March 6, 2012

childhood memories

I had a big imagination as a kid and I attribute that to the fact that I read books that had kids in them who also had big imaginations. Or went on really cool adventures. Made my little self jealous. 

Want to know a secret? I often go back and read the books I read 8 years ago. Why? They are THAT. GOOD. I have so many memories attached to these books. I grew up on these books. And now, I will introduce them to you. :)

The Melendy Quartet (By the way, this author is genius). This series is about four kids who have amazing times and do everything that I wanted to do as a kid. Like swim in creeks and find houses in the woods with no creepy people in them.

Favorite. Absolute favorite. That's all I'm going to say.

Classic. I own 95% of this series and have read them all at least twice. Who didn't want to go running around town, solving mysteries and never getting into really serious trouble? My hand's not raised. 

Hands down, best children's series ever. In this particular book, these orphan children find a boxcar in the woods and live in it for a little while. They make kitchen utensils, chairs, beds etc out of things they find around the woods. After reading this, I promptly went to my play kitchen, got a measuring cup, and then duct taped a stick to it to make a ladle. (We had to borrow duct tape from the neighbor. Yes, I was that dedicated to my cause.) 

What young girl hasn't read these? We still have my mom's copies from when she read them and sometimes I just look over them and sigh. Is that weird? They are just so, classic. And wonderful. Laura was my favorite. Duh.

So that's basically my childhood in book form. What books did you read when you were younger? And do you ever return to them now? Or am I the only obsessive childhood book reader? 


sarah b said...

I remember making that ladle... good times. :) Pretty much all of those books are the ones I like to read now, too. :D

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Mrs. H said...

You've lured me out of the shadows with a post about books!
I still like to read well-written children's novels. C.S.Lewis said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
I like:
Laura Ingalls books,
Narnia books,
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Caddie Woodlawn and sequels,
Understood Betsy,
Little Women and
The Twenty-One Balloons.
I'm sure there are more but this isn't my blog!

simi said...

I remember reading Gone Away Lake, the Nancy Drew Books, The Boxcar Children, and the Little House books! And yes, I confess that once in a while I go back and read books I used to love just because they're that good :) xx.

Anonymous said...

Anna and I always thought the Little House books were funny because in the books, Mary is the prim and proper older sister, but with us I am the sometimes silly younger sister.

I've always been an avid reader and when I was littler I would just pull random books off the common shelves and read them. Now I select a bit more carefully but I have always enjoyed Mr. Popper's Penguins, anything Dr. Seuss, Gail Carson Levine, C. S. Lewis and Black Beauty. I had a love-hate relationship with Nancy Drew because I would stay up late finishing the suspenseful story and then picture, in vivid detail, the bad guys hiding in my closet as I fell asleep. :)

Hannah Nicole said...

I loved the Boxcar Children but especially LOVED Little House on the Prairie. Other favorites were The Chronicles of Narnia, Danny the Champion of the World, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Ella Enchanted. My dad would read to us every night, and it was sometimes the best part of my day. so many memories! :)

Mia said...

Alright, this post makes me smile. Childhood reads are the BEST! My favorites were Little House (I still read them!), Narnia, and Marguerite Henry horse stories. My parents were/are so into getting us to read...I can't thank 'em enough!

Abbie said...

When I was really little (like 6) I was obsessed with Dr. Seuss. (I still think he's awesome.) My tween years were a mish-mash of different books. I still love to read books that are considered children's stories, like Narnia, The Saturdays, Winnie-the-Pooh, and I'm certain there are others.

Abbie /// XOXOX