I happened across a Facebook post from author Rachel Hauck asking about favorite book characters from childhood. It got me reminiscing about my childhood and all of books I read (or my parents read to me).
I though it would be fun to share some of my favorites here and then to see what you readers loved when you were young.
Enid Blyton | The Adventure Series
Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack got to be.
Purchase: Enid Blyton Adventure Series Set Collection
In keeping with the adventure, mystery theme, I loved the Nancy Drew books. And yes, you caught me, I still do :D I was given an almost complete set of them and can't wait to someday have the shelf space to display them (haha).
Purchase: Nancy Drew Complete Series Set, Books 1-64
The Hardy Boys
The Hardy Boys may have been boys, but that didn't stop me from enjoying their adventures. These were books my dad would read to me and I loved them just as much as Nancy Drew.
Also, did you know that they made a really fun (though slightly cheesey) TV series about Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys?
Check it out here: The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Season One
Purchase: The Hardy Boy Books
The Boxcar Children
Imagine this: a long road trip, the front cab of a truck (we're talking no back seats here), and a small child. What do you do? Well, you read of course?
Whenever we would take road trips I was insistent that we had enough books to make it to our destination. I'm so glad my mom never got car sick, though there were a few times we're pretty sure she fell asleep while reading to my dad and I.
Purchase: The Boxcar Children Bookshelf (The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12)
Frank Peretti | The Cooper Kids Adventure Series
Hum, are you sensing a theme here? Yes, adventure was definitely what I wanted to read when I was a kid. Makes sense why I like it now as well, and why I write Romantic Suspense ;)
Cooper Adventure Series
Robin Jones Gunn | Christy Miller Series
I got into the Christy Miller Series in my early high school years - introduced by my dear friend Steffani. I picked up the first book and was hooked. I love that they took you through to the college years and now I hear there's a married years series too! Definitely going to check that out.
Christy Miller Sereis
J.K. Rowling | Harry Potter
What childhood reading experience could be complete without Harry Potter? I recognize there is a lot of debate around the books in Christian circles, but one of the things I appreciated about my parents was how they handled things like that. My mom is a various reader who loves Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I took my cues from her and she read Harry Potter as well. For me as a child it was never about anything more than letting my imagination go. The world Rowling created is simply amazing and fostered a lot of creative thinking on my part while also pointing out the very real fight between good and evil.
Purchase: Harry Potter Series
So, what about you? What books did you read as a child? Did you have a favorite series? Did you parents ever read to you?