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Old 02-27-2007, 05:09 AM   #1
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Books you read when you were younger

Didn't see a thread for this, but what books did you read as a kid- up to about age 13? (Back in my day, we didn't have Harry Potter or Eragon... can you hear the rocker squeaking? Walking uphill both ways...). I don't want to hear any precocious bull of "I read all of Shakespeare when I was in utero" either. I get that we were all Uber advanced readers.

I want to hear about kid's and/or young adults books

Favorite reads were:

LLoyd Alexander's Pwydain Chronicles
C. S. Lewis' Narnia Chronicles
Abbot's "Tuck Everlasting"
Peter Beagle's "The Last Unicorn"
"Sarah, Plain and Tall"
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Andersen's Fairy tales
Patterson's "Bridge to Terabithia"
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:16 AM   #2
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John Bellairs "The House with a clock in its walls" and "face in the frost"
The Moomintroll books
The Secret Garden
The Golden Compas Series
Redwall
A lot of mystery novels
Lullabye (yes the book by chuck P. I still love that book)
The Wind In The Willows
Mischevious Meg
The Narnia books when I was very young
Agatha Christie (anything)
Ella Enchanted
All sorts of Fairy Tales
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:34 PM   #3
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I used to have an obsession with anything written by Michael Crichton from about 10-13. My favorites were Congo and Sphere.
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:39 PM   #4
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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
Goosebumps
A Deadly Game Of Magic
Mouse And The Motorcycle
Various books about ghosts and UFOs in the non-fiction section
Anne Rice (as a teen)
I would love reading my science text books
I was an odd kid growing up. Hell, my favorite band back then was The Cure.
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:46 PM   #5
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Goosebumps.
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:59 PM   #6
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The only thing that really sticks in my mind from back then is the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCafferey.
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Old 03-07-2007, 03:56 AM   #7
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The Secret Garden, Jane Eyre, Enid Blyton and Dr. Seuss.
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Old 03-07-2007, 05:15 AM   #8
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LOL - all of the above (at least the stuff dating pre '84)

The Dark is Rising Series - Susan Cooper
Brinsingamen/Eridor - Alan Garner
Anything by E Nesbit - particularly The Phoenix and the Carpet

Anything boarding school related by Enid Blyton!
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Old 03-07-2007, 05:21 AM   #9
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Didn't see a thread for this, but what books did you read as a kid- up to about age 13? (Back in my day, we didn't have Harry Potter or Eragon... can you hear the rocker squeaking? Walking uphill both ways...). I don't want to hear any precocious bull of "I read all of Shakespeare when I was in utero" either. I get that we were all Uber advanced readers.

I want to hear about kid's and/or young adults books

Favorite reads were:

LLoyd Alexander's Pwydain Chronicles
C. S. Lewis' Narnia Chronicles
Abbot's "Tuck Everlasting"
Peter Beagle's "The Last Unicorn"
"Sarah, Plain and Tall"
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Andersen's Fairy tales
Patterson's "Bridge to Terabithia"
I read most of those, too. When I was little, my favorite book was "Bride to Terabithia." I hope the new movie is decent and not really lame or cheesy.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:19 AM   #10
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Goosebumps.
Gothic reader in training? The Fear Street series he wrote, which were marketed as a step up, or for teenagers, was just terrible. It was all about making out and something going boo. At least the three or four that I read when I was around thirteen.

When I was young though, I read about Mr. Frog and Mr. Toad. Those books were simply the best. Also the Chronicles of Narnia and the Wrinkle In Time series were some of my favorites.
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:54 AM   #11
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Ah yes, A Wrinkle in Time. Great series.

Also, Catcher in the Rye. I loved that book.
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Old 03-08-2007, 04:16 AM   #12
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Goosebumps.
Hah, me too. Obsessively, for one or two summers. Until I got bored of them at the age of 11. Then it was on to books about ancient egyptian religion and society. And then came my Tolkien phase...
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Old 03-08-2007, 08:39 AM   #13
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Potawatomi Indian Summer (Author Unknown)
Shogun by James Clavell
Countless others, of course, but these are the ones I that left the most impressions.
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The Tarzan Stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs (there were 24, not just tarzan)

A Wrinkle in Time and the accompanying series

Black Beauty, Flicka, Thunderhead (My "horse" phase)

Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn

I too had a Michael Crichton phase, the standard Congo, Andromeda Strain, Jurrassic Park (which was actually a good book, unlike the various movie-influenced sequels)

The Laura Ingles Wilder books, and Carrie Woodlawn,

I encountered Poe at about 11, and while I have been able to get more meaning from his work as an adult, it was then that I began to devour anything of his I could find.

at 13 or so i started in on Dean Koontz, with Watchers, and then several others.

I ended up reading The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Good Earth because they were under the same cover as Tom Sawyer (Reader's digest version)

The Three Musketeers

Eight cousins, Little Women, Little Men, and a few others from Alcott

Watership Down (I think)

A few of the Oz books, Wizard of Oz, return to Oz, Tik Tok, etc.

Went through a Dickens stage, starting with Oliver Twist at 11.

Sherlock Holmes

The Count of Monte Cristo

Robinson Crusoe

The Call of the Wild

Around the World in Eighty Days

Alice in Wonderland

Arabian Nights

Billy Bud and other Sailor Stories
Wuthering Heights

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Kim, and then anything by Kipling I could get my hands on

Gone with the Wind ( not until I was fourteen)

Gulliver's travels

The Hobbit, and the rest of the Lord of the Rings series (I still have the old set of paperbacks my mom gave me, complete with tattered pages and missing covers, and still count them among my prized books)

Where the Red fern Grows

The Jungle Book

Wind in the Willows

Doctor Dolittle

Treasure Island

The Scarlet Letter

To The Center of the Earth

The Time Machine

thats all i can remember right now. Most of these were between about 9 and 14, many of them read several times. I read Tom Sawyer so many times I had the first two paragraphs memorized.

I remember having a distain for The Babysitters Club and that ilk, and positively refused to read it. It was boring, flat, with no real plot or adventure. We had a somewhat older, poorer library (that has since been updated) so all that was left in the children's section after that were the classic stories. I can't say I don't appreciate that in hindsight, however. Not to mention the fact some of the best reading I've ever had came from the 'free' shelf because no one had checked it out in years.
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