Friday, June 3, 2011

52 weeks

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

•Week 23. Books. What was your favorite book, or who was your favorite author from your childhood? What do you like to read now? Books or other formats?

I was an avid reader when I was young, that much hasn't changed.  I loved mysteries and historical fiction.  Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were my favorites.  Stories of teenage girls and their friends solving mysteries-it was a huge adventure for me.

I also loved the Little House on the Prairie series.  I read each book again and again and again.  I ached to live like Laura did-although I do have to mention that I finally read Farmer Boy last year.  I didn't have any interest in Almanzo's life when he was a boy.  Last year, my son and I read through it and I really enjoyed it.  I also really enjoyed comparing Laura's hard poor life to Almanzo's-his family was definitely not easier but they certainly were better off financially.

Another favorite was Caddie Woodlawn.  Again, another girl living in the 19th century.  I really love that era.

My love of mysteries and historical fiction hasn't wavered as an adult.  I love mysteries, although now I generally read genealogical mysteries.  And I absolutely love historical fiction.  That's my favorite genre to read from.  My favorite time is 19th century American, although I do love British and Scottish fiction.  One of my favorites is the Outlander series. 

I'm also starting to read more classics.  I homeschool my children and realize how many classics I missed out on when I was little.  My kids read classics, lots of them.  I read all of their reading list and then I work on adult classics.  I have Lord of the Rings, Last of the Mohicans, and Sense and Sensibility as some of my must reads this year. 

I look forward to seeing everyone else's reads!


  1. I absolutely loved the Little House on the Prairie series as a child - and read all of them multiple times (including Farmer Boy).

    Welcome to Geneabloggers!

  2. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family sagas
    and "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"

  3. Hi Michelle - and welcome to Geneabloggers! I saw that you are a military wife and with your interest in genealogy I thought you might enjoy this blog -
    Looking forward to more posts!

    Cindy (also in Washington state)

  4. Although there was the Nancy Drew series...I still preferred the Hardy Boys :-)
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)

  5. Michelle...we are too crazy alike. I also loved Little House on the Prairie and currently read anything historical fiction. I love to quilt (although I am not very good at it) and I am very passionate about genealogy. We are also military and I stay at home with my little dudes. Welcome to the Geneabloggers community!