Monday, August 16, 2010

What childhood series had you hooked on reading?

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot."
                                         Stephen King, On Writing

Have you noticed that, in their bios, most writers mention being avid readers as children? I recall going through an autobiography/biography phase in the second grade. Strange, I know, but it was soon replaced with an addiction to series. I still love reading series. I love getting to know the community, the family members, and friends. In fact, I just finished a book in one series and I'm about to start another.

Being a mother, I started comparing the series my kids are hooked on to the ones that kept me up at night. At the risk of dating myself, a few of the ones I loved were:

The Little House On The Prairie
Nancy Drew Mysteries
Ramona the Great

What book series had you hooked as a child? I know that we all have single title favorites, but I'm sticking to series for now. The Magic School Bus anyone? Harry Potter? (Umm...throat clearing...I was a little older when that came out...side glance).


  1. Encyclopedia Brown. I used to love trying to outsmart him and solve the mystery before he did.

  2. I forgot about Encyclopedia Brown! I loved mysteries.

  3. Rula, I read the Nancy Drew series and The Hardy Boys. My parents didn't have a lot of money when I was growing up, so books were a major luxury. I never got to read the entire series, but the ones I had I read over and over. I also used to comb through the National Geographic magazines from cover to cover, fascinated by the exotic locations and amazing animals.

  4. Hey, Kaily! I get NG and Discover Kids for my children now. You reminded me of some LIFE books we had when I was a kid. They were themed and I recall one being about deserts, one about sea life etc... Loved browsing through those when I wasn't reading fiction. I also read everything on primates and was hell bent on becoming the next Jane Goodall, LOL.