By elysian fields on [Maybe] Good Books That Defined You

90% of my favorite books are from childhood, because reading fiction will never be as exciting as it was between the ages of 8 and 12. :/

Top contenders:
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy
Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman (Lena Dunham name-checked it in the NYT!)
Holes by Louis Sachar
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech

Nothing I've read as a teenager or adult even comes close.

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 9:47 am 4

By Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler on [Maybe] Good Books That Defined You

(First comment!)

I'm also in the children's book camp for the most part. Definitely A View from Saturday, From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, and A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Songs for Innocent and Experienced Travelers. (I didn't ever run away to the Met but I did join my high school quiz bowl team). In high school I Capture the Castle joined the list and at the moment I'm rereading Netherland by Joseph O'Neal for probably the fourth time. The writing is just so beautiful I can't keep it on the shelf.

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 9:33 am 12

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. . . right?

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This was so sad. <3 u Rosatie!

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