Childhood memories

Today the lovelies at YA Highway are asking …

What books were you obsessed with as a kid?

I love this question. Love it. I was definitely a book obsessed child, that’s for sure. So, in no particular order, here are books I couldn’t get enough of.


Yeah, I guess I was kidding about the “no particular order” thing. Because on any list, Anne of Green Gables is going to be number one. Anne Shirley was everything I wanted to be. Tough, spunky, eternally optimistic, romantic. And she was a fellow redhead to boot. I owned and read every single book in the series, many times over, and damn if I didn’t wear out my VHS copies of the movies. I grew up wanting to be Anne, right down to the puffed sleeves. Fortunately, I was child of the 80s so those were readily available.


Was there anyone cooler than Nancy Drew? I read my first Nancy Drew mystery, a gift from my Nancy-loving mother, when I was in the third grade, and from then on I was hooked. I want to say I read every one of them, and then I recoiled in horror when a friend let me borrow one of her Nancy Drew Files books, from the series reimagining Nancy as a teen in the late 80s. Because Nancy? She does not cajole with Ned in a hot tub while wearing a ruffled bikini. She just doesn’t do those things, my friends.

Just say no ————>

(I might be making up the ruffled bikini thing. But there was definitely a hot tub involved).


I’m lumping the collective works of Judy Blume together for this one because otherwise this list would be incredibly long. Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret. Superfudge. Forever. Blubber. Deenie. Just As Long As We’re Together.

These books kept me up late at night, turning the page. They also were a source of … er … education. Yes. Definitely.


I’d be lying if I said the Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High series didn’t belong on this list. Because I devoured these.

What about you? Were you as in love with any of these as I was? What was on your list?

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18 Responses

  1. Pam Harris says:

    Superfudge FTW! I loved ANYTHING by Judy Blume. 🙂

  2. Cherie Reich says:

    I was definitely obsessed with Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High.

  3. Susan says:

    Anne of Green Gables: CHECK
    Boo on Case Files: CHECK
    Judy Blume: CHECK
    Babysitters Club: OBSESSIVE CHECK

    Clearly we had similar childhoods. 90s kids UNITE!

    Um, have you see this blog before? Because you will laugh until you die.

  4. Connie says:

    I loved Nancy Drew and Nate the Great.

  5. Kate Hart says:

    I think I still have a bunch of the old Nancy Drews at my mom's house. 🙂

  6. Carrie says:

    I forgot all about the Superfudge books. Those were really great and funny.

  7. Tracey Neithercott says:

    I loved Nancy Drew! My best friend and I would go to the library together and each take one out. Then we'd swap when we were done.

  8. Alison Miller says:

    Deenie was one of mine too. I just re-read last fall and still just as good!

  9. Carol Riggs says:

    Yay for Nancy Drew!! I read that series, and loved going to the library to get the next one. 🙂

  10. Lara says:

    Those are all such fabulous picks! I especially loved Anne of Green Gables, too. This is probably sacrilege, since we are discussing books and all, but I think I may love the movies MORE! I still have the old VHS I taped during that infamous telethon (pledge now and win a porcelain Anne doll!).

  11. KO: The Insect Collector says:

    Yes, yes, yes.
    Anne of Green Gables. Oh, I could cry if I let myself think about Matthew Cuthbert for too long.

    I adore Nancy Drew (and she'd NEVER get in a hot tub. She'd be too busy "sleuthing").

    Ditto with the love for the SVH sisters. Oh, that Jessica was a handful, wasn't she?

  12. Trisha says:

    I read some Babysitter's Club too – but my favourites were Point thriller/horror 😀 I just wrote about it in my blog actually, though I'm not an official participant of this Highway thingy 🙂

  13. Heather Hellmann says:

    I loved the Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables books!

  14. Meredith says:

    I'm so glad there are so many Nancy fans!

    Sooz, that site is AWESOME. 🙂

  15. Carrie says:

    Superfudge!!! I need to get my hands on a copy of this ASAP!

  16. Amanda Hannah says:

    Nancy would never!
    Anne of Green Gables <33

  17. Alicia Gregoire says:

    Nancy Drew FTW!

  18. Eliza Faith says:

    I don't think I've ever read a Nancy Drew…I think I might be missing out. Great choices! I remember the Sweet Valley High Board game.

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