Flashback Friday

by adustyframe ~ September 24th, 2010

I haven’t participated in this before. I always see it at Barbara’s but this week’s questions grabbed me.

Did you like to read when you were a child?

Oh yes! My mother always said, “When I call you put your book down!” I used to come when she called but I walked through the house with my book.

What were your favorite genres, books or series?

I read Nancy Drew, Little House, Cherry Ames, Trixie Belden, Bobbsey Twins, 5 Little Peppers,

Sue Barton –I just found out that this author Helen Dore Boylston lived at Rocky Ridge Farm for awhile with Rose Wilder. Cool!

I loved the “Choose your own adventure” books too. I also read the Hardy Boys. I’m pretty sure I read just about anything good.

Did you read books because of the author or because of the title/plot?

I read lots of series. But I also read things that I found interesting.

Did you own many books?

Yes, we had a lot of books. My mom hated to read and she wanted to do better for us. She read to us all the time and made sure we had a lot of books around. I think she said she didn’t have books around when she was a kid so we had lots of books.

When she was taught to read, her school was an experimental school. Her class didn’t get the phonics lessons and it made reading hard for her. Even though she teaches phonics now and has for years–she taught 2 of my siblings to read–she still hates reading. That’s so sad!

However, I love reading and my 2 sisters do too. One is even a librarian for a huge school. I think mom did good!

Did your school distribute the Scholastic book orders (or some other type)?

I’m pretty sure they did. I can’t remember if we ordered very many.

Did you visit the library often?

Yes. All the time. My mom even worked at the library for awhile when we lived in a small town. I loved that!

Was there a summer reading program when you were young, and did you participate?

Yes. There was the summer I was in a race with Walter. I mentioned it here. I still gloat….

Do you have any particular memories of your school libraries?

Hmm…. I went to small private schools most of my school years as well as being homeschooled. I don’t have any school library memories at the moment.

What were your favorites and least favorites among the classics (the ones high school English teachers assign!)?

Boy, this question has me stumped. I can’t remember favorites or least favorites.

If you didn’t like reading, do you like it more today than you did then?

I’ve always loved reading. I still enjoy reading and always have a pile waiting for me.

Right now I’m reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, How to Pray When You Don’t Know What To Say, A Little House Sampler (very good), a kid’s bio about Jane Austen, and all the things we read for school.


8 Thoughts Shared to Flashback Friday

  1. Jim

    Hi Lizzie, I enjoyed this a lot. 🙂 I hope you come back next week.
    It was nice when Mom’s encouraged our reading. I’m like you, I can’t remember her doing that but the old children’s books we had even for poor folks showed she did.

    I’d like to read “How to Pray When You Don’t Know What To Say.” I went to a prayer seminar by ??, author of Lord, Teach Me to Pray (not Kay Arthur) , and I think she addressed that some. The Bible does too, as the Holy Spirit knows what we ought to say even though we don’t know what to say (Romans 8:26–27).

  2. Barbara H.

    You’ll have to let me know what you think of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I read and reviewed it a while back.

    I don’t know how I missed Nancy drew and Trixie Belden growing up!

    Ok, I’ll read your review when I finish. I can see why my mom didn’t let me read it when I was younger though. It’s a little melancholy, but so far I like how their mom taught them character and hard work.

  3. skoots1mom

    good remembrances

  4. bp

    Glad you participated! I enjoyed your memories. I never was into Nancy Drew, not sure why! I guess I should check one out at the library and see if it interests me now.

    Have a nice weekend!

    I wondered if I’d enjoy them now. I’m sure I’d find them weak writing!

  5. MamaHen

    I used to say that A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was my favorite book. I just re-read it last fall and it made me so sad. It really affected my mood and thoughts and I’m not sure that I would recommend it any more. It is very good writing, but I think reading it as an adult with children of my own changes the way I feel.

    Betty Smith also wrote Joy in the Morning. It is a much more encouraging fun book. It is still one of my favorite reads when I need soemthing light.

  6. Mocha with Linda

    I never knew that about Boylston and Rose Wilder! That is so cool! My mom used to get mad at me for not coming when she called. I told her I honestly didn’t hear her – I was completely transported into the book!

    Loved reading your memories! I’m so glad you particpated this week!

  7. Janet

    Oh, how I loved the Little House books, Trixie Belden, and Nancy Drew!

  8. LeftCoastOnlooker

    What a great list! Fun!
    i think my least fav of required reading was Robinson Crusoe.
    I thought my least fav was Pilgrim’s Progress, but I read it again a few years ago & now I love it!

    I don’t think we’ve gotten to Robinson Crusoe yet. A couple years maybe? Yes, Pilgrim’s Progress has a ton of relevant things to today!

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