I was more of a series girl back then. Stand alone books couldn’t do it for me. I had to know there was something after the book I read so these 5 series had me hooked when I was little!
My Favourite Books When I Was Mini-Me
Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
I’m still a huge Nancy Drew fan. Yes she’s entitled, rich, spoiled, sporty and a model 50’s chick but who cares? She solved crimes! She helped people! And she always looked awesome doing it. She was my first introduction to women-power, all be it a feminist-lite introduction to women-power but I hella loved it.
Fear Street series by R. L. Stine
How many ways can you die? How many ghosts can you banish? R. L. Stine was truly creative in finding ways to kill women. And boy did he kill them. Later on, looking back on the series I find them a bit too sexual for a girl of 8 or 9 to read, but hey, I liked it then and I’m OK with the series now.
That being said, I wouldn’t let my little sister read these with a 10 foot pole.
Malory Tower series by Enid Blyton
You all have no idea how obsessed I was with British boarding schools when I was younger. I was obsessed. I devoured every book in the Malory Tower series and longed for midnight feasts (or friends, I didn’t have any during the time I loved this series), big book backs filled with even bigger books and posh uniforms!
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch series
This series was really popular when I lived in Barbados. Each book cost $5 Bajan dollars, which is about $2.50 USD so they were pretty affordable. I’d save up my quarters and pennies and even skip lunch sometimes so that I could run down the street to get one of these books. I don’t know when I grew out of them but Sabrina and her hilarious mayhem were a welcome comfort.
Sailor Moon series
Betcha didn’t know I read manga huh? I got hooked on this when I was about 7, when I discovered the Sailor Moon manga in a $1 bin. I thought they were real books so I grabbed $5 and gave the cashier all the money I had (You know how when you were little, having a $1 felt like you were the richest person in the world? I miss those days) and was sort of sad when I went home and I realised they were comic books. Well, I got schooled pretty fast and developed a cult-addiction to Japanese manga and graduated from Sailor Moon to Clover and a bunch of other series by the time I was 10.
What were your childhood favourites? BTW I still own all of the above books from when I was little!