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Old 05-02-2008, 10:55 PM   #1
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Childhood Favourites - Which ones do you remember

While thinking about how many books I have, and trying to decide which ones to get rid off (Not enough space ), I started to think about the books I read when I was a kid, and which really got me into the habit of reading.

I can dimly remember starting with the Ladybird reader series, which served our family well, all 40+ volumes were read by about a dozen of us cousins, passing along like prized heirlooms.

Then I graduated to Enid Blytons books. Oh Did we ever love those books. (Feeling nostalgic goes away to see whether they are available as e-books)

Then on to the Hardy Boys adventures. oh and Agatha Christie too.


Brings back so many pleasant memories.

So the Question I throw out to you all is, what books did you start off reading when you were younger. (Mind you the books I mentioned I was reading when I was 6 or 7, managing to convince the librarian that yes, I did want to read the big thick book, with actual stories not picture books)
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Old 05-02-2008, 11:12 PM   #2
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Well, I have vague memories of a Zeuss book or two (there was one about fishing, maybe?), but the first books I dug into were the usual Hobbit/LotR standard for developing geeks, but also The Thomas Covenant Chronicles and Julian May's Saga of the Exiles.

...but I must confess that, like my former occupation, my main preference was for what is perhaps considered boring; for books of the type David Attenborough's Life on Earth and What Bird Is That? ("I believe it's the Lesser Spatchthroated Whittlecock, and she looks angry. Better move the pets and small children inside before she takes them back to her cave as a decorative playthings.").

Also, encyclopedias and atlases.

'Tis a wonder I didn't grow up to be some boring IT Project Manager with a bug-report up his backside and a penchant for pedantry.

No, wait, that's right, I did.

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Old 05-03-2008, 03:10 PM   #3
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Let's see, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, Alfred Hitchcock's The Three Investigators (that's what they were called, he didn't right them), Sherlock Holmes.

Digging waaaay back, there's some Richard Scarey and one that always scared me badly when I was like three called The Little Boy From Shickshinney. (sp?)
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Old 05-03-2008, 03:24 PM   #4
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My father turned me on to SF when I was young, he'd let me watch Star Trek (the original series) even though I was only 9 or 10. I remember reading a lot of pulp type SF. Before that Roald Dahl was probably what I remember the most besides Go Dog, Go! which I memorized from having it read to me and my two younger brothers many, many times. AAMOF, I read it to my kidlets, too and we can still rote recite most of the book.
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The lucky Starr series by Paul French(aka I. Aszimov)
Witch World searies by Andre Norton.
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Old 05-03-2008, 04:53 PM   #6
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'Jennings' books, Anthony Buckeridge.
'Tripods' trilogy, John Christopher
'Horatio Hornblower' books, C. S. Forester
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The librarian at the elementary school I attended really got me seriously interested in reading when I was in the 3rd grade by introducing me to The Little House on the Prairie series

I loved (and still love) the Secret Garden.
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:39 PM   #8
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Winnie the Pooh
Watership Down
A book of King Arthur tales I found in a cabin in Colorado.
The Hardy Boys series
Foundation series, Asimov
A book about card tricks, I don't recall the title.
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Old 05-03-2008, 06:46 PM   #9
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As a good Canadian girl (and a Maritimer as well) my first book memories are of the Anne of Green Gables series. I can still see in my mind the hard cover edition of the first book that I had - wonder if my Mom still has it?

I quickly turned into a mystery buff with Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Cherry Ames.

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Old 05-03-2008, 06:55 PM   #10
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A book about card tricks, I don't recall the title.
Explains much.
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:23 PM   #11
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As a good Canadian girl (and a Maritimer as well) my first book memories are of the Anne of Green Gables series.
I much enjoyed those myself, though I didn't encounter them until the Disney Channel miniseries came out in the late '80s.
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Gee, I always thought it was a CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) series

Fun fact, the first TV series was filmed about a 5 minute walk from our home in Ontario (not PEI) - we could see "Rachel Lynde's" house from our driveway!
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Explains much.
We also had two sets of eEncyclopedia, the standard World Book, but my favorite was the "How it Works" set. I would browse through that for hours and hours. (Wait, that reminds me of another childhood favorite, Encyclopedia Brown.) I took that set with me, and had it up until my youngest child was about 14, then donated it to her science teacher.

We have to add "Where the Sidewalk Ends", of course. If you're looking for a window into my psyche, that would probably be the definitive text. In fact, [shouting over into another thread] put this on on my list of books I want as e-books.

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