The Joy of Reading

We all those moments, right? When the muse packs up and goes on vacation! Well my muse went somewhere this week, lord knows where, and left me to struggle to come up with something to blog about. I agonized over topics trying to find something funny, clever, or sentimental to write about. Then while I was sitting in the dentist office this week, I picked up a little motivational book called The Check Book, 200 Ways to Balance Your Life, by Bret Nicholaus and Paul Lowrie.

One of the suggestions in the book really caught my attention: Reread a favorite book from childhood.

The first books that came to my mind were the Nancy Drew mysteries I read as a kid. It’s not an overstatement to say that I owned the entire series of girl detective stories written by Carolyn Keene. And even though it was such a disappointment to learn that they were all ghost written by various authors, I owe the fictitious Carolyn Keene a huge debt because I discovered the joy of reading thanks falling in love with Nancy Drew.

I think, as an author that would be the highest form of praise, to know that your books inspired the love of reading generation after generation.


10 thoughts on “The Joy of Reading

  1. Good post, Lynn! I grew up reading all the OZ books. When I played at my friend’s house, we had to be ‘quiet’ for two hours in the afternoon and OZ books were shoved in our hands! I also loved Mary Stewart’s books.

  2. Let’s see, I’ve never finished Little Women, never started the Little House books and didn’t care for the horse books.

    My favorites always had a bit of mystery thrown in — the Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, some Nancy Drew. She was just so prissy that I had trouble relating to her. LOL.

    I’m always amazed that no one seems to remember Trixie Belden but me. I LOVED that whole series with Trixie, Honey Wheeler and Jim Frame. (See — I haven’t read them in a hundred years but I still remember their names. I can’t remember the names of characters in books I WROTE last year.)

    • I shouldn’t have gotten too smug over remembering the names. After visiting, I found out Jim’s name was Frayne, not Frame. But I was close!

  3. Meg,

    Thanks for reminding me about the Oz books. I totally forgot about those. My mom bought me the whole set. Lord knows where they are now. I feel for you having to be quiet for two hours as a kid. I’m an adult and I can’t be quiet for two hours!

  4. Marilyn:

    I haven’t heard of the Trixie Belden books. Now you have me curious. I’ll have to google them. I’m like you, I like the books with a little mystery in them. I really love ghost stories. I’m so crazy for real ghost stories, I still get suckered into the old Scooby Doo cartoons!

  5. I read most of these books you all mentioned (except Trixie Belden?), but my favorite books were the young adult SF books by Robert Heinlein…THE STAR BEAST, PODKAYNE OF MARS, STAR TROOPERS, CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY. I still want a Lummie of mine own.

  6. Okay, so now I have more new books and new authors to check out. Robert Heinlein, huh? Barnes and Nobles is going to love me!

  7. OOH, ooh, ooh!! I read Trixie Belden! Also, Cherry Ames, Army Nurse. You can imagine why those ended up in my possession. My oldest sister became an Army nurse.

    Jackie and I must be two sides of the same coin. How about Have Spacesuit Will Travel? The first sci-fi where the hero was a kid like me. Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat was my turning point. I read that and wanted to write something that original and funny.

    • Sandee!! You’re the first person I’ve found among my much-read friends who’s even heard of Trixie!! Omg, I wanted to BE her, living an idyllic life in the country, solving mysteries here and there. She was the coolest of the cool for my ten-year-old self.

      I never read Cherry Ames, but from what I understand, the woman who created the Trixie series also created and/or wrote part of the Cherry Ames series.

      • Marilyn,

        That does not surprise me at all! The Trixie books were empowering and Cherry Ames was a professional woman example for a new generation of readers.

        Nice!! I’m glad I have risen in your estimation… LOL!! spw

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