Today I want to talk about books I read when I was growing up. This I part of the Bib li o phile Friday series where each week the hosts,Whoo Gives A Hoot and Foxes and Fairy Tales, pick a theme for our discussion. I must confess, I have a pretty awful memory, so these are book series that stood out for me, even after all these years.
Earliest Book Memory
My earliest memory reading was The Encyclopedia Brown Series. I read these when I was in elementary school. Devouring them, I remember them making me hungry to read more. I dabbled in Nancy Drew, but did not stick with them. We listened to the Harry Potter books on a cassette tape player, which I still have, and these made me love the first few books. Stephen Fry has a fantastic reading voice and really makes the characters come alive. However, after the third book my heart was broken and the series was never the same for me.
After that the next memorable series or author I remembered picking up was all of the Tamora Pierce books. This trend continued until I think…maybe after the second sequels to the Circle of Magic books? When those came out, I was already moving on to higher level reading, in terms of vocabulary and level. After those I remember reading the books by Garth Nix, both the Sabriel series but also Shade’s Children.
Then I moved on to the supernatural and read all of the Karen Chance novels. I still have a couple of those at home. When I am home I will have to take a few snapshots of my childhood book cases and bring all the nostalgia back. Yet after this point I began reading books at such a pace and frequency that I forget what I was reading. I also began reading books for school and delved into the classics and plays in advanced English.
When I was scouring my memory only these ones really stood out unfortunately for I read so many others. How about this, when I go home, I will write a follow up to this post and take a look at my bookshelves. With this update I will also include a few photos!
What books did you read while you were growing up? Do we have any overlap?
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