Fat Books & Thin Women

30 Day Book Meme, Day 21
August 23, 2011, 5:54 pm
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Favorite book from your childhood:

Roald Dahl might be my favorite YA author, as well as the one whose works I’m most likely to revisit, but it’s Nancy Drew who defined my childhood. I spent the better part of my youth holed up with the classic yellow hardback mysteries and later the romance-fueled Nancy Drew Files and craptastic Nancy Drew on Campus series. Despite the habit of Nancy’s attackers to clamp chloroform-soaked rags over her nose, the bland Ned Nickerson, the single-feature lives of her friends Bess and George, and Nancy’s seemingly endless supply of lives, something about the series was so fresh and exciting to me when I first read them. Nancy may have some pleasingly conservative views and conventionally pretty looks (always mentioned!) but she still went out there and solved mysteries that others were either unwilling or unable to. And without Nancy Drew, the world never would have seen my earliest short stories, all Nancy Drew-style mysteries told from the point of view of the criminal element. (Well, I guess the world still hasn’t seen them. Moot point.)

30 Day Book Meme:
Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

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I’m right there with you, sister. Nancy Drew was it for me, and I’ve really wanted to go back and re-read some. I read them under the covers with a flashlight many a night.

Comment by jenn aka the picky girl

I read every Nancy Drew mystery on the shelves of my fourth-grade classroom (cloth-covered hardbacks in those days!)…all the ones at the town library…I made my mother take me to the county library ten miles away to look for ones I hadn’t read (I kept a list!)…she even ordered a set of three out of the Sears Roebuck catalog – a shocking thing, no one else we knew ORDERED books! – because there would be no bookstores within a day’s drive of home until after I’d left for college. At that time, there were fewer than 100 books in the series – and I found ninety-some of them. I spent hours drawing plans for a house with real secret passageways. I wrote my own little imitative mysteries, starring ten-year-old girls who were just like…just like I WANTED to be (and not like I actually WAS). Bless Carolyn Keene and all of her ghostwriters!

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