So what was your favorite book as a kid? Mine was Harriet the Spy. Oh how I loved that book. I have read it countless times, as well as its sequels The Long Secret and Sport. I was an avid reader as a kid. Mom would take us to the library once a week during the summer and I was only allowed 12 books by mom mandate, a kid should spend some time playing.
A treat that I did have was belonging to some kind of book club. Again, more mysteries, this time The Happy Hollisters. A family of mystery solving kids, with a daughter named Pam, so it was just like being in the family. (and just looking at the list of titles makes me want to run to see what I'm missing.)
Of course I also read Nancy Drew. I own a few copies, none give me more pleasure than the anniversary series of books on tape read by Laura Linney. I have listened to them many times. The cultural differences alone from the 30's are worth the read.
By the time I was in 5th grade I'd chewed though all the children's books in the library and headed into the young adult area and on into adult fiction. Mysteries, lawyer stories, spy books, all my favorites. Probably a lot of stuff I just didn't understand but I loved to read. Now I just like cozy mysteries, like Agatha Raisin and Miss Zukas, and a host of others too numerous to mention. And don't get me started on Perry Mason,The Man From Uncle, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, CSI..
Which leads me to this: