What Book Reminds You of Your Youth?

On this day in 1951, Catcher in the Rye—a novel that many may have read in high school—was published. What book reminds you of your youth? Is it a timeless classic you couldn’t put down, a dreaded reading assignment or even a childhood fairy tale? Share memories of the book that reminds you most of your youth in today’s Throwback Thursday.

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Nancy Gallagher November 25, 2015 at 9:26 am

Black Beauty, Charlotte's Web, and every Nancy Drew book


Susan July 24, 2015 at 8:24 am

Where The Wild Things Are


Bonnie C July 23, 2015 at 9:52 am

I was an avid reader and still remember reading "The Wizard Of Oz" and "Alice In Wonderland" when I was only 6 years old. I now have a library of a couple of hundred books, and am working to re-read them all & pass on all but a few very cherished volumes. -- Some that stand out are the Tolkien trilogy, and the "Narnia Chronicles" (Chronicles of Narnia?). I hope to encourage the same love of reading in my granddaughters.


Mary Battle July 22, 2015 at 8:16 am

So many good ones - reading the list gave me chills. Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time and Little Women are definitely on my list. Also, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and just about anything by Beverly Cleary.


Diana July 22, 2015 at 7:38 am

When I was young, our mother was a single parent who worked, we didn't have any expendable cash (5 cents a day for ice cream was our only treat!). My sister and I were voracious readers,(just about our only form of entertainment) and we walked 6 blocks to the Pratt library and back every other day, taking out the maximum number books at each visit (I think 3). The books that meant the most to me were the 3-4 books we each got as Christmas gifts, which were finished in a day or two -- the usual Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, and classics like Little Women and Five Little Peppers books. My favorites of all time were "Eight Cousins" and "Rose in Bloom", which I read many times, even into my mid-teens. I still have those copies somewhere. I think that really is where my 'historical romance addiction' started!


Abbey Pulcinella July 17, 2015 at 9:54 am

So many good ones! All of the Nancy Drew books (which I still have), Harriet the Spy, the Babysitters Club series, Sweet Valley High, and the Judy Bloom books, esp. "Are You There God? It's Me Margaret." I also loved a Wrinkle in Time.


Chronicles of Narnia July 17, 2015 at 8:25 am

Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe


Donna July 16, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein.


Alexandrea July 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Anne of Green Gables, Ferdinand the Bull, Nancy Drew, and Goosebumps.


Patti July 16, 2015 at 11:53 am

Harold and the Purple Crayon


Christina Lombardi July 16, 2015 at 11:19 am

Ramona the Pest!


Elaine July 16, 2015 at 10:51 am

Tortilla Flats


Michelle July 16, 2015 at 10:39 am

Not from my childhood, but one that I taught to young readers: A Separate Peace by John Knowles.
One that I recently read that could have been about my education: A Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam. (Sorry, couldn't figure out how to underline!)


Adair July 16, 2015 at 10:23 am

Trixie Belden! My sister had them all and let me read them.


Sharon Piper July 16, 2015 at 9:58 am

I read a lot. My favorite from the fourth grade was Island of the Blue Dolphins. All time favorite was Little Women, which I read many times.


Ginny July 16, 2015 at 9:53 am

All the Nancy Drew books! I couldn't wait for the new one to come out!


Sharon Hodge July 16, 2015 at 9:28 am

when I was a pre-teen, i discovered BABAR. while I recognized it as a child's book, I was fascinated by the adventures of this elephant kingdom. it helped to form for me the knowledge that my world was not limited to the mountains of southeast Kentucky and its coal mines. I have never forgotten these stories and treasure the memories. I introduced my children and grandchildren to these books and hope they remember them as I do


Heather July 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

Dragon Riders of Pern and any Judy Bloome books


Teresa July 16, 2015 at 9:02 am

Charlotte's Web


VICKI July 16, 2015 at 8:40 am



Elizabeth Rodriguez July 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

I'm an avid reader so I can name quite a few, but I think that other than fairy tales, I remember Little Women the best.


lucille July 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

Of Mice and Men


Challis Ireland July 16, 2015 at 8:21 am

Sleeping Beauty - it was a wonderful book that I read over and over


Laura July 16, 2015 at 8:05 am

All the Nancy Drew books


Gabi July 16, 2015 at 7:53 am



James A. Fischer, MSN, RN-BC July 16, 2015 at 7:48 am

The Hobbit


Amy July 16, 2015 at 7:30 am

The Outsiders


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