Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Cocktail & Conversation (2)

 Every Wednesday here at the Broke & The Bookish is going to be A Cocktail & Conversation time. We'll pose a question to 2-3 members of TB&TB crew about books, life, music, etc and then they'll answer and we can converse about it. So grab a cocktail & cozy up for some conversation. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, friends. 

What is one book from your childhood and one book that was your favorite from your teen years?

Julia says: My favorite book from my childhood, or more accurately, my favorite book that I can remember as an adult from my childhood was probably Little Women. I think this had something to do with a young Christian Bale and the movie version that came out in 1994 when I was eight. If you want to go way way back, there was a book that I had when I was two that was about how we get milk (my grandpa was a milkman).

Moving on to teenage years, we enter Romancelandia. I would have told you throughout my teenhood that Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss was my favorite book. KEW was the reason I continued reading romance novels, and Shanna was the book that I fell in love with. It had pirates, an island, a bad guy... this makes me want to reread it!


Jen says: I have two favorite books from my childhood, Charlotte's Web and Island of the Blue Dolphins.  I remember reading Island of the Blue Dolpins during silent reading in elementary school and being so absorbed in the book I almost missed recess!  Charlotte's Web is also a favorite of mine.  My copy of the book is extremely well loved.

I sort of fell off of the reading bandwagon during my teen years.  Other than required school reading I didn't read much for fun.  But I do remember really liking To Kill A Mockingbird the first time I read it (I think we read it in 9th grade). 



Daisy says: I have three favourite childhood books: Juniper and Wise Child by Monica Furlong and Mathilda by Roald Dahl. I've read those 3 books so many times as a kid that I can still tell you step by step what happened. I think what attracted me most about these novels were the strong girls who were the main characters.

My teen years were filled with Harry Potter, Harry Potter, HARRY POTTER and like Julia, romance novels. I just read Harry Potter book 1-4 back to back and then started all over again, I probably did this for a couple of months before my mom made me read something else. Oh, and I discovered Pride and Prejudice in my teens. I also read a whole lot of HP fanfiction and stories on Fictionpress.com.

Paula says:
Gosh... picking a book from childhood? That's pretty tough. I was the kid who had books instead of friends. And I remember trapping my mom while she was brushing her teeth or putting on makeup and just going on and on about what has happening in the book that I was reading (maybe not much has changed since then ^_^) I would have to say that the two that stand out for me are The Phantom Tollbooth and Peter Pan.

Teen years... I was a bit more secretive about reading. I was still the kid who had books instead of friends- but I was trying not too be- so I shunned high fantasy and science fiction in attempts to be "cooler". I still have my copy of This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen - which I read so many times that I could have opened it to any page and followed the story completely. and What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci was a pretty big favorite. And of course Harry Potter and The Pendragon series....


What about you? What were some of your favorites from your childhood & teen years?

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  1. I LOVED reading Goosebumps books as a child. And yes, my teen years pretty much revolved around Harry Potter too.

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    1. I read a lot of the Goosebumps books as well, even though they gave me nightmares ;)

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  2. there are some books on this list that I know are childhood classic books that I still haven't read! Need to get on that!

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  3. Island of the Blue Dolphins was one of my favorites as well! I've read it so many times.

    What I remember reading as a kid (and loving): Sarah, Plain and Tall, any BSC or Sweet Valley Twins books, Ramona Quimby, American Girl books, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess & Hatchet

    What I remember reading as a teen (and loving): HARRY POTTER.

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    1. I have never read Island of the Blue Dolphins, I think I'll put it on the neverending TBR list :)
      I did love the Sweet Valley High TV series, but I never read any of the books...
      YAY HARRY POTTER!

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  4. Oh my gosh, I almost forgot about Island of the Blue Dolphins! Excellent book. I also loved the Little House on the Prairie series, Babysitters Club and my absolute favorite ever was Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff. I still have the copy I used to read and it is beaten up!

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    1. I forgot about the Little House on the Prairie books. I devoured those too!

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  5. Jen, if I didn't pick Little Women it would have been Island of the Blue Dolphins! And Daisy, I read Harry Potter every summer of my teen years. One time I even read it fowards then backwards (like 4 3 2 1) in prep for book 5 I think! haha. Oh the days back when I read all summer... I'd read a book a day!

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    1. Me too! Sometimes I pretend like I'm still a teen with nothing to do but entertain myself and just read all day and ignore all the stuff I need to do. It's still wonderful, but now a little more special, cause I don't get to do it that often.

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    2. Julia, I remember loving Island of the Blue Dolphins but honestly couldn't tell you what happens in the book now!

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  6. Great picks! I loved the Roald Dahl books and Charlotte's Web! My favourites growing up were definitely the Goosebump books and Sweet Valley High -- and the Babysitter's Club! Loved them all! :)

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    1. The Goosebump books creeped me out so bad! And the Fear Street books did as well, especially the Cheerleader series...
      I also really loved the Witches by Roald Dahl! We did a class project on it one time, it was so much fun!

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  7. My favorite from childhood was two...one was the Secret Garden and the other was Summer of the Monkeys.

    When I was a teenager I just loved horror anything Fear Street and the Secret Circle I just loved!!!

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