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Old 01-26-2012, 10:42 PM   #31
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Wow, some of you guys were so lucky. Though they read the newspaper I think the only books in our house were the books of fairy tales my mother borrowed from a neighbor and I suspect she did that because some teacher told her that she needed to read to one of my brothers. For a time she read to us every night from Aesop's fables and from a book that contained 365 stories so she could read one every night. I can't imagine growing up in a house full of books. Strange thing is I married a man who can't stand having books in the house. He reads only when he needs some specific info. And now I have a daughter who only rarely reads. She will never know the joy of holding a beautifully bound book in her hands and getting lost in it's covers. But then she'll at least have a Kindle or some other such devise so I guess I will have to content myself with that knowledge.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:44 PM   #32
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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.
ROFL!!!!

I had already read all the Time-Life Books on reproduction...I didn't need an explanation.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:12 PM   #33
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Wow, some of you guys were so lucky. Though they read the newspaper I think the only books in our house were the books of fairy tales my mother borrowed from a neighbor and I suspect she did that because some teacher told her that she needed to read to one of my brothers. For a time she read to us every night from Aesop's fables and from a book that contained 365 stories so she could read one every night. I can't imagine growing up in a house full of books. Strange thing is I married a man who can't stand having books in the house. He reads only when he needs some specific info. And now I have a daughter who only rarely reads. She will never know the joy of holding a beautifully bound book in her hands and getting lost in it's covers. But then she'll at least have a Kindle or some other such devise so I guess I will have to content myself with that knowledge.
Oh, lord, my sympathies. I want to cry for you. But at least your mom did read to you every night. Yes, we had a 365 stories (for me) and a mother goose that was on a 365 format too, when my sis and I were too young to read, and Mom, after we said our prayers, would read one for each of us (this is when there were only 2 of us).

"Richer than you, I will ever be,
I had a mother who read to me."

At least you had that.

My husband didn't used to read much outside of professional stuff when he was working. Now he reads more, but always picks a subject (almost always history) and reads it to death. I read a wide variety of subjects, but love my novels, and in keeping with my Nancy Drew, still love mystery series as brain candy.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:46 AM   #34
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Not really a series, but my Aunt Doris sent me a set of Winnie The Pooh/Christopher Robin books when I was 6. I adored them.
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:25 AM   #35
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My mother read to me all the time when I was little. I had some of the books memorized!

My first book series was "The Black Stallion" series of books when I was 7 or 8. I still read voraciously.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:55 PM   #36
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I'm sort of giggling to myself here. There are so many of you who leapt to adult books and I've just been leaping back to YA books. I'm finding so many of them so much better written than the adult ones that are popular these days.

I totally forgot about Trixie Belden! I LOVED her. I didn't read Nancy Drew at all, but Trixie ROCKED. Mom had to buy me a book everytime she made me go grocery shopping with her. It would shut me up and keep me from whining. Heh heh heh.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:32 PM   #37
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Does reading a bunch of Heinlein "juveniles" count as a series?

I did read a bunch of the Nancy Drew books, but I preferred SciFi. I learned young to look for rockets on the spines of books at the library.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:43 PM   #38
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i can't remember anything i read as a young child. my mom , not a reader, my dad was, but a lot of nonfiction. i remember reading heidi . was reading things like " the razors edge". i was pretty young but my dad bought me the complete poems of walt whitman. i have read so many books in my life, could never remember them all. my interest in true crime, the justice system and crime novels started about thirty years ago. i never read true romance, thought and still do that they are stupid. reading is my primary hobby, and i still read five to six books a month. love my home mail library.
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I'm sort of giggling to myself here. There are so many of you who leapt to adult books and I've just been leaping back to YA books. I'm finding so many of them so much better written than the adult ones that are popular these days.

I totally forgot about Trixie Belden! I LOVED her. I didn't read Nancy Drew at all, but Trixie ROCKED. Mom had to buy me a book everytime she made me go grocery shopping with her. It would shut me up and keep me from whining. Heh heh heh.
I read more YA now than I ever did as a YA. Rachael Caine, JK Rowling, Riordan, even Kathy Reichs has put out some YA books.
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The "Little House" series was probably my first series. I have loved Laura Ingalls Wilder ever since and have read her other books. I have the "Little House Cookbook." I have been to her house in Mansfield, Missouri (now a Laura Ingalls Wilder museum). Growing up, I always felt some kind of bond with her, as she died in 1957 and I was born later that year. Weird, I know, but kids are weird.

When I was around 10 I started going to the library every Saturday and I checked out as many books as I could. That is when I read all the "Happy Hollister" books I could find. I don't know if I read all of them, but I'll bet I did. I started buying them for my daughter when she was little. I read some of them a few years ago, just for kicks, and that is when I realized that everyone in the family, including the dog, and the cat and her kittens were always the same age. The whole time reading the books as a kid, I never noticed!

Around that same age I also loved reading a series of books on the early 1st Ladies. My favorites were the ones on Abigail Adams and Dolley Madison. I also read anything I could find on the U.S. Colonial period at that age.
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