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Old 01-15-2016, 01:42 PM
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Default Book Nostalgia

I saw this post in another thread, got really nostalgic for the book series pictured, and now invite you to share books for which you have nostalgia.

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Only tangentially related, but did anyone else have and love this book as a kid?

Personally, I adored those books full of facts (some of which are no longer facts, heh). Here's one:

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Old 01-15-2016, 01:54 PM
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I still have this, and the flexidisc record it came with that's full of space sounds recorded from radio telescopes and stuff. I should listen to it now that I have a working turntable again!
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Old 01-15-2016, 01:54 PM
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I don't think there's any book that I get more nostalgic for than The Hobbit. In grade 3, we were told to take any book that we wanted off of the bookshelf at the back of the classroom and read it. I took the one with a pretty picture of a mountain, and my world was forever changed. I wouldn't even learn that The Lord of the Rings existed until 4-5 years later ("OH MAN, THEY WROTE A SEQUEL TO THE HOBBIT!?").

That's a boring answer though, so have a picture of a grumpy bear giving a sick moose the stink-eye instead:


I used to make my mother read that one to me every night before bed.
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I still have this too! The spine glue was pretty weak, so it's a loose-leaf copy now.

Egads, just think about all the advancements made in astronomy in the past 30 years. I sometimes wish they'd print a new version with updated facts, but I'm afraid it'd lack the gorgeously painted illustrations... and National Geographic is dead now. :T
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Old 01-15-2016, 02:11 PM
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I sometimes wish they'd print a new version with updated facts, but I'm afraid it'd lack the gorgeously painted illustrations... and National Geographic is dead now. :T
Buzzfeed's Top 10 Space Facts, Then and Now!


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Thinking on it further, in keeping with the facts for kids theme, this kids' encyclopedia set was my jam:


I remember consuming them voraciously whenever my mother brought home the newest volume from the grocery store. RIP, Funk and Wagnalls.
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Speaking of CYOA, these are the books of my youth.





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Old 01-15-2016, 02:57 PM
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Oh man, right, game books! I managed to pick a few of these up at the used bookstore when I was a kid, but they kicked my ass:


These, though, these were more my speed:



I still have my complete collections of both series, dog-eared and thoroughly drawn in.

Man, I guess I have a lot more book nostalgia than I realized.
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Old 01-15-2016, 02:58 PM
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Back in the dark ages before the internet, my parents bought a set of Worldcraft encyclopedias that included a separate set of "Childcraft" books just for me.



These books introducted me to things like The Phantom Tollbooth, Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture and several creation myths from different cultures around the world. Childcraft was rad.
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Old 01-15-2016, 02:58 PM
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I spent a lot of time with the Childcraft encyclopedia set (and later the World Book encyclopedia) in my first decade. I think this volume heavily influenced my interest in becoming an illustrator:



Edit: Wow. Same time post, same subject.
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That one was great too. Man, what kid doesn't love "Dinosaurs!" ?
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Old 01-15-2016, 03:01 PM
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Oh man encyclopedias. The past was truly a different time.

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Working in a used bookstore gives me lots of opportunities to experience book nostalgia, as well as vicarious book nostalgia. Sometimes it's the odd details of old books, like the pages that are yellow on the edge - or even better, turquoise.

But the correct answer is:
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Old 01-15-2016, 03:42 PM
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Buzzfeed's Top 10 Space Facts, Then and Now!


ETA:
Thinking on it further, in keeping with the facts for kids theme, this kids' encyclopedia set was my jam:


I remember consuming them voraciously whenever my mother brought home the newest volume from the grocery store. RIP, Funk and Wagnalls.
I have a similar Nostalgic Book:



I also still have in my possession some old Peanuts hardbacks I had when I was a kid: Peanuts Classic, and Sandlot Peanuts, which was entirely baseball strips.

Then there's this one I used to pore over all the time as a kid:

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Oh man, I read the bajeepers out of that when I was young. Blockbuster didn't have any of the actual Godzilla movies and I had to compensate somehow!
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Yes! I loved these.

I also have a special place in my heart for Richard Scarry. I had the French and German versions of his books, too.

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I have no recollection of these other than a faint, nostalgic recognition of the covers. Man, this feels weird!

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Heck yeah, I loved those books!

Anyone remember:

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I credit Sobol's books for my lasting distaste for logic puzzles
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The most in-demand book of my elementary school's library:

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Anyone remember:

I remember this!
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This is a big one for me:



I spent a lot of time trying to figure out all the puzzles and just exploring. It was a fascinating book for a kid to have, with so many mysteries that even adults couldn't solve, and yet you could piece together bits of it.

There's a great website on it: http://www.intotheabyss.net/
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So many of these!

Sideways stories from Wayside School was the hit series in elementary school that was always hard to check out, but Redwall is probably the book series that has the most nostalgia for me personally.
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Anyone remember this one? It was basically Where's Waldo fifteen years prior with a heavy Yellow Submarine vibe.
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This is a big one for me:

Back in seventh grade I stayed up until 2-3 in the morning multiple times trying to plot a reliable way into the center of the maze. That book scared the living shit out of me.
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Y'all old

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I still have that one.
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I remember third grade me writing to James Howe with an idea for the next book in the series at that point. The fact that he responded with a personal letter is even better in retrospect, since I had no idea form letters existed back then.

By the way, he wrote Nighty Nightmare instead, which was a good move on his part.
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I can't find evidence of it but I used to constantly borrow this Monster Encyclopedia from the school library any chance I could get. I would pour through it again and again and read about monsters from mythology, books, and old sci-fi and horror movies. It was a small black little paperback that I would spend a lot of time on, learning about cool, weird monsters like the Bunyip or the Afanc. I wish I could find that book again.
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All the books I really loved when I was little I destroyed through use...

I think my copy of Pawn of Prophecy had no cover and was in 10 or 12 sections by the time I retired it and got a new copy. (Im positive that rubberbanded original copy is somewhere in a box in my parent's garage)
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All the books I really loved when I was little I destroyed through use...

I think my copy of Pawn of Prophecy had no cover and was in 10 or 12 sections by the time I retired it and got a new copy. (Im positive that rubberbanded original copy is somewhere in a box in my parent's garage)
I just ended up ordering the omnibus versions from Amazon for my current reread, since my original copies are in storage and falling apart anyways.
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