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Revisit Your Childhood Favorites Challenge

October 2nd, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I noticed recently a lot of my childhood favorite reads seem to be making a come back.  The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith is now a TV series on the CW, Diablo Cody just acquired rights to produce a Sweet Valley High adaptation and Christopher Pike just re-released his Last Vampire series.  All this has made me nostalgic to re-read some of my favorite books growing up.   On Twitter there was some interest in doing the same so why not make it a challenge!


  1. Read 5 books that were favorites while growing up
  2. If you would also just like to write a post high lighting your favorite book or series feel free to
  3. Post your reviews or book/series highlight here
  4. Challenge starts today and will end June 30, 2010.
  5. I will do summary posts periodically highlighting the reviews added so far

My Friend Amy is also doing a Baby-Sitters Club Week that could coincide nicely with this challenge.  Go check that out if you read and loved that series.

When you sign up using Mr. Linky put the link to the page where your reviews/posts will be listed or your post talking about joining this challenge.

Here are some ideas of the books/series I am debating revisiting:

  • Baby-Sitter’s Club
  • Sweet Valley High
  • Christopher Pike’s books
  • The Forbidden Games series by LJ Smith
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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49 Responses

  1. April

    I am so in!!! I will be back with my page link! I am so excited about this!!!

  2. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    You know I’m in! I actually bought the Pike books without having read them when I was young…but I’m going to try to find some that I did read…maybe even some Fear Street. LOL!!!

  3. readergal1004

    I LOVED the fear street books! Did you read any of Lois Duncan’s books?

  4. dsuzuki

    I totally forgot about Lois Duncan! I remember reading those too.

  5. readergal1004

    I own quite a few of them and reread them every now & then. :)

  6. Lusty Reader

    I will definitely participate!

    So weird, literally last night I thought of The Black Stallion for the first time in years when talking to a friend about childhood books, which made me remember Misty of Chincoteague, The Saddle Club series, the Thoroughbred series, I could go on and on. I can’t wait to see what other people remember and re-read!

  7. Stephanie

    This is a VERY cool challenge. I love Anne of Green Gables, A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

  8. readergal1004

    I loved Anne of Green Gables too, but I reread them whenever I get sick, so I didn’t add them to my list :)

  9. J. Kaye

    This is a seriously cool challenge! I’ll pass this on at Twitter!

  10. Stephanie Cowell

    I reread A LITTLE PRINCESS every few years and also PETITE SUZANNE, particularly when I am very tired or a little sick. I was friends with Madeleine L’Engle who also adored A LITTLE PRINCESS and we quoted by heart the wonderful lines at the end when Sara finds out that the magic was real after all!

  11. dsuzuki

    Amy-Fear Street was great!
    Lusty Reader-I don’t remember Misty. Will have to go check it out.
    Stephanie-those books were so awesome
    Thanks J. Kaye!
    Stephanie-friends with Madeleine L’Engle? How awesome.

  12. The Book Resort

    I’m in. What a cool challenge! Thank you : ).

  13. Belle

    I am so tempted by this one … I just swore off new challenges. It will be so difficult to be disciplined about this one!

  14. Zee

    I’m in!

    I hate to be the one to be all persnickity and all that but my inner English teacher is forcing me: you’ve missed the H in Childhood in the picture above (sorry)

  15. dsuzuki

    Zee-thank you for pointing that out!

  16. Michelle

    Hi. Read another blog that had mentioned this challenge and as it is something I was already planning on doing, I will join you! And have lots have fun with it as well :)

  17. dsuzuki

    Yay! Welcome Michelle!

  18. Erika

    I need to resist challenges, but I read with my kids, so this one shouldn’t be problem. I’m going for Anne of Green Gables and A Wrinkle in Time, but I might slip in a Harold and the Purple Crayon.

  19. Whitney

    I’m in! What a great idea for a challenge.

  20. readergal1004

    This sounds like a fun challenge. I am looking forward to rereading Heidi especially!

  21. dsuzuki

    I forgot about Heidi! I remember really enjoying this Heidi spin off book that had Charlie Sheen on the cover. Can’t think of what it was called. I might have to see if I can find out what it was and reread it.

  22. readergal1004

    I believe the book you are referring to is called Courage Mountain: The Further Adventures of Heidi

    I have never read it, but I was curious and did a quick search…I got some interesting results, but I am sure this is what you were talking about :)

  23. dsuzuki

    Yes! That is it. Thanks. I just requested it from paperbackswap. Going to have to read it again. I don’t recall the story too well but I think I enjoyed the book.

  24. Kathryn

    I wanted to join, but I couldn’t get the Mr. Linksy to work on this page. I loved the Sweet Valley series growing up, and I definitely want to revisit them!

  25. dsuzuki

    Sorry about that. Can you try again? I think it’s fixed.

  26. Jamye

    What a great idea! I’ll come back and officially sign up when I have a post to link to. I’ll probably choose some LJ Smith books, Watership Down, and maybe Island of the Blue Dolphins.

    This will be perfect for my first challenge, thanks for hosting it!

  27. dsuzuki

    Hope you have fun with your first challenge!

  28. Jamye

    Ok, I think I signed up (hopefully I did it right)! Now I just have to choose the books and get reading.

  29. L. Diane Wolfe

    Okay, I’ll do it! Will post about it in Friday’s blog.

  30. dsuzuki

    Yay! Welcome to the challenge guys!

  31. Jeanie

    Wow – I read so many great books as a child!! This is going to take some thought, but should be lots of fun to visit my “old friends”!

  32. Marilu

    Great challenge! Count me in! I think the biggest challenge for this will be deciding on 5 books. While I read about the challenge at least 10 books popped into my head, even before I saw your suggested list!

  33. dsuzuki

    LOL.I know, I think I might end up reading more than 5. The more the merrier I think.

  34. Lumikki

    I would like to join altough I’m gonna read the most books for the challenge from Finnish authors, if it counts?

  35. dsuzuki

    Lumikki-of course you are welcome to read Finnish authors! I’ll be interested to read your reviews.

  36. readergal1004

    I just finished my first book of the challenge…but I am not sure if I posted the link properly :)

  37. dsuzuki

    Hi readergal1004-can’t wait to check out your review. I saw you just linked to your blog in general so I edited it to point to your actual review of Heidi.

  38. readergal1004

    Thanks for fixing it, I wasn’t sure of exactly what I was doing!

  39. Jamye

    Just finished the first three books for the challenge!

  40. dsuzuki

    Awesome Jamye! Going to go check them out now.

  41. sue

    Sound great – joining a little late (please remove me from review page) thought I was here and put my website page as the link

  42. dsuzuki

    Glad to have you Sue!

  43. Heather

    This sounds fabulous! I am thinking the boxcar children or even the Little House on the Prairie. I bet my daughter would enjoy them as a read aloud. Thanks for the nudge!

  44. Michele Emrath

    This sounds great! I am thinking Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. And definitely Madeline L’Engle! Come back childhood!


  45. Lindy

    Don’t have a blog so here goe3s:

    1. Keene, Carolyn The Secret in the Old Clcok
    2. Keene, Carolyn The Hidden Stiarcase
    3. White, E. B. Stuart Little
    4. Keene, Carolyn The Bungalow Mystery
    5. White, E. B. chalotte’s Web
    6. Keene, Carolyn The Mystery of Lilac Inn
    7. Keene, Carolyn The Secret of Shadow Ranch
    8. Burgess, Thornton w. Old Mother West Wind
    9. Barrie, S. M. Pter Pan
    10. Keene, Carolyn Nancy’s Mysterious Letter
    11. Keene, Crolyn Password to Larkespur Lane
    12. Keene, Carolyn The Clue in the Broken Locket
    12. Keene, Carolyn The Message in the HOllow Oak
    13. Keene, Carolyn The Mystery of the Whispering Statue
    14. Keene, Carolyn The Haunted Bridge # 15
    15. Baum, L. Frank The Wizard of Oz
    16. MOntgomery, L. M. Anne of Green Gables

  46. dsuzuki

    Lindy-What a great list! I loved those Nancy Drew books.

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