Friday OT - Where The Red Fern Grows

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  1. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Well-Known Member

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    I remember reading the Matt Christopher books and the Boxcar Children books. And the Beverly Clearly and Judy Bloom books.

    Don't remember anything about them, other than I really liked them.

    I also had this set of "Great Illustrated Classics" as a kid. They'd take a book like Robinson Crusoe, condense it into 200 pages, with a illustration on each page. I read almost all the "classics" in that format, which often times led me to reading the real book later in life.

    Found a link for them
    https://www.greatillustratedclassics.com/
     
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  2. BuffettClone

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    I know they have some of them at our library, but we also got a bunch of them on amazon when the kids got hooked so they could read them in order.
     
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  3. CloniesForLife

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    #63 CloniesForLife, Aug 16, 2019
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    Redwall Series, Harry Potter, Eragon, Chronicles of Narnia, Calvin and Hobbes, and Shel Silverstein.
     
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  4. FOREVERTRUE

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    Lord of the Rings books
    Dragonlance novels (mostly the ones by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis)
    Dragon Riders of Pern books (Anne McCaffrey)
    Watchers (Dean Koontz)
     
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    I am seriously angry with you right now.
     
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  6. VeloClone

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    I almost forgot in junior high I read the start of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. They are a good read if you like light-hearted fantasy and puns.

    I'm shocked to learn that Anthony has kept writing them and there are over 40 books in the series now.
     
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    VeloClone Well-Known Member

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    I forgot about those. I read those too.
     
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    Except for Lord of the Flies, I read all these in 7th and 8th grade. I also enjoyed 1984 and all books by Steinbeck, especially The Grapes of Wrath.
     
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    My mother got these for me one year and made me read a bunch of them over the summer. My grades were all A's except for my reading comprehension, which pretty much sucked. I read Moby ****, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, White Fang, Call of the Wild and Treasure Island.

    I've since gone back and read all the actual books, except David Copperfield. The shortened version bored the hell out of me.
     
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    Except Wrinkle in Time which was in 4th grade, that's about the same time I read those too.
     
  11. cmjh10

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    What can I say, I was at the age where reading wasnt what I wanted to be doing.
     
  12. cyhiphopp

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    Mia Malkova was what you wanted to be doing?

    One reason I'm mad is that my own son did pretty much the same thing. He gave up on book 7 after he saw the movie halfway through the book. :mad:
     
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    #73 Pokit N, Aug 16, 2019
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    When Chester the Cat and Harold the Dog tried to drive a stake through the heart of Bunnicula, but instead of a pointy piece of wood they were using an actual piece of beef, 6th grade me was cracking up! Thanks for bringing up that memory.

    I remember reading Bill Wallace books...

    Trapped in Death Cave
    Danger on Panther Peak
    Ferrets in the Bedrooms Lizards in the Fridge
    Beauty
     
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  14. CascadeClone

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    One of my kids got Eragon for Christmas or something, and I set to read this book which was so popular.

    It was one of the worst written things I ever read. It could have been written by an Excel macro, it was so trite, cliched, and hackneyed. Got about 3/4ths thru and just tossed it. Complete drek.

    Sorry, couldn't hold it in.
     
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    The Happy Hollisters!! My aunt gave me her old books when I was in first or second grade. And I loved them. I’ve even looked for copies now since I liked them so much.

    I read the babysitters club and Nancy drew as a kid. I didn’t get into sweet valley high. I also loved the little house books. And the Ramona books and the Judy Blume Fudge series.

    The Dollhouse Murders is a book that stuck with me.

    A friend and I were just talking about when the VC Andrews books made the rounds in middle school. Those books were so gross and twisted.
     
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    It really was terrible. Everything was derivative of previous fantasy fiction. I read it because my then brother in law was 10 and it was one of the few books that he really enjoyed.
    To make matters worse, the movie was worse than the book. I went to it with him. So, so bad.
     
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    Duh
     
  18. Ms3r4ISU

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    Wow, great thread! I’ll need to read through it all when I have computer and more time. A few of mine for now:
    Yes, Entropy, Little House series.Still haven’t read the “real” story Pioneer Girl I think it’s called.
    Also, early lists were Bobbsey Twins, Boxcar Children, and ones about individual kids by Lois somebody- Strawberry Girl was one of these.
    Anyone read Orson Scott Card’s Lost Boys? I loved that book. Happy, sad and unnerving all in one.

    Still at the state fair so book access is quite limited. I did just buy this from a vendor in Pioneer Hall. Couldn’t get it all to upload - it’s Farmer’s Bulletin No. 1932 from USDA. These old pieces are among my favorites. 2214A7FF-3313-49F8-9919-3F0106058308.jpeg
     
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  19. CloniesForLife

    CloniesForLife Well-Known Member

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    I read it when I was young and loved it. I can't say what I would feel about it now because I haven't read it since then.
     
  20. CloniesForLife

    CloniesForLife Well-Known Member

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    You had a 10 year old brother in law?!
     

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