It's time once again for Ten on Tuesday with Kim at It's A Crafty Life. I love 10 on Tuesday because it gives me a chance to be completely random (not that that doesn't happen often anyway). This week, Kim posted about 10 things from the 80s, including one of my absolute favorite book series of all time- The Baby-Sitter's Club. I was a complete bookworm as a child, more than I am now, probably because I actually had the time then! I remember getting a collection of the classics in the 2nd grade for either my birthday or Christmas and I thought that was the greatest gift EVER. I also remember getting special permission to check out chapter books on the bookmobile and at the school library before most kids my age. Again, I thought this was amazing. So anyway, Kim's post inspired my Top 10 this week:
Top Ten Books (or series) I Loved as a Child/Teen!!
1. Baby-Sitter Club, California Diaries, BSC Friends Forever, etc. by Ann M Martin
This was definitely my number one. I loved Ann M Martin and anything by her. I had a collection of probably around 200 of her books alone, posters on my wall, etc. (And of course Dawn was always my favorite!!). It would be hard to choose one favorite!!
2. Inside Out by Ann M Martin
Yes, another one by Ann M Martin. This is one of the few books I actually still own (though I wish I'd kept the others!). When I was younger, I knew my older brother had been autistic (I didn't find out until later he'd not been officially diagnosed, only suspected and he passed before he could be diagnosed), but I had no idea what that really meant. This book helped me to understand that a bit better and inspired me to want to work with autistic children for a long while. (Ann M Martin actually started out working with kids on the spectrum before she began writing.) I actually started rereading this one awhile back, and though it's still a great story, it WAS written in the 80s so it's a bit outdated to say the least.
3. Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
I don't remember when I first discovered this book but I remember reading it several times! It's kind of similar to The Secret Garden, but I thought it was much better. It was one of those books that was so descriptive that I could picture the whole thing in my head, which I love in a book. I would actually really like to find and read this one again!!
4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I'm sure this one is on nearly every girl's top 10 book lists! What's not to love?
5. American Girl Books
I'm not a big history fan, and even now I don't typically like historical fiction. But these were definitely an exception. I believe my favorites were Molly and Samantha, but all of them were great! I know they have a lot more now too, so I must not have been the only one who loved them!!
6. Replica Series by Marilyn Kaye
I'm not sure how popular this series was, but I know I loved it. It was a preteen sci-fi series about clones. I can't honestly remember much else about it, other than I couldn't get enough of them!!
7. Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
Yes, I was into vampire novels before Twilight;) But seriously, I LOVED this book. A young writer who soon realizes the characters from her story are REAL, what's not to love? I think this particularly appealed to me because I loved to write myself, and often wrote about vampires, witchcraft, etc AND the writer was only 15 when this book was published! (She'd published her first book at 13-wow!) This is still on my favorites list now!
8. I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
Obviously, this was when I was a bit older (17). I never actually (intentionally at least) kissed dating goodbye, but I loved the book anyway.
9. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Another one that's probably a favorite among all teenage girls! I loved the movies for these too, but of course, as always, the books are always much better!
10. Lurlene McDaniel books
I know I'm not alone in this one...most of my friends in high school were pretty obsessed with these also.
As I said, I know there were a lot more, but these are just a few I could think of off the top of my head! For more of Ten on Tuesday, be sure to check out It's A Crafty Life!!
(I apologize for no pictures on this post, my computer is acting strange today and not letting me add them...grrr)