Question of the Week #30: Books Go To Camp
It's summer camp season. Which books remind you of summer camp? (Both fond and not-so fond memories are welcome.)
Oh, man, summer camp. The time of year my mom always told me that I needed to unpack about eight of those books so I could fit my sneakers into my suitcase instead. For me, summer is traditionally when I get to read "fun books" rather than textbooks and "real literature", so my summer reading tends to be a little lighter reading - usually catching up on books that buzz rather than the more philosophic lit.
When I was younger, this usually consisted of toting around my copies of The Boxcar Children, The Babysitters' Club or Nancy Drew (I was a big fan of campy mysteries - pun intended) - I still have complete collections of all of those books. This later transitioned into Mary Higgins Clark books and similar books, usually still mysteries.
Jun 22, 2009 10:33 am
by baileymichelle (admin)
I feel left out of this one as we didn't have summer camps in England. I would go on a week long Scout camp but that was it and as that was camping there was never time or the facilities to read. Once it got dark you sat around a fire until it was time to go to sleep.
Lots of happy memories but sadly none that are book related.
Jun 22, 2009 11:03 am
How about the "Beautiful and the Damned" -- the title says it all!
Jun 22, 2009 2:51 pm
by susandanziger (admin)
Well when I was younger, anything by Judy Blume reminded me of summer. Oh, and V.C. Andrews. This is because I had to hide those from my mom! What's so wrong with kissing your sister?? Now, summer reading is reading those hard classics that I as a teacher have no time for during the school year. I would say highest on the list of summer books for me is the summer I read "Absolom Absolom."
Jun 23, 2009 8:59 pm
"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood". I read it the first time I went to overnight camp.
Jun 24, 2009 11:20 am
I used to read Nancy Drews, but it changed to Agatha Christies the first time I read "Murder on the Orient Express" when I was 11.
Jun 29, 2009 3:38 pm
Definitely Judy Blume books.
Jul 1, 2009 12:37 pm
I never went to summer camp but I do remember the long hot summer days when I would sit under a tree in the shade on a blanket reading after the garden work was done. My favorites include Trixie Bellin mysteries, Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt - I read this one at least 13 times and the Laura Ingalls Wilder series.
Aug 9, 2009 10:44 am
Have to be CS Lewis "Chronicles of Narnia" and some saucy paperback I stole from from uncle's garage so I could read the sex scenes after light's out with a flash light while all the guy farted and made crude eschatological jokes!!!
Aug 25, 2009 6:28 am
During my teenage years, my family went camping in Montana. I remember that summer so well. We had to hide in the outdoor toilets when a biker gang rode through the campground. I was sure they were real live Orcs, because I was reading The Lord of the Rings--all three books--throughout that summer. Sitting on a rock ledge over a mountain stream, in the warm sun, surrounded by Ents, I mean sweet smelling pine trees...
Aug 26, 2009 3:58 pm