May 7, 2013

a few of my favorites: literary link-up

I admit it: I'm a book snob. Books were available to me before I went to school. I entered kindergarten knowing how to read. I have memories of being irritated with other students who couldn't read because I assumed everyone could. Whoops.

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Well before I gave in and cracked open a Babysitter's Club story (even now I have an aversion to all things trendy. I refused to read Harry Potter for the longest time just because of its popularity!), I was in love with a concept that was new and emerging at the time: American Girls. There were fewer than a handful of girls at the time.

Yep, back when the covers all looked like this! via


I started with Kirsten because my best friend's name was Kristen. Only two or three of her books were published at the time; I had to excruciatingly wait for each new volume. The torture! One day, in the second grade, I spotted it: the newest volume, in my own school library!

I snatched it off the shelf and rushed to the checkout counter so I could get reading. But oh, no. I couldn't have the book. It was marked with the special sticker that indicated the book was for a reading level of third grade and above. Despite my protests that I could, in fact read the book and had successfully read the others, they weren't having it. I was one livid seven year old.

Over time, I read all the girls and had fun awaiting the newest ones. After seeing a fun post some time ago about What Your American Girl Doll Says About the Rest of Your Life, (by the way, I was the "heck no we aren't spending 80 bucks on a doll for you!") I may or may not have gone back to the library in my 20's to read the girls who got introduced after I got old. Good times.

Of course I had to read my namesake! Even if she does have a flashy modern cover. via


Another favorite also sticks with me to this day: The Chronicles of Narnia. When I was a kid, I would only read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Don't ask me why. I never had an interest in reading the others.  But I loved it! I rarely re-read books, but I made an exception for that one. Being raised in a Christian home, the meaning and symbolism in the story weren't lost on me.

Not pictured are Prince Caspian (film,on loan to a friend), and  ALL the series in one book. Also, oh my, how do I not have the BBC films?!

I finally read the rest of the series in my late teens as well as many accompanying books which I find fascinating. I was thrilled for the films and devastated when they veered of course so horribly after LWW that further productions eventually ceased. I still have hope that one day I will see the series in its entirety on the screen done right. I love the fantasy mixed with the Christian principles and imagery. Children's books or not, I will never stop reading them!

Now it's your turn! Tell me all about your favorite childhood book(s)! Link up with Janna, Amanda, and I below. I can't wait to read and feel even more nostalgia!



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9 comments:

  1. Aww, American Girls used to be my favorite! I always wanted the 80 dollar doll. But being one of 6 children that wasn't gonna happen. :) I really liked "Samantha". I was a really late reader. I couldn't really read well until I was 12-13. I guess that's why I love to read and write now. Because it was hard for me to learn as a child. :)

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  2. I remember American Girls! I used to read them all the time and was also an early reader. I couldn't for the life of me understand why I was the only one who could read in Kindergarten but fortunately for me, my school decided to let me read above my grade level once I proved to them I could, lol.

    HP and Narnia? Favs of mine too!

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  3. Love the American Girl books, I had the Felicity doll. My mom saved up her quarters to buy her for me. She meant so much because of that! Also love the Narnia books! I've been reading Agatha Christie since I was young, I think of them as classic :)

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  4. WOW American Girl Dolls! You are amazing to help me remember these. I have all the Molly Books and a "make your own" girl doll. I love going to Tysons Corner mall and seeing the American Girl store. It is amazing. Can't wait to have a daughter of my own and take her there :)

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  5. I scheduled my linky post for tomorrow :) Hope you enjoy!!!

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  6. My wealthy grandmother bought me kristen, and later after, Kit.
    She also bought all the book sets for my sister and I, but I really wasn't all that in to reading at that stage of my life, and I've never gone back and started.

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  7. I loooooved the American Girl doll books! I totally forgot all about those.

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  8. Yes!!! American Girl doll books were fantastic!! :D Totally forgot about those. Wow, total flashback there!!

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  9. I had the American Girl books too!!! I so wanted one of those dolls, but back then they were a fortune (probably still are now!)

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