Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nostalgic Reads: They Were Great Then & They're Great Now

Here's six of my favorite titles I discovered while in Middle School & High School.
What are your Nostalgic Reads?

Snugglepot & Cuddlepie
by May Gibbs*
Arrows of the Queen
by Mercedes Lackey
by Anne McCaffrey
by Shirley Rousseau 
Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages
by Dean R. Koontz*~
ElfQuest Book 1:
Fire & Flight
by Wendy & Richard Pini*
*These title are out of print but may be available in eBook format.
~ Oddkins is available on both Kindle & Nook with the color illustrations.  The formatting is a bit strange since the original print book is laid out more like a picture book.

It's a shame really that three of my favorite titles from my teen years are no longer in print.  If you have the chance I highly recommend all of these titles, 'tho *fair warning* I am not responsible if you become addicted to the various series/trilogies and have trouble finding the books.  Thankfully I still own copies, so I can read them whenever I want to. :)

What are your favorite books from your teen years?  Do you still go back to them periodically?  Are they still in print?


  1. Just a comment . . . you say 12, but there are only 6 pictured at this time on your post. One of the books I discovered when I was in middle school in the late 1980s was Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence. I could never find a copy to buy (new or otherwise.) I went to used book sales for years with the sole purpose of finding a copy of this book. I do have my own copy now. I was weeding the teen fiction several years ago at the library where I worked, and guess what, that book fell within the parameters for consideration for discard. Yay!

  2. Thanks for catching that typo. Yay for finally finding the book!

  3. I got lucky--most of my teen favorites have earned "classic" status and are still in print. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Giver, The Outsiders, Watership Down, and everything Madeleine L'Engle ever wrote.

    My favorite, though, was a book called Dragon Sword and Wind Child, by Noriko Ogiwara. When I discovered it in the library, it had been out of print for years. It was translated from the Japanese, and you couldn't buy a copy anywhere for less than $300. Imagine my shock when, years later in college, I got a package in the mail: My mother had never stopped looking for the book for me, and she had at last found a copy for $10 on Amazon. :)

    The best news is that it's back in print, still in the same lyrical translation that I adored--and now there's a sequel, too!