Friday, June 25, 2010

The Friday Five

Yesterday's Tweet Cloud reminded me how much I love words and reading. I love to read. On Saturdays, my dad would take me to the Children's library to wait while my brother took accordion lessons. Five things I read and re-read as a kid.

1. The dictionary. We had a giant tome of a dictionary. It was so heavy, I could barely lift it. I loved lying on the floor in the attic (later my dad's office) and randomly reading pages.

2. Encyclopedia. We had The Golden Book Encyclopedia, Funk and Wagnall's, and The Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia of General Knowledge. Always some entertaining article to read.

When I was 11 or 12, I discovered the adult library. I loved to wander through the stacks breathing in the scent of the old books.

3. The Saint, series by Leslie Charteris. A modern Robin Hood sort of story. He robbed from the rich and gave to himself while giving Scotland Yard a run for their money. Loved watching Roger Moore in the television show so had to read the books.

4. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy an English aristocrat uses a secret identity to rescue French aristocrats during the French Revolution.

5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. (Can't help it just couldn't get enough of the swashbuckles) A young man accused of a crime he didn't commit embarks on a journey for revenge.

What books did you read when you were a kid? What are you reading now? I'm reading Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon and Tuck by Stephen Lawhead


  1. When I was a kid, I read The Baby-Sitters Club books and my sister's Sweet Valley High books. :)

  2. Nancy Drew and because I had a brother, I also read the Hardy Boys books. I was a library addict too.

  3. I haven't read any of those books, if you can believe it! And I keep hearing about these tweet clouds. Sound cool!

    When I was little, I read mostly those silly Goosebump books! high-quality literary artwork there.

  4. Your reading list explains SO MUCH about you! :) I was a Box Car Children, Nancy Drew / Hardy Boy's, etc. In other words, when I was a child, I read children's lit! ;)