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    So who did you read as a kid and a teen? What books or series do you remember fondly?

    I'm so glad my neice is getting older so I can share some of my favorites. She loves to read.

    When I was really young I read the Mrs Piggle Wiggle books and pretty much had all the stories memorized. I was also into the Beverly Cleary Beezus and Ramona books and of course Harriet the Spy and the Little House on the Prairie books. Little Women and Island of the Blue Dolphins.

    I read every single Judy Blume novel several times so I'd have to say she was my favorite with Are You There God It's Me Margaret as my pick for her best. I also remember passing Forever around with the dirty parts dogeared.

    Other books that got multiple readings are Madeline L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time series. I wanted to be Meg!

    Also Paul Zindel and Lois Duncan's books were faves.

    I also read all the V.C. Andrews books, which horrify me now. Why the hell was I reading about incest?

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    All of Judy Blume's and Beverly Cleary's books; the Little House series and all of the Nancy Drew series - old & new. I wore those out.

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    Tiger Eyes was one of my favorites by Judy Blume. I used to love the VC Andrews books especially My Sweet Audrina but man are they predictable when I look back now.

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    Loved, loved, loved Nancy Drew. My mother still has the ones she was given in the mid-1950s. They're good stories, and fairly progressive for the time - at 18, Nancy was busy doing something besides training to become someone's wife.

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    Anne Frank's diary left such an impression on me as a teen. Sometimes I still read parts of it, like some people read the Bible.

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    Lemme see... I was a complete bookworm as a kid. I used to read so much, sometimes I wouldn't sleep the whole night to finish a book. I used to read Little House in the Prairie, The St Clare series, all Jules Verne books, Little Women, Pippi Longstocking, the Polyanna books even though I think I hated them, Les Miserables... pretty much all the classics and not in comic form, heh... I had an aunt who gave me Camus' La Peste as a gift when I was 12 and I went ahead and read it. Scared the crap out of me. The books that I read over and over again were my fave Jules Verne books which were 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea... I think I had a crush on Nemo and books like No news from the Western Front which depressed the hell out of me and The Jungle Book, The Three Musketeers (HUGE crush on Athos) and some books that I wish I could remember now, there was one about a girl who gets to meet a family where there are a lot of brothers and she falls in love with the serious one who might be losing his eyesight. She gets to read to him and he likes serious books. It was kinda crappy and very Harlequin romance but I loved it.

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    Judy Blume....she is the most memorable.

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    From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankenweiler was one of my absolute faves. Read Judy Blume, Scott O'Dell, Julie of the Wolves, Witch of Blackbird Pond...stuff like that.

    Also read all of VC Andrews. I would be horrified for my 12 year old to read that now!

    I worked in a middle school library and the classics still are popular -- authors like Blume, O'Dell, l'Engle, Tolkien, etc. Good books are good books and kids do recognize that. We had a few diehard Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys fans, too. We did a really fun thing where we had staff members recommend their favorite books from their youth. The students loved it.

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    All of the L.M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables books when I was a very young girl.

    A Tree Grows In Brooklyn- I was about 10 and I almost gave my grandmother a heart attack when while reading it, I looked over at her and asked "What's the clap?"

    Adored Paul Zindel, Judy Blume, Stephen King, The Mists of Avalon, Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew.

    At about 12 or 13 I read a book I still have a copy of, it affected me so much. Elli:A Coming of Age during the Holocaust by Livia Bitton Jackson. It's the true story of a 13 year old girl who was advised by Mengele to lie about her age when she arrived at at Auschwitz to avoid the gas chamber, she survived Auschwitz and Plaszow. It's an amazing story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KristiB View Post
    . . . I also remember passing Forever around with the dirty parts dogeared.
    haha, i thought i was the only one!

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    All of the L.M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables books when I was a very young girl.

    A Tree Grows In Brooklyn- I was about 10 and I almost gave my grandmother a heart attack when while reading it, I looked over at her and asked "What's the clap?"

    Adored Paul Zindel, Judy Blume, Stephen King, The Mists of Avalon, Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew.

    . . . .
    we were reading the same stuff. except for encyclopedia brown.

    also, was in love with jd salinger's books.

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    I really didn't read that many kids books as a kid. I was a complete nerd and read reference books. I loved medical encyclopedias, especially the ones with all the obscure diseases. I wanted to be a doctor when I was a kid (still do tbh), so I read everything medical I could get my hands on. My family doctor gave me some of his old med. school books, my mom gave me her old nursing school books, my uncle gave me is old vet school books.

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    Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Little House on the Prairie..all of the traditional 'children's classics' like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court, The Time Machine, Little Women, The Wizard of Oz, Old Yeller, Treasure Island, The Black Stallion, The Wind in the Willows, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and so on and so on...
    Later I read, as a very young teen, Wuthering Heights, which affected me deeply for some reason and lead me to read all of the Bronte's, The Catcher in the Rye, all of Jane Austen, The Exorcist, which of course scared the shit out of me and I wouldn't sleep alone for two years, Tuck Everlasting, all of Ray Bradbury, a complete obsession with Edgar Allen Poe, To Kill a Mockingbird several times...
    ...and many, many more but these are the ones that stand out.

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    Oh i love this thread! thank you for starting it. i have been an avid reader since childhood!

    I read Miss Piggle Wiggle also. Encyclopedia Brown, Boxcar Children, Happy Hollisters, then on to Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden.

    there were some older series i only had a smattering of that i don't remember well: a Vicki i think that was a flight stewardess and solved air mysteries. Annette Funnicello was featured in another (my age is showing). they were so good!

    i didn't Anne of Green Gables till adulthood but love her, also the Emily series and other books by LM Montgomery.

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