My Childhood Favorites — Baby-Sitters, Aliens, Dolphin Childs & Loads of Creepy Stories {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about childhood favorites, and boy did I enjoy taking a walk down memory lane. I forgot about some of these books until writing this post and writing it made me want to reread all of these though sadly I don’t own most of them anymore. Thinking about this list does confirm to me that I’ve ALWAYS been a reader and though book slumps may occur from time to time, I shouldn’t worry about them. This love of books has been going strong for 33 years and is obviously not going anywhere anytime soon πŸ™‚ So for now, walk down memory lane with me as I present: my childhood favorites!

The Babysitters’s Club series by Ann M. Martin

This series is the first one I ever became addicted to. I remember that they were available in our grocery store when I was a kid, and my parents would buy me one most times when I went with them to the store and that was the highlight of my week.

Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

For someone who mostly shies away from horror as an adult, I sure was addicted to creepy stories as a kid. I think I had most of the Goosebumps series, as well as the next one…

Fear Street series by R.L. Stine

Yep, 11-year old me couldn’t get enough of these creepy kind of series.

De Griezelbus series by Paul van Loon

The creepy book series I loved and reread the most were De Griezelbus series. (It’s a Dutch series that is very loosely translated as β€˜The Scary Bus’). In this book a teacher and his students are invited by a famous writer for a special ride in β€˜the scary bus’ where the writer tells scary stories. Not only that, but something is up with the writer as well… I loved these book so much and would actually love to reread them again!

The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton

I had these books at my grandparents’ house, and though I hardly remember anything from them, I do remember I loved going to my grandparents so I could go adventure with the Five.

The Dolphin Child by Patrick Lagrou

A Dutch book that translates as ‘The Dolphin Child’ about a boy who had a special connection to dolphins and swam with them was another childhood favorite. I would have given anything to be able to swim with dolphins myself.

Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate

I also loved, loved, LOVED this series about a group of kids fighting aliens invading their planet by turning into animals (a gift given to them by another alien). I’m still peeved that these weren’t all translated into Dutch and I never got to finish the series. This disappointment did start me reading in English more though!

Free Fall by Joyce Sweeney

This was by far my favorite book in high school. It’s a story about four boys who go exploring a cave together and end up lost inside. It’s a very emotional book about survival, but also friendship and well, we all know how much I’m a sucker for great friendships.

The Tiger Orchard by Joyce Sweeney

Another YA book by Joyce Sweeney I was addicted to as a kid was The Tiger Orchard, about a teenager who gets these nightmares about a tiger and an orchard among other things, that have something to do with his past.

City of the Beasts series by Isabel Allende

This lesser-known series by Isabel Allende was one of my favorites in my early high school days. It was my first YA fantasy read before I even knew the meaning of YA fantasy.

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Any we have in common?

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43 thoughts on “My Childhood Favorites — Baby-Sitters, Aliens, Dolphin Childs & Loads of Creepy Stories {Top Ten Tuesday}

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Goosebumps were so much fun! Haha, I remember I loved the Babysitters Club, but I never babysat a day in my life myself πŸ™‚ The Animorphs tv show was so cheesy fun πŸ™‚

  1. Greg says:

    I enjoyed this topic too once I got going. πŸ™‚ The Babysitter’s Club sounds fun- I think a lot of people enjoyed those, I see them mentioned a lot by bloggers. Same with Enid Blyton’s stuff. Fun list!
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  2. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books says:

    FEAR STREET FOREVER!!! I actually do a podcast about the Fear Street books, so I’ve been revisiting alllll the gloriousness (and not so gloriousness) that was Shadyside. I never read Animorphs as a kid bc those covers were so scary/weird!! Also, I’m a BSC fan for life. I wish Claudia was real and could be my stitch-fix stylist.
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Ah that’s so great that you do a podcast, I didn’t know! Will need to check it out and relive Fear Street as well! Also, same about Claudia being my stylist, haha πŸ™‚

  3. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

    Great list! You’re not alone, I loved creepy stories as a kid, too, and I’m a complete wuss now (but also still love them?) – I really enjoyed the Give Yourself Goosebumps series, which were the choose your own adventure books. We used to go on quite long car journeys to visit family when I was little, so I loved having a book to read that had 20 different endings!
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  4. Angela says:

    I loved the Goosebumps series and remember going to the store and picking out new ones. My sister and I were obsessed with the Babysitters Club. My mom got rid of our collection a few years ago, which my sister is mad at now that she has a little girl, but apparently Audible is going to releases a bunch of Babysitter audiobooks!
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      They had a game based on De Griezelbus? I would have LOVED that as a kid! Hell, I want to reread these books so badly since writing this post that I’d probably love it now as well πŸ™‚

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