Mon
Jun 24 2013 8:33am

Summer Reading: What Book Do You Remember Best?

Most schools are done for the year now, and if you're a parent, you've probably received at least one notice about encouraging your kid to do some summer reading.

And, of course, since you're a reader, you probably think summer reading sounds like joy, not a task to be embarked upon. Most of us became bookworms at an early age, so we were all probably doing summer reading even before it was a thing.

What is your most memorable summer read from when you were a student?

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Grace S
1. Grace S
We used to rent a beach house on the Jersey shore (Long Beach Island) and when I was about 12, I discovered Anne McCaffrey's Pern books. I'd go for long walks on the beach, half pretending to be looking for fire lizard eggs. :)
Grace S
2. Terri L. Austin
Many moons ago, the summer I was pregnant with my son, I was so sick all I could do was lie still in bed. I discovered Sue Grafton that summer and it made my morning sickness tolerable.
Grace S
3. scarlettleigh
I don't remember books that I read as a teenager but I do remember as a child being awestruck with Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and Freckles by Gene Stratton- Porter. I read Gone With the Wind at around ten or eleven and I hated it. Where was my happy ending! Kill a Mockingbird made an impression too.

And no I didn't read all high brow books. I discovered Georgette Heyer during my teens. It always was a special day, when I found a new reprint of one of her books.
Christopher Morgan
4. cmorgan
I still remember the summer that Jurassic Park came out. I asked my Mom if I could see if my Uncle John had a copy (he along with his daughter where the only other two big fiction readers in my family). It was the first "Adult" book I read and it was amazing. It was one of the first books I bought that wasn't a Goosebumps, Star Wars, or Tolkien, and I still have the copy to this day.
Grace S
5. pamelia
One of my alltime favorite books when I was younger was "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean George about a young boy in NYC who runs away to his family land in the Catskill Mountains and lives off the land in a hollowed out Hemlock tree with a pet falcon. I can't wait till my son is old enough to read that to him.
My other favorite books to read mostly involved all things horse: Farley's "The Black Stallion" books in particular. I remember getting those out of the library a few times a year.
Oh, and the Wizard of Oz books (not just the first one).
Christopher Morgan
6. cmorgan
Oh My Side of the Mountain, that along with Hank the Cowdog and The Hobbit are the reasons I started reading and spending more time in our library than was normal. It also made me eager to reach 6th grade so I could apply to be a Library worker at our elementary school.
Patricia Wilkerson
7. Proofreaderpat
I remember the summer I read Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. I was scandalized and a little creeped out but,I loved it!
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