Thursday, September 23, 2010

Flashback Friday

Did you like to read when you were a child? What were your favorite genres, books or series? Did you read books because of the author or because of the title/plot? Did you own many books? Did your school distribute the Scholastic book orders (or some other type)? Did you visit the library often? Was there a summer reading program when you were young, and did you participate? Do you have any particular memories of your school libraries? What were your favorites and least favorites among the classics (the ones high school English teachers assign!)? If you didn't like reading, do you like it more today than you did then?

I loved little Golden Books, Little Red Riding Hood being one of the favorites. I can still remember the way the light came through the leaves of the trees in the forest and shone on the dirt path.

Mr. Grabbit was about a stingy, materialistic rabbit who took more than he needed of everything and ended up precariously flying in a storm because he had too many umbrellas which caught him up in the air-- a slightly attractive, slightly horrifying thought when you're six years old!

I also had little prayer books that I cherished, and they helped form my spiritual life.

Scholastic book orders were some of the best days of the school year for me. I felt absolutely RICH when my two or three books came. Clifford was a favorite Thank you, Mom and Dad! What a sweet memory I had not thought of in so long ....

I also enjoyed the SRA reading program which let you see yourself progressing through color-coded levels. Now this was a sport I could compete in!

Summertime meant Bookmobile time. I can still remember the unique smell of the books mixed with diesel fuel once you entered and how books were arranged by grade level on slanted shelves to keep them from falling off.

In high school, I fell in love with Charles Dickens and have never completely gotten over him. And thank you, Mrs. Linda Ayres, Ms. Sondra Seibold and Mrs. Ruth Hillman at Muncie Southside Highschool for instilling a love for reading and writing. Sondra Seibold introduced us to Shakespeare, and I will never forget that experience.

I went on to become an English major at Ball State University, so I love the classics and rarely read contemporary fiction. Right now, however, I'm trying to finally finish John Grisham's A Painted House.

Thanks, Lid, for jarring my memory. I don't know how you come up with so many questions each week on one topic when I can't come up with 12 random ones easily!!


Susanne said...

I loved the Little Golden books when I was small too! Can't remember if I had a favorite though.

As a tween I loved the Donna Parker Series of Books and Trixie Beldon was a favorite too. I loved hanging out in the school library and was always helping the librarian shelve books. Thinking on it, I have no idea why I did not become a librarian. I think I missed my calling. :v)

Pamela said...

I remember being at your house one time when the bookmobile came around. It was a "different" experience for me because I was so used to walking to the library just a few blocks from my house. I couldn't believe that they brought the books out to your neighborhood.

I remember the SRA reading program. Loved that too!

When Wes was in the Air Force, it was all I could do to part with books when we had to move. Sometimes a few special ones got to make the move. Most of the time we sold them in garage sales or gave them to people we knew would appreciate them.

Happy reading, cuz!

skoots1mom said...

my hubby reads a lot of Grisham...
i LOVE the classics also
I'm VERY thankful for the WRITING my enligh lit teachers carried me thru college and business
this was a fun post and reached back into my memory abyss

bp said...

My son likes Clifford and that's what I get him from the book orders when it's available.

I agree, Linda always comes up with so many great questions to get me thinking!

Have a nice weekend!!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

I've always been a reader! When I was a kid I of course loved the Little House on The Prarie Books, later I was into the Sweet Valley High Books and then even later I read a lot of VC Andrews. I tended to stay with one author and try to read all the books they wrote (I still kind of do that). I did collect quite a few books (still kind of sad I sold all those Sweet Valley High books at a garage sale!). My school did the Scholastic book orders but I hardly ever got anything from there. I spent a lot of time at the library. The only time I remember doing a summer reading program was when a babysitter I had took us somewhere that did it. I mostly remember spending a lot of time just hanging out at the library either looking for something to read or doing research projects. With the internet now it's a whole different world for kids that have to do reports. I really hated The Tale of Two Cities. I actually remember NOT reading it which was crazy for me! The day we were supposed to take the test on it the copy machine wasn't working and the teacher decided we'd just watch the movie instead. Talk about lucking out! The Grapes of Wrath always stuck out from high school so I recently picked it for my book club selection. I think it's very interesting and should be a reminder at just how bad things can get again.

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Now I forgot to mention those! I loved Golden Books when I was a kid.

- MJ

Cathy said...

Now see I'm just the opposite. I love contemporary fiction and the classics, not so much.

Carol said...

It seems I've always loved to read, just about anything. I don't remember what I read as a very young child, but I remember reading Nancy Drew and the Bobsey Twins and Hardy Boys and a pre-teen. I tend to find favorite authors and read everything they've written. So now I'm spreading my wings and trying new authors and I've developed a love for e-books. I can get some through the library, but there are some new ones I'd like to read that aren't available there. I'm hoping for Barnes & Noble or Amazon gift cards for birthday and Christmas.

Shawna said...

Girl, what a great post! I love all things book-related. :)

So what are you reading now? I'd love to see a post about your adult faves, as well as some of the things you've been reading lately.

Lea said...

Oh, the book mobile! I've not thought about that in forever. It was almost as good as the ice cream truck. I certainly didn't enjoy reading as a child like I do now, but it wasn't because my parents didn't try. :o)

Happy week-end!

Capri K said...

I had Mr. Grabbit too! Along with Muggins the Mouse, and another one about painting Easter eggs.

My very favorite one was about a little blind boy trying to think of the perfect gift for a princess. He grew her a perfect strawberry. Loved that book.

Mocha with Linda said...

I loved reading this! Little Golden Books are such classics!

I guess I may have to give Dickens another try.

Debbie said...

I totally forgot about those Golden Books. I remember my mom buying one called "Stevie Goes to the Hospital". I was about to go into the hospital for open heart surgery and I was only seven years old.

You were introduced to some wonderful authors young in your life. What a blessing to instill a love for books.

From one fellow booklover to another ...many blessings.

Laurie said...

Oh! I forgot all about the SRA reading program!