When it comes to the specifics of my childhood, I don’t remember all that I loved or read. However, I do know one thing I was obsessed with is American girl. From the dolls to the books, I was obsessed with them, and enjoyed the American Girl books. Now it’s more about the favorite reading memories that we hold onto, which is, quite conveniently our topic of discussion today.
When I do think back on childhood reading, these are some of the books I think most about. Of course, there are others as well which is why I’ll share three “seasons” of books from my childhood reading life. The first of which being American girl because let’s be real, they do hold a special place in my heart.
FAVORITE READING MEMORIES
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One of my fondest memories about this company is the American Girl catalogs. (Yes, that used to be a “big deal” kind of thing.) These weren’t just small catalogs either. They were PACKED with new things, classic things and almost life size images of the dolls. Each and every time I’d get one in the mail, I’d pour through them, and at a certain point in my childhood, one of the things we did was save our pennies with the eventual outcome of buying something out of the catalog. It was, needless to say, fun times. Something I didn’t have to save pennies for were the books the company published since there were frequent gifts at Christmas or birthday’s.
Probably the first stories I would have either been read or read myself from the company were books like Meet Samantha (which I’m realizing just now that the first books about the doll is no longer a “meet” book), Meet Molly (box set, book one)or Meet Kirsten (box set, book one). Later that would transition to books that were mysteries about characters who were not dolls, and some mysteries that were about the dolls like Kit, Samantha or Felicity. Needless to say, I spent many hours with my nose in an American Girl book.
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These books by C.S. Lewis were not books I read when likely most other people did. In fact I was probably closer to legal “adulthood” than not. Still, they have fond memories even if not in the prime of childhood because I remember being so impressed with the first novel, and then being further impressed with how the film adapted that novel, and of course, they’re special because the fam and I read them.
When it comes to “adult” books, probably the first I read were Janette Oke. Books that are, basically, by and large prairie romances with little to no “adult” subtexts. However, if we’re talking more “adult,” I think that would have to go to historical romance author Lori Wick.
Wick wrote multiple different time periods within the historical fiction genre including regency and World War II. She wrote an English Garden series that, at the time, I loved and also a regency series (the Kensington Chronicles, book one) that had all of the swoony romance in the stories – and naturally, I was here for it all.
While Oke’s books don’t have the same appeal to me now, in terms of their genre or storytelling, I do have nostalgic feelings for them because at one time I loved the simple prairie romance stories. Additionally, some of them were books I read with my family and so of course, those memories mean a lot and have a special place.
What about you; what are some of your favorite reading memories of books or as a reader? Did you talk about events you went to? Authors you met? Books you read? Have you read any of these? Did you like any of these? Comment all of your comments down below.
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Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl November 23: Bookish Memories (and yes, I realize this is technically the November 30th subject.)