February 19, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 8): The Hardy Boys or Bobbsey Twins?

Welcome to Week 8 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012. This is our third year writing our memoirs and childhood memories for our descendants.

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What kinds of books did you read as a kid? My family was a family of readers. My mother read constantly, even while knitting. She and her sister and mother amazed me with their abilities to knit and read at the same time. And they were always doing both. Clang clatter, tick tack of needles, flip a page.

So we kids became avid readers too. My favorite series was The Hardy Boys! I loved Joe and Frank's adventures and couldn't get enough of them. My girlfriends were all reading the Bobbsey Twins or Nancy Drew but to me girls'  adventures paled in comparison to the action and mystery Frank and Joe experienced!

I think I always resented the societal rules imposed on us girls from which boys were exempt. And Frank and Joe seemed to have no restrictions on their lifestyle.  How I longed to live such a life!

I lived a very full fantasy life between the ages of 6 and 13 and often imagined myself embarking on the same types of adventures as those wonderful Hardy boys.


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

when I was a kid in the 1970s I was reading Enid blyton - secret seven and famous five and malory towers school books.

I also read the Adventure series by Willard Price - he wrote books about kids looking for animals for a zoo.

I also read Bobbsey twins and Nancy Drew. But I wasnt really into the Hardy boys since I am not a boy!!!

In the later 1970s I switched to reading Chalet school books by Elinor M Brent Dyer.

Elizabeth said...

I loved Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. However, my favorite series of books was the "Little House" books - Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, etc. and I read all of them (multiple times). I owned half of them. I never understood why the TV show was based on Little House on the Prairie when I thought that Little House in the Big Woods was the best of the series.

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

The Little House books were something I never read (or even knew about) and I'm not sure why!

I did also love my first hardcover book given me by my cousin and his wife on my 10th Christmas - Little Women. I just gave it to my 11 year old granddaughter and I hope she enjoys it as much as I did

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Enid Blyton. Willard Price - I'm afraid I don't know these books! I'm not a boy either but I did love the Hardy Boys and their wonderful adventures and I longed to be them!

Elizabeth said...

FYI: Louisa May Alcott is a distant cousin of mine and I blogged about her and a recent biography of her at From Maine to Kentucky last October.

Paula from SCGS said...

My favorite was Trixie Belden and the Mystery of (fill in the blank). I didn't read them as much as devour them. Thanks for bringing back a great childhood memory.

AndreaD said...

I read Nancy Drew and the Dana Girls. I liked the Dana Girls better but they were not as popular.
I also read Tom Swift, Little House, Little Women, and, of course, Anne of Green Gables.

Lisa Suzanne Gorrell said...

I read The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and before that The Happy Hollisters. Mysteries and historical fiction were always my favorite.

Helen Spencer said...

Famous Five! Especially on holiday in the UK. I would pretend I was in their adventure. At least two or three books, cover to cover each holiday!!

Dawn said...

Bobbsey Twins - yes
Nancy Drew - yes
Trixie Belden - yes
Little House series - yes

I read most all of these, including the Hardy Boys sometimes. I had forgotten about the Bobbsey Twins until you mentioned it! Thanks for a great memory prompt!

-Dawn

Anonymous said...

Definitely the Hardy Boys, I had all of them, wish I had them now.