08-19-2008 07:27 PM
08-19-2008 07:29 PM
08-29-2008 02:07 AM
I was a huge Nancy Drew fan. My mom used to find the old books at thrift stores along with Beverly Grey, Judy Bolton and Dana Girls. A few years ago I collected the full series of Judy Bolton books and had such fun reading them. The old Nancy Drew books are very dated, it's kind of shocking now to read the language and racism that was accepted back then.
One book I remember buying from Scholastic through school was a mystery called "Jane Emily". That stands out as being very scary, I wonder how it would be reading it now?
Message Edited by ms_linda on 01-08-2008 07:14 PM
I think they reprinted the Jane-Emily book by Patricia Clapp (I loved that book too). I must read that again.
08-30-2008 03:52 PM
The first mystery book I read was "The Red Room Ridle" by Scott Corbett. I then moved on to Trixie Beldon, Agatha Christie, and Phyllis Whitney.
I never was into Nancy Drew - I remember the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew TV show - I didn't like it - that's probably why I never read Nancy Drew.
09-06-2008 12:10 PM
09-12-2008 10:12 PM
I cannot remember a time in my life that I didn't love a good mystery book! I inherited my older sister's Nancy Drew books. I also read Trixie Belden books and others. Then I as a preteen I got hooked on Alfred Hitchcock
msyteries in paperback. Instead of having my parents buy me candy or chocolates for valentines day or easter, I would request an Alfred Hitchcock mystery book. I ended up with almost the whole series. Later I got hooked on Agatha Christie. I will always love a good mystery!
09-13-2008 12:35 AM
10-01-2008 12:53 PM
10-01-2008 05:16 PM
When I was about 7 years old, I was a Navy brat, and my family lived on the Navy base on Guam. My mom did the weekly shopping at the base exchange every Saturday, and every week she brought me home a new Hardy Boys mystery and my sister got a new Nancy Drew book. I would get started on my book on Saturday afternoon and I would be done with it by Sunday night. Then, for want of something to read, I would sneak into my sister's room and liberate one of her Nancy Drews (had to sneak, because, as a boy, my friends would have teased me mercilessly!) to help me pass the time until next Saturday. I still have over 50 of the old HB books, and I revisit them from time to time as a pleasant reminder of a simpler time.
I was also a fan of the Bobbsey Twins and Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Three Investigators, and another series that I thoriughly enjoyed as a kid were the Brains Benton Mysteries. I haven't seen anyone else mention those here- does anyone else remember them? Brains and his buddy Jimmy (Brains referred to Jimmy as Operative Three for some reason- there were no Operatives One or Two) solved various mysteries.
10-01-2008 05:24 PM
10-01-2008 06:00 PM
That kind of upbringing has its good points and its bad ones. Although I met and became friends with many, many more people than I probably would have if I had led a more sedentary life when I was growing up, I never really got the privelege that many others have of making a life-long friend. You know, a kid or a group of kids that you meet in kindergarten, grow up and go all the way through school with and still keep in touch with. It seemed like I was always at the front of the classroom standing next to a teacher who was saying "Boys and girls, we have a new student..." As it turned out, when my dad retired from the service when I was in the 6th grade and we moved here to GA, there was one kid in my class that I wound up going to school with the rest of the way, and he and I became really good buddies. We went through the seventh grade at one school, then I moved and he just happened to also move into the same school district over the course of that summer. but when we graduated HE went into the Navy and we lost touch.
I think that may be one reason I became such an avid reader. Even though I kept leaving friends behind, I always had my books, and the recurring characters in them were like friends to me!
10-02-2008 12:37 AM