Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
& Through the Looking Glass
by Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson (Lewis Carroll)Where The Wild Things Are
by Maurice SendakHop on Pop
, Green Eggs and Ham
, The Cat in the Hat
, etc. by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)A Book of Nonsense
by Edward Lear (I really really liked the story of the voyagers and Quangle Wangle... the limericks were funny more because of the illustrations rather than the words, was too young to appreciate it fully)The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling (particularly loved Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Toomai of the Elephants)
A book on Babar the Elephant
by Jean de Brunhoff (I forgot which book, I think it was Babar's Voyage)The Prince & The Pauper
by Mark Twain (also read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn but didn't enjoy both much)The Yearling
by Marjorie Kinnan RawlingsThe Swiss Family Robinson
by Johann David WyssMoby Dick
by Herman Melville (although I never finished it AFAIK)White Fang
and The Call of the Wild
by Jack LondonGulliver's Travels
by Jonathan SwiftThe Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen and Grimm's Fairy Tales
(the original ones, not hollywood-ized, nor censored. Featuring all the gory details, like beheading, eating, etc. Andersen's fairy tales however, were vastly superior to Grimm's)
Several short stories like The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow
Those are just a fraction of what I can recall. Most are old american classics. Since I usually haunted the school libraries where most of the books are very old. Most of them I barely really understood fully, I was very young when I read them. Some I can't remember at all even if I'm very sure I read them like The Last of the Mohicans
, for example. The books by Lewis Carrol and Edward Lear helped shape my sense of humor, and to this day, two of the authors, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling remain my favorite authors of all time.
And a forgotten book on 2 bearcubs and their mom is the earliest book I can remember reading. It was the one my mom used to teach me and my brother to read.
And yeah the young adolescent mystery books; Hardy Boys
, Nancy Drew
, Bobsey Twins
, etc. Various storybook compilations, the Goosebumps books, comics, Stephen King, and all the world mythology books I could get my hands on. This was before I got hooked on sci-fi after reading Micheal Crichton's Jurassic Park
and high fantasy with Mercedes Lackey and Tolkien. But that's another looong list...
And LOL Beaux, I also read that!!! The cat is forgettable (I always thought her kind of mean because of her always glaring eyes) but I can't believe I've forgotten about that earthworm all these years!
P.S. oh and one book that stood out in my high school years: Swan Song
by Robert McCammon