Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hump Day Poll: Back in the Day Reads

When I was a kid (elementary school), I always liked it when we got to go to the library.  My favorite genre were mysteries.  I loved Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew and ghost stories.

What genre of books did you like as a younger kid?

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  1. My brothers had a huge collection of Hardy Boys books but I just was not much of a reader when I was that age. It wasn't until 1989 when the Stephen King book Pet Sematary caught my eye in a store that I bought it, read it and loved it and this was just before the movie came out. Then I was hooked at least on Stephen King books. I read them all just about. Now I read all the time. I read more than just horror books too. Never in a million years would I have thought I would not only read, but thoroughly enjoy, a book about the Dalai Lama and his beliefs on how to be joyful but I just finished that recently and it was timely for ths pandemic. So I guess I was a late bloomer where reading is concerned but sure glad I eventually got into it.

  2. I really liked RL Stine in my middle school years. When I was younger I liked when the teacher would read from The Chronicles of Narnia or Paddington Bear. I also remember getting mystery books from the scholastic sheet you could order from where you got to make certain choices in the book, which would have you go to a certain section of the book and you'd get a different ending. That was very cool for a young kid.

  3. Choose Your Own Adventure books were so much fun!

    I've always been a reader, and I've passed that on to my son too. I loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, there was another girl detective series that was similar but with a younger protagonist that I enjoyed. I read a lot of horse books and went through a Jack London phase and an unfortunate Sweet Valley High phase. I remember one year I went to the book fair at school right before Christmas and bought books for everyone - that was when I realized not everyone reads like I do.

    I haven't been reading much lately, I don't know why, but I usually read almost a book a week and sometimes more. Like your Mr., I'm a big Stephen King fan. My first was "It" in 8th grade. I also read a wide variety of genres now but my favorites are urban fantasy and mysteries. I'm not much of a horror reader beyond King and his son Joe Hill.

  4. I liked Babysitter's Club, Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew, sometimes Goose Bumps, but really I'd read anything I could get my hands on. We didn't have tv until I was 17, and I read a ton to keep myself occupied. Now, I like mysteries. Joe Pickett, Jack Reacher, that sort of thing. I also liked the Walt Longmire series.

  5. I was a voracious reader when I was a child, usually one of the top 5 readers in my elementary school as measured by the number of books read in a year. I read a lot of Babysitter's Club, Sweet Valley Junior High/High, Nancy Drew, RL Stine books, Christopher Pike books, the Anne of Green Gables series, Judy Bloom's books, and many, many more. Books were always a great gift for me. And if I was given money as a present more often than not it would be spent on books. Our local library would sell used books once per year at $0.10/soft cover and $0.50/hard cover and the local used book stores would hold annual inventory reduction sales where I would score a lot of my reading material for the next year.


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