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Childhood Book Meme

Via pussreboots:

Kate S. has a very interesting childhood reading meme that I decided to try. This is what Kate had to say in her introduction:

"I've decided to have a go at creating a meme. I’ve been re-reading some childhood favourites lately and thinking a lot about the process of becoming a reader, so I’m taking early reading experiences as my subject."

1. How old were you when you learned to read and who taught you?

I was reading well before I started kindergarten, so definitely by the age of four, but I don't remember learning, nor who taught me. I'm assuming it was my mother, although I might have learned a little in my pre-school. Mostly, though, I think I just loved books and gravitated towards them naturally.

2. Did you own any books as a child? If so, what’s the first one that you remember owning? If not, do you recall any of the first titles that you borrowed from the library?

Oh my yes, I owned lots of books as a child; I still have some of them. Ones I particularly remember owning are "The Velveteen Rabbit," the "Trixie Belden" mystery books, the "Three Investigator" mystery books, and "James and the Giant Peach." (I still have all of the above). I don't have any clear memory of the first book that I owned, though.

I also borrowed many books from the library - I used to ride my bike there at least once a week. The books I most remember checking out were non-fiction. I was especially interested in historical accounts of witchcraft - like the Salem Witch Trials, and that sort of thing. Another series of books that I borrowed, although not from the library, were the Oz books - the originals written by Baum, and also some of the additional ones by Ruth Thompson. I borrowed these from my uncle, and sadly, had to give them back eventually. These were probably my all-time favorite books. Especially "The Hungry Tiger of Oz."

3. What’s the first book that you bought with your own money?

I have no idea. Let's see if I sit and think for a minute if anything will float up from the bottom of my memory . . . nope. I really don't remember buying many books as a child (boy oh boy how that has changed) :D. Books were bought for me, or I got them from the library. Oh, okay, here's one that I'm pretty sure I bought for myself: when I was a teenager, I bought Ray Buckland's "Practical Candleburning Rituals." I had that book for years and years, although I think that I finally did give it away sometime in the past year.

4. Were you a re-reader as a child? If so, which book did you re-read most often?

Absolutely. Probably "James and the Giant Peach." Although "The Velveteen Rabbit," "The Hungry Tiger of Oz," and "The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek" were other re-read favorites. (I've just started re-reading "Shy Stegosaurus" with my son - our first time reading it together). Oh, "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and "Where the Red Fern Grows" were also read many, many times.

5. What’s the first adult book that captured your interest and how old were you when you read it?

Probably "The Thorn Birds." That's the first adult book I can remember reading. No idea why it captured my interest, but I'd guess that I was about 13 or 14 when I read it. In high school, I also read a lot of Stephen King.

6. Are there children’s books that you passed by as a child that you have learned to love as an adult? Which ones?

Yes, most notably the "Chronicles of Narnia." I'm not sure how I missed reading them as a child, but then as a young adult, I decided I wasn't interested in them, and managed to ignore them for many years. But I finally got around to reading them in the past couple of years, and I ADORE them. I would have loved them as a child, too, I think.



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Dec. 6th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for that lovely meme! :-) I have to confess that I haven't read the Chronicles of Narnia yet... oh dear! But I haven't seen the movie either :-P
Dec. 6th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Well, you're not "behind" on my schedule - I didn't read them until I was 39. :D They really are lovely, though. I would recommend them. I didn't love all of them, but I think it's worth reading the series as a whole, to get the entire story. :) (I loved the film, too, btw. VERY pretty). :)
Dec. 6th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
I've only gotten around to reading the first 3 Narnia books. Not really all that interesting. IMO

James eh? Must've read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ~25 times. Still remember sitting in a theater in Eureka watching the movie's premiere. (Was up there from Richmond with our neighbor's sister's family...very cool trip...lots of forest nearby with great hiding places...).

Ever read the Boxcar Children? I read the first one as a kid. It was great. Didn't even realize that they had created a whole series of them later until 4-5 years ago...probably while in the children's section scopin' for HP stuff...

Best Adult Book: Bonfire of the Vanities...everyone with style has read it. ;) *Why would anyone want to move closer to that nag in FL?*
Dec. 7th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
Wow, I can remember nothing...but then again my memory is notoriously bad...

I had weekly visits to Elizabeth's second hand bookshop for much of my youth, and on one occassion, the shop keeper was impressed to notice that I had infact checked every shelf in the place...
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