Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Older Books You Shouldn't Forget

Today's Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke & The Bookish is a rewind, so I decided to go back and do last week's since I missed it. Here's my Top 10 books you shouldn't forget about, in no particular order or theme (apparently my theme is "children's/YA with a little bit of fiction and a classic thrown in" lol.)

1. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck --this book kicked off my "Summer of Steinbeck" and it remained my favorite throughout. It won me over with its simplicity and description and I hope it never goes out of style.

2. Hunky Dory Dairy by Anne Lindbergh --this would be considered a Middle Grade book probably and is my favorite childhood book. I read it when I'm sick (like last March with strep!) or feeling sad or just need some nostalgia. I would also consider Lindbergh's People of Pineapple Place one not to forget.

3. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen --this may seem like an odd choice, but I really love this book. It is very reminiscent of Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, which I also love, but with a bit more updated feel.

4. The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M Martin --I guess this should have been #1 for me, huh? :) If you've read any of my blog before, you will know why this is on my list. Or if you were a young girl/teenager in the late 80s/early 90s.

5. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks --a great adventure story for both boys and girls. The first one came out in 1980 (great year!) and I loved the first 3 in the series. I actually didn't know there were 2 more after that. I have this first one that I picked up recently and can't wait to revisit it.

6. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright --oh, I loved this book as a kid! It was so scary!! I still have my copy, with its cheesy purple Scholastic cover. :)

7. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene --a classic children's series, that should be on everyone's list at some point, in my opinion. I didn't realize they were so old, starting in 1930! I used to have a ton of these, along with The Hardy Boys, but I don't have any now.

8. The Doll People by Ann M Martin --these are fairly new books, the first was released in 2000, but I don't think a lot of people know about them. They're a cute Children's/Middle Grade series, I gave the first one to my youngest sister last Christmas and she really liked it.

9. Sweet Valley High/Twins/Kids by Francine Pascal --I know these are basically trash, but they're such good trash! Every teenage girl should be able to get sucked into Jessica & Elizabeth's perfect size 6 world. And it makes me sad that these books are so hard to find at HPB and such! Is somebody hoarding all these books, like me with the BSC?? Lol...I have maybe a dozen or so of mine left, but I'd love to find some more sometime.

10.Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block --oh how I loved these books in high school, in all my angsty, misunderstood glory. They made me feel normal and that's a hard thing for most HS kids.

A quick heads-up: my Halloween Giveaway will be going up at noon (CDT) today and will last thru Friday at noon. Be sure to check it out! 


  1. Great list! I love reading Nancy Drew! :)

    Here's my TTT: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/top-ten-books/

    ~ Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. Garden Spells is one of my favorite books, glad to see it on your list!

    1. I need to reread it soon, it's been a while. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. Oh man, BSC and SVH brings back memories... should I not admit that I also obsessively read the SVU books? In sixth grade I loaned one to a friend and her mom gave it back to me the next day and told me her daughter wasn't allowed to read "trash like that"... ah, memories haha.

    1. Hah! That's great. I read some of the SVU books, but not many. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. Loved that you chose The Indian in the Cupboard. That book provided me with hours of daydream fodder.

    My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-10-tuesday-rewind-top-ten-bookish.html