Recently, I signed up for a free month of Kindle Unlimited so I could read a seven book story arc from Sweet Valley High. I read this books as a tween. I can't say the SVH books are QUALITY reading, but they sure bring back a lot of nostalgia!
Reading these books brought back a lot of memories of the books I read as a kid/teen, and it inspired me to tell you about some of those books. The post got a little long, so today we will stick with what I read as a kid.
This is what I remember reading
as a KID...
The Baby-Sitters Club Series
I was OBSESSED with the BSC. I even read the Little Sisters series despite the fact that they weren't as good. I was a member of the fan club AND had BOTH of the board games. I still have the games... and all of my books!
Yes, I also had all the VHS tapes of the television show I could afford. Unfortunately, I didn't have all of them, but now many of them are on Youtube! So is the movie that came out in 1995. I owned the movie and the soundtrack. In fact, I took the soundtrack to work because it has some catchy tunes in it I thought the students might like!
I also had the dolls! I am pretty sure I gave those away, though.
I liked keeping my BSC books (and all books) in MINT CONDITION. No wrinkles, no creases in the binding... nothing. One time I fell asleep on one of my books and woke up with the front cover bent in half. I BAWLED. Why!? I bet the book cost $4, couldn't I just buy a new one!? (Don't you wish books still cost $4???)
Wrinkled book that made me cry!
The public librarian noticed I was obsessed with the BSC books and often urged me to try new books and authors. Guys, that PISSED ME OFF. I hated when I would go to check out my stack of BSC books and the librarian would lead me over to a different shelf and try to show me other things to read.
When I stopped reading the BSC books, the regular books were up to the 80s. (As in, over 80 books.) I could recite all of the books in order and took great pride in that skill! Now, I can only correctly remember up to #19...
1- Kristy's Great Idea
2- Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
3- The Truth About Stacey
4- Mary Anne Saves the Day
5- Dawn and the Impossible Three
6- Kristy's Big Day
7- Claudia and Mean Janine
8- Boy Crazy Stacey
9- The Ghost at Dawn's House
10- Logan Likes Mary Anne!
11- Kristy and the Snobs
12- Claudia and the New Girl
13- Goodbye Stacey, Goodbye
14- Hello, Mallory!
15- Little Miss Stoneybrook... and Dawn
16- Jessi's Secret Language
17- Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery
18- Stacey's Mistake
19- Claudia and the Bad Joke
20- Kristy.... ???? (Turned out to be the Walking Distaster!)
I just Googled how many books in the regular series there are now 131 books! I wonder if they ever got out of 8th grade!?
Even though I spent most of my time reading BSC books, I did read some other books...
I loved the Anastasia Krumpnik books. It was the first time I read anything "quirky".
Then of course there was Sideways Stories from Wayside School. These were the best short stories and more WEIRD than quirky.
Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret was a book I read over and over again.
The Dollhouse Murders were TERRIFYING!!!! I feel like if I read this book now I would still be scared!
I read the Sweet Valley Twins books but I wasn't as obsessed with them as I was the BSC. However, my FAVORITE Sweet Valley Twin book that I have read many, many times... even as an adult, is The Magic Christmas. I think I got rid of most of my Sweet Valley Twins books, but not this one as I totally plan on reading it again!
I'm sure I read other random books as a kid, but these are the big ones I remember! One thing I can say is that I am SO GLAD the I was a reader growing up. I loved to read so much and it was the main thing I did in my free time. It gave me so much joy.
Dawn was my favorite Baby-Sitter. If you read the BSC books, who was your favorite sitter?
My favorite book was the super special where they put on the show Peter Pan and the one where they went to sleep away camp. Oh, also Boy Crazy Stacy and The Ghost at Dawn's House! What were your favorite books?
What books did you read as a kid?