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The 101 Books Blogoversary Book Giveaway!

Today, 101 Books is two years old.

In human years, 101 Books is still wearing diapers, speaking in single syllables, and known to cry suddenly and often when it doesn’t get its way. At least it’s walking though.

And, in reality, I think that’s kind of where the blog is at these days. It’s walking. I’ve got a nice pace, decent balance, and some direction on it. I’m sure it could walk faster and be a little more coordinated, but maybe that will come.

By the numbers, I’ve made 427 posts and you’ve made 8,021 comments. The subscriber count is up over 6,000 now, which just boggles my mind. I had no idea this would happen when I wrote the first post on August 30, 2010. Crazy.

But if I’ve only written 427 and you’ve made 8,021 comments, that means you’re doing a lot more work than me. So thank you.

And that’s why I want to return the favor today. It’s just a small way of saying thanks.

I’ve done this several times before, so many of you may know the drill. Today, I’m giving away brand-new copies of two books from the first 47 I’ve read to this point.

So two people will win a free book. To enter today’s giveaway, all you have to do is answer this question in the comments:

What was your favorite book as a kid?Β 

I’ll start. I loved The Hardy Boys and The Boxcar Children series. Man, I read those books all the time.

So that’s it. Just answer that question in the comments by 6 a.m tomorrow morning (U.S. Central Time), and I’ll randomly select two winners and announce them on the blog tomorrow. Fair enough?

It’s pretty easy, and shipping cost is on me.

What was your favorite book as a kid?

Go!

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  1. 1) Happy Blogoversery!

    2) I think you do a great job replying to comments, so a lot of those 8,000+ have to be from you!

    3) I LOVED the Boxcar Children series – I never read The Hardy Boys (or Bobbsey Twins or Nancy Drew) even though I’m fairly certain between my parents they had ALL of them! I keep wanting to go back and re-read the Boxcar Children, especially those first 12 or so, but I gave my collection away a long time ago and never should have. The one book, however, that I kept from my ‘childhood’/adolescence is The Only Alien on the Planet it’s kind of dark and disturbing but for some reason I loved it.

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  2. Tyler Prendergast #

    When I was really little, my favorite book was called “So Hungry” — it was the picture-book story of two anthropomorphic lions, a brother and sister, who were ravenously hungry, and so (despite what you might have assumed, seeing that they were lions) they each set out to prepare the greatest sandwich ever created, insisting with every added bit of meat, cheese, lettuce, or condiment that their own sandwich was far superior to the one being crafted by their sibling.

    It was a silly little book, but I loved it, and I still have it, sitting in prime position on my “read” shelf.

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  3. motherhoodandmiscellany #

    The Anne of Green Gables series, Little House on the Prairie series, and Little Women. Oh, and Nancy Drew. Congratulations on two years and a wonderful blog!

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  4. Randall Spence #

    My favorite book as a child was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I liked it so well, in fact, I read it about 11 times through the years. I still want to be Huck Finn with my friend Jim floating lazily down the Mississippi. Good memories…good times.

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  5. Ryan #

    I never really enjoyed that much reading when I was younger but I did like the Goosebumps series (R.L. Stine). I probably read about 10 or so of those; I think I bought one at every book fair we had. I also owned about the entire series of Boxcar Children, which were ok to me. I just wasn’t crazy about them.

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  6. Congratulations on your blogoversary! I agree with Geoff W – you do a good job of interacting with your commenters.
    I had two favorite books when I was a kid: Where the Red Fern Grows and Bridge to Terabithia. I think they’re both sad enough to make the list.

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  7. Happy birthday, and congrats.
    As a young teen I adored Jill’s Gymkhana by Ruby Ferguson (and all the Jill series – wonderful for pony girls). I also liked the classic Heidi. I think it’s interesting – as the paralympics 2012 begin in London where I live – how both these books have v forceful 2dry characters who suffer all the same human struggles as any other character and find ways to do what they want despite their disability. Nicola

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  8. Congratulations! Those are some pretty impressive numbers. It is comforting to me, as a bit of a book snob, that there are so many people out there who love reading ‘great’ literature.

    As a elementary school child, I did love the Boxcar Children as well. The other book I loved was a kid version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Does that make me sound creepy? I hope not.

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  9. Kathryn Frances #

    I loved “There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom”. It really kick-started my devotion to reading in the fourth grade.

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  10. Andy G #

    1) Congratulations.
    2) I read the Animorphs series for years. I read them for years, and I still smile when I remember how they set my imagination on fire.

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  11. Trixie Belden and I also loved the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew

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  12. Megan #

    Congrats on two years! This is my first comment, but I’ve been reading and enjoying your blog for quite some time!
    My favorite book as a child was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. I also really liked the Chronicles of Narnia.

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  13. Happy blogoversary! My daughter’s eighth birthday happens to be today! Anyway, my favorite books as a child were the Nancy Drew series.

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  14. Happy 2nd Blogoversary!! (Two exclamation points for 2 years).

    My favorite books as a kid were the Nancy Drew series, The Secret Garden, and A Little Princess. I borrowed the Nancy Drew books from our school library and always returned them late because I would read them twice! Same with TSG and ALP. I couldn’t get enough of them back then.

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  15. Lucille #

    Very happy blogoversary, and many more! After you finish the 101 books, maybe a new list?

    Even though I always had a stack of library books at home, my favorite book was any volume of an ancient set of encyclopedias given to me and my little brother by a distant relative. They were the Book of Knowledge set, published in Canada and I believe they were from the 1920s..

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  16. The Chronicles of Narnia!

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  17. Jessica #

    Congratulations on the anniversary!
    My favorite book when I was young was The Wreck of the Zephyr by Chris Van Allsburg. My mother read to us after lunch every day but this one remains a favorite. Just thinking about it makes me feel like a kid again. Thanks!

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  18. Happy Anniversary to your blog. My favorite childhood book was Journey to an 800 Number by E.L. Konigsburg (of Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler fame). Odd book about a boy and his camel driving father!

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  19. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. Thanks and keep it up.

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    August 30, 2012
  20. Congrats on a great achievement. For me it was also The Hardy Boys… read them all!! Loved them.

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  21. bba #

    Any title from the choose your own adventure series.

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  22. I was addicted to the Babysitter’s Club books as a kid!

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  23. Tom Galligan #

    Happy Anniversary! That is quite an accomplishment. I have mixed feelings between jealousy and envy of you not only attempting this feat of reading the 101 but also to blog about it. Kudos. My favorite books as a kid were dog books and my favorite of those was Lad; A dog by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Amazing Book.

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  24. I read a lot of Babysitters Club as a kid, though I don’t think I want to officially make that my favorite. I have find memories of my grandma reading “Mitch & Amy” by Judy Blume to my when I was a kid and I am looking forward to reading it to my own two-year-old one day when he gets older.

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  25. The fact that you have kept up your blog consistently for two years is remarkable and exciting! Thanks for all your thoughtful book discussions, and congratulations on two years! I probably read all 120+ Babysitters Club books, which I ate up and loved. But I also loved the Little House books and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Since it isn’t part of a series, I think Number the Stars was my favorite.

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  26. Happy Anniversary/Birthday!

    – The Man Who Walked Through Time by Colin Fletcher. Really hooked my love for the beauty of the backcountry.

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  27. ecg #

    I loved (and still love) The Westing Game and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler – adventure and intrigue! Happy anniversary!

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  28. David Kazzie #

    A wrinkle in time

    Congrats on 2 great years!

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  29. Patrice #

    My favorite book as a kid was “Up a Road Slowly” by Irene Hunt. I read it in 5th grade during a school unit on Newbery Winners. That’s when my love of reading exploded. But when you mentioned the Boxcar Children, I just sighed. I loved that series. My grandparents somehow knew the author and had a signed copy of the 1st book. I still treasure that.

    I soooo look forward to all your posts. It’ll be kinda disappointing when you finish.

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  30. LKD #

    My favourite book as a kid was Harriet The Spy. Congratulations on two years. Keep going!

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  31. Kellee H #

    I was a big fan of The Babysitters Club books, The Secret Garden, and I loved Where the Red Fern Grows (and still do).

    Happy Anniversary, 101Books!

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  32. Happy 2nd year anniversary on your blog! I loved the Nancy Drew book series. I think I read every single one of those books. I was so bummed that my mom gave them all away once I’d “gotten too old for them!”

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  33. Happy Anniversary! Keep up the reading and writing. My favorite book was either a Wrinkle in Time or From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

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  34. Happy Anniversary! Your reviews are really helpful for my reading.
    Definitely Anne of the Green Gables (not its sequels). I’ve read it over twenty times as a child. Anne was the very character who describes me. πŸ˜‰

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  35. TeTess #

    Congrats! You’ve kept it very interesting. I look forward to your blog each day.

    My favorites were Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, the Bobsey Twins and The Hardy Boys. Precursors to the adult mystery genre later to bloom in my teens. Also loved Alice in Wonderland.

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  36. Congratulations. As a youngster, I discovered the whole series of Wizard of Oz books by L. Frank Baum and his literary successors. I really enjoyed the creation of this entire fantasy world, complete with maps, and distinctive creatures and characters a reader encountered in each part of this country. Of course, this all prepped me well for The Song of Ice and Fire and the Magician series as an adult.

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  37. there were so many books that i loved! one that is coming to mind is “island of the blue dolphins.”

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    • Yes! Island of the blue dolphins was so good. Thanks for jogging my memory about that one ;D

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  38. Every year is a milestone in blogging, I think. Congrats, Robert!

    My favorite book as a little kid was Robert the Rose Horse because Robert had allergies like me.

    As a teen, my favorite books were fantasy–I would say the LotR series and The Belgariad series (that one is by David Eddings).

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    • Oh! And in between, I loved The Little House on the Prairie. I could read those over and over.

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  39. lauratfrey #

    I loved the Redwall series of books. Congratulations on reaching the terrible twos!

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  40. My Holly Hobby Autograph Book. If that counts? I have it right in front of me now. Inside are the little funny notes to me from my best pals and family members. By hook or by crook I want to win a book. Ha! Have a great 2nd B Day πŸ˜‰

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  41. Evan #

    My favorite book as a kid was, hands down, The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. I loved all of Dahl’s stuff, but this one really stood out to me. I loved the idea of an underground village like the one that animal’s had built.

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  42. Carey #

    Happy Anniversary! πŸ™‚ My favorite books were the Little House series. I even “changed” my middle name to Laura for 4th grade!

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  43. Meredith #

    My favorite books were the Vesper Holly books by Lloyd Alexander. I think I liked the Illyria Adventure best? Or the Philadelphia Adventure. Whatever, they were all amazing. Vesper Holly is still my literary hero. She’s so much cooler than I am!

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  44. Kathy #

    Happy blogoversary!

    My faves were Charlotte’s Web and Nancy Drew series …. still love them!

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  45. Congrats on two years. My faves were definitely:

    “Mrs. Frisby and the rats of NIMH”
    “Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry”.
    “From the mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”.

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  46. For me it had to be Nancy Drew. A friend of the family gave me a set of about 6 or 8 of them and I loved them so much I read them over and over again.
    Happy Blogaversary! Your numbers are to be envied but certainly justified.

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  47. Ramona the Pest, absolutely. I know it’s not a classic or anything (whatever that means), but it was one of the books that made me fall in love with writing and reading. I am a big fan of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, too, and, of course, The Anne of Green Gables series. Everything I know about love (for good or bad) I learned from Anne and Gilbert. Shameful, really.

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  48. Allison #

    A favorite book of mine was Henry Reed, Inc! It’s about the (mis) adventures of a boy figuring out ways to make money through the summer. So fun!

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  49. Barbara #

    My favorites were any of the Nancy Drew stories or the Bobbsey Twins stories, especially the one about the shipwreck, which I think every time I’m at the coast!

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  50. It was definitely a quite unknown series called Heartland – “Healing Horses, Healing Hearts” was the tagline. I was going through a horse faze and loved every second of that series. It is now a Canadian TV show, which I am thoroughly addicted to! πŸ˜‰

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! πŸ˜€

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  51. Nel #

    The Chronicles of Narnia series. I read the covers off those books.

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  52. Jason #

    Happy 2nd Blogoversary! I used to (and still do!) love reading all of the John Bellairs youth mystery/horror books, such as “The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn”. Something about the style of writing and especially the illustrations really captivated me and set my imagination running free. I was also quite partial to the entire Chronicles of Narnia, especially “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.

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  53. I’m right there with Nel. I can still recall the fascinating imagery that came to my still-forming mind when I first read, and then re-read, and then re-re-read The Chronicles of Narnia. A close second may have been the Encyclopedia Brown books (may Sobol rest in peace).

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  54. Sam Philliber #

    Congrats Rob! My favorite books as a kid (which was only a few years back) would definitely be the Harry Potter series.

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  55. Dominick Sabalos #

    Matilda, by Roald Dahl. Along with a certain passage in The Carpet People (by Terry Pratchett), it baked into me early the idea that reading/writing = magic.

    Congratulations on keeping going.

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  56. Erik S. #

    I loved The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and was so excited to pass it on to my own kids.
    I also loved Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol (author of Encyclopedia Brown).

    It was so great to read your first blog post; thanks for linking to it in this one. I have been following you for a while and never understood why 1923 was the cut-off date. Makes sense now!

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  57. liamodell1 #

    Happy Birthday to your blog!

    As a kid my favourite book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and all the other books Roald Dahl wrote.

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  58. I LOVED reading “Little Women” and the Bobbsey Twins series (Flossie and I share a hair challenge – lots and lots of curls). I read “Little Women” many times, my copy no longer has a cover and many of the pages are falling out (I still have the one I read from my childhood – can’t throw out books…). I own a first-edition set of the Bobbsey Twins series and I still enjoy taking down a volume every once in awhile to check on those kids.

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  59. Congratulations. Your blog has been an inspiration for my reading blog “King Reads King”.

    Okay, so my favorite book depends on how old I was. The first book I remember loving was “How to be a Grouch” by Oscar the Grouch. When I started reading more complex prose, I enjoyed The Great Brain books by John D. Fitzgerald.

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  60. Reed #

    The Giver by Lois Lowry, it was the first novel I ever read in full.

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  61. Mary Gen #

    This is a hard question to answer because my favorite books have changed so often. My all time childhood favorites were Little Women, all of the Nancy Drews, The Harry Potter Series, The Hobbit, and To Kill a Mockingbird. When I was really little I like the Junie B. Jones series even though my mom made me correct the grammar as I read.

    Happy Blogoversary! I’ve started reading this blog this summer and it inspired me to spend my summer reading Infinite Jest, Grapes of Wrath, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Catch-22 among others! So thanks for saving me from a summer of boredom πŸ™‚

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  62. Justin #

    Oh wow, so many to choose from. But, I have to say that my favorite book from my childhood was the Hobbit, follow by Redwall, not sure why but crazy fantasy novels really did it for me then! Congrats on the Blogaversary!

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  63. Love your blog and to answer your question I would say anything by Judy Bloom and then Hardy Boys were also favorites of mine.

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  64. Jennifer Sheets #

    My favorite book in elementary school was “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”. After reading that I wanted so badly to get locked in a museum overnight. I think I still do.

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  65. Megan #

    I loved Lois Lowry’s “Number the Stars” and all the Babysitter’s Club books!

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  66. First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY 101 BOOKS!! I love scrolling through this blog in my spare time. It makes me laugh and think so much. I really hope that even when you finish the list, you can keep on blogging about books that you’ve read.

    Next to the question. When I was a kid, my favorite books were probably be the Harry Potter series, although I remember so many other classics, like Peter Rabbit and Where the Wild Things Are and the Magic Tree House Series and all the fairy tales my mom read to me when I was tiny.
    But Harry was different. I basically grew up with him. That’s a memory a lot of kids in my generation share I think. I remember myself finishing the whole series and going back to the first book the next day. I would just randomly pick up one from the seven whenever i had a chance (like rainy weekend, or a sick day, or when I’m feeling bored) and just read. My mom hated those days because she had to practically walk up to me and drag me to the dinner table so I could eat. I loved them so much and to this day, when i read something and it doesn’t give me that WHOA feeling like when i first picked up the HP books, I won’t consider it a great book.
    PS: so guess how excited I was when I saw JK Rowling and that 40 ft tall Voldemort in the Olympic Opening Ceremonies this summer. Hint: I was squealing and screaming my mom had to turn up the volume of the TV to drown me out.

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  67. Happy Blogoversary! I would have to say my favorite books when I was a kid were The Animal Ark series and The Boxcar Children. I also had an obsession with wolves for some reason, so I loved Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Julie of the Wolves.

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  68. Happy blogsirthday, It was What Katie did, What Katie did next, Little Women and Little Men, I was not allowed books at home until I was 11 so these are the ones I remember the most.

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  69. jake #

    My favorite books were the Captain Underpants series. I couldn’t get enough of Professor Poopypants and Dr. Diaper and all of the evil toilets. Hilarious books!!!

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  70. Happy Birthday to 101 Books!

    My favorite book as a kid is Children Around the World. It is a collection of short stories about children dealing with middle-grade issues (like taking care of your younger siblings, being honest, listening to your parents, etc). In each story, we get to see the culture and traditions of each country where the story is set. Unfortunately, I lost my copy of it. πŸ™‚

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  71. Happy blogoversary!
    Throughout the later years of elementary school and even continuing on into middle school I loved the “Royal Diaries Series”. They were a nice reminder that even royalty were once teenagers and in some ways faced the same troubles as kids today. And even though the stories in them weren’t necessarily historically true the fact that there were tidbits of historic information in them was a nice way to learn something new in a more interesting way. In fact, in the back they had family trees, random facts and even pictures. Actually, I credit this series for making me fall in love with history! Wow I miss those books!

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  72. Happy Blogoversary!! It’s hard to choose just one childhood favorite, but I loved Judy Blume books, The Secret Garden, Nancy Drew, and Little Women. I haven’t read The Boxcar Children – sounds like I was missing out! Thanks for the generous giveaway πŸ™‚

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  73. alexandraczarina #

    Congratulations on your blogoversary! Well, you’re one of the few two years olds that doesn’t drive me nuts. I’d like to think Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Judy Blume books were my favorite. But they’re just not. I haven’t read a Judy Blume ever and my favorites are the Captain Underpants, The Leipzig Vampire, Choose Your Own Adventure books and some local satirical books inappropriate at my age then.

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  74. I missed it but still wanted to jump on and wish you a very happy blogiversary

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  75. Since I’m prone to over analyze here goes…
    I’m still a kid at 36 so I suppose it’s kind of hard to pin down a favorite.
    Favorite Books they read to me: Mother Goose, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Captains Courageous

    Favorite Books I read in elementary school: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, anything by Roald Dahl, the Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (it was my Dad’s book and what I loved was there were these little vignettes between the stories. I was in sixth or seventh grade when I started these and it made me feel good to dive into that grown up world.)

    Favorite Books in High School: The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker. I read several of Barker’s short stories and novels and have come to realize that it opened a door that would have been better left closed and therefore would probably never revisit those stories. I will however give Mr. Barker props for inspiring the writer in me.

    Favorite books as an adult kid: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, Wise Blood, The Violent Bear it Away-and the short stories of Flannery O’Connor. A Wrinkle in Time, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men…

    I love books. I love them so much that when I went crazy and bolted out of a rehab in New Jersey I ended up dumping a bag of clothes and other necessary items into a trash bin in New York City but continued to lug around a bag of books.

    I hope I win…I hope I get a brand new book in the mail soon…I hope I stay on this path and don’t end up sleeping on the streets of New York City again…the joys of homelessness are over rated.

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  76. Rebekah Edmondson #

    I loved everything by Judy Blume and I also loved French Fry Forgiveness!

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