I don’t know about you, but when I look at the titles in my bookcase or the ones on my Kindle library, I sometimes wonder how I came to enjoy the things that I do. If there’s a slightly dark tone to it, a sense of humor or a weird twist, I’m all in. And somehow, these books stood out to me as my favorites as a kid.
- Blubber by Judy Blume. Looking back, I’m not sure why I loved this book so much. When talking about Judy Blume, most people cite Are You There God, Its Me Margaret, but this was the one I read the most. Maybe because it was such a morality tale of how easy it is to be eaten by the beast you’ve been feeding. It was told with a first person narrative, which really sparkled. Our heroine wasn’t particularly cruel, her crime was standing aside and watching one classmate be tore down.
- Lois Lowry’s Anastasia I know Lowry is more known for writing The Giver, but she wrote this delightful early teens character named Anastasia that touched something in me. She was sarcastic and innocent, getting into one misadventure after the other with her best friend Daphne. I was introduced to her world when my mom handed me one of the books titled Anastasia at Your Service. I don’t know how many times I read and reread that book. Any heroine that greets news of moving to the suburbs with “As soon as I finish my chocolate pudding, I’m jumping out the window” is perfect.
- Gone with the Wind (https://www.amazon.com/Gone-Wind-Margaret-Mitchell/dp/1451635621/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467068717&sr=8-1&keywords=gone+with+the+wind+book) . Oh man. I loved this book. Yes, I loved the movie and the great thing about reading the book was like having the movie with extended scenes playing in your head. I loved the decadent descriptions of Scarlett’s dresses and how easy it was for her to get back on her feet every time. Years ago, Alexandra Ripley wrote a really trashy sequel which I also read. I enjoyed it as the first really trashy book I’d ever read.
- Esther: The Star and the Sceptre by Gini Andrews (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310201802/ref=pd_cp_0_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=G3ES1KT6WNMZQ9HVZHRT) I found this book in my school library when I was probably about 13 or 14. If you don’t know the story of Esther in the Bible, this is a fictionalized account, so the author took some liberties, but I checked this book out over and over again. It was out of print even at that time, but there was something about the descriptions of Esther’s beauty treatments and just enough PG-13 rated material that made me keep going back to the well.
- The VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever Guide (https://www.amazon.com/Videohounds-Golden-Movie-Retriever-Annual/dp/0787607800/ref=sr_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467066271&sr=1-17&keywords=videohound%27s+golden+movie+retriever) Stay with me here. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent pouring over the list of movies and their descriptions. The best rated movies had four bones while truly terrible ones had a Woof! I wanted to see every one of those movies, but since that was an impossibility, I could just read about and imagine what I could possibly be missing.