Book List: Favorite Book Series from Childhood

Reading is an activity that gives me joy for so many reasons. Of course I love what I'm reading today, but I also spend a lot of time thinking about the books that I've read in the past. There are so many book series that I loved as a child and spent many hours obsessing over.

In today's blog post, I'm going to share some book series that I loved during my childhood.

1. The Betsy-Tacy Series by Maud Hart Lovelace

These stories were about a young girl named Betsy Ray. When the series first starts out she's in elementary school, but as the series progresses she goes through her high school years and eventually adulthood. According to Wikipedia, the first book takes place in 1897 and the final book takes place in 1917.

My Mom first introduced this series to me. She gave me a treasury for my birthday that I spent hours reading. I related a lot to Betsy because as she grew older she really enjoyed writing, and I always liked writing in my diaries and my notebooks as well.

2. The Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine

I didn't like this series at first. I grew up very sheltered and so as a young child (say around 8 or 9 years old... lol) I was very scared by the book covers and wouldn't even give these books a chance. But they always sold a ton of these books at the used book sale in our community, so I think my Mom picked some of them up figuring that eventually my brother and I wold give them a chance.

For a quarter a paperback, how could you turn that down? Haha.

I read a couple of the books and liked them. And then I just kept reading. But I do have a limit. I absolutely HATE dolls, puppets, and anything of that sort. So I never read the Slappy books and I do not intend to.

3. The Babysitter's Club by Ann M. Martin

The Babysitter's Club is a series that I started reading at an early age, but I didn't read them in order. As I mentioned earlier, my Mom would always take us to the used book sale every year and so she would pick up whatever BSC books she could find and bring them home for me.

My favorite character was... I'm not sure. To be honest, I always related to Mallory because she liked to read and write. But I also related to Mary Anne because I'm kind of quiet and shy. Haha. It's interesting to look back on for sure.

4. Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield were always fascinating to me. This is another series that i read out of order because I picked the books up as I could, from the used book sale and then eventually I would go to the library to try to read the ones I hadn't read yet.

I am a fraternal twin (I have a twin brother though) so I always liked reading fiction about twins. Elizabeth and Jessica lead this kind of picturesque life in California, and so I liked to read their books as a bit of an escape.

5. The Alice Series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

I've mentioned this series before, but I love it so much that I will bring it up again. Alice McKinley is your average, every day girl. When the series begins she's just finishing elementary school and the series follows her all the way through the end of high school, and slightly beyond.

It's a fun series because it's a coming of age story. Alice goes through a lot of situation that your average teenage girl goes through. I related a lot to Alice growing up. My plan is to re-read this series soon.

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What book do you remember fondly from childhood? I always tended to be more fond about series than individual books.

xo Marian