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Of course this is going to go in childhood favorites. This series has been a corner stone of my childhood- my brother and I used to play students at Hogwards on nearly a weekly basis. I even made small text books on the computer to print out so we could use them. I also joined several fansites online (such as MuggleNet), and always thought that if someone invested in an online Hogwarts, with real lessons and homework, it would be a hit. *writes down idea in money-making notebook*
This was my ver first book EVER. As my mum says, it stuck with me as I have the ability to count and have a love for dogs (and all animals). And as I like to point out, I'm very good at counting how many animals we have.....the power of books, ladies and gentlemen!
I haven't met a soul who hasn't read one of these books, or at least knows of them. These books were one of my favorites in 2nd and 3rd grade - I could read one in about an hour, the fastest out of my entire class! *puffs out chest proudly* But seriously, it was one of the best book series I read as a child, as it gave me a profound love of history and time travel.
Originally my brother's books, I began reading them while we lived in France, about 4th or 5th grade. The stories really are a bit of fun, but they were still a part of my childhood. Thus the reason we still have them.
Oh man, Heartland is certainly one of my favorite series of books ever. I began reading this in 3rd grade, and absolutely fell in love. I had just begun riding lessons at a local stables in France, and I was head over heels in love with horses. And for those tumblr folks out there, Amy and Ty were my very first ship. Also, this series introduced me to frustration, because I like to hold grudges, but Amy does not. Oh yea, its a TV show now in Canada. *squeals in delight*
By the same author--and Amy actually makes a cameo appearance in it, which is awesome!-- but more about girls my age. This got me stuck on the idea of wanting to go to boarding school, and all that. I think it was just as good as the Heartland series, if not better, which apparently is a pretty unpopular opinion.
This series was also incredible. If you can't tell already, I have a thing for series and for horse books. The Phantom Stallion Series is very different from the Heartland and Chestnut Hill series, if only because its on the other side of the country. However, it was wonderfully written and I still have the series in my closet.
We read this book in middle school, and I remember thinking about it long after the school day. So after about a week of reading it (and only being like 30 pages in, because it's middle school) I stole a copy from the classroom and took it home and finished reading it that night. I returned it the next day, and could barely keep my mouth shut about the ending. I still think about this novel often, and would like to go back and read it sometime, because you don't always grasp everything when you are, like, 12 years old.
When I read this, it was already a tad past my age range (I read it in 5th and 6th grade, when it was aimed more for mid-elementary school age) but it was stil adorable! I could knock one out in forty five minutes, which back then was the perfect length for me, as I had a bad habit of not putting a book down until I finished it. Also it was set in England, which pleased me greatly.
This bloody series, man. Messed with my head. I loved it of course, and I want to go back and read it, but man did it do a number on me. I'm convinced it gave me my weird love of death and near-peril experiences in books. The movie was pretty awesome too, though I still can't watch the scenes where the relatives die. (Oops spoilers)
What are some of your childhood favorites?