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What did you read growing up?

Old 01-29-21, 04:27 AM
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Re: What did you read growing up?

Judy Blumes Fudge Series and The Goosebumps books.
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Re: What did you read growing up?

Loved the three investigators growing. I have been tempted a few times to re-read a few to see how they hold up.

Lots of RL Stine, which led into King.

Big shoutout to the Rats of NIMH series, an all time fave

Also was big on Jerry Spinelli for a while.

I could keep going, been a while since I took a trip back to my younger reading habits.
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Encyclopedia Brown and the Beverly Cleary stuff was the main series, but I just read anything I could get and mostly scifi. In my teens I really got into the Star Trek and Star Wars novels, I had a huge collection of both that became a chore to pack up every time we moved.
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Oh, I just remembered, I use to collect movie novelizations. Some were books that later became movies, but most were either the 'movie edition' of the book, or the novelized script. Kinda wish I still had this collection, I had probably 100 or 150, some for movies I had never heard of, but many I really liked. Some very dated and 70s/early 80s and not very good, some were really good as either standalone books or as 'expanded universe' things. My dad built me a bed headboard with a built in bookshelf and that's where these books were.

One that was really surprising, and of course the movie is still awesome, was the novelization of the Blues Brothers. There was a whole chapter or two where
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one of the bandmates, when they were 'getting the band back together', worked as a security guard at a prefab 'tiny boxes' housing development that no one lived at it. So of course the band started living and practicing in one of the houses. Well, a band, at least this band, living and practicing in a house with absolutely no supervision = the house getting entirely trashed. The band member/security guard was starting to freak out because his bosses were going to come check on the houses for grand opening soon. Turns out they couldn't clean up the house, it was in such bad shape - so they hotwired construction equipment and literally razed the house to the ground, like it was never there, then they just left and went back to Chicago. One big empty lot in the middle of a 10x10 grid of houses. It was humorous imagery. The book also had more details about Elwood's job and why he was carrying cans of epoxy.


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Re: What did you read growing up?

Abel's Island (William Steig)
Goosebumps (RL Stine)
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (Alvin Schwartz)
The Sword of Shannara Trilogy (Terry Brooks)

I also loved reading any Star Wars Novels I could get my hands on, even though I rarely read them in order
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Re: What did you read growing up?

Originally Posted by tonyc3742
Oh, I just remembered, I use to collect movie novelizations. Some were books that later became movies, but most were either the 'movie edition' of the book, or the novelized script. Kinda wish I still had this collection, I had probably 100 or 150, some for movies I had never heard of, but many I really liked. Some very dated and 70s/early 80s and not very good, some were really good as either standalone books or as 'expanded universe' things. My dad built me a bed headboard with a built in bookshelf and that's where these books were.
Should have kept them! They're very valuable now. Even those old, yellowed paperbacks fetch $20 - $100 each now, at the crazy prices of today.
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Voracious reader growing up. Read: The Three Investigators, Choose Your Own Adventure, Encyclopedia Brown, Hardy Boys, The Great Brain, G.I. Joe Find Your Fate, and Endless Quest.
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As a middle schooler: fear street and goose bumps. As a high schooler: Lord of the Rings, Terry Brooks, Jack Vance.
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Re: What did you read growing up?

Lot of Stephen King and Clive Barker. The first Stephen King book I read was Night Shift when I was in the third grade. Then I qent back and read all of his other available books over the next couple of years. Read Clive Barker's Books of Blood around the same time. I think I read Interview with the Vampire and Vampire Lestat when I was about ten, too.

I was also reading a lot of science fiction by the likes of Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein... and some Bradbury, too.

I never read any kids' lit like Hardy Boys or Three Investigators; as soon as I could read (and I was told I could on an adult level in the second grade) I pretty much just dove into the likes of King, Barker, and Asimov.

And by the time I was in junior high, the cyberpunk and splatterpunk movements were in full swing and I was reading stuff by William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, David Schow, and Skipp & Spector.

Took me longer to get into fantasy like Tolkien, because I rejected "elfy-welfy" stuff because I didn't find it realistic.

And on the non-fiction side, I read lots of science books and some history books, being interested in both subjects.

I lived a block from my town's library, and since we didn't have air conditioning at the time but the library did, I'd spend a lot of summer afternoons there reading books, magazines, and encyclopedias. They had about two decades worth of National Geographics that were interesting to go through, as well as things like Scientific American and others.
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Re: What did you read growing up?

I read a lot of Robert McCloskey ("Homer Price," "Blueberries for Sal"). My sisters read lots of Beverly Cleary (Henry Huggins, Ramona series) and Carolyn Haywood ("B Is for Betsy") and they were interesting enough for me to read also. I remember a friend at school in 4th grade telling me how the librarian there thought I was going "backwards" because I'd been checking out science books beforehand and then started reading Cleary and Haywood.

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