Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Fandom is Strong with This One

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's question: What books were you obsessed with as a kid?

If you ask my mother, she'll tell you I was all about The Pokey Little Puppy. I don't remember much about that, so she must be lying.

The books that stand out in my mind from the ankle biter years would be these two:


The Velveteen Rabbit convinced me that whenever I left the room my brown bear Yogi would explore my room. I would seriously sneak back to the bedroom and listen at the door for fuzzy, creeping feet. As far as Tikki Tikki Tembo goes, I just liked the rhythym.

As I got older and more words came into play, I couldn't get enough of Nancy Drew. This includes all the original stories too. Even as a kid, I had completionist tendencies and backpedaled my way through every. single. book. I enjoyed Nancy's sidekicks and the mysteries kept me on my toes*.

When I wasn't busy with Nancy, I devoured all things Arthurian and Reading Rainbow. Even though there aren't adult versions of Reading Rainbow books, there are the original texts for all things Arthur**, so at least that one obsession has carried on into adulthood. 




What book were you hooked on?


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* Why I don't write mystery or even read mystery now is, in fact, a mystery.
** Have you read The Vulgate Cycle or Geoffrey of Monmouth? If yes, I think we should talk.
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Last.fm hit of the day: A Sea of Dead Comets by Mar de Grises

17 comments:

  1. The Velveteen Rabbit SCARRED ME FOR LIFE. When I was young, it completely went over my head that the kid had scarlet fever, and I thought that whenever I got a cold, someone was going to come into my room, steal all of my stuffed animals and burn them. At the first sign of a little sniffle, I would make my mom hide all of my toys away in the closet and spend the next few days crying and praying that they wouldn't get infected.

    That book traumatized me!

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  2. I loved Reading Rainbow. A couple years ago Tina Fabrique was in a show where I work and on closing night she sang the RR theme song for those of us who grew up watching RR. It was one of the coolest things ever.

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  3. Ohhhh Reading Rainbow. Love. (And woot - we both picked Tikki Tikki Tembo! :D )

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  4. Okay - now that I'm reading all these posts, my memory is coming back. I loved The Velveteen Rabbit - I even read this one to my kids - STILL. Great choices.

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  5. I totally forgot about The Velveteen Rabbit. That was so good.

    And I'm so sad children today don't get to grow up watching Reading Rainbow. I loved that show when I was young. (I probably still would if it were on.)

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  6. Reading Rainbow was my favorite show when I was little! I can still sing the song...and I enjoyed The Velveteen Rabbit too. :)

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  7. Ticky Ticky Tembo No Sha Rembo Rarry Parry Itchy Parry Pip Parry Pembo has fallen into the well :)

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  8. I was into series. Babysitter's Club, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Sweet Valley High.... :0) christy

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  9. Okay, how did I miss Tikki Tikki Tembo growing up? Love that title!

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  10. I adore The Velveteen Rabbit. Thanks to that book and the Corduroy books, I also believed that my stuffed animals would come to life and explore their world when they were alone. Great picks!

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  11. I've heard of Reading Rainbow, but it didn't make it to Australia--which left me totally perplexed the first time I saw American friends sing the theme! I was way into the Narnia books, and The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. Wore my copy of that out and it fell to pieces!

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  12. Of course I have read the Vulgate cycle and Geoffery of Monmouth and Chr├ętien de Troyes ----Lol I named my son Greylyn (the Grail Lion) The King of Lyonesse - brother to the Fisher king son to the Maimed king - the country betrayed by the red Knight that sunk under the waves. He rode Morvarc'h the seahorse out of the water and watched with horror as his beautiful daughter became a mermaid. The story of Ker-Ys and how you still hear the bells toll under the water -----Yeah Grail romances are one of those things I am rather obsessed with....heheheh.

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  13. Loved The Velveteen Rabbit!! And Pokey Little Puppy is a staple in our house lol

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  14. YES! lol I love that I got to sing along. Reading Rainbow was it, back in the day!

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