Thursday, June 21, 2012

Childhood Books

There are some books in my home library that I absolutely cannot and will not part with....my favorite childhood books!

Here are some of my favorites:

   Old school hardcover Nancy Drew books.  Weren't Nancy, Bess and George the best??

                                              LOVED the movie too. 

                                                Most entertaining child ever!

  I read this book in Grade 7 (it was required reading) and I still have not returned this book to my elementary school.....oops oh well.....!  Can't believe S.E. Hinton was only 16 when she wrote this book.

     So jealous of Barbara getting two dates on the SAME WEEKEND her sister gets married! 

                Anne Shirley rocks.  Loved her spunky and ambitious nature.  I always had a soft spot for Mathew Cuthbert and Miss Stacy, the two people who didn't write off Anne.  Edited:  The CBC 4-part TV mini-series is still one of my favorites.

I also LOVED these book series:

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  Late 1980s-early 1990s reading staples for meI think I quit reading the books after Stacey and Laine stopped being friends. 


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           Basically the theme of my adolescent yearsJessica Wakefield was such a brat.

I have read every single Judy Blume book in this stack:

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Judy Blume was pretty gutsy, wasn't she?  I devoured her books as a pre-teen and teenager and even now as an adult....  Judy Blume just had a way of getting into the minds of readers and telling how it really is.  Summer Sisters is a good beach read, and I think Just As Long As We're Together is my all-time favorite Judy Blume book....I have read it at least 50 times, if not more!

What were your childhood favorites?

23 comments:

  1. I love old books, so cool that you saved yours for all these years. I used to read Phantom Valley, Jupiter Jones and the Babysitter's Club. As a teen I got into Carl Sagan and then Thomas Sowell (economist). I've read every book by them and even continue to buy the new editions - by Sowell of course, Sagan is deceased. Once in college my reading was mostly for studies but I did read up on ornithology during the summer break.

    Do you keep your childhood books on display with the rest of your library or are they packed away? It would be so nice to have them on hand for younger visitors.

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    1. I do keep them on display! Those books are vintage now! lol One of my piano students is 11 years old and she LOVES reading -- she borrowed all of my Nancy Drew books to read and we always discuss what books she is currently reading from the library. She reminds me of me when I was her age!

      I adore books, I cannot be ruthless with book purges, however. Athough I did donate my Babysitters Club/Sweet Valley books *only* a few years ago!

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  2. I remember finding a book in the library called The Four Elizabeths" but I've never seen it since! My all time favourite is the Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea/House of Dreams etc I just adored that whole series. Still do. I also read a book about Crazy Horse which led to a fascination with Native American tribes. When I was much younger I loved Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers series as well. I was always a little bookworm.

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    1. I love Anne of Green Gables, such a great character! The Anne of Green Gables TV miniseries with Megan Fellows is my favorite, I am going to watch it again this summer.

      I am still a bookworm, I used to sneak-read books in my bed with a flashlight long after I was supposed to be asleep. (I used to sneak-read my sister's Danielle Steele books too....my bad!!)

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  3. this was a fun trip down memory lane :) I think I read every single BSC book, had a movies and a Claudia doll! Who doesn't love Anne of Green Gables ?! Sweet Valley High...loved the books, but never got in to the tv show. And the Outsiders...I still say "tuff" to this day and I read it in middle school too.
    Maybe I need to make a trip to my library and revisit a few of these :)

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    1. Definitely! I had a few of the BSC movies also, my favorite was the Christmas special. The Outsiders movie was pretty good too.

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  4. Oh my goodness. I love the Anne series. The Outsiders. Judy Blume (but have NOT read the one you mentioned as your fave). Do not remember "Sister of the Bride" either. But I loved Pippi in 4th or 5th grade. I also read everything by Marilyn Sachs in Middle School (even wrote her a fan letter...she responded!). Of course, the Little House series was a big time favorite in grade school. I re-read them all as an adult a few years ago...still great but with an entirely different perspective (as a kid: what a great adventure! as an adult: who the hell would do this, on purpose, for a postage stamp of land in the middle of nowhere, where nothing survives except locusts and fires???) Another favorite by Montgomery that I have read many times is "The Blue Castle"--highly recommend. OH! Loved "Charlotte's Web" too...

    Why do I feel like crying all of the sudden?

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    1. It's the memories! :)
      Oh yes I forgot about Little House on the Prairie!! And The Blue Castle -- will have to order from the library to read at the cottage this summer!

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  5. One more thing...I am happy to report that I finally bought the entire Anne of Green Gables mini-series on DVD. I had it on VHS for years but never replaced it until about 2 weeks ago. It has been a complete joy watching it again.

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    1. I have the VHS version but I think I will have to order the DVDs instead, I watched the mini-series over and over growing up. I'd love to visit PEI and the Maritimes one day.

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  6. Gosh, I have some catching up to do! I've long heard of but never read Anne of Green Gables or Pippi Longstocking! I read the cover off of Heidi though, and Little Women. I adored Louisa May Alcott's Jack and Jill, too. I didn't get into Nancy Drew, but had all the Trixie Beldon books. I loved The Outsiders, too, especially as it was set in Oklahoma, even though it was in Tulsa, not OKC. I read it first when I was 15-16, her age at the writing. In grade school my best friend and I completely monopolised a book called The Green Poodles. It's very expensive now, but I'm sure one day I'll splash out and buy it. Children's books are just the best, aren't they?

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    1. Little Women!! I forgot about that one too!

      I love children's books, so many good memories. I was such a bookworm growing up (still am), books were really my escape.

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  7. Ahhhh, "Babysitters Club" used to be an obsession of mine!! I still have all of the books somewhere.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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    1. I had so many books....finally had to donate them! I thought Claudia, Dawn and Stacey were so cool.

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  8. I love all of these books, Judy Blume and Sweet Valley High, were my introduction to 'real' American High School, Grease was a huge hit, but the kids new that the cast were basically in their thirties. We all wanted to leave boring old blighty (and our girls schools (they haven't changed since Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers)and head to the US for boys and prom night!

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    1. Oh I will have to read Mallory Towers. I loved Grease, I've only seen it about 50 times. I think Stockard Channing was the oldest of the cast at 34 back then?

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  9. I didn't read the standard kids books. I read off beat things way over my head from my father's library, mostly religion and philosophy. Though I suspect I didn't understand it all I was curious.
    I was well into my 20s when I first read Little House on the Prairie and I am still a great fan. I love the history it contains.
    Anne of Green Gables came later after falling in love with Lover's Lane on PEI, not because of Anne, but because it is such a wonderful place to be.

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    1. I would love to see PEI - it's on my travel list.

      I loved offbeat books and history books. Still do!

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  10. I grew up in New Zealand and loved all the Margaret Mahy ones. She turned all the sexual stereotypes on their heads with pirate mothers and men who were professional cleaners who "did" for LIzzies who were messy and played the trumpet all night. I always thought she coined the phrase 'discombobulated" but maybe not...

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    1. I will have to look her up too. My summer reading is going to be fabulous!

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  11. Ooooh I loved Pippi Longstocking. I used to try to dress like her! Ahhhh

    xo,
    Courtney
    http://girlavantgarde.wordpress.com/

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    1. She was the best! I adored the movie when I was younger, i watched it over and over.

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  12. Great idea for a post! Loved Pippi books! They were my favorites and Little House ones too.

    Have a good weekend!
    Kim

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