Book Talk: Childhood Favorites

Posted 20 July 2022 by Kim in Musings / 0 Comments

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I’ve been a voracious reader my entire life. My tastes may be different today than they were in the 70s and 80s, but these are some of the books that I loved as a child and teen. They are books that cemented my love of reading!


It all started with this book. I was five years when I read it, and it sparked my love of reading.

Fun fact: Almanzo Wilder (Laura’s future husband) was born and raised near my hometown. Generations of schoolkids took field trips to the farm outside Malone, NY.

Okay, this one makes me look even older than I am. The series began in 1948 and lasted until 1986. Trixie was a spunky kid, which was why I loved her so much. These books made me love and appreciate a great mystery.

This book was published the year I was born, so it was at least a decade old by the time I read it. I think it’s probably one of those books that every girl, and a lot of boys, of my age read at some point.

Or really anything by S.E. Hinton. That Was Then, This Was Now or Rumble Fish or Tex. I read them all!

Weird title, to be sure. But I remember loving it! It was a book about bullying that just spoke to me. Honorable mention by the same author: There’s a Bat in Bunk Five.

Like S.E. Hinton, pretty much all of his books were in my library!

I probably started reading horror way too young, but I was in my young teens when I started with John Saul. I have loved his books since this one, the very first.

What books did you love as a kid and teen?

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