Yes. I am guilty in the first degree. I really am.

I’ve been a bookworm, a bibliophile, a book lover, and even too bookish ever since I could remember.

You’re not right, though. Being one wasn’t that too popular at all times. Thus, it had been something I’d rather not flaunt or boast about. Well, I guess, I was merely too engrossed with reading for my subjects and to satiate my curiosity that I barely had time to chat about anything of that sort at all.

In later years, my mother’s sisters would also fondly recall how I’d dabble with their books during their university days. I was still three years old at the time, as far as I could remember them saying.

Fast forward to my own university days, guess what had been one of my first summer jobs? I had a stint as a student assistant in our municipal library! You guessed it correctly. It was a dream job in more ways than one.

Having stated all that and even if it isn’t a #ThrowbackThursday or #FlashbackFriday day today, I think it’s but apt to think about the good old days more.

Here were my top picks at that time:

Puss in Boots by Vera Southgate

Puss in Boots (Easy Reading Books)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of my very first childhood books. Just looking at the cover already gives me great nostalgic thoughts. This book’s pages didn’t escape the doodling of the then-toddler me, but it spared my aunts’ books from my constant pillage. I loved our clever, street-smart feline friend and his real-live brethren then, and I still do now.

The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys # 1) by Franklin W. Dixon

The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys, #1)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, this isn’t the only one I’ve read and liked from the whole series. Since it had been more than ???? decades ago that I’ve last read the book, it’ll be safer not to ask me for more details. Well, this pair of young sleuths’ adventures were definitely something to poke my nosy nose on – that’s what’s definite. I especially loved the part when they teamed up with Nancy and her gang, too.

The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport (Bobbsey Twins # 1) by Laura Lee Hope

The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport (Bobbsey Twins, #1)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The twins were pretty much like the Hardys and Nancy, although there was something about them that didn’t compel me to finish all of the available books in the series. Maybe it’s because I was already a teenager when I chanced upon them on the shelves, so reading the older kid sleuths’ stories became more relatable.

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories # 1) by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, #1)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The last on my list is definitely not the least important. In fact, I’ve read every single book not only in this Nancy Drew series but of the other series. My younger years won’t ever be complete without our lady friend’s nifty and amazing clue-finding, puzzle-solving prowess at all!

I’d love to know your thoughts.

How about you? What were the books you’ve loved when you were still a baby (but old enough to understand if not totally read, of course!)?

Note: The reviews that appear on this post are non-commercial.

By Esperanza Pretila

I am a certified HR professional, founder of award-winning micro businesses, lady cavalier, book reviewer, blogger, sports dummy, music fan, former phone photographer, beloved daughter, proud mum of 3 wonder boys, loyal wifey to an awesome hubby, life traveler, and believer.

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