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Musing Monday May 18

May 17th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about early reading…

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading? Was it from a particular person, or person(s)? Do you remember any books that you read, or were read to  you, as a young child? (question courtesy of Diane)

I don’t remember when I developed my love for reading.  I’ve loved reading for as long as I remember and spent a lot of my time in the library since elementary school.  I think the Sweet Valley Twins, Box Car Children or Black Stallion were some of the first books I read.  So those were probably some of the books that helped be develop my love of reading.  I remember those book sales when I was in elementary school and always wanted to order a bunch of books and luckily my parents always encouraged my love of reading.  My dad was a pretty big reader but I don’t recall my mom ever reading books although she must have because she still has a shelf full of Danielle Steel books.  It was also great that our elementary school had the “Book It” program in which you earned prizes for every so many books you read through out the year.

Once I got to middle/high school I had a few friends who also loved to read so we would share our Vampire Diaries books or Christopher Pike books.  And how cool was it that our school offered a science fiction reading class to fill our English class requirement?  So I got to read 1984, Farenheit 451 and a bunch of other great books.

As for books I read as a young child besides the ones I mentioned above I remember enjoying:

  • Amelia Bedelia
  • Ramona Quimby
  • The Bernstein Bears
  • Babysitters Club
  • Nancy Drew
  • Christopher Pike
  • R.L. Stine
  • L.J. Smith
  • and a ton more that I can’t think of right now

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8 Responses

  1. Mae

    Ah! The Bernstein Bears!! Those were my favourite too. I never was really into science fiction and it is only the past six months that I’ve began to delve in. More books to add to my TBR (the one that’s threatening to topple over me).

  2. Ariel Dalloway

    Sweet Valley Twins dominated my reading list when I was nine because all the popular girls were reading it! :D

  3. Heather

    At the time, in Middle School, I thought Christopher Pike was the scariest writer ever. I picked up a copy of Chain Letter (I think that’s the title) at a used book store this past year and re-read it and laughed at the “scary” parts, but I still remember being sufficiently freaked out when I read it the first go-round.

  4. Jessica Slone

    So many of those were some of my favorites too! I have so many Boxcar Children, Berenstein Bears, and Babysitter’s Club books in my basement it’s unreal. I can’t wait to introduce any children I might have in the future to those books.

  5. dsuzuki

    LOL. I was just at a used book store yesterday and saw a bunch of Baby-sitter’s Club books and was so tempted to pick up a few. I kind of regret selling all my Sweet Valley and Baby-Sitter Club books. I actually did end up picking up LJ Smith’s Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle books up again at a used book store awhile ago. I remember Christopher Pike and RL Stine used to be so scary for me :)

    Jessica-that’s so great you kept those books and can pass them on to your kids!

  6. caite

    for the life of me, I have not idea what I was reading as a kid, and I was, all the time, because I seem to have read no children classics. odd…lol

  7. brokenwings

    I liked to read anything I could get my hands on… Which in my case was my mother’s Sidney Sheldon books.. lol… But I haven’t stopped since.. I loved book fairs for this reason… I was the one kid who wanted all the books…

  8. dsuzuki

    Me too! The book order catalogs were great but book fairs were even better because you could actually pick up books and look at the covers and read the backs. And then it was so much easier to be an impulsive buyer :)

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