April 08, 2015
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Favourite Childhood Books

A few weeks ago Kristen posted a letter to books and I got super nostalgic. Anyone who knows me knows from a very early age I was (and still am) a reader. Growing up we were blessed to have had (and still have) a library bigger than my bedroom filled with books. Sidenote: Thanks parents for the gift of books! When kids, my sisters included, were playing outside, I was inside with my head in a book. Thankfully, my eldest sister who lives in Australia was also a reader and whenever she would bring a new book, I would read it. So I was reading adult books well before my time. In fact, I was skipped a class in school (think skipping infants and heading straight to grade one) because I read way beyond my years and as a result I was also the poster kid to be entered into reading competitions. Fun fact, I also read very very quickly - a speed reader actually. When I started University, before I studied law, I jumped at the opportunity to do a literature degree. Anyway, when I was read Michael's post about her favourite childhood books and I just had to post mine.

Bingo Brown Gypsy Lover - This is my all time favourite childhood book. I still own this book and read it ever so often. In fact, I shuddered to post this without a real photo of the book because I forgot to take one this weekend when I was at my parents house. This photo was the only one I found with the cover I have. I know this isn't the most popular childhood book, but ever since I first read it when I borrowed it from the library of my mum's school  I was beyond hooked. (Before my mum was a principal, she was a teacher who doubled as a librarian and I got it at her library - I never returned it whoops).

Charlottes web - This was my sister's book and I have read it a million times! 


Little House on the Prairie - We still own this one as well. Its in our home library. Like the first two Ive read this wayy too many times to count.

Anne of green gables - When being entered into a reading competition in standard five (I have no idea what the comparable grade is but I was 9/10 - typical standard five age is 11 so you can calculate the grade from the age group) I was given this book to read for practice. It became one of my favourites.


Famous five - The entire series. I've read every one, probably twice.


Secret seven - See above. Same thing. Read every one.


Nancy Drew Files (case) - For Nancy Drew lovers you know there were case books and mystery books. I read both, but the case files were my favourite.

One of my faves

Hardy Boys - I think if Bingo Brown didn't exist one the Hardy Boys (and McGyver hehe) would have been my first crushes.


Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew combined - when Nancy Drew and Hardy boys combined, it made for gold, pure gold.


The Babysitters Club - I mean ... who didn't love these? No one thats who!


Sweet Valley errything - High, University everything. Even the TV show. I was a Sweet Valley girl. I might well have been a Wakefield in my head.

#oldschool

So there you have it. A bit about me and some of my childhood in book form. I wouldn't change a minute of my reading life. 

What were your favourite childhood books? Did they make the list?

Have a great Wednesday!!!

33 comments:

  1. This should be called "Helen's Favorite Childhood Books." I wore out my copy of Charlotte's Web. Seriously, the pages are barely hanging on. Same with Anne of Green Gables. My mom had all of the old Nancy Drew books, the first yellow ones. So I read the Nancy Notebooks when I was really little and then moved into the Files books and then read all the yellow ones. I was so obsessed with her. Ah I love this post. So much nostalgia!

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  2. Oh SVH books were my favorite as were Nancy Drew and so crazy but I read the entire Agatha Christie collection when I was in middle school!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  3. What a great blog idea. I'm so going to copy this, if you don't mind. I so loved Anne of Green Gables. I have read it so many times but still love it.

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  4. So many good memories with these books!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  5. Such a fun post idea! I LOVED The Babysitter's Club - alllll of them. I probably read them each at least three times. What exactly is a reading contest? Like, who can read the fastest?

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  6. Ohhh man this gave me major nostalgia and all the feels! I seriously would still read Sweet Valley High and BSC if I had them! And I do have Nancy Drew and still read them occasionally! LOVE all of the Anne books!!

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  7. I loved SVH so much too and all of the spinoffs-- senior year was one I think. I wish I would have read more Nancy Drew and I actually didn't read Anne of Green Gables for the first time until last year even though I've always loooved the mini-series or movie. I actually almost just checked out one of the BSC mystery books from the library, haha. Would love to read one or two again now!

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  8. The Babysitter's Club and Sweet Valley High were some of my favorites too. I loved the Shel Silverstein books as a kid.

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  9. Ahhhh!!!! Love Charlotte's Web, SVH, The Babysitters Club and Little House on the Prairie :) I also enjoyed Number the Stars, Amelia Bedelia, Goosebumps and the Boxcar Children. :) Such a fun walk down memory lane!

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  10. OMG Baby-Sitters Club! I read those MUCH longer than I should have ;-)

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  11. Sweet Valley High!!! I loved those! Do you remember when they turned them into a TV show? I think that was it? lol

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  12. I loved most of these too. Charlotte's Web has been so dear to my heart forever, and I remember reading every single book in the Little House series (I think there were 8? Too lazy to Google) so many times. I had a little box set and everything, haha. And Nancy Drew, and BSC, and Sweet Valley.. yes to all these!

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  13. Nancy Drew! The BSC! Sweet Valley High! All my favorites, too. I read the shit out of Christopher Pike books as well. And when I was little, it was all Sweet Pickles, all the time. And The Story of Ping. I made my parents read that to me all the time.

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  14. I was obsessed with BSC & Little House on the Prairie!

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  15. omg Anne of green gables, babysitters club, and sweet valley high were my faaaaavorite!!

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    1. I love them all!! Childhood books bring back so many great memories!

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  16. So many classics! I was an excellent reader as a kid too, I loved it. fallen off that wagon ever since law school though, now I'm all 'no reading, i'm all read-out.'
    Babysitters Club forever.

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  17. WOW. Talk about memory lane hah. I loved the little house books, of course Babysitters Club, and also the Goosebumps books and Boxcar children series. Hope you are doing well, friend! I've missed you!

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  18. I loved Babysitter's Club and Sweet Valley. One of my friends and I kept trying to decide who was Jessica and who was Elizabeth! Haha. :)

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  19. My list is pretty much the same. In fact I think you were reading my hand me downs. Lol. I read that bingo brown book you stole (ahm borrowed 😈) a kazillion times too. Lol.
    I'd also include the enchanted wood, naughty Amelia Jane and the naughtiest girl in school (also by Enid Blyton) books; the Narnia chronicles, the hobbit and the lord of the rings (I read our cousin's when I was 'too young' to read them) and all of Roald Dahl's books. I loved the secret garden as well. And in terms of caribbean/Trinidadian books I loved Michael Anthony and Merle Hodge books, folk tales and anything with brer anansi in it. Lol.
    Books are great! Books made my childhood.

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    1. How did I forget the naughtiest girl in school????? Those were my faves. And yes I did steal your hand me down hehe. Thats what little sisters are for!!

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  20. Love this so much! There's accident several that I've never heard of - Bingo Brown, Famous Five, Secret Seven. I had the Anne box set. Those were great books. I'm mad at myself for forgetting to add the American Girl books to my original post. I was OBSESSED with those.

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  21. A little while ago, I was in a link up that asked up what ten books from our childhood did we want to revisit... I still am enamored with The Secret Garden. After coming up with my list and reviewing others, I'm pretty sure I'll revisit Charlotte's Web, The Outsiders, and Flowers in the Attic again.

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  22. hahahaa i was totally a wakefield in my head!! love this post girly, some of them were definitely my faves and others i haven't heard of! i love that you had a library in your house that is AWESOME.

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  23. Yesssss to Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley, and Little House. So nostalgic!

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  24. Babysitter's Club was my favorite!

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  25. little house books are awesome. i read them all. loved babysitter's club and sweet valley twins--i didn't read the high school ones as much. charlotte's web was the first big book i ever read---i was 6--and the first to make me cry.

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  26. I have always been a reader too. Although, I seem to be failing at it a little lately. I am working on it. This list is amazing. So many great books/series. Charlotte's Web, Little House and SVH being among my favourites.

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  27. BSC for life! I wanted to be Kristy SO BAD. Those books made me think divorced parents were the coolest..2 bedrooms! All the siblings!

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  28. I read most of these. I was addicted to Little House, Anne, the BSC, and both Nancy Drew + the Hardy Boys!!!! What a great trip down memory lane!!!

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  29. I totally read Nancy Drew--mystery books have always been my favorite-eventually I graduated to Sherlock Holmes stories and Agatha Christie's mysteries--but I remember checking out countless Nancy Drew books at the library!

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  30. So much Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books here too!

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