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10 April 2011 @ 03:20 pm
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IT'S SUNDAY!!!!!


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Our next book discussion post will be Wednesday, April 13.
(Are you halfway done with The Age of Innocence?)


As a discussion question: what childhood authors influenced you the most? Which books bring back vivid memories of childhood? Which books did you read again and again when you were younger?
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dillpickle: Parks and Rec WAFFLEpoppypickle on April 10th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Your new Parks & Rec icons are AMAZING.

Also, I was just reading the latest EW and there was an elaborate Royal Wedding Bingo spread filled with jaunty quips about hats and Princess Diana. I WILL GIVE YOU ONE GUESS WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SAID ARTICLE.

Nichothodes Koryfoides: parks & rec | and?placebetween on April 10th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHA. At least if I am being thrown over, I can take refuge in the fact that it is for royal bingo. And look at who is now in actual print!
dillpickle: Parks and Rec WAFFLEpoppypickle on April 10th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he's all up in that printed biatch these days. last night I was reading an issue from a few weeks ago and I was like who could possibly be using the world 'treacle' with such reckless abandon and it was him AGAIN.

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La femme cachée: dickon & mary lovela_faerie on April 10th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Since you mentioned childhood books, I'm making the obligatory Secret Garden/A Little Princess mention. I still love them, and they're both fairly dark and more mature than some of the trash I read now.
Princess Rinoamint, Esq.rinoamint on April 10th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
MY FAVORITES. Seriously. My life.
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My life too, bb. All girls are princesses.
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Brie: Secret Gardenbriebellamy on April 11th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
SECRET GARDEN IS PERFECTION
Princess Rinoamint, Esq.: Cinderella - Happily Ever Afterrinoamint on April 11th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
YES IT IS.

Okay, Dickon and Mary or Colin and Mary?

Cuz I feel like Mary probably ended up marrying Colin. People weren't so squicky about marrying cousins back then. And he basically was like I'm GONNA MARRY YOU.
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YOUR TASTE IS FLAW-FREE, MY DEAR.
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Naeclay_chaz on April 10th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
I HAVEN'T READ PAST CHAPTER 2 YET


i'm failing a little bit, i know. but guys... i have to memorize 109 terms for a class and it's taking over my life~

OH OBVIOUSLY JK ROWLING INFLUENCED ME THE MOST. i guess other notable ones would be louise rennison (oh georgia~), tolkien, r.l. stine, and ann m. martin. i've always been a series kind of person i suppose.
Princess Rinoamint, Esq.rinoamint on April 10th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
My childhood favorites were

A Little Princess
Secret Garden
Anne of Green Gables and the sequels though I think I read only Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island when I was younger...
Little Women (also read Little Men, lol)
Babysitters Club books hahaha I read ALL of those and the spin off series ha
I love reading those like child-sized versions of the classics too
La femme cachéela_faerie on April 10th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
BABYSITTER'S CLUB, OMG. My mom made me get rid of all my BSC books but I had STACKS of them, seriously. I had that one chapter where Anne M. Martin's ghost writer introduced all the characters memorized.
Princess Rinoamint, Esq.rinoamint on April 10th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
LOL I always skipped that chapter!

Claudia liked sweets and crazy clothes but her sister Janine did not. Stacey was from New York, very sophisticated, good with math, and had diabetes. Kristy likes sports and now lives at Watson's house across town. Mary-Anne used to be shy but now she's dating a boy from Kentucky, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ALL 13 YEARS OLD.
La femme cachéela_faerie on April 10th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Stacey was my favorite. I totally bought into her New York hype. When I turned 13 I felt so let down that I didn't automatically feel as mature and ~sophisticated as her. And no one would trust me to babysit as many kids as they babysat by themselves in the books, LOL.
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dillpickle: Liz Lemonpoppypickle on April 11th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
I'm not saying that these influenced me the most, but I just read a review of an updated, modern Sweet Valley novel and OMG I read the shit out of those books! Apparently now Bruce is in love with Elizabeth and Jessica accidentally slept with Todd. WTF Francine Pascal?!
Princess Rinoamint, Esq.: Princess and the Frog - Charlotterinoamint on April 11th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
I really liked those too!

My favorite was Elizabeth.

God, I'm such a nerd.
dillpickle: Parks and Rec WAFFLEpoppypickle on April 11th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
Dude, we were all obviously Elizabeths who secretly wanted to be Jessicas.

Other fun facts about this new Sweet Valley Confidential:

- Enid Rollins is a gyno
- Lila Folwer has fake boobs
- ONE MEMBER OF THE WAKEFIELD FAMILY IS NOW GAY
- Winston Egbert is a dotcom millionaire

LMAO FOREVER.
Princess Rinoamint, Esq.: Emma - So Tell Me What You Thinkrinoamint on April 11th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
WHAT IN BLAZES HAPPENED

I am totally going to read these
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Brie: Alice - Lust + Excitement Bottlesbriebellamy on April 11th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Childhood childhood was ALL Roald Dahl. Every book, over and over again. My favourite was Danny the Champion of the World. Then when I was like 11 or 12 I decided to read every Newbery Medal winning book because I was a huge loser with no friends. So yeah, that was a large chunk of my reading in my younger days. Then in my teen years I discovered Raymond E. Feist and he was like all I read for years. I have all his books and they take up half of my book shelf. LOVE HIM. Then I went to uni and I gave up reading for fun because I was so busy reading ethnographies and learning the theories behind digging archaeological sites. I still haven't gotten back into reading tbh. University really beat that out of me D: I tried to read a book last month and it took me way longer than expected. Hopefully this book club helps me out a bit to keep me reading :D

Other than the large trends in my reading there were a few stand out authors like Philip Pullman and Lloyd Alexander. PHILIP PULLMAN IS PERFECTION. His Dark Materials was like my bible for a while lol. And I discovered Lloyd Alexander because The High King won a Newbery Medal. His Westmark trilogy is one of my favourite sets of books ever. I reread them every year!
Princess Rinoamint, Esq.: Audrey Hepburn - Tiffany & Corinoamint on April 11th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
PHILIP PULLMAN.

I think we should read him sometime here. WILL PARRY.
Brie: Brian Cox - FUCK YEAH!!!briebellamy on April 11th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
YES. OMG YES. AFTER DWJ MONTH WE SHOULD READ PHILIP PULLMAN AND THEN JUST ALL CAPSLOCK "AKSDHKASHFUASHKDJASNDMNSA AMAZING" IN THE DISCUSSION POSTS <3


UNF WILL PARRY. MY FICTIONAL HUSBAND.
Princess Rinoamint, Esq.: Belle and Adam - True Love's First Kissrinoamint on April 11th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
YES. WILL PARRY. YES. WILL PARRY.
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ALSO YOUR ICON IS PERFECT AND I'M IN LOVE WITH IT CAN I MARRY IT
Christina: booksangelwolf2003 on April 11th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
I still haven't started the book... I feel so bad! I'll start tonight at work. Or tomorrow in the doctor's office. Or something... gah, when did I run out of time to do things?? >.<

Lessee, childhood books... there was this one book I read in like 2nd grade that involved these two boys switching places in time. The one from the past was ill and they couldn't cure him in the past but they could in the present. Then when the kid who was really from the present wanted to come back, the boy from the past was like, "Hell no! You only get to come back if you beat me at marbles!"
I've never been able to find it again and I don't even know the title, but I often wonder if it was really as good as I remember it to be.

Aside from that, there were the Goosebumps books, Animorphs (which I never finished; I wonder how it ended), Stephen King's novels and short stories (I blame this on my mom for reading to me from Nightmares and Dreamscapes when I was 9) and the like. I vaguely remember being really into the Sweet Valley Twins series for a bit and running around the backyard pretending I had a stupider but much more popular twin.

Oh, and then there was The Swiss Family Robinson. My mom read it to me the first time and I read it countless more times to myself. I adored that book, and still do. That one and about 4 other books are my go-to books when I'm feeling depressed. In fact, now that I'm thinking about it again, I really want to go reread it! But I really should be getting to TAoI instead >.<

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Princess Rinoamint, Esq.rinoamint on April 11th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
I vaguely remember being really into the Sweet Valley Twins series for a bit and running around the backyard pretending I had a stupider but much more popular twin.



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