Chit Chat: Childhood Books

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Hello Friends! I am lucky to have had the time to sit down and write this post. Things at work are crazy as always, but we have inventory coming up. If you have ever worked in retail you can understand the stress of this time. If you have not worked in retail, think about watching a handful of toddlers on a sugar high, and just as many puppies, and only one you. It’s like 10 times worse than that.

Anyways. I found this article the other day talking about weird children’s books. You can read the article HERE.

I just thought it was a nice article and hit me right in the nostalgia.

The first book mentioned, Sideways Stories From the Wayside School, was on of my favorite books when I was a kid. I loved the weird stories! I honestly want to get this book and read it again.

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I also remember Freckle Juice by Judy Blume. Again, one of my favorites.

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And of course I LOVED Goosebumps!

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I have always been a strange person. I loved all the strange stories.

One that wasn’t mentioned in the article was Amelia Bedelia.

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Poor Amelia was always just trying to help, but always made an even bigger mess. She may have been a role model when I was growing up.

The thing is, these are the stories that have stuck with me all through my life. Not the classics that they make you read in high school, but the books that made me fall in love with reading. I guess, if something you read in high school made you fall in love with reading then you have a better connection with those. But I came out of the gate loving to read. I wanted to read everything I could get my grubby little hands on.

The books on this list here are the ones that gave me a love and a desire to devour all the words I could. And I will never forget them. I will make sure that I have these books for my kids, and I will more than likely read them ghost stories…

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and stories of fairies from the time they are conceived until the moment they take the book and run on their own.

Until I have kids of my own, beware, if I see your kid I WILL offer them books to read. I WILL suggest all the great stories I have loved. It’s one of the reasons I make an effort to read the latest middle grade stories. I want to spread my love of reading to the rest of the world, because not enough people read.

Tell me, what books do you remember from your childhood?

What Are You Reading?

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Hello Friends! Happy Monday…or not. 🙂

This week is going to be crazy for me so I probably won’t be reading as much as I usually do, but I still have a few books sitting on my bedside table at the moment.

So let’s get to it.

I am still listening to Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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This book is just so disturbing and some mornings on my way to work I have skipped listening to it just because the voice actor for the book can get annoying. Just some characters that he reads. He is a lovely voice actor, but some mornings I just can’t take it.

I am reading a middle grade book. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver.

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So far it has been a very interesting story and the cover is just so gorgeous!

I’m also reading The Darkest Night by Gena Sowalter

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I was afraid I wouldn’t like Gena Showalter’s adult novels. I love her YA books. My fear was short lived as soon as I read the first chapter. I am, so far, in love with this book!

Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset by Sarah Ashwood

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This book has been so fantastic so far. Some days I just don’t have enough time to read enough of this book to satisfy my curiosity. As soon as I have some time I am probably going to sit down and do nothing but finish this book.

That is all I have this week. I know, I am reading too many books at once, but I am keeping the stories separate and they are all so different. I would have been done with at least one if I wasn’t working such strange hours.

What are you reading?

Chit Chat: I Can’t Read That?

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Hello Friends! Today I bring you a new segment called Chit Chat. It’s where I just talk about something I want to comment on…or you know, I have nothing else to post that day and got something off the top of my head. 😉

The other day I read an article about letting kids read what they want. You can find the article HERE.

As a young girl I remember reading Little House on the Prairie with my mom. Alone I read a lot of Goosebumps, Amelia Bedelia, Box Car Children…So many books. It wasn’t long before I found my way to Stephen King and I am fairly certain I started reading his books way before I was technically old enough to do so. My mom never held me back from reading what I wanted to read. I never had a problem with anyone telling me what I could and could not read until I was older.

Funny isn’t it? You get older and think you can make your own decisions and then…BAM the world tries to tell you everything. Pay this bill, pay that bill, pay taxes on all the things you own…

I thought I would be safe in my little book world, and then I got more into the whole book community. Suddenly people were telling me what I shouldn’t be reading. We are told that adults shouldn’t be reading YA books or Middle Grade books. “We are too old for that.”

Now I know that it has long passed since this debate was so big and everyone had a say, but reading the article about letting kids read just sparked a new fire in me. I read a ton of YA. I love YA novels…well the fantasy ones. I love the instant love stories and the complaining teenagers. I love middle grade books and the innocence of the stories.

Adult novels can be so heavy. Or there is just so much about sex and sometimes you just want a story to read.

Why are we putting ages on novels? Why can’t we just pick up a book and decide for ourselves if we will enjoy it? I won’t judge you for what you decide to read. I used to use the excuse that I read middle grade novels so I can suggest books to young kids. But the truth is I actually enjoy the middle grade novels as much as YA.

I read them all. If it’s fantasy I will read it. I may even pick up a contemporary novel from time to time if there is enough hype around it. And I will occasionally pick up a classic novel and try to read it, but stupid school ruined the classics for making me read them.

In the end, we are already killing ourselves to be healthy. We don’t eat everything we want, we don’t sit and watch all of our favorite shows because we have to exercise, we even have to go to work to pay the bills. So why should we restrict ourselves in what we read? It’s not bad for our health to read whatever books we want. Reading actually strengthen our brains no matter what we are reading. So read what you want and don’t be ashamed!