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Thank you for including Tuck Everlasting. I will say that I am olde...a leftover hippie aka top edge of the Baby many of the books came out after I was no longer a child. Well, who am I kidding? I NEVER grew up and YA books appeal to me much more the gratuitous sex and violence that make up the books today with a thin story thrown in around it.
My mother thought reading was only for learning. When she discovered I could read at the age of 3 she said, "Here. Don't ever ask me to read The Princess and the Pea again!" (She did know there was something wrong with my reading and made flash cards for: the, and, or, if, as, a...etc. and made me memorize them. Later it would be determined I had dyslexia, but I was in my 40s.)
Nothing could stop me from reading. She wouldn't let father read anything but the newspaper and the Bible. However, I fit in his chair when I was still 12 and he read books to me. Our favorite was The Secret Garden. One day she got sick of hearing the nonsense and put a stop to it.
She and my 14 years older sister could NOT put a stop to my reading! If I bought a book, she would rummage through my bedroom and throw it out. Hello, library!
In the 70s, with mother long gone, I read the Judy Blume, Bruce and Carole Hart and SE Hinton books. In my teens I did gobble up the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries (which I had to buy and hide really well because the librarian said they were too stupid to be in the library).
Finally, as a senior, everyone in the family is dead but me and, boy, do I have books!
Thanks for the article, I'll read the ones I haven't and reread the ones I have from your list. And, yes, I loved the Harry Potter and Maximillian Ride series among others!


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