I loved reading my mother's Abnormal Psychology books when I was growing up. Here she was neurotic that I might pick up bad manners from Barney in The Simpsons (which she banned) and I was reading something a million times more inappropriate than cartoon belching in the back of the Datsun on a weekly basis by the time I was eight.
Did you know he originally wanted them published as one book? They forced him to split them up and TTT was not intended to be a cliff-hanger as it is now. I became such a LOTR geek after the movies came out, I watched all the special features and read up on the books. Tolkien laid so much groundwork for modern fantasy novels thanks to his research into folklore and old European cultures. Which is perhaps why I enjoy sci-fi more on occasion, because it's not a re-write of an existing novel.
Where's our literary hot beverage cart? I am imaging drssgchic's journal as a cozy library corner now and we are having a weekly meeting to discuss the literature of our youth.
I loved Animorphs =P Sometimes plowing through an easy read is just what I need, since I read too fast to retain much from "heavier" material.
Holy crap, I was one weird little motherfucker, come to think of it.
I was fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials for some unknown reason. Every book in the library concerning them was checked out at least twice if not three times. Along with every book on hauntings. With TV I was plastered to Unsolved Mysteries, and was envious of those lucky psychic children who saw ghosts in their homes or could foretell death. And those psych books! The various editions of the DSM, Sybil, odd juvenile case studies . . . Every style of weirdness imaginable.
But don't watch Barney belch!
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I liked the Animorphs too
I was a slow starter with reading, but I have it in my head that I'd read Black Beauty in second grade. That may or may not be true, but it was early elementary school.
Has anyone else shared a book and it turned into a monster? In early highschool I turned a friend on to the Valdemar series and she determined that I needed to get married a-Companion-back. They're spirits in horse form. In a fantasy book. I reluctantly gave another friend my favorite series by Anne Bishop. He then determined that EVERYONE needed to read them. Um- I don't hand them out because the male triangle is composed of Lucivar, The Sadist, and Uncle Satan. Oh- and she's very, very mean to her characters.
I took Psych 101 just so I could then take Abnormal Psychology. Sadly, I didn't stick with school long enough
Not that my major in Ancient Languages was any better.
GP, if you ever want to practice your magickal powers, I would be happy to run around Salem with you (it's not too far from where I live). I've only been there a few times, but the Salem Witch Trials were a part of our education, being in MA and all. As it turns out, reading The Crucible, my friend has an excellent voice for John Proctor (though he just has an excellent voice in general) and I made a very fitting Abigail (as one of the "weird kids"). That was junior year, I think.
I took Intro to Psych 101 and slept through most of it. There went my dreams of becoming a psychologist and I went with English lit instead (specifically gender studies in literature instead, I wrote about Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series for my capstone project).