Ode to the Books of My Childhood

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2018 is the year I make books more of a priority in my life. Right before Christmas, actually, I started reading a book as part of my night time routine to get myself ready for sleep. I’ve been reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I will write my own review on it next week. Anyway, it got me thinking about my history with reading. While Music has always been my first love, I can say that reading was always my second.

Music and books did something wonderful for me. They allowed a lonely and unwanted little girl to escape the realities of her life and enter into new worlds. So I’m going to go through and talk about each book that held significance in my young life and why two of them are still so prevalent for me today.

Where the Wild Things Are:

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I was 7 years old when I saw this book at the library at my school. Smokey the Bear was visiting our school that day with several firemen and it was held in the library. It was 1983 and I was living – to put it nicely- in my father’s house. A lot of bad happened there. This book helped me deal.

I remember how much I wanted to be like Max and escape to another world where the monsters felt more human to me than the humans I was under the “care” of. Those monsters seemed like a lot of fun and they loved Max. I thought, “Could they love me too?”

Of course, I wouldn’t go without bringing my little brother along. We would ride in our own little boat across the ocean to where the wild things are. This book encouraged my imagination to soar but it also allowed me to see a different world where children were valued and loved.

Years later when I had my own kids, this was one of the first books I bought. Of course they never had the appreciation for it that I do but it still sits on my bookshelf with pride. Now I look fondly back on a book that helped to keep me from drowning in darkness.

Nothing’s Fair in the Fifth Grade:

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I don’t know if any of you remember this book. My aunt found it at a flea market when I was 10 and it was perfect for me at the time because 5th grade was when I started puberty. I got teased quite a bit and felt very much like an outsider. I no longer have this book. I lost it a long time ago but it helped me feel better about my situation by reading about Elsie’s.

Dream Boy:

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This was my first romance novel. By the time I was 14 romance was my thing. I was a dreamer and wanted nothing more than to find a boy like Michael. I actually read this book twice, haha! Those days are long gone though but this book represents for me the girl I used to be. The romantic who wanted so much to be loved.

And finally, the book that gave a young woman hope that lasted for years. This book didn’t just touch the romantic in me. This book touched my tougher side. My stubborn and ambitious side that needed a push. 

Anne Of Green Gables:

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No other book has captured my imagination and my love as much as Anne of Green Gables. At 16 years old, I became obsessed with L.M. Montgomery books because of this stubborn and willful redhead who I identified with on every level. Anne was my hero! She represented everything I felt and everything I wanted to be in life.

While there were some differences between Anne and I she had become my fictional best friend. Anne suffered through a lot. She was lonely and felt unloved. Anne was teased at school and made an outcast by several narrow minded parents in town. A child who was immediately looked down upon because of her background. She was a girl who used her vivid imagination to escape. Exactly like I used to be.

However, Anne triumphed and gained the love and respect from everyone in her life. This fictional character filled me with hope for my future. It was almost like she was Alice and she gave me the looking glass. That looking glass allowed me to see beyond my hopeless present and look to a future full of possibilities. I even wanted to have five children because of her and I was going to name my first daughter Anne.

I owned every single L.M. Montgomery book for many years. Then during a flood in an old apartment, I had to throw them away but I will get them back. One by one I will add these precious books to my library again.

What about you? What were your favorite childhood books? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks so much for reading!

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44 thoughts on “Ode to the Books of My Childhood

  1. I was an Enid Blyton girl. But do you know Michelle I actually cannot remember reading anything for pleasure as a teen, just school books for literature. I’m going to have to have deeper dig. Thanks for the prompt with your lovely posts #tweensteensbeyond

    1. Yeah there are plenty of books I read in college for classes that I enjoyed so much I kept the books. I also remembered after speaking to my niece the other day that I was a big L.J. Smith fan. She wrote the Vampire Diaries. Ya know, before it became a TV show. My niece loves the show but I started telling her about the books. She didn’t seem interested which is sad because the books are so much better:)

  2. What a great idea for a post! I loved Enid Blyton books when I was a kid – although i recently found out that she died the year after I was born! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond

    1. Books played a big part in my childhood and adolescence and they play a big part for my kids as well. I love passing down old books from my childhood to share with them. Though Only Where the Wild Things Are was the receptive one lol. Thanks so much for reading!

  3. This really made me smile as I was only thinking about old childhood reads the other day. If I recall right, I was very much into Sweet Valley High, a series of horror books for teens (but I can’t remember what they were called) and everything Roald Dahl. Oh and the Faraway Tree! Loved that! Thanks for bringing me down memory land and for joining us for the #DreamTeam xx

    1. Ooh, I did forget to pay homage to one of my favorite book series/authors of the 1990’s: L.J. Smith. She wrote The Vampire Dairies. Ya know, BEFORE the series was ever even thought of. She wrote a whole slew of books that actually got me interested in writing supernatural fiction. L.J. Smith was my first introduction into that world and while I wouldn’t call her books horror writing, they were my favorites:)

    1. I miss how much I used to read as well, which is why I am making a point of reading every night before bed to get my daily reading in. I usually read for an hour. It’s also a great way to calm my brain down so I can fall asleep better:)

  4. I LOVED Enid Blyton: Mallory Towers, St Clare’s and The Famous Five. Oh and when I was younger: The Faraway Tree series. It saddens me that our children don’t seem to get the same joy from a book as we did. All my two are keen to read is a screen… #TweensTeensBeyond

    1. Thankfully, my boys like to read. Not as much as I did at their age because it’s all about video games now but they do have books they like (that I will occasionally push in front of them so they will read it, lol).

    1. I remember the Sweet Valley High books but never got into them. I never heard of the Enid Blyton books until another commentor mentioned them. I will definitely have to look them up:)

    1. I remember Heidi! I never read the book though. Only saw the movie. When I was a kid I didn’t know it was a book. Now I want to read the book just for the nostalgia:)

  5. Anne of Green Gables is my favourite childhood book too and I can definitely relate to having Anne as a fictional best friend. I also ended up buying every single L.M. Montgomery book that I could find and I think I’ve managed to complete my collection. They’re certainly books that I never grow tired of reading. So glad that I’m not the only one who feels that way about them! #familyfunlinky

    1. Yay! A fellow Anne of Green Gables fan! I am so glad to know that you love these books as much as I do! Thanks so much for your lovely comment:)

  6. Isn’t it lovely how certain books transport you to a different time or evoke different memories? I loved Enid Blyton as a child and still read these to children even though they are a little old fashioned. #tweensteensbeyond

    1. Oh I hope your daughter loves the book! It’s so great to be able to share a past time with our kids isn’t it? Thanks so much for reading!

  7. Oh good selection, and nice to reflect back on childhood reads. I always bookworm away as a child. I loved the RLStine Goosebump series, it kept me going for years! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  8. Reading in childhood is so important for development I feel. I was a huge Dahl fan, the witches used to put me in high alert as a kid. Checking for square toes and wigs on ladies everywhere I went.

  9. Ann is a star! I also got so much from reading as a child – and not just escapism! Actually the only thing I miss about my long train ride to work is getting a chance to read ; )

    1. Thankfully my boys like to read though not as much as I’d like. Still, they do enjoy their books which is so great for the imagination😊

    1. My oldest read a few Judy Blume books. It was short lived however when he discovered Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Nothing beats the classics in my opinion though:)

    1. Yes since parenting my reading has dwindled considerably but I really want to make reading a habit this year as my kids are older and I have more time to do so:)

    1. They were all books written a long time ago. Anne of a green Gables is actually the oldest book series in the group. Thanks so much for reading!😊

  10. I have not heard of 2 of them I wonder if they still have them in print? I still have some copies of books I read as a young teen. Every once in a while it is fun to reread them! #mg

    1. I have no idea if they are still in print but I wouldn’t be surprised if they weren’t. Then again, these days you can get just about anything online. Thanks so much for dropping by:)

  11. What a wonderful list 🙂 I had Where the Wild Things Are and shared it with the Tubblet when she was the right age. It’s great how you can carry the lessons learnt from books throughout your life even when the books themselves are long gone

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