Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Question of the Month: Favorite Childhood Reads

For this month's author Q&A, we're going back in time! Summer reading programs are starting up all over the US. What was your favorite childhood read?

Janet Lee Nye: From ages 12 to about 20, it was me, a beach towel, baby oil on my skin, lemon juice in my hair, an oven timer (got to keep that tan even) and "Gone With the Wind".

Kris Fletcher: On summer Saturdays, after our chores were done, my mom would load us all up into the car to make two important stops: the library, where we would all load up on books, and the corner store, where we would get ice cream sandwiches and - if Lady Luck was smiling on me - an Archie comic book. I read anything and everything on those blissful days, but nothing beats the memory of licking the side of my ice cream sandwich while seeing what was up with Archie, Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the gang. 

Jeannie Watt: I read Mad magazine. I loved satire! Before that it was Mother West Wind Stories and anything with a horse. 

Sharon Hartley: I devoured every Nancy Drew book I could get my hands on!  I used to hide from my mother so she wouldn't interrupt my reading.

Kristina Knight: There were so many to choose from! As an elementary school reader, it was anything Beverly Cleary, and then anything Judy Blume (Tiger Eyes is a particular favorite)! Somewhere around eighth grade, I found a series called The Girls from Canby Hall - I think there were about 20 books in all, about an all-girls boarding school. Some were straight up romance, some mystery...and I loved every single one.

Tara Taylor Quinn: All of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Books! I devoured them. I also loved Highlights Magazine. I couldn’t wait for it to come in the mail! 

Joanne Rock: I remember reading constantly from third grade through sixth, devouring book after book. I got a library card and there was no stopping me. In particular, I remember sobbing over Black Beauty and being surprised at how a story could feel so real it made me cry like that while I was sitting comfortably in my own bed. I also tore through all the Nancy Drew books and passed copies back and forth with my girlfriend, who was as obsessed as me. I hauled big shopping bags full of books to my friend's house so we could trade!

Pamela Hearon: I started with The Hardy Boys mysteries because my best friend was a guy with four older brothers so he had a complete shelf of them in his room.  Hooked by the mystery genre, I went on to Nancy Drew.  My first foray into fun "girl stuff" was the Donna Parker series.  My absolute-favorite-hands-down-best-book-I-ever-read-as-a-child was A Wrinkle in Time. Madeleine L'Engle lured me into a lifetime love affair with fantasy.

Jennifer Lohmann: I'm not sure I could name my favorite childhood read. I read TONS of Babysitters Club books, as well as Sweet Valley High. I loved The Westing Game and Sarah, Plain and Tall. Oh, and I dreamed of being The Girl with the Silver Eyes one day. Every time I read that book, I tried to move things with my mind. Never once was I successful. :-(

Angel Smits: Oh my gosh, the list is endless. My mother was constantly telling me to get my nose out of a book to do my chores!!  I LOVES Laura Ingalls Wilder and anything similar.  I went through a stage of reading biographies for awhile.  I found Harlequin when I was like, 14 so I was reading any romance I could find after that.  

Claire McEwen: I loved so many books when I was young that I decided to pick a category for this post!  Horse books, since I now write western romance.  I LOVED books about horses. There was one called A Pony for Jean that had been my mom's book when she was little - I read it at least a zillion times. And the Black Stallion Books and the Misty of Chincoteague books, and Thunderhead and Black Beauty and National Velvet.  And another special story called Fields of Praise and a series I adored called Flambards.  I'm sure there were many more!


Linda Herold said...

I am amazed that I am an avid reader now! When I was younger I was too slow of a reader! I would check out library books and then never end up reading them! I did like Beverly Cleary books though!!

Laney4 said...

Started with Noddy books. Had subscription to Raggedy Ann & Andy books for a couple of years. Hardy Boys led to Nancy Drew (but I liked Hardy Boys better). Then encyclopedias before reading romances and more non-fiction books.

Tammy Y said...

I loved books as a child and I still do. Read every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. Encyclopedia Brown and Agatha Christie. Little Women and the series. Amelia Bedelia The Borrowers, Little House on the Prairie. The Boxcar Children , The Five Little Peppers From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler. A Wrinkle in Time, Cherry Ames books.Judy Blume books Chronicles of Narnia Series Gone With the Wind at age 10. At 13 I read Roots by Alex Haley and my first Harlequin book.

Mary Preston said...

I always loved the adventure series by Enid Blyton.

dstoutholcomb said...

I still have my Bobbsey Twin books, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Misty of Chincoteague, Black Beauty, and teen romances. Plus, GWTW, The Mists of Avalon, Jane Eyre, etc...


Piya said...

Mary, +1 for Enid Blyton!

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