What did you read when you were a kid?

I read Nancy Drew mystery books.

I started at a very young age reading my mom’s well-worn copies of Honey Bunch and The Bobbsey Twins, Nan and Bert, and Flossie and Freddie.

My Mom, who was an avid reader, introduced me to the Nancy Drew mystery series, written by the pseudonymous Carolyn Keene about amateur teen sleuth Nancy Drew and her friends Bess and George. Mom later enrolled me in a book club, and I so looked forward to getting a package each month. Once it was unwrapped and the new book in my hands, I would literally (pun intended) devour it in a day!

What were some of your favorite childhood books?

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11 comments

  1. We have always lived in the castle
    Was a favorite
    Also
    The diamond in the window and The secret Garden

  2. Yes I had Nancy Drew too. My mom also bought us a set of the classics. It was around an 18 book set and I still have the copy of Little Women/Little Men, A Tale of Two Cities/A Christmas Carol. I am an avid reader today.

      1. Not only that but I believe appropriate books plants the seeds for humanity, imagination, common sense and critical thinking.

        I believe I mentioned before in one of my rants about proper grammar that my paternal grandmother was an English teacher for 45 years. She got me started reading her collection of Dickens Classics and later with the Harvard Classics collection, both of which I have in my library. Rudyard Kipling was one of my favorites.

        One thing on this topic I’m proud of – I never got into comics. I tried but they never gained my interest.

        Sorry/not sorry, no Nancy Drew …

        One of my many, many bad habits is if I enjoy the book I’m reading I usually don’t stop until I’m finished with it, regardless of what else I should be doing. Thick books shatter my self-discipline. Sometimes the laundry, cooking, fix-it and to-do list chores have suffered.

        1. I’m with you on that. I recently visited the Bangor Public Library and would have spent DAYS there if I’d had the opportunity. It was a wonderland! The little town in which we reside for part of the year is giving away old books and I grabbed a few. The one I’m currently reading is “Young Hickory, The Story of The Frontier Boyhood and Youth of Andrew Jackson.” Published in 1940, this hard cover made its Maine debut at the Northeast Harbor Library in June, 1941. The paper on which it is printed is thick and yellowed, a lovely heft to my fingers as I turn the pages. Its spine worn, the webbing exposed at the juncture of the inside spine. I will handle it with care. Sadly, the pocket is torn from the inside back cover that once held the card indicating how many others had borrowed the book.That would have been an interesting historic note of itself!

          My greatest challenge these days is spending time with dear friends like this book, when I’m being pulled into and immersed in so much (too much) contemporary information gushing past like a spring river.

          If you’re ever in Maine, I invite you to visit the Bangor, Camden, and Bar Harbor libraries. I’ll write a post about them and introduce you to these architecturally extraordinary temples of knowledge. They’re my favorite places to visit — akin to heaven on earth (and that’s no exaggeration!)

  3. I read Nancy Drew and The Bobbsey Twins, too. I also read The Boxcar Children and Beany Malone books. I still love to read.

  4. Nancy Drew! I have my godmother’s 1937 “The Whispering Statue”…and my parents always had books, magazines, maps, etc. for me and my brother to look through and read…reading is the most important skill to teach children.

  5. I loved Robin Kane mysteries also… I have aquired some of these wonderful books you have all mentioned.

  6. I loved “A wrinkle in time” and “A cry of Angels” both made a big impression on me. Also “Look homeward Angel” Now I’m into Faulkner and just finished “As I lay dying” Love a good book!!

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