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Wednesday, October 8, 2008


The past month or so has been pretty busy around our house. My husband has been studying for a test he's taking while going to night class twice a week to prepare.

Obviously I've been a bit busy with school and assignments.

And the pups are all riled up to catch and destroy one of their vile enemies.

I will be posting a review on Friday though for TLC Book Tours (so exciting and cool!) so check back for that.

AND the husband and I are going away for the weekend and tomorrow I'll let you know where. I know you just can't stand the suspense. ;)

But for now I thought I'd post a list of some of those classic children's books that kept me up at night reading...I know I'll remember more as I go on:

So I loved this book and its sequel. I really wanted to take off to a mountain and figure out what food to eat and how to sustain myself. I always thought it was weird though that he wasn't angry or "running away"...this is just how he wanted to live and his parents let him. Maybe I'm not remembering it right.
I also loved this book...well the first few times I read it. It was required reading growing up in school but I moved so much that it was required reading for me THREE times. Yeah...after the third time it started getting a bit old. she survived and took care of herself just amazed me.
And who didn't read and love this one...and its sequel. I really really wanted that cupboard.

And I read this one over and over even though after the first read you know what's going on. I still loved the main character...

I stole this one from my sister, I think. So I tried to find the cover that we had so the picture is a bit small. It's about a girl who has to move away from her the MOON! Since I moved around a lot I totally related to that (the moving part) and, well, I still would move to the moon if someone asked.

Since I LOVE history, I am definitely the type who would love to live in a museum.
And this was one of my all-time favorites. It's takes place in the future where high school graduates don't have a bright future because most of the jobs are automated so they are issued a "block" in a city to live in and figure out how to survive. But then they are invited to play a virtual reality game which changes their lives. Just LOVED this book.
What were some of the books your read and re-read growing up?


  1. Some of these were among my favorites growing up! I loved From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, but I also loved A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver. Other favorites include The Egypt Game; Gone-Away Lake; and Catherine, Called Birdy.

  2. I haven't read the last one, and liked but didn't love the Lynne Reid Banks books, but you basically already posted my list of childhood favorites! I'd add The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis, A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle

  3. I LOVED Island of the Blue Dolphins too!

    And do you think Mrs. Basil would be interesting to my son? He loves history and museums, but it is a "girly" book?

  4. When i was little my dad used to read me Heidi (Yohanna Spyri)and Pipi Longstocking and Emil of Lonneberga (Astrid Lindgren)... I still love the magical, happy atmosphere of this world!

  5. Love all those books!!! I can't wait to hear where you're going this weekend and I'm excited for your book tour!!!

  6. I forgot how much I loved Indian in the Cupboard!
    PS - is that Clay Aiken on the cover of the first book? I feel that it is.

  7. I have a shocking admission: I've never read ANY of the children's books you listed!

    I don't know how I missed out on them either. Especially with a specialty in children's/ya lit when I got my MA. Who knows!

  8. "From the Mixed-Up Files..." was one of my very favorite books when I was younger. Our library had an audio tape version, with a great narrator, and I listened to it many times. It wasn't until college when I took a Kid's Lit course that I actually *read* the book for myself, instead of listening to the wonderful audio version.

    I also read and loved the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.

    I loved all of Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary's books as well.

    The "Anastasia Books" by Lois Lowry were also particular favorites....oh and the Sideways Story books by Louis Sachar.

    I read so many wonderful books when I was younger, and I still have a passion for Kid's literature today. I still own my copies of all of these books, and revisit them often.

    There's also a number of children's books that I never read when I was young, but read and loved as an adult. Those include The Phantom Tollbooth and A Wrinkle in Time, and a number of Newbery Winner/Honor books. (My goal is to someday have read all the Newbery Winners.)

  9. I read The Odyssey dozens of times as a kid. Also loved Don Quixote. Neither is a typical YA book, but they are both completely fascinating for a child.
    On the kiddie side, The Wizard of Oz and Perrault's fairytales were favorites. The Grimm Brothers were a bit too gory for my taste.
    I am with Andi: never read any of the books you listed...

  10. I was a big fan of the L'Engle books, especially "A Wrinkle in Time". I drew a lot of tesseracts (or rather, their shadows) in my notebooks way back when. I can't remember how many times I read "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings", "The Last Unicorn", and "Watership Down" (not really children's books, I guess, except for "The Hobbit"). I also liked an obscure book called "The Hero from Otherwhere".

  11. wow--this is like taking a trip down memory lane. I remember really liking My Side of the Mountain but I don't remember much about the follow-up. Like some of the others, I loved Mixed-Up Files as well! Thanks for the procrastination fun. :)


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