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Sweet Summertime Reads: School Reading Lists

For a lot of us, it’s been a few years since we’ve received a mandatory summer reading list. If you’re like me, you may even glance at the Summer Reading tables at the bookstores and be surprised by the titles that are there. Some are so modern! In my high school much of our summer […]

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July 11, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] 6/12: RBR: Top 10 Beach Reads 6/13: GReads – Interview with Jennifer Echols 6/14: RBR – School Reading Lists 6/15: RBR – Lullaby […]

June 19, 2012 - 3:42 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I just did a post on probably my favorite school read ever – To Kill A Mockingbird – but it wasn’t summer reading. (Here that is: http://mysistersbookshelf.com/recommend-a-book-that-made-you-emotional/ It explains better than I can here all the reasons why)

But for summer reading, hands down fave was The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. It was my favorite book for years after that – and I still like books about boxing? It’s a great read.

June 19, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Magan: Shelve It (6/17/2012) - […] out The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen myself. – Did you have mandatory summer reading in school? Estelle reminisces about hers. – Estelle couldn’t wait to rave about From What I Remember… – Coney Island, a new […]

June 15, 2012 - 11:15 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - To be honest, summer reading lists were never something that happened in the Philippines. This of course did not mean that I did not do summer reading of my own, since I did. But I would have probably been a big fan if there was such a thing!

June 15, 2012 - 7:23 am

VeganYANerds - I haven’t read any of these and the only one I’ve heard of is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and you’re not the first person I know to have enjoyed it so I definitely want to read it!

June 15, 2012 - 3:50 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Oh man, this post brings back soooo many memories. Witch of Blackbird Pond was definitely my favorite. My least favorite was The Hobbit. I still get hives thinking about that book.

June 15, 2012 - 12:01 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I never had a required summer reading list, and I moved all over the country while I was in school. I’d moved 8 times before high school, and never had any homework over the summer. Haha! I guess I was lucky? I hated required readings when I was younger. I really liked Hatchet by Gary Poulsen, but that was it. Where the Red Fern Grows had me SO upset. Haha. So did The Outsiders and Of Mice and Men. Sadly, I loved reading as a little girl, and then I hated it until my freshman year of college. It was all because of the things my teachers made me read. Haha!

June 14, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - OK, I’m going to sound like a TOTAL dork, but here goes. I never had a summer reading list from school — maybe it’s an American thing? But I’d always read books where kids were reading from their summer reading lists, and I always wished that I could have one. Perhaps that’s where my love of lists came from — the list that I never had πŸ˜‰

June 14, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I still remember a lot of my summer reading books and since I was in honors classes, most of them were classics that I totally wasn’t into reading (Lord of the Flies, Frankenstein, The Scarlet Letter, etc) – My friend’s sister had Twilight on her summer reading list about 4 years ago. Sounds like they’ve changed a lot since I’ve been there!

June 14, 2012 - 2:28 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Ok wow. We definitely did not have any of those books for our summer reading. To be honest, it’s hard to remember what mine were. I think it was a list of the books we’d be reading the following year, but our teachers wanted us to get a jump start on it. Or maybe different books from the same authors, so we were introduced to that type of writing? You have to forgive me, my memory isn’t the best.. I graduated high school 13 years ago!! haha

Estelle: Sweet Summertime Reads – Retro Throwback

When I was a kid, my library used to have these reading contests every summer. We would have to keep a tally of the books we read and at each different level (determined by the library), we would get a prize. Is it surprising I won almost every year for most books read? (ha) One […]

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December 20, 2012 - 9:04 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Honestly, I enjoy any time I can reminisce with other readers about books from childhood like The Baby-Sitters Club. Nice to know people loved those gals as much as I […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I swear, if we had gone to the same schools or lived in the same place, we would definitely have been friends. I LOVED the BSC series! I still have most of the books, and though I haven’t reread them in a while, they will always have a place in my heart. Stacey was always my favorite, but I identified most with Mary Anne!

June 16, 2012 - 8:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] RBR: Our Local Bookstores 6/3: RBR – Fall in Love with Melissa C. Walker 6/4: RBR – Retro Throwback 6/5: GReads – Tune In Tuesday! > BRB – Tune in Tuesday! 6/6: RBR – […]

June 15, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Melly - How I LOVE these books! My favorite sitter changes constantly, though it’s usually between Krista and Claudia. I have read and own all but the Chain Letter book. Sadly I am still missing some of the spin-off series (Little Sister, California Diaries, and the like). I still obsess over this series and am so glad that they are republishing them!

June 10, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Shelve It: 6/10/2012 - […] Keplinger: Magan reviews Kody’s latest. SSR: Tune in Tuesday: Our summer listening picks! SSR: Retro Throwback: BSC anyone? Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker – perfect book for the […]

June 10, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Estelle - Andrea, Dawn’s house was the one with the secret passageways and I always loved that detail too! I wonder if your library would carry them. They recently republished a few of them and “updated” them (cell phones, DVDs, etc.) so I bet you could grab a few of those! Thanks for stopping in!

June 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Estelle - G, I think Mary Anne & Claudia are the perfect combo of favorite characters. Loyal friend and creative thinker. πŸ™‚ Ditto on the TV show. They need to put those on DVD.

June 10, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Estelle - ha Morgan! I wrote about Babysitters on Board on This Happy Place so I didn’t want to double up. YES. I loved that show too. I watched it all the time. I really want to write something about it soon… hmm… πŸ™‚

June 10, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Estelle - Well, I was actually pretty old when she gave them away so it’s quite understandable even if it is sad.

You should definitely check out the books. I wonder if they ever visited London in the books… they did a lot of traveling! Have fun!

June 10, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Estelle - Abby! That was a character we didn’t get to know well enough. I do remember how cool her curly hair looked on the covers though. Yay for a Dawn girl. There is so much to love about this series, isn’t there?

June 10, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Estelle - Elena, have you tried the California Diaries series? I absolutely loved it.

June 10, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Estelle - Roxanne, you hated Dawn?! I can no longer speak to you. Just kidding. I guess I can deal. haha. I actually wrote a report about Claudia & the Sad Goodbye in elementary school. Mimi was a great character. Yes, you are right about the camp one. I haven’t read that in forever. Perhaps I’ll have to pick it up soon. I do like the cover of that one.

haha! Good for you for doing the baby-sitting!

June 10, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Estelle - M, EATEN BY INSECTS? that’s the saddest thing ever. πŸ™ You should try to recollect a few of our favorites to keep!

June 10, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Estelle - Anna, totally going to have this lengthy convo in person someday! xo

June 10, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Estelle - Sharon, I totally met the actresses from the movie and saw it when it came out. And then watched it many times after it. I remember really liking the music a lot. Thanks for your enthusiasm! It’s amazing to see how much people still love BSC even after the series ended so many years ago. That means something. Claudia was also another one of my favorites. She was very artsy and I always loved to hear about her wild outfits.

June 10, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Estelle - Stacey was just the coolest. I always wanted to be like her. Thx for stopping by Brittani!

June 10, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Estelle - Liz, I’m not sure if I ever read the one with the fire. I’ll have to check if I have it. I was never much into the the Little Sister books… I just missed the girls too much. haha. Thx for commenting!

June 6, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Liz - Love this post! I have been trying to track down my BSC collection, but sadly it looks like my parents may have ditched it too. I want to find some good deals on rebuilding it.

I remember the summer I read The Fire at Mary Anne’s House, I was terrified every night that my house was going to burn down. I loved this series so much, as well as Baby Sitter’s Little Sister. Oh, the memories.

June 6, 2012 - 6:22 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - BSC!!! Oh yes. I remember stealing my sister’s copies from her closet when she wasn’t looking. And of course I remember Dawn!!!

June 5, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Brittani - OMG! I loved reading BSC when I was younger! It was one of my fave series!!! I couldn’t get enough of them! My favorite was Stacey!

June 5, 2012 - 9:02 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Oh, BSC! I absolutely adored those books when I was younger! I read the one about their trip to NYC about fifteen times. Claudia was always my favorite.

Haha! Wow, the movie. I rented it from Blockbuster once. I remember liking it, but thinking it totally wasn’t nearly as good as the books.

Random bit of information: I was watching an episode of Jeopardy once when I was 11 or 12. The Final Jeopardy question was: “What popular series started with Kristy’s Great Idea.” I was all, “OH! OH! THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB SERIES BY ANN M. MARTIN.” And NO ONE on the show got it right. I was so proud of myself, LOL. But also completely taken aback that not one of the three on the show knew it.

June 5, 2012 - 6:26 am

Anna - Not that you asked, BUT…if i had to be someone I’d totally be Stacey. I could get into a lengthy discussion of the merits of each girl, but I shall refrain. Ahahaha!

June 4, 2012 - 8:04 pm

VeganYANerds - Loving this post, Estelle! I had all The Babysitters books as well as The Little Sister books too. I think some of mine were given away (grr!) and the rest are looking really old and sad and possibly eaten by insects, so sad.

The video makes me want to watch the movie again!

June 4, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Roxanne - Claudia & Stacey were always my favorites. I couldn’t stand Dawn! I remember the Babysitters On Board book which is what convinced me to go on the Haunted Mansion the first time when I was 11! Even to this day, the part of the Hitch-hiking ghost makes me think of that book. One of my favorite books was Claudia & The Sad Good-bye, where Mimi dies. I don’t know how many time I’ve read that book. 2nd favorite was the Super Special where the girls go to camp (#2, I think?).

Loved that series & always played it with friends. I also became my town’s most active babysitter! :o)

June 4, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - Wow. This brings back memories. I was just thinking of The BSB the other day, as I was telling Nick that I had ALL of the books still. My mom was sweet enough to order the whole collection, which arrived 3-4 books at a time every 3 months for a couple of years. I will always adore my mom for doing that πŸ™‚

I think my favorite girl was actually Abby/Abbie, who wasn’t introduced until later in the series. Before her, I’d have to say that Stacey and Dawn were my favorites. And oh! Logan! That boy was dreamy πŸ˜‰

I remember the movie almost word-for-word, including that crazy-cool song the girls made up for Claudia when she had to pass that biology test: “… and into the cerebellum – the brain, the brain – the center of the chain!” Ahahaha! (And boy, wasn’t that Cokie a little witch?)

Thanks for the memories, ladies <3

June 4, 2012 - 2:35 pm

elena - GUUURL I AM ALL OVER THIS! Ahh I am so sorry about your BSC collection being given away. I bought a box of books from Half Price Books awhile ago and it had a good portion of BSC. However, I think it was the spin off with the lil sis which is not NEARLY as great. Claudia Kishi was my favourite! She was always stylin’. Such a good post!

June 4, 2012 - 1:34 pm

ComaCalm - She gave your books away? That’s ridiculous! My partner had the same problem. I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to keep your books if you’re still reading them but I supposed I grew up in a more relaxed household!

I haven’t actually read any of these books, with a perfectly plausable explanation – I’m English! I am going to see if I can get the first book though, to see if I like it. πŸ˜€

ComaCalm’s Corner =^.^=

June 4, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Morgan - What, no love for Baby-sitters on Board?! They went to Disney World!! My favorite baby-sitter was Dawn, although in retrospect I don’t know why because we’re nothing alike. Maybe because she was from California? I still have a special spot in my heart for the direct-to-video series they used to show on The Disney Channel.

June 4, 2012 - 11:52 am

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I loved The Baby-Sitter’s Club when I was a preteen! That and Sweet Valley Twins. I didn’t read Sweet Valley High back then, but last year, my friend and I wanted to read Sweet Valley Confidential, but we wanted to read Sweet Valley High books first. So I got on eBay and found 32 books for like $36. I read about half of them last year. I think they’re great for nostalgia’s sake but most of the books just really aren’t that high on content. But I’m determined to read all of the ones I bought! Hmm, maybe I could turn it into some kind of flashback feature… πŸ˜‰

But I’d like to reread some of the BSC books someday! Maybe my library will actually have some copies so I won’t have to buy them! I don’t really remember my favorite books, but I do remember loving Mary Anne and Claudia, and I remember loving how some house (I think it was Dawn’s house?) had secret passageways. I always wanted to live in a house with secret passageways!!! πŸ˜‰

June 4, 2012 - 11:45 am

Ghenet Myrthil - I was obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club. OBSESSED. My faves were probably Claudia and Mary Anne.

I had the the movie on VHS and watched it so many times! I also loved the TV show on the Disney Channel. πŸ™‚

Sweet Summertime Reads: Our Local Bookstores

Confession: we spend a lot of time book shopping. Not a shocker, we know. Those marketing people sure know what they are doing when they set up books on a table and add a pretty sign. WE CANNOT RESIST. As part of Sweet Summertime Reads, we wanted to share some of the summery book displays […]

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July 19, 2012 - 9:05 am

YA Book Review: The Summer of Firsts and Lasts (Terra Elan McVoy) - […] The Summer of FirstsΒ and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy Publication Date: May 3, 2011 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 423 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer camp, sisters, first love, independence Format read: Hardcover borrowed from the libary. How I found out about it: Featured at my B&N this summer. […]

June 3, 2012 - 12:21 pm

elena - ooh thanks for sharing these girls! I’m quite jealous of your local stores, Magan! First, SARAH DESSEN CAME THERE? Second, love the level of detail in the employee recommendations. It really is apparent to how much they love the books and I love that!

June 2, 2012 - 8:23 pm

VeganYANerds - I really like the set up at your local stores! I would have a hard time walking about without buying at least one book!

One of my local stores is part of a chain and they don’t usually have anything as specific, I guess we don’t have a lot of YA come out all at once or all based on the same theme eg summer romance.

June 2, 2012 - 7:23 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - The B&N display is almost identical to the one here! It makes me want to stop and read every time I pass by, LOL.

Oh my gosh! I love those little handwritten signs. That is brilliant. And so personal! What a lovely idea. Alas, there’s never any reason I would be further south in Texas than Dallas, but if I’m ever near Austin, I will most definitely be going there.

I really want to read Jellicoe Road, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I really should! I hadn’t heard of Goddess Boot Camp before, but the first in the series is now on my TBR list. It looks like it could be lots of fun!

June 2, 2012 - 12:01 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - These bookstore displays are oh so pretty! I miss going to that particular Barnes & Noble…

And also, I miss you ladies! <3

June 2, 2012 - 11:13 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m a sucker for pretty displays too! Our local Chapters always does great displays of teen books, usually accompanied by staff reviews and teen reviews as well. It’s dangerous to go into the store because I either walk out with books or a much longer TBR list. And then head home and order the books that I want online.