Monday, January 19, 2009

Book love

Growing up I spent hours and hours running my hands across the spines of books at the public library and my school library. The library was always my favorite place at school. I was terrible at math, had no athletic skills and in the very beginning of elementary school I didn't have many friends so the library was my own little escape. There were very few things I exceed at in school but reading was one of them. As soon as I learned to read I was at the library constantly. Reading was and still is my escape. It is harder to read now that I'm always knitting though. And audio books don't bring me the same satisfaction that a hardback does. I checked out the maximum number of books allowed every time I went to the school or the public library. I went through numerous 'book phases' too, Encyclopedia Brown, The Boxcar Children, The Baby-Sitters Club, Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew, R.L. Stine, Agatha Christie, Stephen King, VC Andrews (those were the ones you snuck and read when your mom wasn't around), Anne Rice, etc.

Lately, I've been trying to find copies of those books I checked out repeatedly when I was younger. Some of them are out of print, I did have luck finding "The Rain Catchers" which I know I checked out at least a dozen times from my middle school library, I bought it used on Amazon. Last week I was trying to think of the titles or authors of others books I remembered reading a lot. One was "Silver" by Norma Fox Mazer and the other was "A Summer to Die" by Lois Lowry. Of course part of the problem is that some of them have been reprinted and I really want the copies that are same as the ones I used to checkout, which is probably ridiculous. I still have some of my vast Baby-Sitter's Club book collection and a few Sweet Valley High books. I heard via another website or blog that they switched up some details in the SVH books to make them more 'modern'. Hmph...


The Food Librarian said...

Love this post (of course!) :)
I loved those Sweet Valley High books!

LC said...

I stumbled upon your blog :)
I wanted to say that I'm a huge fan of the SVH books. I read them from middle school all the way to college-I always related more to Elizabeth more, and not just because we shared the name :)
But I was so angry to read that they made the twins 'perfect size 4' when they used to be the "perfect size 6." Unbelievable!
Anyways. Have a great day :)