Thursday, March 20, 2008


You all know that I like movies, but did you know that I also like to read?

During summer vacations, I would rather have stayed inside and read a book rather than be out running around.

When it was time to turn out the lights and go to sleep, I used to get out of bed and read by the dim hall light.

I always carried a book with me and read whenever there was a spare moment in school. I read all kinds of books. My mother fed me books like: Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Trixie Belden, Donna Parker and authors like Elizabeth Enright, Eleanor Estes, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lois Lenski and Beverly Cleary;when I was old enough: Anne of Green Gables, Beany Malone; and from my grandmother I read Grace Livingston Hill.

I used to sneak my mother’s Harlequin romance novels and read them on the sly.

When I would visit my friend Ginger, we would each sit and read from a pile of romance novels that she got from the woman for whom she babysat. Libertine Lady was our favorite. I wish I could find a copy!

Went I was in college, I got into Stephen King and Dean Coontz and authors of that ilk.

Then for a while I was into John Grisham and Richard North Patterson and Robert Ludlum and David Baldacci and slowly graduated on to murder mysteries and chick books by the likes of Katie Fforde.

Recently my sister suggested that I start expanding my library by collecting Newbery Medal and Honor winners.

I found a list and have been slowly working my way through it.

So far I've read or own the following:
Blue Willow - Doris Gates
The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Gone-away Lake - Elizabeth Enright - i highly recommend this one
Rascal - Sterling North
The Egypt Game -Zilpha Keatley Snyder - currently reading this one
Abel's Island - William Steig
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor
Ramona and Her Father - Beverly Cleary
The Great Gilly Hopkins - Katherine Paterson
Indian Captive - Lois Lenski
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare - i read this one in school so often that it earned me the moniker "Witch" that lasted until I graduated high school

What did you read growing up?


jenontheedge said...

Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Chronicles of Narnia, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and the Three Investigators.

But never Anne of Green Gables or Roald Dahl, if you can believe that.

Betsy said...

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Maud Hart Lovelace (set in my neck of the woods!), Anne of Green Gables (should be required- I love that book/series!), Katherine Paterson books(Jacob Have I Loved- amazing), Cynthia Voight, Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, Babysitter's Club, Sweet Valley many more!

Cory said...

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Beverly Cleary
Judy Blume
Sweet Valley High


V.C. Andrews (pure evil)

We must all be around the same age.

PhantomMinuet said...

"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" least 7 times in grade school. I also read Nancy Drew, the Walter Farley horse books, and "The Little House on the Prairie" books. In 1968, I had a subscription to Weekly Reader Childrens Book club, where I got a book in the mail every month (so exciting!). I loved those books, too. I reread "Viking Adventure", "Marco and The Tiger", "The Blue Fox", and especially "Professor Diggin's Dragons", over and over again.

Teacher Bee said...

The first book I ever read on my own front to back was my children's Bible in 1st grade. My favorite books in elementary were Ramona Quimby and Laura Ingalls. I had the entire series for both of them. I also got the Girl Talk books in the mail. 3 a month. In middle school there was always a wait list at our school library for Goosebumps and then Christopher Pike novels. In high school, I discovered V.C. Andrews and Kurt Vonnegut. Two of my favorite books from adolesence are: The Gammage Cup and The Princess and the Goblin.

smtwngrl said...

Aw man! Now you've got the wheels churning. I might have to do a post of my own about this. There were so many...

Anonymous said...

Never got into old Nancy Drew but consumed Lloyd Alexander "The High King' series over and over again, as well as his other books like the Kestrel/Beggar Queen series, First Two Lives of Lukas Kasha, etc. Other authorsDouglas Adams, Tolkien.
'Island of the Blue Dolphins' was always one of my favorites.
From time to time I'd pick up a teen romance like the Sweet Valley High but I always felt very outside the pack when I saw the popular girls carrying them around.
And of COURSE, Anne of Green Gables. Jen and I still do 'remember when Anne..' and we use the books as metaphors when chatting.

CLM said...

Saw your post and I think I read Libertine Lady too!