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Started 2/2/20 by Misha (MISHAMISHA); 49779 views.
Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

2/6/20

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley The Dragons of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey

oooh loved those too....

Mishii

From: Mishii

2/6/20

Midkid5 said:

What was your favorite childhood book, say before age twenty?

Oh dear, I don't think I can answer that.  I have always loved books and started reading at a young age.

The first series I read was The Bobbsey Twins....my mother had tons of them and it was before I started school so I didn't have the library available.  I adored them.  Then Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys.  Ramona was always a favorite.  Oh and Pippi Longstocking!  The Black Stallion was very  much a favorite.

Once I hit junior high I had moved to random mysteries and things of that nature so nothing really sticks out.  I do remember reading Valley of the Dolls at an incredibly inappropriate age.  I think I was about 12.  We were on a family trip and it was my car book.  About halfway through the book my brother told my mom.  She had no idea what the book was about, but once she looked at it, she was certainly not happy.  I was mad because my stupid brother took my car book away.  I finally read it as an adult and laughed and laughed ..... never was there an more inappropriate book for a child to read.

Now I read what I call airport or beach books.  Simple fun mysteries, nothing thought provoking or soul searching.

I adore books :)

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

2/6/20

Mishii said:

I adore books :)

Me, too.  :-)

Mishii - my folks subscribed to Readers Digest Condensed Books also; I devoured them.  Ditto with the encyclopedia year books (hmmm.. I don't remember which encyclopedia it was but it wasn't the one in the libraries.  I would also read selections from the encyclopedia upon occasion.)  

Once upon a time, I was a Book Snob.  If it wasn't a *real*, *physical* book, then it was beneath my notice.  As a result, I accumulated tons of books, most of which I would only read once.  I don't really care to re-read books; it doesn't appeal to me.   Bringing reading material on vacation was a real problem because I'm a fast reader (for fiction ... reading non-fiction and educational material is different).  So, in order to make sure that I would have enough books to read on vacation, I would bring A LOT.  Boy, did they take up space.   But, that's the consequence of being a Book Snob.

Then .. about 2 or 3 years ago, a crafting friend won a Kindle Fire at a raffle.   However, she didn't need it / didn't want it because she had a different eReader.  She offered the Kindle to me.  hmmmm.  Well, I knew what a Kindle was but sure wasn't going to plop down my money for it but .. for free?  Sure.  With many thanks.

Well.  I am no longer a Book Snob.  :-)   I collect ebooks.  While it is nice to hold a physical book, turn the pages and feel its heft, there is *nothing* like an eReader to pack *hundreds* of books into a small footprint.  My point of view has been turned around 180°.  :-)

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

2/6/20

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

 I collect ebooks. 

haha..me too.. mostly free ones!! I love my Kindle!!

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

2/6/20

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

the encyclopedia year books (hmmm.. I don't remember which encyclopedia it was but it wasn't the one in the libraries. 

we had World Book and I did read the year books too!...I still have em!! though they are more of a novelty now..since Wikipedia.Has.Every.Thing!!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

2/6/20

Oh yeah, I subscribe to a number of freebie ebooks but I've found that you get what you pay for. :-)   Some of those self-published books are just unreadable, so I don't.

Since we are also Amazon Prime members, we are part of the ..umm.. Prime Books?  Prime Readers? .. i forget their exact name but you get a notification at the beginning of every month that you can pick one free book from the selection they present to you.  And these books are really, really good.  :-)

Amazon Prime also has quite a few (possibly good) books for only 99¢, so I'm more willing to spring for those books because if they turn out to be uninteresting, I've only lost 99¢.  :-)   I'm even willing to buy ebooks for more but I do have a limit.  :-)

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

2/6/20

THAT'S IT!!  World Book Encyclopedia!   I think the entire set + year books may still be at my Dad's house.  I have no reason to believe that my younger brother cleared them out when he took possession of the house & contents.

You're right ... at this point in time, they are more a curiosity item than useful.  

Mishii

From: Mishii

2/6/20

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

Once upon a time, I was a Book Snob. 

I was the opposite.  I had tons of books stacked everywhere and it drove me nuts.  I did the trade in stuff at the bookstore, but it was always a pain.  I started having trouble seeing the small print, so the Kindle was fabulous.  I never cleared out physical books so fast in my life.  Being able to make the font bigger is fantastic.

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

2/6/20

Jo, the Boxcar Children was written by Warner...don’t know the first name.

as a kid I read Nancy Drew and my mom found d a series of Cherry Ames... a nursing series.  I gobbled those up.  We also read the World encyclopedias all the time!  
in HS I remember reading The Scarlet Letter and hating it...lol!  Who knows why.  But I did like Edgar Alan Poe’s the Raven. That we memorized a part of.  And Romeo and Juliet was my first Shakespeare.
who knows what I read in college...

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)

2/7/20

Midkid5 said:

What was your favorite childhood book, 

I read a lot.  The Nancy Drew Mysteries were my favorite.

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