pictures, and they have ginormous text. So not impressive. At. All.

*I might have read some of the shorter ones first, but it was a special edition one that I remember reading.

3 – First bookish friends

Er, I’m not really sure. Maybe the character (Mandy?) and her friend from the Animal Ark series. that was another series I loved when I was little, and I knew a bunch of things about the characters. Now I can’t even remember their names, but I loved them when I was younger.

The Tail of Emily Windsnap4 – First book you remember being completely sucked into

This is a hard one… I can’t really remember my reactions to books that I read more than a year or two ago… just my overall feelings about them.
Trying to name something I read a bit earlier though, I probably have to go with The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler, it was one of my favourite series when I was a bit younger… I probably first read it when I was eight or so. It’s the first book I’ve listed on here that I still sort of enjoy. It’s a fun read when I feel like reading something that’s middle grade. So, not very often, but it is a fun read.

The Goose Girl5 – First book you remember just hating

The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale. I tried to read this when I was… ten*… and I hated it! SO! MUCH! I found it incredibly dark and violent and sad (What on earth? Because there’s, what? Three whole violent scenes in the entire book…) It was the first book I ever DNF’d. The funny thing is, I read this book again a couple months ago, out of curiosity, and it was a perfectly good book. I didn’t love it, but if anything, that’s because I was a bit too old for it. Also because the plot twist was very predictable. But, um, it was a good book. I liked it, I’d like to finish the series at some point, WHY ON EARTH DID I HATE THIS BOOK?!?!? I’m confused.

*This list is just embarrassing.

The Frog Princess6 – First book with romance*

The Frog Princess,  by E. D. Baker. I’m not exactly sure when I first read this to myself, I was probably eight or nine, but I listened to an audiobook of it when I was younger. Four or five probably. I remember reading it, and thinking, I’ve read this before… When did I read this?

*I just wrote that as ^ – First boom with romkance…

Ella Enchanted7 – First bookish crush

Um, I don’t really get crushes on book characters. Or on real people. So, nobody.

8 – First book from your favourite genre

I don’t know! I’ve read sooooooooo much fantasy. So I’m going to copy Lenna and say first fairytale retelling I read. I’m so creative, aren’t I?  Because I love them, and I actually know what the first one I read is.
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine. this is the book that got me into fairy tale retellings, and I love it so much.

A Wrinkle in Time9 – First book from a genre you hate

I don’t really hate any genres… But I hated Sci-fi for a long time, so I guess I’ll go with that. (I don’t know why I hated it, I’d never actually read a sci-fi that I disliked… I was just a really strange child. Actually I’m still strange)
The first sci-fi I read was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, honestly it’s still one of the only sci-fi’s I’ve read… I liked A Wrinkle in Time, I just somehow ended up with a hatred of sci-fi anyways.

The Indigo Notebook10 – First YA book you read

The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau. It’s funny, because until I was thirteen, these were basically the only YA I’d read. I read this around the time I turned eight.
It’s also one of the few contemporaries that I really love. I think when I was younger I loved it partly because of the novelty of it, I was reading a big kid book, but reading them again a couple months ago, (and also finally reading the last book) I could really relate to the main character, and loved them even more than I did when I was little.

Walking Home11 – First book that made you truly think

I’m sure there was earlier ones, but the first one I can remember is Walking Home by Eric Walters. It was amazing, and thought provoking. And I read it with a book club, and I always think a bit deeper about those books. But really, it was sooo good, and made me cry.

12 – First book you bought

I’m not really sure… I bought half the books on my shelf, most of them in large numbers from thrift stores. I have absolutely no clue which one was first.

The Mysterious Benedict Society13 – First book that became a favourite

Probably The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart. It’s not really a book I would list if asked my favourites now, but I do love it, and it was one of my absolute favourites when I was a bit younger.


I’m going to tag: Charlotte @ Unhappy Octopus, and Amber @ The Literary Phoenix, and, um, that’s all I can think of right now…

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Do you have any genres you hate? What was your favourite book when you were really little?


  1. Omg I think I’m pretty sure I read Rainbow Magic Fairy books. Like, I’m not entirely sure cause memory = uhhh but that name is SO familiar! Also this is such a cool tag! thanks for tagging me 😀


    • Your welcome 😀! Hahaha, yeah, memory… they’e the ones with like, two girls who are friends with the fairies, and jack frost and his goblins keep stealing things from the fairies…


  2. Oh boy. I’m going to add this to my tags to do but these are going to be TOUGH to remember haha! I’m actually rereading Ella Enchanted right now because I remember reading it as a kid, but didn’t remember much from it. :P. Thank you for the tag!


    • I know, it was so hard, but it was really fun to look back on as well.
      Cool that you’re rereading Ella Enchanted 😃, that book just has so many memories for me.


  3. Thank you for doing this tag! It was so fun reading your answers. That’s so funny you hated Goose Girl then but liked it okay now! That’s kind of how i feel about Alice in Wonderland – I used to detest the story and now I don’t mind it. I still can’t stand the disney movie, though. I read those rainbow fairy books too! I remember thinking they were super long also. But Magic Tree House was the same; they’re half pictures, maaaybe 150 (small) pages, and it takes me literally five minutes to read them now xD. I loved The Mysterious Benedict society too! I can’t remember if I finished the series.
    Awesome post! Oh, and I’m glad you like the graphic! I was having a hard time making one for some reason, so eventually I just gave up and went with this one. I’m glad it’s not hideous xD.


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