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As I sit here writing this post I’m sort of puzzled. The prompt wants to know what was your favorite book as a child. Interestingly I can never remember my folks reading children’s books to me. What I remember them reading — my dad, that is — is H. G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Jules Verne. The Time Machine, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and, my favorite, Journey to the Center of the Earth. There was an assortment of Tarzan books in there, too. I think I must have skipped over the kids’ book section at the library completely and went right to science fantasy/fiction. I’m pretty sure I had a steady diet of adventure books since adventure is still one of my favorite genres (Clive Cussler, James Rollins). And I’m guessing that’s why I ended up wanting to be an archaeologist LONG before Indiana Jones put in an appearance. Other stories that fascinated me were of Atlantis and Pompeii.

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In the fourth or fifth grade I finally discovered girly books — sort of. I fell in love with a series of books by Julie Campbell (STILL adventure) about teenager Trixie Belden. Every other girl I knew was off sharing adventures with Nancy Drew, who just didn’t seem like a normal teen to me; after all, what teenager knows how to fly a plane? But Trixie was a normal teenage girl with three brothers, one of them her twin, and a best friend named Honey. AND — this is the interesting part for a hard core, serious minded kid — she had a boy friend named Jim. Boys! OMG! But more importantly she was a normal kid, always fighting with her brothers, always getting in trouble. I probably have almost every Trixie Belden book in our storage shed, even though after book six the authors changed to in-house writers at Western Publishing all using the pen name Kathrine Kenny. The Secret of the Mansion was the very first one.

In junior high school I began to find my way back to my roots when I discovered A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L. Engle (her husband, Hugh Franklin, played Dr. Charles Tyler on All My Children, for you soap fans out there). From there it was a short hop to Dune by Frank Herbert, when that book’s franchise was just in its infancy.

Indy hatSo the prompt wants to know if these books influenced the person I am now. Well YEAH! I have an insatiable curiosity and have always wanted to be a world traveler, to go to the British Isles (especially to see Stonehenge), the pyramids, and Jerusalem. I think that’s why I enjoy Badfish’s blogs so much! (Visit him at Badfish Out of Water.) And I’d be in my element on an expedition to find Atlantis!

I thought this was a great prompt. I loved Scott Summer’s poem Bedtime Stories (from Writing With Some Ink and a Hammer) which I reblogged. How about any of YOU guys who usually read my ramblings. What were some of YOUR favorite kids’ books?

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What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

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