Wednesday, May 20, 2015

You Are Ten Years Old


so what's the most likely book to be resting on your bedside table?

For me, it might be one of the BETSY-TACY  series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Or a book from the LITTLE HOUSE series. My reading was and is pretty conventional.

And you?

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Oh, and a few pieces of business. GOOD READS is giving away three copies of CONCRETE ANGEL. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/139271-concrete-angel. 
If you can put it on your books to read, that would be swell.

Also if I have not sent you whatever piece of writing I promised for my blog tour, let me know. Things got misplaced during the move and I might have missed you. Or if you want to host me and didn't answer my first cry for help, let me know. I still might have something to say about the book or the state of the world.

22 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I have the book on order and should have it in hand by the time we see you next month.

Jeff M.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Oops. Forgot to comment on the question at hand. Jackie says it was probably a Nancy Drew book. I was 10 when we went to see Ben-Hur with my class. Afterwards I bought the Lew Wallace novel and read it. Otherwise it was stuff like the Hardy Boys.

Jeff M.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Oops. Forgot to comment on the question at hand. Jackie says it was probably a Nancy Drew book. I was 10 when we went to see Ben-Hur with my class. Afterwards I bought the Lew Wallace novel and read it. Otherwise it was stuff like the Hardy Boys.

Jeff M.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I have the book on order and should have it in hand by the time we see you next month.

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Ben Hur, didn't even know it was a book first!

John said...

Turns out I was in 5th grade when I was 10 years old. I was still *very young* as I remember but starting to get interested in adult books and movies. Still I'd have to say that kids books were what mostly interested me until junior high school three years later. You'd probably find one of the Encyclopedia Brown or Three Investigators books or something on monster movies in my bedroom.

pattinase (abbott) said...

That would have been my son's reading material. As well as THE BIG BRAIN.

Walker Martin said...

At 10 years old I was obsessed by Edgar Rice Burroughs and his Tarzan and John Carter of Mars series. I remember this so vividly because I used to daydream about what books I would try to save if the house caught on fire.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I know I have said this before on here but it is one of the great regrets of my life that I allowed myself to neglect stories that allowed the imagination to soar and instead stuck with prosaic tales.

sandra seamans said...

At ten I would have been reading Walter Farley's Black Stallion series or one of Marguerite Henry's books. At that age it needed to have a horse in the story :)

Deb said...

It would probably be Enid Blyton--THE FANTASTIC FIVE. Within a year, all my tastes would change and I'd be reading adult books. I wouldn't get back to LITTLE HOUSE and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES for another 25 years.

Graham Powell said...

Probably one of the Three Investigators series, though I think I was still reading the Hardy Boys at that time, too.

TracyK said...

I don't remember what I was reading at that age. I remember that I started reading Rex Stout and Erle Stanley Gardner mysteries around 12 or 13, but nothing before that. I did read a lot though, not very athletic and very shy, stayed in a lot and read.

Jerry House said...

At ten it was the Hardy Boys. At eleven it was Erle Stanley Gardner. At twelve it was Robert Bloch. Two of the above I still read when I get the chance.

seana graham said...

I think at that age it was likely to be something like E. Nesbit or Edward Eager or the Borrowers, but we were also reading books like It's Like This, Cat and other animal stories that weren't fantasies. I think the public library made us fairly omniverous at that age.

Concrete Angel queued up on GoodReads.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I would certainly not be the reader I was or am without the public library. My family was far too poor to provide me with more than a few books a year. I suppose I could have used my school library but for some reason I never did.

seana graham said...

We also seemed to be able to buy a few through the Scholastic book club, which was apparently fairly cheap as my parents let us order a lot. The main book I remember was one of the first I chose which was about Abe Lincoln, and the main thing I remember is that he played a prank as a boy where he made it look like somebody had walked across the ceiling by putting paint on the bottom of some shoes and then tracking them across the ceiling.I remember this largely because of the illustrations. It's a nice commplement to the more familiar one of him walking miles to return someone's book to them. You like to think he had a little fun before he started taking on the fate of the nation.

R.K. Robinson said...

I think I was reading the books by Albert Payson Terhune. They were about Sunnybank Farm and the Collies he had, and the fiction was Lassie and other titles. I loved dog books then, but I also had discovered The Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Jr. Books, and the Chip Hilton books.

Barbara says for her it would have been Green Mansions.

The Passing Tramp said...

I loved the Little House books at that age. Also Rabbit Hill, The Phantom Tollbooth, A Wrinkle in Time--and Agatha Christie, of course!

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, my! I'd probably have had the Laura Ingalls Wilder set on my bedstand as well.

Dana King said...

Hard to say. That was a LONG time ago.

Leading candidates would be The hardy Boys, Chip Hilton, one of John R. Tunis's Brooklyn Dodgers books, THE CALL OF THE WILD, or TARZAN.

Charles Gramlich said...

For me it would likely have been a Black Stallion book by Walter Farley, a Dog book by Kjelgaard, or maybe a mystery in the three investigators series.