Remembering Childhood Reads
Have you ever been going about your daily life and all of a sudden you remember something from your childhood? Maybe you smell a certain smell, visit a certain place, or run into a certain person – but whatever it is that sparks the remembrance, your brain is all of a sudden flooded with details? Recently, this has been happening to me a lot with books, and it’s AWESOME!
Though I can’t always pinpoint what sparks the memories for me, I’m having so much fun remembering the books I read when I was younger. The Secret Life of Dilly McBean was one of my all-time favorites. I remember being in my local library browsing the shelves when I stumbled across this story. Though I don’t remember how old I was at the time, I know that I found the length of this book extremely daunting. I had never read a book even close to this size, but I completely devoured it, reading it twice before I had to return it.
The Protector of the Small series was also one that I remembered recently. Just like Dilly McBean, this is another one I devoured over and over again. As a kid, I was pretty content with stories that I liked. While there are few books now that I would be willing to re-read, that seems to be all that I did as a child. I liked what I liked and I stuck to it!
I’ve also come to realize that I was a big fan of series’. While this is still somewhat true, I now find that I prefer a series that has 3-4 books, unlike Sweep and Daughters of the Moon, which I suppose should get serious kudos and recognition for keeping me entertained through 13+ books!
While it’s always fun to reminisce and look up old books that I’ve read, I recently had a – situation – where I may have gone a bit overboard with the reminiscing. It all started when I decided to take a mental health day from work to visit a handful of used bookstores in my area. Visiting them had been on my to do list for quite some time, but my hectic work schedule and, well, life in general, just seemed to be getting in the way. So after a particularly grueling few weeks at work, I decided to reward myself with an adult field trip!
Wearing my most comfortable shoes and equipped with a few tote bags and a large mug of coffee, I set out on my adventure. The first store I went to had a relatively small young adult section, which I flew through quickly. Not wanting to rush, I scanned the entire section a second time, and then decided to venture off to browse the fiction section to see if anything peaked my interest. On my way down the aisle I passed the Children’s section, and a thin, pink book caught my eye – Cupid Doesn’t Flip Hamburgers. HOLY CRAP. I felt like Wile E. Coyote, I skidded to a stop like I had hit a brick wall. THE ADVENTURES OF THE BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS!
I had totally forgotten about the shenanigans of the Bailey School Kids until that very moment. I dropped my tote, set down my mug, pulled out the book, and scanned the pages with a huge smile on my face. Looking back at the shelf, I saw that the store had a few others from the series. This was the first time I was actually seeing a book that I had loved as a child. Checking out the price tag for each ($1.50 and $2.00, so cheap!), I made the decision that this was a series that I needed to own. I quickly threw them all into my tote bag, checked out, and thus began my hunt to find the entire series.
Each store that I visited that day, I made a special stop in the Children’s section to see what Bailey School books I could pick up to add to my new collection. Since then, I have successfully gotten my hands on a used copy of (most from bookstores, though a few that I really struggled to find were purchased online) each book in the series, including the Super Specials!
Sure, I do realize that it may have been a little silly and impulsive of me to scour used bookstores for a series of books targeted for elementary school kids, but I’ll (hopefully) have my own children that I can pass them to one day. For now, they’ll sit proudly on my bookshelves as a tribute to a really great series that helped me fall in love with reading!