Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #9


#9 Thirteen Authors I Loved When I Was a Child


I spent my childhood reading. I would read anything and everything that was given to me. Here is a list of some of my favorites.

1. John Steinbeck. The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl - these all came from my Dad.

2. Beverly Cleary. Ramona, The Mouse and the Motorcycle and many more. My grandmother introduced her books to me after meeting her at a conference for aspiring writers.

3. Judy Blume. Fudge, Superfudge, and the list goes on – I’ve read them all.

4. Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read all the Little House books. In fact I treasured the set myself I never loaned them out. You can tell by the looks of them they’ve been read over and over and I’m happy to say that was all my doing.

5. Peggy Parish. Amelia Bedelia

6. Agatha Christie. You name it I’m sure I’ve read it. We wore out the little nook in the corner of our library devoted to her novels when I was in the 5th grade.

7. William Golding. Lord of the Flies. Another book from my Dad. Did you know it actually can annoy your teachers at school that you have already read the book – SEVERAL TIMES?

8. Katherine Paterson. The Great Gilly Hopkins. I loved this book as a kid.

9. Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden. We almost rented a house in England with a secret garden but in the end they decided to sell.

10. Noel Streatfield. Ballet Shoes and several other “shoes” books. It started with the Ballet Shoes though because I was once obsessed with books about Ballet.

11. Cynthia Voigt. Homecoming, Dicey’s Song, A Solitary Blue.

12. Francine Pascal. Sweet Valley High. These came out when I was 10. I have the original books – before the TV show.

13. CS Lewis. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia. These were my brother’s books. I remember having to bribe him to let me borrow them. Probably cost me 8 packs of hubba bubba – that would have been $2 worth of gum at the time – my whole weekly allowance.

--I'm sure I'll have a few wondering why Anne of Green Gables is not on my list. I attempted reading one once and I was bored to tears.




Also - looks like I've finally made the TT blogroll - could someone tell me how to put one of those compact little blogrolls on here? lol

47 comments:

Lexa Roséan said...

mmm lord of the flies and the pearl. good ones. I have a list of 13 in my library :)

Lexa Roséan said...

mmm lord of the flies and the pearl. good ones. I have a list of 13 in my library :)

Nicholas said...

I must be some sort of ignoramus! The only one I have read is Lord of the Flies, which I read at school when I was 13. I have a Steinbeck anthology and one of these days I am definitely going to read it all!

WAHM said...

Oh Judy Blume was my fave author when I was a child. Are you there God it's me Margaret was the best. I think it is now banned though. Too bad.

my very first 13 is up on my blog

http://momworksathome.blogspot.com

No Nonsense girl said...

That's a great TT idea! :)

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David said...

Interesting list. Not all that surprised that Anne of Green Gables missed the cut. *heh* Some wouldn't make any re-reading list for me, but different strokes and all that. :-)

Maribeth said...

There is some good reading there! Great list! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Lazy Daisy said...

Great books I knew them all except #11

Xakara said...

Now I have to wander about in the children's section and remind myself of all those things.

I miss Judy Blume.

**Sigh**

Thanks for the nostalgia :)

~X

jenny-up the hill said...

Great list...lots of great authors on there! The book that really opened up reading for me was The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe...it was so magical and exciting. Thanks for sharing your list...and thanks for the heads up on Anne of Green Gables...those have been on my TBR list for some time now! lol!

Christie O. said...

omg AMELIA BEDELIA!!
Those were my favorite, she cracked me up always getting herself into trouble! I loved those books!!! And of course those crazy Sweet Valley High twins. I've read most of those books too on your list, I loved reading books as a kid!

Robin said...

Judy Blume, Laura Ingalls Wilder and CS Lewis were all on my all-time faves list, too. In fact, we're reading the Narnia Chronicles (my own copy from when I was a girl!) to my son now.

I did love Anne of Green Gables though.

Great list.

Journeywoman said...

Wow!

So many of these are among my favorites.

Great list. Thanks for stopping by my site.

MamaLee said...

amelia and narnia - VERY cool.

Happy TT, babe!

Morgan St. John said...

I completely forgot about Cynthia Voigt! I loved those books. How great is this...

Wonderful.
Thanks.

Jen said...

I've read all these, good choices!

Tilly Greene said...

Frances Hodgson Burnett - a favorite of mine as well. Roald Dahl was great as well. Last year our friends in England who have daughters have all been getting Laura Ingalls Wilder's first book "Little House in the Big Woods" for their birthday...and we've already had a request for the next :-)

Don't you love to hear: what should I read next?

Mom not Mum said...

Oh WOW how could I have forgotten to put Roald Dahl on my list - thanks Tilly!!

Babystepper said...

Many of those were personal favorites of mine, too. I didn't get into Agatha Christie until Jr. High/High School, though. I was stubborn about them because my mom wanted me to read them, so I wouldn't. Stupid, eh? Of course, now I collect them.

I loved Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys as a child, too.

Joy T. said...

Great list of books. My youngest daughter used to read Amelia and just loved them. I've kept all of them for her and maybe one day her children will be reading them. Super TT, brought back a lot of memories.

Janine said...

I loved so many of these! Recently read a young adult book (not HP) and really enjoyed it. Simple and concise. I would love to reread Little House...

Mama Pajama said...

I read all of them except 8 and 11. I was the biggest Judy Blume fanatic in the early 80s. I read Ramona Quimby, Age 8, with my 3rd grade class. The part about having to eat cow tongue grossed them out...but what a fun book.

Amazed said...

Kids shouldn't be allowed to read "The Lord of the Flies." We did, and one year at girl's camp, we were bored and kind of ticked off at the leaders and other girls so we went crazy and reenacted Lord of the Flies. We tied some younger girl up at a tree and left her...ran through the camp chanting "Burn piggy at the stake, throw Delila in the lake" (D. was an older girl who ratted on us.) It was not a pretty site. Quite the contrary to "Secret Garden", my favorite!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I'm taking notes on these titles; while #2 and I are reading some of them (Ramona and Laura Ingalls Wilder, for example), I hadn't thought to expose her to some of the others.

Awesome! Thanks!

Happy TT and thanks for visiting!!

That Blue Girl said...

Awesome list! I can't wait until my son is a little older so I can read some of them to him. Thanks for checking out my 80's movie trivia 13, and that first commenter was me putting all the answers there for readers. :-) Have a great weekend!

Rhonda Stapleton said...

OMG what a FABULOUS list...SO many great authors on there! I loved reading as a kid--NERRRRRRD! :D

Michael Schurmann said...

A wonderfully diverse list of books! John Steinbeck is one of my favorites, and Judy Blume is an amazing kids writer!

My 13 is about romantic books this week and starting Sun, I will be featuring a chapter from a free romance story each week.

busy91 said...

I wasn't a reader as a kid. My fav author then was Judy Blume. The only book on you're list I've read was the Narnia ones (only the first 3) and I plan to read the rest as well as Lord of the Flies. :)

kaykayzowie said...

I remember having to read "Of Mice and Men" when I was a child. Thanks for visiting my site!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I've read all of them (and all of the Anne of GG books too) - that's a great list you put together! :)

Jenn in Holland said...

What a great list! And what a great idea to share a list like that. May just have to nick that from you sometime...

Samantha Lucas said...

Funny, I didn't grow up in a household that read, but now I'm a writer...go figure, Great list though, I absolutely adored reading to my boys when they were little. :)

damozel said...

I will tell you a secret: I still have my Beverly Cleary books, and sometimes I STILL READ THEM.

Thanks for stopping by ours.

Ash said...

Oh, The shoes books, I loved them. My favorites were Ballet shoes, followed very closely by theatre shoes, and then Tennis shoes.

And Amelia Bedelia! I loved her.

Ash said...

I'm sorry the music blasted you, btw, but at least your son knows who John is. you are def. doing something right!

Nap Warden said...

Loved The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe!!!...What about Harriet the Spy??? Great list:)

Amy said...

I loved sweet valley kids-- haha I never made it up to high. I also loved ramona quimby, amelia badelia and ALL of the fudge books!

Happy TT!

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

I loved many of these too, but my favorite was Walter Farley's Black Stallion series!

Head Gaggler said...

Great list. I love Steinbeck.

Marilyn said...

2, 3, 4, 6, and 13. I love those books... they are all on my list too. Katherine Paterson just makes me cry and I don't like to cry THAT much.

Sarah said...

Thanks for stopping by my TT! I have my cabbage patch doll, and my mom made a home made one, too. I hope my daughter can have it someday.
Nice TT...I loved Sweet Valley High, too!

alisonwonderland said...

i love book lists!

my 16yo just started Lord of the Flies in her English class this week.

Christine said...

Agatha Christie is my favorite mystery author, and the Secret Garden, I lost track of how many times I've read it, or read it to my daughter.

Great book list.

DK said...

Great list! You were a well rounded reader when you were little; me? Horse stories. If it had a horse in it, I read it. I shuddered when I saw Lord of the Flies LOL We spend 6 weeks discecting that book when I was a freshman. Not fun! Thank you for stopping by my blog this week; I love company :) Have a great holiday weekend.
DK
A Flyover Blog

Nicole said...

Ooohh I love to read too. Funny thing is, I can only remember a few names of the books. hehe Maybe I should start writing them down? Hope you are having a good weekend!

Neila said...

OMG! I haven't thought about Sweet Valley High in years! I think I had more than 100 Sweet Valley High books. I was a SVH addict!!

Anna Maria Junus said...

So many authors on your list are my favorites too. C.S. Lewis, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Agatha Christie.

Funny thing is, I loved the Anne books but couldn't get through the little house ones.