What were your favorite books as a child/teen?
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Childhood books - I read incessantly so luckily there are so many series of children's books, Narnia, E. Nesbit, Louisa May Alcott, Chalet School, Sadlers' Wells stories (Veronica West), Noel Streatfield. Does anyone else know 'The Winter of Enchantment' by Victoria someone? A lovely fantasy. But also Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice. Good, bad, indifferent - my elder sister and I would read anything...
The first book I read which I felt was trult adult was Gone With The Wind during the summer between 6th and 7th grade. I've reread it many times since then, and I'm still forgiving of many of its faults.
P.S. Alexandra, I'm very rude posting third - but I don't think I'll be able to be online tomorrow
Posted 03 June 2003 - 11:24 AM
I loved reading repeatedly Le Petit Prince (the Little Prince), Days of Ulanova, although I must say I probably looked at the pictures more than read, and anything Ayn Rand or Anais Nin when I was in my a budding adolescent of the late 60s early 70s. I still can re-read any of it anytime quite happily!
Posted 03 June 2003 - 11:32 AM
I was also always reading -- anything. Golden Books, Grimm, Andersen (I prefered Grimm), Andrew Lang's books, a lot of my mother's and aunt's children's books, like "The Little Colonel" (all 15 of them) and the whole "Anne of Green Gables" series. And nearly all of the Landmark biographies -- and Winnie the Pooh, the poems. (I was also very fond of the war poems of Robert W. Service and Rupert Brooke )
My first "grown up" books were "Oliver Twist" and "Jane Eyre" when I was nine, and then I pretty much refused to go back to the children's section. My reading was heavily censored -- I had "Gone with the Wind" read to me the summer I was 12. I wasn't allowed to read it until I was 14. So I read a lot of nonfiction, especially biography. The most traumatic thing I read, at 11, was "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" -- I'd seen "Judgment at Nuremberg" and come out of it convinced by Maximilian Shell (who played the Nazi apologist) that the Germans were all nice guys just following orders. My aunt, who totally shaped my reading, marched me up to the attic and gave me her pre-War copy of "Mein Kampf" and then made me read "Rise and Fall" which had just come out, and then "The Tin Drum." An example of how family can counteract pop culture (vis a vis another thread).
I forgot -- Calliope, I also LOVED "Rebecca" I first read it when I was ten and thought that growing up, going to Monte Carlo and marrying Maxim De Winter was a viable career path. I've read it several times since then, and knew I'd finally grown up (at about 35) when I could read the scene where she stuffs the broken china in the back of the drawer without blushing -- I'd have done exactly the same thing. I think I read all of DuMaurier after that, and she wrote about 24 books.
Posted 03 June 2003 - 11:51 AM
Are the Andrew Lang books the Golden Book, Blue Book, etc.? If so, they were always referenced in the E. Nesbit books, and I never found them in book shops.
Posted 03 June 2003 - 11:54 AM
The first book I had to read for school that I remember enjoying was "David Copperfield." That didn't lead to any great passion for Dickens, though. I loved James Thurber's "Fables for Our Time" and "Thurber Carnival." I attempted "Anna Karenina,"at an early age and though almost all of it was over my head, I liked the few parts that weren't.
Posted 03 June 2003 - 12:09 PM
As a younger child I was a Walter Farley fan, and read all the Black Stallion and Island Stallion books over and over (pretty bizarre actually since I am kind of afraid of horses...)
Posted 03 June 2003 - 12:10 PM
Dr. Seuss and "Good Night Moon" were favorites when I was very small, along with the Francis the Bear books, Grimm, Winnie the Pooh (all Milne, really) and Babar. I read my older sister's Judy Bloom books when I was in 1st or 2nd grade and then went on to Gone with the Wind, which I loved and read in one day (even in the women's clothes section at Alexanders in Roosevelt Field where my mother was trying on clothes), and Rebecca. Once I stepped up from children's books when I was about 7, I never went back. But the Pushcart War by Jean Merrill was one of my favorite young reader-type books. Another book I loved when I was in elementary school was a young person's guide the Watergate and another on political shenanigans. And of course, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
Posted 03 June 2003 - 02:11 PM
Favorite book that I remember having read to me: Scuppers the Sailor Dog
Posted 03 June 2003 - 02:26 PM
Next: Pippi Longstocking and the Beezus and Ramona series.
In adolescence, "The Member of the Wedding."
As an adult, I realized that both Balloon and Member were dominated by themes of alienation. Hmmm. :confused:
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The first time I felt like I accomplished reading a great piece of literature was when I read The Count of Monte Cristo in 7th or 8th grade. I still think that must be one of the greatest novels ever written. I don't think I could ever tire of it. Some people mentioned Rebecca as a favorite; I'm sorry- I absolutely hated that thing when I was required to read it last year.
Posted 03 June 2003 - 06:12 PM
I did read a book called "To Dance, To Dream", which had short stories of great ballerinas. I especially remember the chapter about Taglioni.
In high school I loved "Giants in the Earth" by Ole Rolvag and "Nicholas and Alexandra" by Robert K. Massie.
I read "Rebecca" after high school and loved it. "My Cousin Rachel" is another good one by DuMaurier.
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