What is your favorite childhood book? Your favorite adulthood book?

United States
April 17, 2008 4:24pm CST
My absolute favorite book from childhood is "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak!! Max is my hero!! I have read that book so many times, I can't even count, and I still have the copy my mom gave me for Christmas when I was 6. That said, my favorite book in adulthood is "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon. Nothing beats it. What are your picks??
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
17 Apr 08
I didn't read children's books until I was an adult, so I'm not sure I have any favorites there. I do like some of the teen-level fantasy authors like Tamora Pierce. I also really like "The Dark is Rising" series by Susan Cooper, but like I said, I didn't read them as a child. As a child, I read things like Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe... lots of horror. I also read a lot of the classics then. I would have to say my favorite book of all time is "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" by Richard Bach.
• United States
17 Apr 08
I like Tamora Pierce, too. My fave YA fantasy series woud have to be "His Dark Materials." Wow, you read Stephen King as a kid? I have yet to actually read a Stephen King book, despite having seeing every movie based on one! How crazy is that?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
18 Apr 08
*laughs* I was a weird kid. I have to get around to reading "His Dark Materials" one of these days, especially with all the controversy over it!
• United States
19 Apr 08
Oh! Scary Stories to tell in the Dark by Alvin Swhartz (Stephen Gammell, illustrator) had me soo scared but I could not stop reading those stories and the art was brilliant to me as a child and scary as ever at the same time. I saw the other day at Borders that they have a boxed set of them but I only read the first one because my older brother bought it and I snuck it our of his room to read it, I was probably in 6th grade.
@gurucoach (132)
17 Apr 08
I absolutely agree with 'Where the Wild Things Are', I did not have it when I was a child, my parents never got us books or read them to us, shame really. Thats probably why I have so many books now - thousands. I bought it for my children and they absolutely loved it and so did I. My children are all adults and i still have the book that I used to read to them! My favourite adult book has to be books , they are by Ayn Rand, The Fountain Head and Atlas Shrugged. One follows the other, a freind bought them for me about 25 years ago and they changed my life. I am still moved by both of them, if anyone wants to read them make sure you read The Fountain Head first. Great post
• United States
17 Apr 08
Oh wow, you have actually read "Atlas Shrugged"/"The Fountainhead"???? I like Ayn Rand, but those books are thicker than telephone books, and I just can never bring myself to spend the time to read through all of it. I got to chapter 5 of "Atlas Shrugged" and just gave up. I went to Barnes & Noble and bought it on audio, haha!
18 Apr 08
Hello Chelseagirl, yes I read them both and absolutely love them - I must say through at the time about 25 years ago , I was in the 'place' to get the messages and learning contained in those books. I can tell you that they made a huge impact on me and at the time I could'nt put them down. I really do think that they have to be read at the right time in your life! By the way are you in UK - just because you call yourself 'chelseagirl'?
• United States
19 Apr 08
I want so much to read Rand's books too, I have only read her nonfiction and I just always see the cover of Atlas Shrugged in the back of my mind reminding me I should read it, I hope they have it in Large Print though, I will have to find out about that. I just got one of Maragaret Atwoods books in large print because I really liked handsmaid tale and ran into another one. I am 26 but just finding out my eyes are not that great and when i read small print it all falls together, it has to be at least 14 font print but i still try small print (like james blish).
@nowment (1758)
• United States
17 Apr 08
My favorite when I was a kid would be toss up between Curious George, Horton Hears a Who and Morris the Moose series. I still love Morris the Moose Goes to School. I can even now still see images from the pages in my mind, see the place I lived in when I read it. Thanks for bringing back a strong happy memory. Now as then my favorite is hard to pin down to just one book. Anything by Peter David, that man has a wicked sense of humor, and a book that is part of the star trek series of books a book written many years ago by John M Ford called How Much For Just the Planet I laughed so hard that I actually couldn't read more than once I had to stop reading due to laughing so much. Though there are other authors and books that stand out, that I re-read, I do re-read that one whenever I need a good laugh. Or as I said anything by Peter David.
• United States
17 Apr 08
I love anything by Dr. Suess!!! I actually had a Curious George stuffed animal that I used to sleep with as a child. I've never heard of Morris the Moose, but since you've mentioned it, I will definitely check it out!
@nowment (1758)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Well I think there were only three, Morris the Moose, Morris the Moose Goes to School, and Morris and Boris go to the Circus by B. Wiseman
• United States
19 Apr 08
The only childrens book I remember from when I was really little is CORDUROY, and I just read it to my kids the other day for the first time and its strange because It wasnt all that interesting but some reason that is the one title that sticks in my head, it could of been the pictures of him in the dark and the big building. Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer are my all time favorites and I have read them over and over growing up. I think I related them the most because I grew up deep in the woods where we were allowed to roam free even as children. (Charlottes Web I did read over a couple times) As an adult, Wally Lamb's "I know This much is true"
• United States
19 Apr 08
I love Wally Lamb. I've read and re-read "She's Come Undone" half a dozen times!
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
19 Apr 08
My favorite book as a child was also, Where the Wild Things Are. As a teenager it was Mr. and Mrs. Bojo Jones. As an adult I would say any book in the Stephanie Plum number series, by Janet Evanovich.
• Philippines
18 Apr 08
My favorite childhood book? The encyclopedia. seriously... Nowadays, I prefer reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez books. My favorite, Hundred Years of Solitude.