The Books that Shaped Me

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Dick and JaneI fell in love with reading from an early age. I can still remember begging my mom for a quarter so I could buy my first books from a neighbor’s garage sale. The books were fabulous stories featuring those timeless heroes, Dick and Jane. And don’t forget their faithful canine companion, Spot. I was four at the time and thanks to my Sesame Street education, I taught myself how to read those books long before kindergarten began. The written word held mysteries and adventures, and I couldn’t wait to enter that world.

My fascination with books grew along with me. The books listed below represent a loose timeline of my reading life. The titles vary from children’s literature to young adult to mainstream fiction to general market romance to Christian romance. As you can tell, from day one, I preferred historical titles. Some things are just in the blood. Ha!

TheLastOfTheReallyGreatWhangdoodles
This was the first book I read that proved I could “see” the story unfolding without needing illustrations. A whole new world opened up with this one.
This is where my love of spunky heroines began. I read this series in Jr. High, and not too long ago, passed my copies on to my daughter.
I adored Laura Ingalls. I read all the books in the original series and watched every TV episode created.
I adored Laura Ingalls. I read all the books in the original series and watched every TV episode created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first introduction to romance. I lost count of how many of these YA books I read in my early teens.
My first introduction to romance. I lost count of how many of these YA books I read in my early teens.
This was my first truly epic historical saga. The book was around 1000 pages, and I read every word. Not sure I could stick to one like that today.
My introducation to Christian fiction. Still one of the best Christan romances out there.
My introducation to Christian fiction. Still one of the best Christan romances out there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite general market romance of all time.
My favorite historical romance of all time.
My favorite classic of all time.
My favorite classic of all time.
My favorite western romance of all time.
My favorite western romance of all time.
My favorite Christian romance of all time.
My favorite Christian romance of all time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 What books shaped your reading habits?