Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wanting to know you Wens.

Courtney (one of my book club girls) had posted a photo of what she was reading the other day: Harriet the Spy. She said she needed a break from the heaviness that was her last read and couldn't resist a childhood fave.

I thought that was a brilliant idea. In need of a break from pregnancy/breastfeeding books (and to combat restlessness), I think i'll pick up one of these off my bookshelves. Besides The Baby-sitters Club series, here were my most favorite Young Adult reads:

(my copy was one of the first things my bestie Marisa ever sent me)

Did you read any of these? What were some of your childhood/YA favorites? 


Kristyn said...

I've actually never read any of those books when I was younger. I did read some boxcar kid books, I loved mysteries then.

Erin {pughs' news} said...

Ooh! You know I can't resist that question!

I read A Wrinkle in Time and the Mary Downing Hahn one. Both excellent. My mom wouldn't let me read Tiger Eyes though! I wonder why?

A few of my favourites from childhood: Anne of Green Gables, the Betsy-Tacy books, The Secret Garden and A Little Princess {loved anything set in England, but especially those two}, Danny the Champion of the World {best Roald Dahl book ever}, the Narnia books, and the books about the Melendy kids {The Saturdays, The Four-Storey Mistake and And Then There were Five}.

As a teen, I loved the Beverly Cleary books Fifteen, The Luckiest Girl and Sister of the Bride.

Loved From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, about the kids who hid out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So great!

Jean Little books were a favourite of mine, too. Look through my Window, Kate and Mama's Going to Buy you a Mockingbird were all beautifully written.

Oh! I could go on and on! I might need to do a blog post about this...

Claire Kiefer said...

Good question! I read (and LOVED) all the Babysitters' Club books, Sweet Valley Twins/High, and this series called Sunset Island that I was just giddy about. I think I still have one or two of them on my shelves. :)

Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary were awesome. And like Erin, when I was younger, I loved The Secret Garden (my grandma would read it to me) and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.


Leanna Vera said...

I was just thinking about re-reading A Wrinkle in Time. I remember absolutely loving it when I read it when I was younger but I don't really remember much about what happened.

I also loved the Narnia books and those silly Dear America diaries.

jackiek said...

my childhood favorites were the american girl series and nancy drew. i think i read every nancy drew book there was! as i grew older, i fell in love with judy blame's books and sarah dessen's novels.

Belen said...

A Wrinkle in Time! Definitely a good book. I loved The Ragwitch, Singularity, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, all the Goosebumps books, all the Orion books by Ben Bova, and The Outsiders. I loved a lot of sci-fi/fantasy books as a kid. :)

Rhianne said...

I loved the lion, the witch and the wardrobe but I remember being so disappointed with the other books in the series, oh well.

I adored Enid Blyton, I've read nearly every series she ever did. I also loved Roald Dahl too. I've always loved reading.

Lottie said...

i read the whole the lion, the witch and the wardrobe series and loved it.

and another series i remember loving apart from harry potter was the norhtern lights series by phillip pullman--amazing!

Erin {pughs' news} said...

Yay! Glad you added James and the Giant Peach and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Classics. <3

kitten roar said...

as i told you on twitter, i LOVE this post. ps: did you see my homage to harriet in tattoo form? :)

the first book i can truly remember loving was Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (perhaps thats what sparked my obsession with food illustration?) hah.

in first grade, i started reading chapter books and I ADORED Little House on the Prairie, every Roald Dahl book I could get my hands on, the Hank the Cowdog Series, HARRY POTTER!!, Harriet the Spy (of course), and I got quite a thrill out of reading 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' in 3rd grade.

Ahh, the list goes on. I also loved the 'Coming To America" book series (I think that's what they're called) of young girls in immigrant families coming over to America in the 1800's and early 1900's. I also really liked Amelia Bedelia for some lighter reading ;)

Now as an adult I still love YA/Juvenile Fiction, I LOVE John Green's books. I've read almost all of them. And I really love Meg Cabot's sense of humor :)

Micaela said...

Erin, yes- thank-you for reminding me of it! i never read the other books in the series, just that classic first one. I didn't even know that "A Wrinkle In Time" was part of a series as well? I saw that just as I was looking for a photo image.

Leanna, me too! (about re-reading "A Wrinkle in Time." I remember picking it as my book report read and trying to excitedly explain it to my teacher at the time. That's not an easy thing with that one! so imaginative and involved. Every time it's windy, i think of the opening of that book and feel like Meg up in her attic.

Courtney, thank-you for being my muse :) YES! i saw your tattoo-- AWESOME!!! "Are you there God" is another great Judy Blume one. And "Deenie." Seriously, i'm so thankful for Judy Blume. Who else talked about divorce, periods, masturbation etc.?

Erin-- probably why your sweet Mom wouldn't let you read her!

i've loved reading your faves!

Belen, R.L. STINE! how could i forget?!?!!?

sara with an h said...

The chronicles of narnia are my all time favorite books, some of my most prized possessions!

alexkeller said...

The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe absolutely!!!

Lauren Welsh said...

I loved The Babysitters Club!! And the girl on the cover of one of your books totally looks like Sandra Bullock!

undomestic chica said...

These bring back so many memories! I loved a Wrinkle in Time.

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