Monday, July 21, 2014

Books and Childhood Memories Book Giveaway by Karen Rose Smith

What is your favorite childhood reading memory?

I was an only child and often spent time around adults more than kids.  I went to a Catholic school and no one else in my neighborhood did.  I had friends from my neighborhood and we were in and out of each other's houses throughout the summer.  But during the winter and school year, friends seemed out of reach until I was old enough to take a bus or a bike to meet school friends who were becoming my day to day allies and confidantes.

Since my mom was an elementary school teacher, books were a big part of our household.  Most weeks when we went to the grocery store, she would buy me a "Golden" book.  So I had a library early on.  What I remember most is settling in the corner of the sofa and devouring books over and over.  Once I started reading chapter books, I was hooked for life.

If I had to name the book that made the biggest impression, it would be ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.  Anne fascinated me as did the series.  I wanted to know what would happen next.  With that book, I learned about adapting to a new home, kindred spirit friendship and creating bonds to last a lifetime.

What book made the biggest impression on you?  Share in the comments below and earn a chance to win a print copy of the first romance in my SEARCH FOR LOVE series, NATHAN'S VOW.  Only readers over 18 in the US/Canada will be eligible.  Giveaway closes on July 25 at midnight EST.  IMPORTANT--Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. Good luck and happy reading!








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13 comments:

Dawn Frazier said...

Wow, there are so many, I don't know that I can choose. I started reading at four, and lived across the street from a library, so I had my nose in a book all the time. I would say some of my favorites as a child were the Little House on the Prairie series, the Beverly Cleary Ramona books, as well as Judy Blume. Just to name a few. :-)

Quilt Lady said...

With me it would have to be Gone With the Wind, because it was the book that really got me started reading in my teen years.

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girlygirlhoosier52 said...

I remember loving the Boxcar Children and the Bobbsey Twins.

Sue Farrell said...

I was a voracious reader when I was young. I think I almost read every book in our little library between my sixth and eighth grades. The ones that really impressed me were Exodus and Hawaii----so then I looked for all those long sagas to read for quite some time.
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Deb Forbes said...

I think the one book that made a difference would be Secret of the Old Clock or any Nancy Drew Mystery. When I was a teen it was Corrie TenBoom's book The Hiding Place.

Anonymous said...

I got my love of reading from when mom read to us before bed. Growing up I read the Bobbsey Twins, the Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. As I got older, I turned to the Little House Series (still have the books) and Anne of Green Gables. I always dreamed as Anne did, to meet the love of my life and a family. Unhappily that never happened to me. As an adult I read John Grishom and and the like. After 9/11 I wanted a lighter read, so turned to Debbie Macomber and others like her then I was introduced to cozy mysteries and the rest is history. Books, books everywhere and I wouldn't have it any other way
Becky Prazak

Sandra Bartles said...

The one that made the biggest impression on me was my first mystery book, the very first Trixie Belden book. My stepmother had gone out shopping and this is the first book I ever remember her buying for me. I can't remember the name of it now, but I would love to read it again!

pianogirl88 said...

From the time I was 5 years old until I finished HS, I lived about 40 miles from where I took piano lessons. The trip involved a ride on the ferry to cross the Hampton Roads Bay. My wonderful mother would take me out of school at noon on Mondays & Thursdays, have lunch waiting in the car, and then all was quiet so I was free to read. One of my "jobs" was to get to the school library for a few minutes on those days to pick out a book to take on my journey!

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Jill David said...

The story that made the most impact on my was The Upstairs Room bt Johanna Reiss. It is a book about the Holocaust. I had switch schools from a private school to a Catholic Schools my mom switch us because both schools were run by the Benidictine Nuns although these 2 schools were bitter rivals. To make a long story short I was put into a remedial reading class by my reading teacher. After my 1st remedial reading class the teacher called my mother and told her I was one of the best read students she had ever had. Needless to day my mom switch us to public school after I begged and begged to leave Saint Genevieve. After this my mom would go to library and have the librarian recommend books for me. I started helping in the school library in the 8th grade and continued through high school.

Anonymous said...

I do have many but the one I remember most was "Today was a terrible day" as seen thru the eyes of a child but then again tomorrow is a new day and I try to remind people even adults of that now.

Sharon McGregor said...

I loved all the L M Montgomery books, especially Pat of silver Bush and Mistress Pat.I don't think Lucy Maud ever wrote a book that didn't have a cat in it. I loved the mysteries too- Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, Ginny Gordon and I got hooked on the Perry Mason books very young as my mother read them.

Sharon McGregor said...

I loved the L M Montgomery books- I liked the Pat books as much as I did the Anne ones. Lucy Maud had a cat in every story.:)I also loved the mysteries-Nancy Drew, Ginny Gordon, Trixie Beldon. And of course the animal stories King of the Wind The Yearling, The Mystery Horse, Big Red, Laddie Come Home. Oh, I want to go back and read them all again now.

KRS said...

The winner of the print copy of Nathan's Vow is pianogirl88! Email coming. Congratulations!