Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day 2953 - What were your favourite books as a child?

What do the Berenstain Bears and Trixie Belden have in common?

These were my favourite books when I was a kid.  The Berenstain Bears books (I swear they were the Bearinsteins though) and the entire Trixie Belden series shared a spot on my metaphorical bookshelf.  I say "metaphorical" because I honestly can't remember where I used to house my books, but I do know that books were a very important part of my life.

Last month Min from Write of the Middle posted about the books she read as a child which had me reflecting on my own reading list.

The Bears' Holiday is probably the first book I actually remember reading and it still makes me laugh when I read it.  What I loved most about the book as a child was that the dad was a total dufus and was always getting into strife while teaching his kid "what not to do".  He was Phil Dunphy long before anyone had heard of Phil Dunphy.

My next memory of reading was with the Trixie Belden series.  Trixie was the teen sleuth who went on fantastic adventures solving crazy mysteries.  So much cooler than Nancy Drew.  These were the books I couldn't put down and which kept me awake at night reading by torchlight under the covers.

From there I progressed to Sweet Valley High which made me want to move to America, become a cheerleader and find myself someone who looks exactly like me so we could be twins and do crazy twin things.  If my memory serves me correctly, one twin was the softer good girl academic type while the other twin was in the popular crowd and had a mean streak.  I was drawn to the good girl (of course).

I've read a gazillion books and have been loyal to many series (Stephanie Plumb anyone?) but it's my childhood reading experiences that stick with me the most.

None of my kids ever got into reading as much as I did.  The closest we got was a three book series the model daughter read called "Diary of a Would Be Princess" by Jessica Green. That was the one book where the author didn't write fast enough and we were waiting on tender hooks in readiness for the next volume to drop.

As we get ready to spend a few weeks in Sydney by the big grown up daughter's hospital bed, I've been wondering what I can read. I'd love to find myself a series that had me on the edge of my seat as I closed one cover and opened the next.

Did you read any of these books growing up?

Are these books showing my age?

Got any great chick lit you can recommend?  

Chelsea's spinal surgery to remove her cancer takes place this Thursday.  To read about her journey and to see what has been consuming our life this year, click this link to her Go Fund Me page


  1. Good luck again with the surgery. As for the books - I loved the Bearstein Bears but never had any as a kid, my friend up the road had them. As a result, I got them for my kids. And one kid went as the bear on a bike in Bears on Wheels (not sure if it's the name of the book). I got a book I adored as a kid My Father's Dragon for the kids but none of them liked it....I love that the Babysitter Club books have somehow made their way back in fashion. I never read them but I did love Sweet Valley High...

  2. I loved The Tiger Who Came to Tea and The Very Hungry Caterpillar - they're still two of my all time favourite books, even as an adult. Once I became a "free" reader I devoured anything by Roald Dahl (although Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will always be my best) and all Enid Blyton's Malory Towers books, I was at boarding school and decided that reading the books would be good research! Hope all goes well next week, I'll be thinking of you. If you're looking for some quality chick lit, you can't go wrong with anything by Marian Keyes x

  3. Hope the surgery goes well!
    I loved BSC, Sweet Valley High, Mallory Towers and the Dolly novels before moving on to Mum's historical romance when I was 11 or 12. Around that time, I also discovered Stephen King and a fondness for horror :)

  4. Oh Sweet Valley High! I loved the baby sitters club as well. I adored reading as a teen, however only my daughter has followed my footsteps out of our 5.

  5. I remember all of these reads. I loved those girly romances too. I also loved Enid Blyton. Kids seem to read less these days. Screens are too appealing sadly.
    All the best to your daughter. I will head over for a read. I have also just had surgery for cancer. Totally sucks. Xx

  6. Best of luck for the surgery! I didn't read any of those books as a kid. I remember reading a lot of Enid Blyton and all of the Little House on the Prairie books. I'm going into surgery tomorrow so I went to the library and borrowed a bunch of books... But none of them are chick lit, sorry!!

  7. I had all the Trixie Belden books too, plus the Nancy Drew books. I loved both series.

    And yes I remember all the "Papa bear will show you how" antics from the Bererstain Bears books.

    I think I must be around the same vintage as you Leanne!


  8. Definitely sweet Valley High and Flowers in the attic.

  9. Oh man, I LOVED books when I was a kid. I even wrote a spin-off, fan fiction type series based on the Sweet Valley High books with dark haired twins. Haha. At the time I had no idea what fan fiction was, but there you go!

    I love the Berenstain Bears too and have a massive collection of the books. My Mother actually put all my old books {bear, Dr Seuss, Golden Books and more} into her hope chest and gave them to me for my 21st birthday. My nieces and nephews love to read through them now, it really was the best gift.

  10. I enjoyed the Babysitters Club books but I never really got into the Sweet Valley books. I also loved Anne of Green Gables and the Secret Garden.

  11. I don't remember much but fairytale says a young child then anything by Enid Blyton. I read all 21 Famous Five books in a two week period (says family legend) and even read as I walked down streets I was so in love with the books.

  12. Berenstain Bears was one of my favourite series. I tracked down second hand copies of many of their books for my girls (and they are in the storage bins full of "keepers" that are saved for grandkids). I also loved SVH as most American teens did back then (along with teen romance books). One of my girls is a heavy reader like I was/am and the other rarely reads no matter how many awesome books we pick out (takes her months to read one book). I wish she enjoyed it but she is very active so chilling for an hour of reading is low on her list.

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