Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are getting nostalgic and featuring our favorite children/teen books that we want to revisit. I was a YA before YA was the big thing that it is today. But, with authors such as S.E. Hinton, Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary and Lois Duncan we managed just fine with reading material in the 80s! Plus, I supplemented my teen reading with horror from Stephen King, romance novels, celebrity memoirs and fiction bestsellers. My mom didn’t censor my reading at all so I read everything I could get my hands on.
I don’t know if I want to revisit these old-school YA favorites exactly, preferring to keep my memories intact. This is what I was reading (and re-reading) back in the day:
1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg – I really wanted to spend the night at the museum like the kids did in this book!
2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – I found this book so magical!
3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Definitely a childhood favorite and I enjoyed rereading it with my child.
4. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene – I still have my copy of The Clue in the Diary! Sweet Valley High and The Babysitter’s Club were after my time but I devoured Nancy Drew.
5. Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? by Judy Blume – And Deenie, Blubber, Then Again, Maybe I Won’t and Forever. YA Pioneer Blume’s coming-of-age books were a big part of my pre-teen years.
6. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – And Tex, Rumble Fish, and That Was Then, This is Now. I loved these books (and the movies as well) I recently rewatched The Outsiders with my teenager since they were reading the book at school.
7. Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan – And Killing Mr. Griffin, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. I loved horror as a teen and though my interests changed I still have fond memories of these books. If I were going to re-read any books from this list it would be these.
8. The Dollanganger series by V. C. Andrews – This series was dark and addictive and my ratty paperback was passed on from friend to friend. The Twilight of its day? I couldn’t bring myself to watch the Lifetime movie.
9. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous – This “banned book week” classic was dark and compelling stuff for naive, pre-teen me. Back then I thought it was a real teenager’s diary, and felt so used many years later to find out it was fake.
10. Carrie by Stephen King – And Salem’s Lot, The Shining, and Firestarter. Once I started reading Stephen King in my early teens there was no going back to YA and I started experimenting more with adult books. (Until I had a child of my own and rediscovered YA with her!)
What childhood/teen books would you like to revisit?