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Old 01-26-2012, 09:42 PM   #21
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Oh, how sad! neither of my parents are readers, but thank heaven when they realized I was (I remember it, although couldn't tell you when it was, probably when my 2nd grade teacher told them I was woefully deficient in math, but very advanced in reading), the library was the next stop, then the BX for a set of flash cards! I'm exaggerating of course, but definitely close together. Probably the flash cards first. During the school year I had to concentrate on school, but in the summers I got a biweekly trip to the library. Heaven!!! My mother's cry was, "Claire, get your G-D nose out of that book and go outside and play! NOW!" She loved that I read, but she'd been an athletic kid (I had two left feet and a bad sense of balance and bad depth perception. To this day, throw me a ball and my instinct is to put my hands over my face and duck to make sure it doesn't hit my glasses and give me two black eyes!).

There are times that I wonder what Mom thought when she realized I was so different from her? She did "go with the flow" (we're talking early 60s here, not in a hippie atmosphere, certainly not in the military) and make sure, although they couldn't afford to buy them, that I had all the books I wanted to read ... as long as my homework was done!
I was so lucky that my military Dad was just as book hungry as I was.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:46 PM   #22
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Funny, I read the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books when I was an adult. Had to find out what everyone was talking about
I've never read any of the Hardy Boys books, I did read the entire Nancy Drew Series in my Pre-Teens. James Michener books took me from children's books to adult reading. Hawaii was my first brush with Adult reading. The book is a 10 of 10 for me.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:53 PM   #23
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My mom allowed me to read any and every book. She never censored anything, and I was a voracious reader. Though the time she caught a friend and me reading a pile of "True Confessions" magazines at the beach when I was about 12, she read me the riot act!
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:00 PM   #24
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Dawg, like many of my DC friends, you hit a real chord. When I was in 7th grade, Valley of the Dolls was the big scandalous book that all the mothers were reading and hiding from their daughters. All the popular girls who never ever read a book if they could help it, were stealing it from their moms' bookshelves and handing them around. Mommy got a copy and read it and handed it to me. She didn't like reading and just told me to go for it. As far as she was concerned it was a pretty good way to learn about what a girl should NOT do with her life! Way before that she realized she couldn't keep up with my reading, and after that she'd ask me about what I was reading and flip through on occasion, but never censored. Of course I really didn't like excessive sex, violence, etc, and there wasn't that much of it around.

Somewhere in there I had to get permission to read Catcher in the Rye for my jr high lit class. Mom didn't think twice about signing. The thing was, my reaction was, "What's the big deal?" I keep thinking to myself that some day I'll reread it, but, well, so many books, so little time.
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Funny, Claire! My mom had no qualms about letting me read "Valley of the Dolls"! She belonged to the Book of the Month Club, and whatever she got was fair game for me to read!
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The little house series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am not sure how old I was, pretty young.
I could written this same post. Let me just say ditto! :)
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Little House series, I was pretty young too. The Bobsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Anne of Green Gables series ( probably my fave). I also remember reading my grandparents' copies of original Wizard of Oz series, which had 4 additional books, I think. I too started reading at a very early age.
I love Anne of Green Gables!!!
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:19 PM   #28
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Are you sure you aren't my twin sister? Mom, when I was about 8, maybe 9, joined the Book of the Month club. Whatever was there, I could read. As I said, Mom wasn't a reader (why am I using past tense, she's still alive and kicking and still isn't a book reader). I'm not sure what possessed her. There are four books I distinctly remember. One is a comprehensive book of kids' stories. I don't remember what it is called, I own it to this day, but it is not really a children's book, very thick, small print. Couldn't resist, went up and found it. "Favorite Stories Old and New". One of them was my introduction to Wilder, and excerpt called "Indians in the House". The only book she liked was Art Linkletter's "Kids Say the Darndest Things." What I most remember was "Leave Your Tears in Moscow". What started me on Gothic novels was a book of Mary Stewart's, I think "Airs Above the Ground." That one has a fond place in my memory because I eventually wound up in Slovenia, in Lipica, at the originally breeding ground of the Lipizanner stallions.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:32 PM   #29
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I was allowed to read anything in the house except one book, the Kama Sutra. When i was old enough (16) to read it, Mom handed it to me and said, "If you have questions, I will try to answer them." I got done with it and asked her what the big deal was..."I didn't want to try to explain it when you were younger." I had no questions.
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I was allowed to read anything in the house except one book, the Kama Sutra. When i was old enough (16) to read it, Mom handed it to me and said, "If you have questions, I will try to answer them." I got done with it and asked her what the big deal was..."I didn't want to try to explain it when you were younger." I had no questions.
I guess not! Whew!

I remember asking Mom about her book, " Naked Camel". What was THAT about, Mom? The title was actually, "Naked Came I". Tiltle was hard to read when it was in the book shelf.
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