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Because not everyone read Dostoyevski when they were ten...
Old 09-01-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Default Because not everyone read Dostoyevski when they were ten...

I was ordering a balance ball at Amazon today and looking through my saved cart and found two books that I read in my teens that I might want to order again, which led me to do a search for a specific book that I read in my teens, which led to this blog, Cliquey Pizza.

Cliquey Pizza is a website that lists thousands and thousands of books published in the 80s-early 90s, some with reviews, most with a synopsis of the plot. All those series books, teen romances (did anyone else read Sweet Valley High and Blossom Valley books?), mysteries, very little scifi. OMG, it's a treasure of a site and it was so great to see the covers of books I read thirty years ago. I had terrible, terrible taste in reading material when I was in my teens. Yeah, I read some good books (the S.E. Hinton books were favorites), but mostly I read junk. It's good to know I wasn't the only junk-food-books reader when I was a kid, even though I was constantly reading (and still am).

So, anyway, I figured if it was valuable to me someone else here might get a kick out of it.
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I have to admit, I never read any Sweet Valley High or Blossom Valley books.

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I remember was it Judy Bloom who did a book about freckles?
Oh I loved the Detective Brown books where you could change the story line depending on which choice you made you went to a certain page and continued reading.
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I remember was it Judy Bloom who did a book about freckles?
Oh I loved the Detective Brown books where you could change the story line depending on which choice you made you went to a certain page and continued reading.
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The only books I read as a teenager, other than required reading for school were Dungeons and Dragons books (which I knew so well that I still, to this day, remember most of rules) and two ancient programming manuals... manuals... HA!... tomes... for Commodore 64 Basic. Well, actually, I also read a number of magazines that centered around the C64. They had programs in the back of them with hexadecimal codes next to each line for debugging. I can't remember for the life of me what those magazines were called.

Edit: I take that back. I read a ton of books by Piers Anthony. He had numerous books centered around a fictional world called Xanth. Everything was puns.
I also read numerous Dragonlance books.
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I never read any of those books either.

I was reading things like Gone With the Wind by the time I was 10 years old. I read way beyond my age. Although, I never read Dostoyevski. I just never read those typical kid/teenager books at all. None of them. Oh except for Are You There God It's Me Margaret. And then I spent the next 6 years wondering why I was the only girl who wasn't getting her period
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Let's see, I remember reading The Chronicles of Narnia, the Little House on the Prairie books, Louisa May Alcott books, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Agatha Christie books, I enjoyed several of the books we had to read in school, like Lord of the Flies, All Quiet on the Western Front and To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Dragon Riders of Pern Tex?
(Yeah, I read all those too)

Judy Bloom was actually a very good writer who chose to write books FOR children but she also wrote a few books ABOUT children. I used her as an example in a paper I wrote in a junior level Liturature class discussing the value and / or necessity to "dumb down" Liturature for children. My final argument was now and I used Warner Brother "Rabit of Seville" as an example that you don't have to dumb stuff down, it's all in the presentation.

I got an A on the paper


I also devoured the Three Investigaters series and read almost all, and still own in hardback, the Tom Swift Jr. series.
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The only books I read as a teenager, other than required reading for school were Dungeons and Dragons books (which I knew so well that I still, to this day, remember most of rules) and two ancient programming manuals... manuals... HA!... tomes... for Commodore 64 Basic. Well, actually, I also read a number of magazines that centered around the C64. They had programs in the back of them with hexadecimal codes next to each line for debugging. I can't remember for the life of me what those magazines were called.

Edit: I take that back. I read a ton of books by Piers Anthony. He had numerous books centered around a fictional world called Xanth. Everything was puns.
I also read numerous Dragonlance books.
If I had known you back then you would have sooooo gotten lucky!
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If I had known you back then you would have sooooo gotten lucky!
No, no you don't understand. hahaha

I've actually used the pickup line at 13, "You could be my dryad and I your tree."
I used this. Live. A production run. It was my original.
The highlight of a young creative mind.

I got a blank stare in return, and a "wut?"

I thought to myself, how could this fail? How could this be?
The relationship between a dryad and her tree is amazing.
It spells life for both. They both need each other. They are both dependent upon each other. They are intertwined. Nothing could be stronger, more beautiful, more natural.

I was actually shocked this failed.

As it turns out, she had no idea what a dryad was.
I sat there in front of her and tried to explain it despite my rising fear.
She walked away in shock. I remember thinking, "What went wrong?"

It was my first of many lessons in bitter disappointment.
I was a very awkward teenager.
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I read everything I could get a hold of. My mother never bought me books or anything really, she was lame. So when I was visiting her brother who had no kids I would read all his magazines and books, (plays and the Smithsonian). I wound up living with him when I left NYC so I had tons then. My grandmother who always had Agatha Christie so they were a good snatch up. I don't think I ever read the freckle book but just loved that there was one that mentioned freckles.
An all time favorite was Grapes of Wrath and Till Kill A Mocking Bird and of course Diary of Anne Frank. I was able to steal my older brothers school required books. He is 4 years older then me so it worked out well.

I guess I am just babbling and saying I cannot recall that there was a real big market for kids books back then. Unlike now its a madhouse at the store so many book series and that is cool. However since we had more of the classics to rely on I try and not let my kids forget them.
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No, no you don't understand. hahaha

I've actually used the pickup line at 13, "You could be my dryad and I your tree."
I used this. Live. A production run. It was my original.
The highlight of a young creative mind.

I got a blank stare in return, and a "wut?"

I thought to myself, how could this fail? How could this be?
The relationship between a dryad and her tree is amazing.
It spells life for both. They both need each other. They are both dependent upon each other. They are intertwined. Nothing could be stronger, more beautiful, more natural.

I was actually shocked this failed.

As it turns out, she had no idea what a dryad was.
I sat there in front of her and tried to explain it despite my rising fear.
She walked away in shock. I remember thinking, "What went wrong?"

It was my first of many lessons in bitter disappointment.
I was a very awkward teenager.
No, YOU don't understand.

I played AD&D when I was 13. I would have totally gotten that line.
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Now you all have me thinking.

Other than serious books which I'm sure we all read, what kind of "book candy" did we read?







What else?
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and these... still have them, along with the Xanth, and Dragonlance. LOL
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