If you remember, months ago I did a post on my top 5 favorite television shows. This time I am bringing you my top five favorite books from my childhood inspired by Shehzeen’s aka The Desi Wonder Woman’s post on her top 5 childhood books. So let’s take a trip down the bookshelves, shall we?
- The Sweet Valley Series
To say I was OBSESSED with these is an understatement. My first book was Elizabeth’s Video Fever (Sweet Valley Kids, #36) and after that my dad would take me to Mr. Old Books on Boat Basin and let me pick out as many as I wanted. I think I read all the Kids and Twins books in the series. Sweet Valley is an adorbs place in California where live the Wakefield sisters, Elizabeth and Jessica. They have blue-green eyes and sun streaked blonde hair. Elizabeth is nerdy and patient, Jessica is fun and rebellious, you get the idea. The books are about growing up, first boyfriends, kisses , heartbreak, friendships. Looking back, I don’t even know why I was so obsessed with them because these books were so vapid and silly but I think it was fun to imagine suburban life in Sweet Valley where everything was perfect and everyone learned a lesson at the end of the day. I can also neither confirm nor deny that I wanted to have a newspaper like the Sixers when I was in sixth grade.
2. The Artemis Fowl Series
This series has everything: an interesting protagonist, fairies, elves, centaurs and lots of cool technology. Artemis Fowl is a spoilt 13-year-old genius and he has a plan. In the first book, he wants to take fairy gold to restore his family’s lost fortunes. He has laid a trap to capture one but he does not know what is in store when the fairy that walks in his trap is Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Recon). She is trained and skilled as a police officer and she does not take kindly to being exploited by a human. From here follow plots that put the best heist movies to shame. There are a lot of stunts, action and technology that make the books (there were 8 in all) super fun to read. You can imagine how much 13-year-old me loved them. Give them to any young adults in your acquaintance and I can guarantee they will love them.
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Oooh boy was this series scary or what. I had never read Goosebumps or any R.L Stine novels but this series, inspired from the kids television show of the same name, really scared the bejeezus. Also the books’ cover design was so cool with the glow-in-the-dark Are you Afraid of the Dark? embossed on the front so that when the book was on your side table, it glowed and scared you…
Anyway I had a couple of favorite stories here, like the case in which a boy gets sucked into a video game. Another one was about a woman who had a mirror with a ghost in it and that ghost was her guilt or something (I am a bit fuzzy on the details). These were pretty fun night time reads because they were deliciously scary and not that long of a commitment.
4. Full House Stephanie and Michelle
Before I even knew that there was a TV series called Full House from which these books were inspired or that Michelle was actually played by twins, I was obsessed with the Full House Michelle and Stephanie books. There was a spin-off book series called Full House Sisters too and those were real fun as well. These books follow the adventures of Michelle and Stephanie Tanner, as they navigate elementary and middle/high school respectively and the shenanigans they get into. There was always an intro description of their huge family (Danny, Joey, Jesse, Aunty Becky, D.J, the twins Nicky and Alex and their dog Comet) and the plot would continue from there. I would say these were a more tolerable version of Sweet Valley Twins. My only complaint is that the third sister D.J never got a series and that is sad.
5. Agatha Christie’s novels
Oh my god, was I obsessed with these or was I obsessed with these. To be honest, I still am but back in the day I used to read one a week. My school library had practically all of them and I wouldn’t do my homework just so I had time to read them.
Though the novels which had Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian detective with “the little gray cells of the mind” were greater in number, it was her other creation: Miss Jane Marple who I really loved. She is a muddly old lady with a pink and white face who all the sergeants and detectives dismiss because what can she possibly know about murder? But she always manages to surprise them with her sharp insights. My favorite novel is A Murder is Announced in which an ad is put in the paper that literally says: “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m. Friends accept this, the only intimation.” I like to reread the ends to all of Christies novels because it is when the detective brings it all together is what is so thrilling to read.
So these were my top 5 books from childhood. What were yours? Let me know in the comments!
Disclaimer: I was and still am a huge Potterhead. I am counting the books that I read other than Harry Potter hehe.