Thursday, June 2, 2011

What was Your Favorite Summer Books as a Kid?

Last day of school today for my kiddos. The last week has been an everlasting parade of parties and awards and papers coming home, and now it's here. Summer. And for me summer means (besides of course, swimming and trips and ice-cream and movies and fireworks etc...) books. Lots and lots of wonderful, glorious, can't-wait-to-fall-into-them...books.

As a kid, my highlight of the week was when my mom would take us to the local library, and we would get to pick out our books for the week. I can remember when I first discovered THE BLACK STALLION, that was my summer of horse books. Then another summer, I plowed through the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, The Lloyd Alexander books, and all the J.R.R. Tolkein books. Anyone fall in love with ANNE OF GREEN GABLES? Oh, that was a happy summer reading all of those--I think there are like nine. What about all the Nancy Drews, or Hardy Boys? And as an adult nursing my second son, I remember discovering with delight the Harry Potter books, and reading them one right after the other, baby on one arm, book in another.

Here is a quick list I made of some of my favorite summer reads:

1. Lord of the Rings series

2. Harry Potter series

3. Chronicles of Narnia

4. The Black Stallion series

5. Anne of Green Gables

6. Hunger Games trilogy

7. Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer

8. All of Jane Austen's books

9. Little Women, Little Men

10. Stephen King's The Stand, The Shining, The Gunslinger Series

The list goes on and on, for sure.

So...I'd love to hear what were some of your favorite summer reads as a kid. Are there some I'm missing?


Leslie Rose said...

I was a Nancy Drew addict. I discovered Tolkien at 12 and read LORD OF THE RINGS every summer. The Three Musketeers also grabbed me.

kara said...

I actually never read The Three Musketeers, I'm embarrassed to admit. I might have to read that one this summer. Thanks!

Marissa Burt said...

Oooh, I love almost everything on your list (I've never read Stephen King though - gasp!). I would have to add mysteries to my summer lists. A good P.D. James or something like that. Happy reading!