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    Default What Books Did You Enjoy Reading While a Pre-teen?

    I mean real books and not comic books. I read my share of the latter, for sure. I was a dinner table reader. The nice thing about comics is they would lie down flat on the table to give me some entertainment at meals.

    As for real books, my reading classmates and I thoroughly enjoyed the Three Investigators detective series, with Pete, Jupiter, and some other boy. I couldn't get enough of those books. Unfortunately, the ones I was missing were checked out of the library. These were somewhat spooky mystery stories, such as "The Mystery of the Screaming Clock," which kind of scared me at that young age, but the stories always ended with a natural explanation. Yes, that does sound like Scooby Doo and the mystery bus, only with more literary substance.

    I've never read a single Hardy Boys mystery. Those seemed to me more like the typical gift from a well-meaning Uncle which sat on the shelf and never got read.
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    I liked reading realistic fiction books on the lives of school girls like me. I loved The Baby-sitters Club, The Clique series, etc. I was also absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter series though! I would read literature analysis essays, fanfics, and I would scour forums and communities for interesting material about it.
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    Diary of Adrian Mole, Diary of Mr Bean, ghost stories and horror stories.

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    Loved the Diary of Adrian Mole! I read a lot of Babysitter's Club too, Aleda. I also loved Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown (those might've been a little earlier than preteen, can't remember for sure), and Choose Your Own Adventure books. I was also into ghost stories and mysteries/unexplained/paranormal stuff but not really other kinds of horror stories.

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    A lot of Stephen King (his books practically raised me, haha). Some Dickens, and old fairy tales laying around my grandparents' house (it's like an antique shop in there). C.S. Lewis' shit. I liked the 1st book in The Box Car Children series. Enjoyed Animorphs, too.
    I remember enjoying a book we had to read as an assignment in school, Hatchet. Read it over several times on my own.

    I also read my brother's comic books, mostly old Batman stuff.

    probably some other things too, but mostly Stephen King. I read some R.L. Stine, but obviously once you've sullied your psyche with King's material, 'horror for kids' is kind of a joke. Needless to say, the boogeyman had no effect on me after all that. I remember one of my teachers criticizing my mom for letting me read King's stuff, but I'm glad I wasn't sheltered, in that regard.

    My mom didn't really pay attention to what I was reading, she was just happy I was glued to a book instead of the TV set. For all her craziness, I'll give her this- she taught me to read when I was 3- I sort of attribute that early start to my ability to escape into books the way I do. It's like a film reel in my head. Blurry, dreamlike, but voices are present. Pretty cool.


    Oh! And I fucking LOVED the series, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.

    The art in it was wicked cool (actually, it still is).



    *edit* I forgot to add- I also occasionally liked reading the encyclopedia for fun. They were stored on the bookshelf in my room, so they were kinda calling to me when some random thing crossed my mind and I wanted to know how it worked.
    Pretty sure I learned about human reproduction that way.
    And through Stephen King books, of course.
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    Hmmmm, around that age was the Pokemon craze... it has all been overtaken by the Pokemon craze... and all I seem to remember the most is that damn Pokemon craze.

    Other than that.........

    My teacher did get the whole class into Harry Potter. She even bought the books for 5 students (including me) because we were such good students. So during the 5th grade, she read to the class the Sorcerer's Stone. In the 6th grade she (we had her again since we chose her to be our de facto teacher) read part of the Chamber of Secrets. Since I was given the book, I pretty much finished Chamber of Secrets myself. I think most people know about the popularity right now, so.

    Don't think I can forget Goosebumps either, there is a few interactive ones where I had to flip to certain pages based on where I wanted the main character to go...well... it was mildly interesting. There was a lot of Goosebumps because my older siblings had them when they were reading them.

    There was a collection of ghost stories I've also read. This one being the one I remember the most is that a person was looking for his stolen leg... because of it.. he kept haunting the place. I don't remember where the it came from, it might of came from a collection of ghost stories.

    Other than that, I read mostly (many times overlapping with other genre's) fantasy, adventure books, and sometimes horror.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    Oh! And I fucking LOVED the series, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.
    Ohhhh snaps, I think that was the book!!!!! I'm looking through it and the big toe sounds awfully familiar to the ghost story I am referring to.

    EDIT: Typos... was was....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Loved the Diary of Adrian Mole! I read a lot of Babysitter's Club too, Aleda. I also loved Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown (those might've been a little earlier than preteen, can't remember for sure), and Choose Your Own Adventure books. I was also into ghost stories and mysteries/unexplained/paranormal stuff but not really other kinds of horror stories.
    I read all those anthologies of cheapo paranormal/unexplained stories which were cheap paperback bargain books. I think Colin Wilson was the one who was produced most of them.

    The choose your own adventure books, including the fighting fantasy books by ian livingstone and steve jackson and all the spin offs, like the blood omen series, the classic monster series (frankenstein, dracula), I loved them and to be honest they had a lot to do with my becoming interested in reading and kicking off a whole process of becoming self taught through books. My favourites were Freeway Fighter, Demons of the Deep, Deathtrap Dungeon (everyone knows it), Firetop Mountain, the snow witch books (I knew she'd be a vampire or something) and finally Vault of the Vampire. I liked the trickster character in Blood Omen.

    Its hard to believe that those books were more popular than computer gaming at one stage and were only to disappear from view with the rise of consoles.

    The choose your own adventure ones I remember one in which you were trying to survive a mountain after an air crash and send help for your brother and another which was in a haunted western town which had lots of bloody knives and one scene in which a guy stabs an indian with a big bowie knife, although it sets it all up and its terrifying, or was at the age I was reading it, then says the character realises its not so scary because they are ghosts and they are just repeating a scene from the past but that scared me even more, freaking ghosts, man, freaking ghosts! There was one about a travelling freakshow in a fantasy backdrop and another one about robots.

    I read a magazine, commodore format, regularly and I still love when I find UK publishers who copy some of the style or tricks of their reviews, its such a nostalgia trip.

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    I just read Terry Pratchett, still do in fact, Terry Deary of Horrible Histories fame, bit of Enid Blighton and occasionally the Goosebumps series, but that wasn't a favourite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I read a magazine, commodore format, regularly and I still love when I find UK publishers who copy some of the style or tricks of their reviews, its such a nostalgia trip.
    We had a Commodore and subscribed to a magazine called Loadstar which was so freaking exciting to get every month. I have never had as much fun with a computer as I had reading and playing with Loadstar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I read a magazine, commodore format, regularly and I still love when I find UK publishers who copy some of the style or tricks of their reviews, its such a nostalgia trip.
    We had a Commodore and subscribed to a magazine called Loadstar which was so freaking exciting to get every month. I have never had as much fun with a computer as I had reading and playing with Loadstar.

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