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Weekly Geeks #3: Fond Memories of Childhood Books

This week's theme for Weekly Geeks is to write about our fond memories of childhood books. I decided to make up a meme. If you are so included, please feel free to leave your responses in the comments or a link to a post on your own blog. You can also add additional questions or edit your responses as you like.

1. What is the earliest book you remember loving?

This is a tough choice. It is a toss up between Are you My Mother and anything by Dr. Seuss.

2. When you were younger, which book characters did you want to be in your circle of friends?

I had several--- Nancy Drew, Harriet the Spy, Ramona, the character from the Great Brian, any of the kids in Enid Blyton books.

3. What books do you have nostalgia for as an adult?

In middle and high school, I got addicted to the Sweet Valley series and when I am craving something trashy, I think about picking up one of those.

4. What books do you wish to share with the kids in your life?

With the exception of those mention in #3, all of the above!

5. More philosophical question--- how do you think your childhood reading shaped what you like to read as an adult?

From a young age, I liked characters who questioned things and tried to create their own identity. I am still strong to stories with strong leads that have integrity.

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 1:32AM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments9 Comments | References2 References

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I am having my memory poked at by all these lists of childhood books (oh yea! Ramona!) But I would have to say the one thing I (unfortunately) carry with me is a tendency to be a booksnob. I wouldn't read chicklit in HighSchool and now I frown on a few 'popular' writers that people read and I shouldn't - shame on me.
May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCare
Dr. Seuss is awesome.

Sweet Valley High - I laughed when I saw that! My sister read so many of those... I read a few, but my parents only let me read Sweet Valley Twins until it went out of style, and then when a friend gave me a Sunfire Romance book for my 10th or 11th or 12th b-day... I dunno which b-day it was at the roller rink... my mom took the book and hid it from me. I got censored! My sister sometimes indulged me by reading aloud a few steamy passages. Which twin did you identify with most?

I also loved Bridge to Terrabithea - made me cry, and when I saw the author speak a few years ago, she had me in tears too. She had a really sad voice on top of a really sad book!

I collect picture books as an adult that I think are artistic, and would recommend anything by Shaun Tan, http://www.shauntan.net/ particularly The Red Tree. Also, Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus is a good story with relevance for adults.

May 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSonja
1) Noddy books by Enid Blyton

2)I wished to be friends with the Five Find-outers , again a series by Enid Blyton

3)Mostly about Tintin. I can still read through the series.

4)All that I read. Enid Blytons, Fairy Tales, the whole lot!

5)I like good characters till date. That fantasy element should be more realistic.
May 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergautami
Thanks for setting up the meme. I meant to get to it earlier in the week. Sorry, I'm so late on this...and also so late that I'm doing this. Hope my responses make sense.
May 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterunfinishedperson
Care: I can understand being a book snob; I just feel like I am too low brow to stick with it consistently.
Sonja: It is hilarious to me that you were censored. How did your sister manage to read books with steamy passages? Bridge to Terabethia was a wonderful book and made me cry as well. I identified with Elizabeth the most because I liked that she was a writer. Hope for Flowers is a fabulous book.
Gauntami: Good characters are a must!
Unfinished person: Your responses made sense. Thank you for participating.
May 17, 2008 | Registered Commenter[beastmomma]
Sonja: Oh yeah, Bride to Terabithia.. good stuff. Didnt I give that to you for a birthday, Jaspreet?
Also to Sonja Have you seen the latest Shaun Tan (and by latest.. it's like a year or 2 old). The Visitor or something.. I can't remember the name. It's (duh) GORGEOUS.
Being a lad, i never read Sweet Valley High in middle school. I was obsessed with (I DONT KNOW WHY) Tom Clancy in middle school. Which, for some reason, is far more embarrassing that Sweet Valley High.
May 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBen
We were reading Bridge to Terabithia together over the phone. Oh Ben, you and your Tom Clancy.
May 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
I love(d) the Ramona Quimby books! I also got sucked into Sweet Valley High books in middle school, and then moved on to Danielle Steele before I outgrew that phase!
May 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlisia
Alisia-- I never picked up Danielle Steel because I thought that was going too far. Although, I did watch my fair share of MTV reality television.
May 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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