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Books I read and enjoyed in my youth

I was thinking about some of the books I read many years ago that I really liked. And I've reread some at various times and will do some more.

- Alice in Wonderland (I have the copy I read)
- all the Oz books
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
-Robert Heinlein's young adult SciFi
-Farmer in the Sky was my favorite - colonizing Ganymede
-Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd Series - 10 volumes - I'm rereading them again
Lanny is a well-placed rich kid/man who is an advisor to various dignitaries including presidents through most of the first half of the 20th century.
-Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome - I reread it a few times
I first read it at summer camp - Camp Killooleet in Vermont. When I visited there a few years ago I looked in the library and it was still there. There are a few other books in that series that I read. Young kids with sailboats on a lake in England
-The Book of Knowledge - an 18 volume set
In 1948/49 my parents sublet an apartment for a year and my room had this. I decided to read it from cover to cover in that year and I did.
- Books by Howard Pease - traveling around the world on a Tramp Steamer. about 22 of them.

Probably missed a few others. Didn't much like Bobby Twins or Hardy Boys.

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I had Alice & Oz & Heinlein (esp. the future-history stories) too. Among the precocities of my early adolescence were Korzybski's _Science and Sanity_, which I no longer take seriously, and Wiener's _Cybernetics_, which has had an enduring influence on me.

Oh, and _Nineteen Eighty-Four_. I read it when it first came out (I was about 11) & have returned to it (& to Orwell) all my life. I have had dreams set in it.

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