July 19th, 2004

rock shadow

books at age 12

On another blog a little while ago, I posted a list of books I read and enjoyed when I was (around) 12, and I thought I might as well post them here as well. What were your favorites from that age?

I'm not sure I read all of these when I was actually 12, but they are a few of my favorites from late elementary school and early junior high.
  • Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
  • A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and others by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, The Dispossessed, and others by Ursula Le Guin
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri (I used to read this every spring, from early elementary school to early high school)
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and others by Mark Twain
  • Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Jurassic Park and Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck (it terrified me, but I couldn't stop reading)
  • Mythology by Edith Hamilton (I read this repeatedly and became fascinated with constellations and subsequently astronomy because of it)
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Throughout junior high I read all of the science fiction books that won both Hugo and Nebula awards, and enjoyed many of them, though most weren't that memorable. I also read the Valdemar Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey, which was also enjoyable but not particularly memorable. There are also many others I read that I don't remember. (Maybe you can remind me with your favorites. :~))