Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Books I Read as a Kid: Part 1

This is a new segment I am going to start where I go over certain books I read when I was younger and why I liked them so much.

First on the list of books I read as a kid is The Saddle Club series. The Saddle Club was a series that I picked up when I was in about fourth to fifth grade, which was around the time that I was really into equestrian things. I'm pretty sure that the only reason I read this book series was because I was really into horseback riding and I really wanted to be like the girls in the book. I had only been riding for a couple years, didn't have a horse, and only took lessons two times a month so the idea of doing shows and being able to ride horses everyday was exciting to me. I did also like them because even though the books centered around the same plot, the books were all different. There were so many books in the series that I almost never ran out of books to read, and I really liked them because I could read them in any order I wanted, and it didn't really make a difference. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves horseback riding.

Another series I read when I was younger was the Nancy Drew series. Now, this wasn't the normal Nancy Drew series that everyone else read, but this was sort of a spin off series where Nancy Drew was like an eleven year old girl who solved mysteries in her own neighborhood. The reason I think I related to this book more, was because Nancy Drew was more my age, and the mysteries she solved, even though they were small, were realistic and fun to read about. Now this series, like the saddle club, had a large amount of books in it, so many that I never got around to reading all of them, and it was also a series I could read in any order I wanted. I'm not sure if this series is still published, and I don't think it is, but I would recommend it to any young girls because the Nancy Drew in the series is a really good figure for girls to read about.

Another series with a lot of books I never got around to reading all of was The Magic Tree House series. Me and my one friend would always love reading these books and we would have competitions to see who could finish the most books the fastest, which led to both of us just skimming over the books. Now, one of the reason I didn't get the chance to read all of these books was because some of them just didn't seem interesting to me. I'm not a person who likes history and reading a book about them traveling back to the Titanic just didn't seem interesting. The other thing with this series was that unlike The Saddle Club and Nancy Drew, reading these books in order had somewhat of an effect on your understanding of the books. One thing in particular I remember was that the two of them got eight special powers (or something along those lines) that they could used in their missions, and I remember reading that part, having read the books out of order, and having no idea what that meant because it really wasn't explained well in the book. Never the less, this is a great series because it's really creative and it's great for those who love history.


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