Posted 09 March 2008 - 05:37 PM
There is absolutely no way I can pick just one favorite book.
When I was growing up, I LOVED the classic fairytales. I had a friend in Switzerland who sent me a new book every year, called "Stories for 5 year olds," "Stories for 6 year olds," etc. They were great! I would make my dad read Rumplestiltskin over and over. (They weren't picture books, but more like chapter books.) I devoured our heirloom copy of Hans Christian Anderson's tales and the Book of Virtues.
When I read more on my own, I loved the "Grandma's Attic" series.... A grandma made patchwork quilts out of fabrics that all told a story...and told those stories in the book. It was so much fun! They went along great with the Little House on the Prairie series. I'd say that series really stuck with me...I still think of needing more "elbow room" like Pa, and totally understood when Laura was sad about hurting the maple trees. And I can't forget mentioning Anne of Greene Gables. I wished I had red hair! Little Women was lots of fun, too. (Studying her writing in college was a different story, let me tell ya.)
Of course I also read Nancy Drew and the Sweet Valley Twins and Babysitter Club....but I had to sneak the Twins stories home from the library. My 2nd grade teacher read us the Boxcar Children on rainy days. And Ramona & Beatrix Quimby, along with Henry Huggins and Ralph S. Mouse were some of my other favorites. It's hard to think of childhood without thinking of the books that accompanied me everywhere!
To be "cool" and try to understand boys, I'd read the "choose your own adventure" books and Hardy Boys. But honestly, I thought they were a little boring.
When I got older, into middle school, I got hooked on the fantasy stuff, like CS Lewis, Madeline L'Engle, and Lois Lowry (The Giver). If Harry Potter had been around when I was younger, I would have read those too. And, since I went to a Christian school in middle school, I of course read the "Love Comes Softly" series by Janette Oake. My tastes have definitely changed since then haha. I was also a big fan of the Brock & Bodie Thoene World War 2 series...can't remember what they're called any more. And I read tons of Michael Phillips and other similar Bethany House historical fiction.