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    what books did you read when you were growing up?

    Just sitting here watching 'Witches' with the girls and told them that it was based on a book 'Witches' by Roald Dhal. Which got me thinking of all the books I read when I was their age.
    I remember reading Witches, Matilda, B.F.G (Big Friendly Giant) all by Roald Dhal another one being Danny The Champion Of The World. And who could ever forget Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    I also read a lot of the usual story books about fairy tales with a handsome prince on a white horse etc etc......... but that didn't last long at all. (reality is much more interesting) There were also others but nothing that stands out just now, but they will.
    So what books did you read when you were growing up? Now boys the magazines you buy DO NOT count as books you read when you were young

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    I used to be a big fan of Tintin. i read all of them. Including the ones where they show you how the others were made. My favourite one was Flight 106, or some other number. Certainly takes you back. As a kid i always wanted that little cow lick he's got goin on...

    Another one of my favourites was Asterix & Obelix. Invincible Gauls taking on the arrogant Romans, lots of fun. Reading the French originals are challenging, but its a comic, the pictures are there to help you.
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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    THE BFG

    Alfred Hitchcock presents the three investigators. Most were my brothers, and no hitchock did not right them, but they were cool. (I didnt know who hitchcock was at the time though)

    And heaps of those $6 book club books in primary school

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leroy Peterson View Post
    I used to be a big fan of Tintin. i read all of them. Including the ones where they show you how the others were made. My favourite one was Flight 106, or some other number. Certainly takes you back. As a kid i always wanted that little cow lick he's got goin on...

    Another one of my favourites was Asterix & Obelix. Invincible Gauls taking on the arrogant Romans, lots of fun. Reading the French originals are challenging, but its a comic, the pictures are there to help you.
    Did someone transplant the brain of a 30 year old into your 16 year old body? Sometimes I find it very hard to believe the age on your profile is the actuality.

    As a primary school kid I enjoyed Pipi Longstocking, Asterix and Obelix, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. I was always reading but my memory is failing me now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diabolical View Post
    Did someone transplant the brain of a 30 year old into your 16 year old body? Sometimes I find it very hard to believe the age on your profile is the actuality.

    As a primary school kid I enjoyed Pipi Longstocking, Asterix and Obelix, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. I was always reading but my memory is failing me now...

    Given your age I am surprised you remember that much. to D for having a good memory
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    Asterix and Obelix were great. I spent many a free period reading that during year 12. (we had to go the library to study, so Asterix was a good compromise)

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    Asterix without a doubt. Tintin too. Lucky Luke. Carl Barks Disney comics. I grew up in a small outback town - no real bookstore opportunity - but the school had a mail order book club for kids. Every few months there'd be a catalogue with assorted books (for kids and teens) and you'd order what your parents were willing to pay for. I read a lot of those books - I vaguely remember some (was it Jack London's Kavik the Wolf Dog?) but I read so many of them. Nah, I can't remember now. Oh well.
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    Goosebumps .. helloooo

    Magnificent Seven ... Famous Five...

    Paul Jennings Books were funny as.. the short crazy stories..

    Sweet Valley High .. n The Babysitters Club..
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    Asterix...so popular...I recall appreciating the humour there and laughing out loud for the first time while reading.

    The stand out book for me growing up (teens) was The Women's Room, Marilyn French. I read that one over and over.

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    I wonder if Hitler read fairy tales when he ws growing up?
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    i read the usual goosbumps, animorphs and paul jennings books, \(also met paul once, got him to sign one of my books, still got it round here somewhere), loved watching round the twist as well.....

    other than that i also read a bit of charlie and the choc factory, my sister got me reading from a young age, first and favourite play is taming of the shrew (hate ten things i hate about u for ruining it though...whoever came up with the idea should be shot)

    also used to read alot of those choose your own adventure books, was so damn excited when animorphs and goodebumps started making them....
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    When i was in primary school i loved Enid Blyton books, also anything about boarding schools.....I used to wish i was sent to one! lol plus the usual stuff....sweet valley high, babysitters club, goosebumps etc. Oh i also liked the hungy hungry caterpillar (I think thats what it was called!! )

    In my early teens i read the tomorrow series by John Marsden, then i strted getting into sci-fi/fantasy books.....even now i still like reading David Eddings, Feist and R.A. Salvatore.
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    i remember the Mr. Magoo books...he was such an idiot. him and his umbrella
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvd Drifter View Post
    I grew up in a small outback town - no real bookstore opportunity - but the school had a mail order book club for kids. Every few months there'd be a catalogue with assorted books (for kids and teens) and you'd order what your parents were willing to pay for.
    We had the bookclub at my primary school too, Star I think it was called. Book mobile used to pay a trip every fortnight too.

    Very early on there was the Enid Blyton collection (magic faraway tree etc.), and choose your own adventure books, then I moved to tintin, asterix, and the hardy boys, as well as a few on those adventure game books like lone wolf.
    Just looking the dever (lone wolf author) series up now and remembered one I read so much I wore it out, was part of the Freeway Warrior series. This book was like playing the game Fallout on the PC, but about 10 years before it was made.

    Late teens I moved to horror/thriller. Herbert, Koontz, Laymon, Masterton and of course, King.

    Now I find it hard to complete a book due to lack of interest,time etc.
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    goosebumps and babysitters club... ah the memories
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    Quote Originally Posted by linton View Post

    Now I find it hard to complete a book due to lack of interest,time etc.
    Same. Just managed to finally finish reading Absurdistan, Eric Campbell, and return it to the library under threat of losing my borrowing rights.

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    When I was really really young there were these books called "My Naughty Little Sister" that I used to love. Then a bit older stuff like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Watership Down, and yes the Sweet Valley High so your not alone Las!
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    Garfield and Charlie Brown mainly, probably explains a lot.
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    Really young - it was all C.S. Lewis and Robert Louis Stevenson. "Treasure Island" was a sensational early reading experience and got me going.

    Primary School - The Dark is Rising series was very cool, also liked The Book of Three and sequels. Tried reading A Wizard of Earthsea at that age but only really appreciated it once I reached the teens.

    Read heaps of science fiction/supernatural fiction and comics. Lee Harding, Robert Westall, Roald Dahl, all sensational. Teenage stuff was Lord of the Rings, a hell of a lot of "blockbuster" fiction and everything on the school syllabus.
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