April 2016

Hour 2 – I’ll Be Out All Day

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32 thoughts on “Hour 2 – I’ll Be Out All Day”

  1. Bookish Childhood Memories:
    1) Little Red Ridging Hood on the computer reading on the huge floppy disk that’s how I learned to read.
    2) Little House on the Prairie- my mom read me the whole series
    3) My poor Kindergarten reading buddy- who I threw a book at because I did’t need her.
    4) Being bored with the inane Dick & Jane books
    5) My first grade teacher Mrs Walker- reading us Egyptian mythology for being good all week!

  2. Cross-posting from Readage as I wasn’t sure where it should go 🙂


    1. Receiving the first Harry Potter from my mum for Easter and entering this wonderfully magical world.
    2. Starting and finishing a book (sorry, can’t remember the title but it was short) in one day for the first time when I was about 8 or 9.
    3. Reading a ‘choose your own adventure’ book with my brother and mum at night time (again, sadly don’t remember the title).
    4. Entering my godparent’s living room for the first time and seeing 100s of books in one place.
    5. The smell of our local library.

    Thanks for a great mini challenge!

  3. My top five bookish moments of my childhood:
    1) The Pokey little Puppy. I made my mom read that thing so many times
    2) Creating a fort in my closet and reading Narnia when things got rough at home
    3) Goosebumps and Babysitters club became my get away
    4) The magical smell of Scholastic BOOK fairs.
    5) Watching Wishbone, Goosebumps, and the Babysitters club movies/tv shows and then re reading the books!

  4. My childhood memories are really sketchy and rare, but I’ll give it a go. 

    1. getting in trouble for reading during class, I think second grade ☺️
    2. fifth grade library day – learning how to use the library on my own. It felt like freedom! 🙌
    3. a book I read that I’ve never been able to find again about a girl in Greenpeace meeting a boy who grew up in a village that lived by selling furs
    4. borrowing “banned” (scary) books from my BFF 😇
    5. sneaking & reading Sherri S. Tepper’s Beauty in 7th grade

  5. There are a few bookish moments that stand out for me:
    1. Reading Charlotte’s Web for the first time…still one of my favorites!
    2. Reading all of the Babysitter’s Club books. My cousin and I would make sure we got different ones and swapped them back and forth.
    3. Reading The BFG by Roald Dahl in 5th grade. I can still remember how listening to our teacher read it out loud made me feel. Such a magical book!
    4. Being introduced to my first scary books in the form of Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine by one of my best friends.
    5. Moving to a new house in 6th grade where I was within walking distance of the library for the first time ever. It was so exciting to be able to go and check out as many books as I wanted, whenver I wanted!

  6. TOP 5 BOOKISH CHILDHOOD MOMENTS with the PEOPLE and the BOOKS that made them so special!

    1. Learning to read The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat silently to myself for the first time. I remember yelling to my mom to come watch me read 🙂

    2. My dad reading me Beatrix Potter stories again and again.

    3. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, which was my sister’s before it was mine.

    4. My favorite stories were all things Halloween/ghosts/witches/scary stories. Especially the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series and In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories.

    5. Boys Start the War/The Girls Get Even by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I loved stories about girls like me who played sports or weren’t afraid to be rough and tumble.

  7. I actually wasn’t the biggest reader when I was young however there are a few I can vaguely recall reading.
    1. The Pretty Little Liars. Yup I was quite the reader. I read them probably when I was 12 and they were so addictive and devouring.
    2. The Key to Rondo. This book I have no idea how i came to read it but I remember literally at the age of 11 staying up until I think 3 am (quite scandalous for an 11 year old me at the time) just to finish the novel. It was my first fantasy and I think it sparked my love for fantasy.
    3. Dr. Suess literally ALL of Dr. Suess was just bliss
    4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman. While that probably scarred (especially the movie) more than it did inspire me i remember reading it with my sister late at night thinking we were rebellious for reading such a dark story. Oh, silly me.
    5. And lastly, The Bridge to Terabithia. That book finally made me realize just how ruthless authors, i was only 10 and I was bawling my eyes out. Thanks a lot, teacher for making me read that. But I definitely don’t regret it, it was so much fun to read it with my class at the time.

  8. I’m not sure I have five separate reading memories. My mom read to me all the time. It was an activity we did just like playing hide-and-seek or building Lego houses or riding our bicycles together. It wasn’t something reserved for bedtime or when I was sick. It was an all-the-time, anytime activity so the memories have blurred together for me.

    I do have one distinct memory of bringing a book to my mom when she was sick in bed and asking if she could read to me. She said she couldn’t and she was sorry. So I read to her in my halting, I-don’t-quite-know-that-word childish way. She says it’s one of her favorite memories from my childhood to this day.

    Another is my kindergarten teacher’s astonishment that I could read at an ‘intermediate’ level on the first day of school because my mom taught me to read before I started school.

    And probably a fourth, and the final one I can think of, is discovering the school library. I grew up in a rural area with the nearest library we could borrow from at least fifteen miles away. The books my mom read to me are books she bought for me. The first time I walked into the school library and saw hundreds of books on the shelves, I remember deciding I would read them all. As it turns out, I’m a bigger fan of re-reading than comprehensive reading. The school librarian once gave me a “prize” for checking out a single book (Dear Mr. Henshaw) more times than anyone had ever done that before. Maybe we’ll count that as a fifth and separate memory.

    Also posted on my blog: http://afieldofheather.tumblr.com/post/143265731001/childhood-reading-memories

  9. 1. My Little Golden Book About God – The first book my mother ever bought and read to me.
    2. Matilda – When I was 10 my best friend suggest I read this. I was a late bloomer and this was the first book I read myself that wasn’t a picture book.
    3. The Hobbit – My best friend introduced me to my first fantasy novel when I was 12. Thus, began my love for the genre.
    4. Goosebumps and Fear street series – following Matilda I gorged myself on these two series. Once again introduced by said best friend.
    5. Written on the Body – My english teacher introduced me to this because she thought the writing style was something that would appeal to me. I still think it’s such a beautiful read to this day.

    Cross posting from Readage

  10. Also Posted to Romance Lover Anonymous:
    1) Growing up, I really do not remember my mom reading me books but I do remember getting my first copy of the Boxcar Children at a young age and starting my love a reading mysteries.

    2) After reading many of the Boxcar Children that my cousin and I both owned over time, I came across some of my mom’s old Nancy Drew books.

    3) I never was a fan of horror books but I also remember getting some of the Goosebumps choose your own adventure books and all I ever did was end the book early before it got too bad.

    4) My brother one year received the first 4 Harry Pottter books for Christmas giving me the chance to fall in love with reading all over again in High School.

    5) Last but not least finding friends who liked the same books as me, someone I could talk to share book with and get suggestions on what I should read next.

  11. Bookish memories:

    1. Reading the Ramona Quimby books in the hatchback of my family’s station wagon on long car rides
    2. Reading aloud passages of my favorite book characters into the wee hours of the morning in junior high, certain I’d star in the movie versions.
    3. My favorite picture book from a family friend: One Kitten For Kim
    4. Getting the “Friends of the Library” award at 8th grade graduation – embarrassed at winning what seemed like a dorky award at the time, but turned out to be prophetic.
    5. Starting my reading lessons with my kindergarten teacher. Don’t remember the book, but I remember it had a bear eating cake.

  12. My top 5 bookish childhood moments.

    1. My Aunt Kathy always gave my sister and I books for Christmas. My favorite one from her has always been a perfectly lovely copy of Beauty and the Beast illustrated by Mercer Mayer.

    2. “There is a Monster at the End of this Book,” starting Grover from Sesame Street. I know my cousin, Michelle, loved this one, too.

    3. Reading “How to Eat Fried Worms” in the third grade and suffering through eating fried worms with my classmates. (Actually clam strips) Well-played, Mrs. Lusignan.

    4. My love of Ramona Quimby.

    5. I had a picture book of three different Disney-versions of stories: Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp and Snow White. Whenever I woke up with a bad dream, I would read that so I could dream about happy things. (Also, I always yawned when the book introduced Sleepy, it helped me get back to sleep.)

  13. Luckily I did grow up with a love of books, though my mom got increasingly angry with me that I would be in my room reading instead of doing chores. Here are my favorite book memories:

    1. Goodnight Moon – This is the only book I really remember my parents reading to me.
    2. Seuss’ Hop on Pop (and Berenstain Bears books) – My older brother read this book to me and made me laugh for hours.
    3. Little House on the Prarie Series – My mom gave me this collection when I was young. I am going to reread the first book in this series “Little House in the Big Woods” today.
    4. Cam Jansen Mysteries – I was obsessed with this series when I was very young that led to my love of mysteries.
    5. My love of mysteries continued into young adult life by reading Nancy Drew and Murder She Wrote books. I also read a lot of Fear Street novels.

  14. Top five bookish childhood moments

    1. Being forced into reading magazines in grade one.

    2. Entering this magical bookstore downtown in which I was introduced to the magics of reading.

    3. Reading 500 pages books in grade two

    4. Reading a story called “The Giving Tree” with my mom ❤️.

    6. Having a $30 fine at the library. (It was my sisters books!)

  15. My picks for childhood reads:
    Amanda’s First Day of School because it helped me be brave about school.
    Minnie Mouse’s Sleepover because my mom got it for me and wrote a dedication in it. I still read it to my kids.
    Who’s Who In the Bible because my beloved Great Grandma Grace bought it for me shortly before she passed away. I was seven. She believed that even small children could read big books, and so I did!
    A Wrinkle in Time because Meg is one of my favorite heroines ever and I loved the imagination of Madeleine L’Engle!
    Tuck Everlasting because I was in an advanced reading class at school, Our teacher challenged us, made us think, and showed us that it was cool to love reading!

    My mom’s picks:
    Mrs. Mike because it’s Mrs. Mike. What more do I need to say?
    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle because I loved the whimsy.
    Little Swimmers because I loved the colored pictures and I wanted to be Julie.
    Mary Poppins because my mom read them to me.
    Sleeping Beauty (Disney version) because I loved the three fairies.

  16. Unfortunately I didn’t read as much as a kid as I do now but some of the books that really caught my attention during my childhood are:

    1. Charlotte’s Web
    2. Any books from the Goosebumps series
    3. The Bernstein Bears as a smaller kid
    4. Anything Dr. Seuss I still love reading them today, and I’m glad for the opportunity to read them to my kids.
    5. Sideways Stories from Wayside School

  17. My first book memory is about the Little Golden Book Classics Collection. We had the whole collection at my grandma’s house and I loved reading them over an over. I have many fond memories of sitting on the steps at her house reading.
    Another fond memory is from the Babysitter’s Club books. I am not sure I need to say more about these.
    Charlotte’s Web is another favorite. I read and read this book growing up. It was one of those that just made me want to read.
    Sweet Valley High – many hours were lost in these books. I cant even imagine how many.
    The Mr. Men and Little Miss series – these were just cute books. I enjoyed the blobby characters.

  18. 1. Crying on the stairs because I “wasn’t allowed” to read the Harry Potter books. It sounds ridiculous but my grandmother knew that I would read them before I did anything else and she pretended to be mad and told me I had to study before reading. I got bitter and cried, not knowing it was a joke. My grandmother ended up buying me the entire series, book by book, as I grew up. XD

    2. Being freaked out by Coraline! Still one of my favorite children’s books to this day.

    3. Reading one book from A Series of Unfortunate Events per day.

    4. I had a book called Enchantment, which was a collection of old scary fairytales from Britain. I would reread it over and over in my beanbag chair (shoutout to the 90s) and the stories never got old.

    5. Disney Girls! It was this middle grade series about girls who had deep connections to the Disney princesses?? I tried to read them all but some were just too hard to find. Each book featured one Disney Girl, but my favorite was the seventh(?) where they all went to Disneyworld together.

    1) The discovery of The Secret Garden has made me look for hidden garden spaces since first opening that book.
    2) With the Nancy Drew series I had found my first female role model. I wanted to be exactly like her- independent, with a smart car, a great side kick and nice but not too present/demanding boyfriend. : )
    3) Astrix and Obelix- this was a comic book series that was popular in southern Africa when I was a child and I loved the mix of history and play on language. Some of it I didn’t understand but as it revealed itself as I grew and learned more so I would see the childish and adult humor. I mean the druid character was named Getafix. How could you not fall in love with something like that?
    4) Encyclopedia Brown- I loved the scrappiness of his ingenuity and the fun of the series. I couldn’t wait to read them all.
    5) The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was something that I read soon after The Secret Garden and I was mesmerized in a similar way. As an adult, when I picked up Harry Potter, I got the same kind of chills and thrills that this book gave me. And that was a precious gift to be able to relive that joy in a new form.

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