The Baby-Sitters Club!

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Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

DeniseSecunda :  My favourite is Northanger Abbey. I think it is quite funny.

 

I kinda got my mum’s point on American teen fiction. I had issues with spelling as a child being in the UK I obviously use British English and spelling. I could see that reading something with American English and American spelling could have caused some issues with my spelling problems. I remember at school English teachers doing whole lessons on American vs British spelling as it was really important for us to use the right one.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

DeniseSecunda :  I LOVED the BSC. I had nearly every book and still occasionally re read them now, at 31. 

My favourite was definitely Stacey and my favourite books were probably the first 6 of the series. I also absolutely loved the super special series and the mystery series as well. 

I also have nearly every copy of the babysitters little sisters series and I have read every single one ๐Ÿค—

 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

DeniseSecunda :  A bit of both I think.

In regards to the spelling if we used an American spelling at school it was marked as incorrect (which to be fair it is) As more American culture came into our lives they had to be clear that we used British spelling.

There has been a lot of Americanising going on in recent years (Halloween, Black Friday, baby showers) I am not a huge fan of that. I have more issues with things like Black Friday though.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Twizbe :  I loved Enid Blyton books growing up! My mum is from a former british colony so all my cousins had book cases of them for me to read when I visited.

DeniseSecunda :  I am 28. I never read baby sitter’s club, but I read the younger version that followed Kristy’s little sister Karen.

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I read every BSC book I could get my hands on. I was lucky enough to take to reading easily, so they were my first chapter books (along with the Bobbsey Twins) back in first grade. When you are 6, the 13-year-old characters are SO grown up to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I adored Kristy and Claudia. Anyone else remember the “Super Special” editions?

I also read Sweet Valley Twins, and later, Sweet Valley High, along with Judy Blume and many of the others mentioned here.

My favorites to read (and re-read) were the Anne of Green Gables series, Secret Garden, and my Great Illustrated Classics version of Little Women…

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

Yes I grew up with these! It was almost like a hobby going to used book stores and using my pocket money to build my collection. My mum still has my whole collection, I think it fills a couple of shelves. This series also ignited a love for reading for me from a young age, and I’m so grateful for that! My favourite character was Claudia. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

LadyBear :  oh wow I loved all those books you mentioned. Can’t count how many times I read Anne of GG. So many good childhood memories for me ๐Ÿ™‚ I seem like such a nerdy bookworm looking back now haha. I wouldn’t change it for the world. 

Post # 28
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was a voracious reader as a kid, and BSC were definitely amongst my favourites! I loved them so much that at 8 I tried to start my own BSC. We were shockingly not hired. I always thought Stacey and Dawn were the best ones, mostly because they were from exotic places (NYC and California), but also because they were blonde like me.

I adored Sweet Valley High too, and I think I read every Goosebumps and Judy Blume book there was.

I still have both the BSC and SVH board games, and books and I’m saving them for my daughter, who I really hope takes to them like I did.

Post # 29
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Busy bee

I have fond memories of BSC. They weren’t easy to come by, and we’d borrow them from a friend whose family had just returned from living in the US. This friend was popular! And I was so thrilled when my school library started stocking Sweet Valley U. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love Enid Blyton too, and have probably read all her books. It’s funny though how her books always depicted American kids as rich spoiled brats who always got what they wanted. And Claudine at St. Clare’s was always depicted as being a nice person, but her French values were never quite in line or up to par with ‘English’ values. Still, can’t judge her by today’s standards and I love her books. 

Post # 30
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Loved BSC books. Related most to Mary Anne, both personality and looks-wise. Now I feel like I’m more like a Shannon haha

The other series I adored was Boxcar Children. Little House on the Prairie.

As to books that made the most profound impact on me as a kid, though, I’d have to say Jane Eyre and The Diary of Anne Frank.

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