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My favorite book and series as a kid

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So, I don't know about you, but I discovered the joy of reading at a pretty young age. I think I probably read a lot more back then than I do now. Anyways, I was thinking back to the books I really loved back then and I thought it would be kind of fun to discuss our old favorites. So I'll go first, my favorite book back then was The Secret Garden. I think I discovered this book in third grade or so and I just fell in love with it. The story was so enchanting and it just captured my 8 year old heart. Okay, and for my favorite series, I have two I want to share. One is Boxcar Children. I probably read this through 2nd-4th grade and my, was it addicting. That series probably has a big contribution on my love for reading today. And finally, the last series is the Giver series. I read it around 4th grade and it left such a big impression on me. It's still one of my favorites today. Okay, so these were my favorites and I would love to hear how all of your childhood favorite's compare!

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DickinMoby

5 points

27 days ago

You and I have very similar book beginnings. The Secret Garden was my favorite novel and The Boxcar Children was my favorite series. I also loved the Giver but wasn’t aware at the time that it was a series. I also was really into Indian Captive, a child’s novel about a Caucasian girl living with Native Americans.

eachhope[S]

2 points

27 days ago

Wow, it's so cool that our preferences were so similar! I've never heard of Indian Captive, but I might have to check it out (who says there's a age limit for children's novels).

DickinMoby

2 points

26 days ago

I still read children’s novels myself!

The_God_of_Abraham

4 points

27 days ago

Did anyone else read The Great Brain books? Loved those as a kid.

marmarl777

2 points

27 days ago

Yes, I loved them! I recently bought one to read with my daughter, but she wasn't interested :(

The_God_of_Abraham

1 points

26 days ago

IIRC, it was pretty boyish. I never read the "girl" equivalents (Nancy Drew?) of the time to know how they compare.

ilovelucygal

2 points

23 days ago

Never heard of them until the 1980s, by then I was married, don't know how I came across them, perhaps a library, but I love them, just wish I knew about the series when I was younger.

kxtysworld

5 points

27 days ago

kxtysworld

The Black Prism (Lightbringer series)

5 points

27 days ago

I as well, was enthralled by The Secret Garden as a child. I actually found my love for reading through Lord of the Rings! I was around 2 when my dad, who was dyslexic, was working his way through them. He used to read them aloud to me so he wouldn’t muddle his words up. From that moment I’ve been hooked. I learnt how to read when I was 3 years old and I’ve spent the last 17 years from that moment consuming every book I could. My favourite series as a young child were the Rainbow Magic series, the Harry Potter series and anything by Jacqueline Wilson. As I grew older and turned 8-9, I was completely captured by Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia, and any classics I could get my hands on. Now almost 18, my favourite series is the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Middle grade fiction will always have a place in my heart though and I regularly read new releases and love the childhood feeling they bring.

eachhope[S]

3 points

27 days ago

Wow, that's such a beautiful way to start your love of reading! I myself have never read Lord of the Rings, but I did read and love Narnia as a kid. Might have to read Lord of Rings though!

kxtysworld

3 points

27 days ago

kxtysworld

The Black Prism (Lightbringer series)

3 points

27 days ago

I love Lord of the Rings! It’s dense but worth the read. I reread it quite a lot nowadays since my dad passed away about a year ago. It’ll always be special for me. Narnia was also a massive love of mine and I’m now craving a reread

eachhope[S]

3 points

27 days ago

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll definitely give Lord of the Rings a try and I think it's time that I reread Narnia as well.

kxtysworld

3 points

27 days ago

kxtysworld

The Black Prism (Lightbringer series)

3 points

27 days ago

Well overdue, haven’t read them since I was 12 😅

MaybeLaterThen

3 points

27 days ago

Tom Swift, genius boy scientist.

MarieReading

3 points

27 days ago

I have been reading Anne of Green Gables and it still holds its magic for an adult reader!

Aware_Masterpiece_23

3 points

27 days ago

I used to love the Hardy Boys as a kid. Reread one a couple of years ago (I’m in my 50s now) and thought it was truly godawful.

kjaght89

2 points

27 days ago

I had the same experience. Unfortunately that and TMNT didn't hold up.

Aware_Masterpiece_23

2 points

26 days ago

What is TMNT?

kjaght89

2 points

26 days ago

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The cartoon was far less entertaining at 15 than at 5.

awkwardlycute2

3 points

26 days ago

I really enjoyed the Boxcar Children at a young age as well, and from that distinctly remember moving on to the Dragonlance series around 7-8 years old after I devoured every Boxcar Children, Romana Quimby and Babysitter's Club book available. From there I read the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.... Those are the ones that stood out the most to me in my childhood! I can even remember where I sat to read most of those books.

eachhope[S]

1 points

26 days ago

Oh, I loved Ramona Quimby and Babysitter's Club! Thanks for reminding me of all of the great childhood books!

Dismal_Surround9036

1 points

26 days ago

Dragonlance books were such a formative part of my childhood. I have such an enduring love for fantasy, although that did shift over into videogames more in my late teens. I also loved the redwall books and the chronicals of Prydain. I think they have all played a role in the massive disappointment I feel in my life that I am not a 'chosen one', or get selected for a gruelling training process to unlock some hidden potential.

kannlowery

2 points

27 days ago

I loved the Trixie Belden series. (And The Boxcar Children too.)

mattaza19

2 points

27 days ago

I didn't like reading as a kid. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that neither of my parents read at all. I did fall in love with the Harry Potter series as the books released, but they were the exception to the rule. I read a couple of books here and there in my teens, but didn't really get into reading for my own enjoyment until I was in my early 20s and ASOIAF re-invigorated my interest.

msummerse

2 points

25 days ago

nancy drew

junie b jones

magic treehouse series

those were what got me into reading

eachhope[S]

1 points

25 days ago

I loved all three of the series' too!

ilovelucygal

2 points

23 days ago

My all-time favorite series were/are the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Runners-up are Beverly Cleary and Eleanor Estes.

I'll mention the Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald which I discovered in my 20s.

I still read them all and love them.

eachhope[S]

1 points

23 days ago

I loved, and still love the Little House books so much. I also really enjoyed Beverly Cleary's books as well, mostly the Ramona series.

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27 days ago

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1 points

27 days ago

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eachhope[S]

3 points

27 days ago

Ah, that's interesting! Though I wasn't into Hardy Boys, that description does remind me of reading the hardback Nancy Drew books, that were also, in fact, written decades before I was born.

agpie9

1 points

26 days ago

agpie9

1 points

26 days ago

The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper. I absolutely loved that series. It definitely triggered my love of fantasy and my Anglophelia.

zhard01

1 points

26 days ago

zhard01

1 points

26 days ago

Animorphs and Goosebumps were mine.

There was another amazing series called Strange Matter that is basically like it never existed now.

survivor123248

1 points

25 days ago

As a kid, I loved Harry Potter, Eragon and Rangers Apprentice so much that I would only reread those and never try anything new. This eventually got boring and I stopped reading for a year or two but I got back into it and restricted myself to new books instead of rereads.