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A lot of the same ones, plus Little Women and the sequels, the Sherlock Holmes stories, and--while not L'Engle, not as shallow as they appeared--the Baby-sitters Club series. (I remember also looking at the latter, as an elementary-schooler trying to write stories, to discern how to punctuate dialogue.) And Calvin and Hobbes.

Sherlock Holmes doesn't feel quite as brilliant to me now, but I still like it. Louisa May Alcott I still love, though now there are times when I find many of the male characters treated a bit too worshipfully. (Still, I wish I'd gotten to see my now-husband when he was in a community production of part of the first book, back in his early twenties - I bet he made a sweet John Brooke.)

YAY for another installment on Anne Shirley whom I met only when I was 25, but still loved (having bought the box set and reading all books -- still haven't read any others GASP (hello, graduate school! 10 years and 2 sons to finish a phd). Any recommendations as to which other Montgomery books to DEFINITELY read in the limited time that I have?

OK, anyway... I never read Narnia in Brazil (not readily available, or Anne), but I just wanted to say my son devoured Narnia at age 6 in 1st grade. My precious precocious voracious reader. ;-) (I think he re-read Narnia once or twice and 100% moved on). He's super selective now and hardly reads. But he devours ANYTHING written by Rick Riordan. Have your kids read Riordan?

About me. I discovered the Little House books when I was 11, I think. And because the small country boarding high school where my parents worked only had one book - Little Town on the Prairie (they later bought the collection, the year before we moved out of there, 1984) I "forced" my grandmother in the larger capital city of Curitiba, state of Paraná, to get a library card and we walked back and forth to the library over 10 days to get me every single book. I think they only let you take one book at a time.

I found that library card and I have it somewhere. It's one of my most precious mementos. I'll take a photo, if I already haven't and write a blog post about it.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED the books. and could never ever bear to watch ANY episodes of the TV show, it was so different and unfaithful! Not that it aired a lot in Brazil, but it was available once I moved to São Paulo. It was called "The Pioneers". BLAH

I read Little Women in 7th grade!! HOWEVER, the book (a translation) was missing a whole section of the story!! In college I went to the British Council library and was able to check out the English version and read about Beth's death... I may have read Jo's boys before Little Women, though...

Those, along with the Little House boxed set, and Anne of Green Gables, were among my first book purchases in 1996 when I moved to the U.S. I actually read Anne on books from the library, then I bought the set maybe in 1997 to finish reading all of them.

The first book I loved was The Monster at the End of This Book as a toddler. That alone may have informed my sense of humor. In grade school Lord of the Rings was a biggie. In 7th grade every boy read No One Here Gets Out Alive the Jim Morrison biography. I was an enormous Doors fan, but by high school, I lost interest in them, but the idea of a mystical poet still appealed.

In high school, the Led Zeppelin biography was big with me. I joined the track team and did high hurdles based upon the fact that Jimmy Page did. I used to listen to Milt Rosenberg on WGN and he had a panel discussing the greatest books of all time. Someone mentioned The Brothers Karamazov. This remains the greatest book I've ever read. The only book that has ever made me cry. Even in college when I took a literature class that spent two weeks on it, it made me cry again. I think of it to this day as a guide to how to live.

This might get long!

The first series I loved was the Bobbsey Twins! I read 4 or 5 of them. Next it was Little House. (2nd-3rd grade, ages 7-8) I loved each and every one, and unlike Mama(e), I also adored the TV series. Judy Blume was another huge influence - Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great, all the Fudge/Superfudge books, Frecklejuice, and of course Are You There, God -- as well as Beverly Cleary's Ramona, Beezus and Henry.

I know that A Wrinkle in Time was the first book that ever made me cry and I remember that moment vividly to this day. I was 11 or 12. Swoon.

I was always proud that I didn't like the Sweet Valley High series (I was clearly better than that)... but The Girls of Canby Hall felt SO grown up when I read them in 5th grade and I ate them up.

I could go on and on. Choose Your Own Adventure?
Check. I also loved Cynthia Voigt as a pre-teen (Homecoming, Dicey's Song).

My Mom was a librarian.

The Hobbit when I was 5 :-D then The Lord of the Rings when I was 8 ... Narnia too by then .... The Little House books by 6 .... A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by 8 ... ok, I was an early, deeply passionate reader. So many hours of joy every week of my life! L'Engle I discovered when I was 9, oh the joy!! Little Women et al by 10 or so ... Edgar Eager -- Half Magic and so on ... Jean Little! Love her books -- Look Through My Window, wonderful! ... Elizabeth Goudge! Oh the glory of her books! A Little White Horse, Linnets and Valerians, The Child From the Sea, Gentian Hill, and more ... **happy sigh** These are among the books I read and read over and over every year when I was growing up, and most I still pull out from time to time and have of course shared them with my kids as they have grown. (Some they've loved too, others haven't grabbed them. It's been interesting).

I didn't discover L'Engle until later than many of my classmates did, but once I had, it was a "Where have you BEEN all my life?" thing. As a grad student, I read her Crosswicks Journals series, and used to have to remind myself that she and I were not actually acquainted personally: reading her would feel like speaking to a friend over a cup of tea.

I was also a big Little House fan as a kid. I wanted to cook everything she wrote about.

One other little book that stuck with me: Understood Betsy. =)

I didn't realize that was when you'd discovered Watership Down and To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm pretty sure you introduced them to me at that time too and I've loved them ever since. I was very into the Alfred Hitchcock Presents books in that library too. They both fascinated and horrified me. You guys can blame them for my convincing (tricking?) you to watch Crawlspace...

I'd read The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia around 4th grade. I also enjoyed Lewis' Space Trilogy. If you can believe it, I'd never read the Little House books until recently. I hate to admit it but a lot of my Jr. High and High School reading was teen romance novels and VC Andrews.

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