I've decided to start a new feature called "What Books?" I have so many book memories from my childhood. Different books touched me in different ways and had came to me at important times. I plan on running this feature from time to time - maybe twice a month? - and feature books that I love(d) for different reasons.
Some topics I've thought of:
1. The first book that really turned you into a reader
2. Books you didn't like at first but now love
3. Favorite books you read in high school English
4. Favorite series from elementary school
Things like that.
Right now, a lot of the topics and books that come to mind feature books that I liked when I was in elementary and middle school more than books I liked in high school and later. So there might be more of a middle-grade focus.
Please feel free to contribute your own favorite books in the comments or post similarly on your blog and link to this. If people like this feature as it gets going, I think it might be a fun meme.
In honor of Halloween, I thought it's start out the feature with my favorite ghost and scary stories.
Betty Ren Wright
I read so many of Betty Ren Wright's ghost stories in elementary school. I've never been a big horror fan (I was too terrified to go on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland when I was 8), but these mildly scary ghost stories were always great fun. It's funny as I look at the summaries of these books that they sound completely unfamiliar to me even though I know I've read them. I guess the idea of them stuck with me more than the actual plots.
Hopping to middle school...
Fearstreet books - I'm not going to feature any specific books for this one, because I was looking at Goodreads, and I can't remember which ones I've read and which ones I haven't. Overall, I thought Christopher Pike was a step above R.L Stine, so those books have stayed with me more. But I enjoyed the Fear Street as good junk candy now and again.
What were your favorite ghost/scary stories when you were younger?