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Favourite books from childhood?

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hy everyone, im brand new :smile2: im pretty stunned that i didnt find out about this site sooner as im a book addict but i thought id say hi ('hi') and get to know a few people on here. and what better way than being nosy?

 

id have to say mine was enid blyton's mallory towers series... i cant tell you how jealous i was of those girls and their midnight feasts, ginger beer and parentless train journeys!

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I loved the Baby-sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin when I was young. They were by far my favorite books. I started collecting them from their earliest days in the late 1980's. I had a huge collection of about 55 books, which I ended up giving to my boyfriend's little sister about 5 years ago. I don't know what happened to them after that, but she doesn't have them anymore....she likes Anne Rice and Edgar Allan Poe now.:smile2:

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I could have sworn there was a thread like that here!

 

"The Secret Garden"

"Harriet The Spy"

I read Ngaio Marsh when I was about eleven and loved her.

I read Terry Brooks "Sword Of Shannara" when I was about twelve and loved it.

I read and reread "Dune" by Frank Herbert when I was thirteen.

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My favourites were Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Secret Seven series. I loved them, but for some reason I never picked up any of her other books. I also loved Nancy Drew books. Other favourites were all the Judy Blume books (essential reading for young girls :smile2:), and Roald Dahl too.

 

When I got a bit older, I manically read SE Hinton's books, after discovering The Outsiders.

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I could have sworn there was a thread like that here!

 

There's probably a couple. :smile2: I found one here.

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welcome to the forum! Mine was Mallory Towers as well - I used to read them in bed eating choc biscuits and i was always trying to replicate their night time feasts with my friends on sleep overs!:smile2:

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I had all the Mallory Towers books. And all the St Clares as well. And Chalet School, Sadlers Wells, and the "Wrinkle in Time" books by Madeleine Engle (was that her name??).

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welcome aboard babypink!! this is a really great place with lots of friendly people-i can't remember what series of books i read as a child- i just read books-now that i'm older im reading series-i'm almost finished harry potter, i read all the shopaholic books and will start lemony snickets sometime in the future- carm

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id have to say mine was enid blyton's mallory towers series...

 

Oh Mallory Towers - they were wonderful. A friend of mine loved them so much that she asked her parents to send her to boarding school.

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I read Ngaio Marsh when I was about eleven and loved her.

 

Ooh, Ngaio Marsh, yes, I started on her round about that age, and Agatha Christie - they're such easy adult reads and it makes you feel very grown-up to be reading that sort of book as a child. But I also loved Enid Blyton too, 'specially the 'Five Find-outers and dog' series - I really liked Fatty.

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Did any of you read the Abbey Girls books? I've recently bought some of the titles I read over 40 years ago, I'm wallowing in nostalgia:D

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I read all the Mallory Towers books. a few St. Clare's and a handful of Famous Fives too. I also read a stack of Judy Blumes in my youth. I still love The Wind ni the Willows and Winnie the Pooh and recently re-read one of my all-time favourites, Ronia, The Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren - it's till as gorgeous as it ever was.

 

Other than those, I didn't really read many kids' books that I remember - not once I got to be about 11 or 12 - I always read well above my own age and so I was reading things like Dracula and Frankenstein (although I later realised they were abridged editions). I was also an early fan of Shakespeare, believe it or not!

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I loved the Baby-sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin when I was young. They were by far my favorite books. I started collecting them from their earliest days in the late 1980's. I had a huge collection of about 55 books, which I ended up giving to my boyfriend's little sister about 5 years ago. I don't know what happened to them after that, but she doesn't have them anymore....she likes Anne Rice and Edgar Allan Poe now.:)

 

Me too Echo! I still have all of mine. I've thought about getting rid of them at various times but I can't bring myself to do it. I think I have over 130 of them. I stopped buying them because I outgrew them but I think they stopped not long after anyway. Now I wish I'd kept collecting so I could see how it ended.

 

Edgar Allan Poe is just a small step up from BSC isn't it? :smile2:

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I used to read dr seuss stories like cat in the hat and the grinch and green eggs and ham I used to read them as a child. Because I was growing up in the 70's

 

 

 

My main favourite was "THe wizard of Oz"

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I loved The Mousehole Cat, that was so sweet.

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My favourites were Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Secret Seven series.

 

I loved them aswell. I might even re read some of them.

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Apart from Enid Blyton's books, I almost exclusively read pony stories, as I was obsessed with horses! I enjoyed the "Jill" series by Ruby Ferguson and some of the Pullein-Thompson books, but my absolute favourites were the "Jinny at Finmory" books by Patricia Leitch. They were stories about a rather rebellious girl and her Arab mare, Shantih. I loved these books, as they were so different to most pony stories and the heroine wasn't the usual goody two shoes. In fact, I recently spent a small fortune buying them all off Ebay because I wanted to re-read them, and my copies are packed away somewhere inaccessible.

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I was and still am a die hard Enid Blyton fan, I loved The Wishing Chair and The Faraway Tree Series. Also the Naughtiest Girl in the School is another book series that I loved.

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hy everyone, im brand new :D im pretty stunned that i didnt find out about this site sooner as im a book addict but i thought id say hi ('hi') and get to know a few people on here. and what better way than being nosy?

 

id have to say mine was enid blyton's mallory towers series... i cant tell you how jealous i was of those girls and their midnight feasts, ginger beer and parentless train journeys!

 

I enjoyed Mallory Towers but have to admit to a preference for St Clare's :welcomeboard: And of course The Famous Five books.

 

My all time favourites were The Secret Garden and Ballet Shoes (so excited about the new TV version they are filming).

 

I have all of my books from my childhood in the garage and can't wait to share them with my two children :tong:

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I used to read dr seuss stories like cat in the hat and the grinch and green eggs and ham I used to read them as a child. Because I was growing up in the 70's

 

Last year the am dram group I perform with did Seussical, a musical based on the Dr Seuss books and it was fantastic! We did a publicity event with our local Ottakars and they had a Dr Seuss theme going on in the children's section.

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Paddington. I loved those books. It's funny but I can't remember many more from early childhood. There was one about a monkey that escaped from the zoo. :welcomeboard:

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The Hardy Boys and the Goosebump books were my favs growing up :lol:

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I can't remember if I've already posted in this thread! Anyways, my main favourites (that I can remember) are:

 

The Malory Towers Series

The St Clares Series (Both Enid Blyton)

The Chalet School Series

The Sadlers Wells Series

The Vampire Diaries (LJ Smith)

Fear Street books (RL Stine)

Anything by Christopher Pike...

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There's probably a couple [threads about book memories]. :D I found one here.

 

That's funny how we turned out to have a few. Great minds think alike, I suppose! *titters shrilly at own joke*

 

I actually like having one thread specifically for favorite childhood books, and one specifically for memories about receiving or reading books.

 

I'm sorry this is so long - it's so hard to pin down one favorite, I kind of listed almost all the ones I liked.

 

The Babysitter's Club series by Ann N. Martin - my favorite character was Abby because she was humorous and it was funny how Ann Martin would write her dialogue in "stuffy nose" speak (like J.K. Rowling did when Neville had a bloody nose in Harry Potter and, uh, the Half Blood Prince I believe). My favorite book was the big one where all the babysitters took a trip together around the USA.

 

I also read the Babysitter's Little Sister series; I had big pink glasses just like Karen, the seven-year-old main character, when I was in third grade!

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The Miss Pickerell series by Ellen MacGregor - this elderly lady kicked butt from what I remember! She was the stuff of book reports for me. I was so proud to read my first chapter book in first grade. My sub-favorites were Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars and Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter.

 

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene - I liked these since the second grade. The old yellow books like #2, The Hidden Staircase, and #5, The Secret of Shadow Ranch, were my preference, though I did enjoy some in the 100s and kid-Nancy series.

 

Sailor Moon manga by Naoko Takeuchi (I think); three of my cousins and I liked the cartoon when I was ten and they were nine, ten, and twelve. We drew the characters and played with the cards and figurines. They became a bit weird in the later spinoffs, but I still remember all the names of characters from the earlier ones.

 

Little Critter series - my mom worked the night shift and would come home with every new little book for my brother and me.

 

Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey - at first I suggested my mom buy them for my brother and nephew, but after a peek I thought they were funny, too! Hee! Dav Pilkey illustrated a book still dearly on my bookshelf, the Dumb Bunnies. Hilarious.

 

Others: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, some short Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Boxcar Children series (still popular at my old school among the first and second graders), the Little Golden Books (Pokey Little Puppy comforted shy li'l me on a "scary" doctor's checkup), Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, What Katy Did, Heidi, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (I just read that again because Anne is so stinkin' fun and endearing; I am almost afraid to watch the movie and be disappointed by not having my imagination matched!); and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (my first "big" book, I think; I loved it so much I loved my sister even more for giving the beautiful copy to me!).

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It was called Calculator Annie. She was rubbish at sums and then one night she puts a calcuator under her pillow and her life changed since them.

 

Not sure who wrote it.

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