Sunday, July 11, 2010

Why Would I Want to Blog About Books I Read When I Was 12?

Reading has always been a big part of my life, especially as a child. I can remember as a first grader impatiently waiting to learn to read. I can also remember the day that I finally received my first reader. I ironically started off in the "low" reading group and as soon as I got my first book I think I read the whole reader cover to cover in one weekend. (I know.. Thrilling stuff!) Point is that from very early on I would read the phone book as long as I was reading something. I wound up repeating first grade for a variety of reasons, but mainly because I guess I was a bit of a late bloomer. Turns out that was a smart decision because I never really had any academic problems after that. By the second time around I was placed in the "high" reading group.

I quickly advanced from inhaling picture books to moving up to chapter books. By the time I was in second grade my teacher was letting me select chapter books from the 3rd-5th grade section of the library. By 8, I was already beginning to read Judy Blume and The Babysitter's Club. As I grew older I went through phases of reading just about every series that you could think of. I went through a Sweet Valley High/Twins phase, a Saddle Club phase, The Sleepover Friends... Basically you named it, I read it. Sometimes I'd read up to four books at a time and be able to still keep all the plot lines straight. By the time I reached middle school I'd moved on to Fear Street and Christopher Pike. In high school I discovered VC Andrews.

A lot of these books I've read over and over and over again. I sometimes still pick up a YA book from my past at the age of 26 when I want light, familiar reading. So, the idea of this blog came about while I was searching to replace some old books of mine that I had lost and wanted to reminisce about old storylines. Through the magic of the interwebs I discovered that there are actually quite a few blogs that discuss some of the most memorable books of my childhood. I found it hysterical looking back at them now that I'm older and wiser. As unbelievable and outdated some of these books are they hold a special place in my heart, and reading other bloggers snarky comments about them was quite entertaining to me. So, I decided to try this on my own and give my take on a few of these. (And I'm warning you, some of these are NOT pretty!) I have a few books to get us started like a Lurlene McDaniel or two, a bunch of Christopher Pike, some VC Andrews... I also just ordered a few of the Making Out books by Katherine Applegate off of Amazon. I'll probably recap the whole series since I haven't seen that anywhere before and those books are just too good not to. I also have a whole closet full of books that I have not looked through in years. In fact, some of them are like from the early 80's that I inherited from my next door neighbor who was a few years older than me, so I am sure that I have some gems in there. So stay tuned!

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