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  •  Loved Nancy Drew & Jane Eyre is frequently re-read (2+ / 0-)
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    This old man, Phoebe Loosinhouse

    The girl down the street had a bunch and I had a bunch.  We traded back and forth - eventually, between the two of us we had the whole set.  

    My favorite was The Secret in the Old Attic (# 21).  

    When I got married, I gave my set to my neighbor - she had younger sisters who were working their way through them... sometimes I wish I'd kept them.  But I had so many books, I had to cut down from 110 cartons to a dozen or so.  I did keep my Black Stallion series (my son has it now).  I kept my first 3 Bobbsey Twins, a few others from that era.  My oldest book is an Uncle Wiggly schoolteacher's edition from 1927 with 4 color plates and "suggestions for teachers" at the end of each chapter for discussion.  

    I love Jane Eyre.  I've re-read it nearly every year (and I'm terrible about picking up every version of the movie to see if somebody gets it right - if I put them all together, I'd probably have the dialogue word for word).  

    Poe was too scary - I only remember reading the Telltale Heart and the Cask of Amontillado in school and was seriously creeped out.  But our teacher gave us the option of reading a few different Newberry medal winners that year and I latched onto A Wrinkle in Time and it's sequels.  Still have them and started reading to my son when he was about 8.  I'll never forget the day he came home from school and was telling me that a Tesseract wasn't just something L'Engle made up - they were talking about it in his math class (I never got past algebra, so I never knew Tesseract was a real concept until then).  

    My favorite line in the movie, You've Got Mail is:  "When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does."  

    So, so true....

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 07:46:36 PM PDT

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    •  I remember the Secret in the Old Attic (0+ / 0-)

      Spiders, silk formula. Some NDs were more memorable than others. I liked the Leaning Chimney, the Ivory Charm, the Black Keys, and the Old Album

      Right in the middle of my Nancy Drew phase I tumbled onto Harriet the Spy which became one of my big favorites. When her classmates discover her notebook with all of her mean observations about them in it, I practically felt physically ill right along with Harriet. The illustrations in that book were absolutely perfect.

      And Jane Eye. Well. What can be said about Jane Eyre except that it's really never been topped in terms of the plot arc and the ending and actually created a template for hundreds and hundreds of novels that followed.

      I'm a huge Austen fan as well and have reread those from cover to cover and basically know them inside and out.

      Once I read every Bronte and every Austen and every Elliot, I turned to the lesser known Victorians like Gaskell and others and that's been fun.

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 03:03:55 AM PDT

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