Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Posted by Laurel Garver on Wednesday, October 03, 2012 10 comments
Today I'm discussing a book that shaped me as a reader and a writer over at Author Jennifer R. Hubbard's blogs on Blogger and Live Journal. Jenn asked specifically about something I'd read as a kid, and it was hard to choose just one title. But I think you'll see how my early reading experience shaped the kind of story I'm drawn to.

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What's a book you loved as a child that has deeply influenced you?

10 comments:

  1. L'Engle's Ring of Endless Light :)

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    1. I loved that one too, but it's been decades since I last picked it up. It has probably influenced me more that I realize, like Lowry's book has. I really ought to reread it!

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  2. Anne of Green Gables. So cliche, I know, but Anne definitely helped me decide the kind of person I wanted to be.

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    1. I read the Anne series as an adult. I would have loved those books younger, but no one in my life ever recommended them.

      Anne is a great mix of imagination and spunk!

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  3. Anne of Green Gables! I loved Anne's imagination and cleverness and how she made mistakes all the time but never repeated the same one twice. I still re-read the Anne series every few years!

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    1. Anne was wonderfully flawed in the way her clever imagination got her into scrapes. Nothing Mary Sue-ish about her at all. But, true, she always learned from her hilarious blunders.

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  4. I love the answers that writers give to this question. Nobody loves a book the way a book-loving child loves a book ...
    I still have many of my childhood favorites. Especially the works of Beverly Cleary, Marilyn Sachs, and Judy Blume (gee, no wonder I write contemporary realism myself!).

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    1. All my childhood books went up in smoke, literally. My parents house burned down when I was a few years post-college. I've been gradually replacing those books and was so excited when I found Lowry's title at the Free Library Annex book shop. I still have tons of L'Engle to replace. I've read lots of Cleary to my daughter, and loved Blume's stuff in middle school too. Did you read any Ellen Conford? She was a favorite (realistic and funny), as was Paul Zindel.

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  5. So sorry for your parents' house fire and that you lost all those precious books. I'm trying to think of my favorites: Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Poplars, Walter Farley's horse books, of course. And, I really loved "The Rocking Horse Secret." I still have that one on my shelves. Oh, there are so many. Now, I want to reread them.

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    1. It was tough to lose so many of my childhood things, but it did teach me a lot about how much is "just stuff". And I have replaced many of my favorites. It's the out of print things that I'm sad about.

      I went through a huge Walter Farley stage, and with his horsey books, those by Marguerite Henry and Patsy Grey.

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