The Baby-Sitters Club!

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Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

DeniseSecunda :  I loved those books so much!

I have always been a voracious reader and I think books like the BC and others really helped me discover how much I love to read. The first BC book I read was about Stacy so she kind of started as my favorite girl. But then the more I read them I like Dawn and Claudia the most. I feel like as an adult I still see myself the most in Claudia but I am passionate about animals and nature like Dawn. 

 

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This blog hasn’t been updated in ages, but I may or may  not have read the whole thing and loved it all

 

http://bscrevisited.blogspot.com/

 

 

Post # 33
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Honey bee

I owned every single one through about 1994 (so roughly the first 80 books and 10 super specials). We were poor as dirt but my mom let me splurge on those books because they were my favorite (also because I would check out like 25 books at a time and was always late returning them and the library complained I was monopolizing the BSC books).  And when we went to the mall I would always run off and check B. Dalton to see if the new one came out.  We did find a lot at garage sales though, too.

At the time, Stacey was my favorite with her fluffy permed hair and “cosmopolitan” life in New York.  For like 3 solid years I purposely made my handwriting to look like Stacey’s with typographic A’s and hearts over the I’s (ugh).  Kristy just annoyed the crap out of me and I looked forward to her books the least.  I’m not sure why – I think her handwriting annoyed me and she was just too damn bossy.  I read the super specials over and over.  

I’m disappointed that the books aren’t readily available these days.  They turned the first 5 or so into graphic novels though.  I’m not very well-versed into kids/pre-teen lit these days so maybe there is something out there similar these days, but it seems like there is a lack of just long-running wholesome series with realistic kids.  There are things with magic or supernatural elements, but I always like BSC because it seemed attainable.  They could be my friends or I could start my own club.

I did read the Sweet Valley books, but was not as into those.  There was another series I really loved, but didn’t have nearly as many books.  I don’t remember the exact name of the series, sleepover friends or club maybe?  It was sort of a similar format as BSC – each book was written in the voice of a different girl and they rotated hosting sleepovers every Friday.  I think three of the 4 (or 5 girls) were Kate, Lauren, and Stephanie and I think Stephanie was obsessed with the color combination black, white, and red and everything was decorated in those colors.  And every book came with like sleepover party ideas and snack recipes.  I mostly credit those books for introducing me to the ice cream float combination of chocolate chip ice cream with Dr. Pepper.

ETA: it was Sleepover Friends by Susan Saunders and had 38 books.  Also, shout out to the Sea City themed books from BSC for teaching me to mix my ketchup and mustard to make “orange sauce”.  Still do it to this day.

Post # 34
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

fran01 :  I just binge watched the two seasons of Anne with an E on Netflix this past weekend. It’ll never match the books, but it was wonderfully nostalgic for me.

Post # 35
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Sugar bee

You still watch that in your late 30’s?!!? Yikes.

Post # 36
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I liked them.  Probably Mary-Ann the most just cus she had the hot boyfriend. πŸ˜› 

(I was pretty obsessed with the idea of having a boyfriend from a young age.  Tied self-worth WAY too heavily with having a boyfriend.. led to my first few boyfriends being really, really shitty before I got therapy and got some better measures of self-wroth. Not related to BSC, just why Mary-Ann was my favorite despite the fact she was boring as vanilla pudding in literally every other measure.)

I was always a voracious reader and was never terribly picky about what I read.  BSC, Archie comics, Roald Dahl, Tamora Pierce, C.S. Lewis, Enid Blyton, and all sorts of other random stuff–whatever caught my eye at the library or book store, really.  I’d read through it all.  I was very socially awkward so reading was my escape from a pretty young age.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee

YEssssss. I was an obsessive reader as a kid, you basically couldn’t speak to me when I was reading because I’d have my face stuffed in the book for hours and couldn’t hear anything else around me. I felt like I read all of Sweet Valley (twins & high) and the Babysitters Club. Then I moved on to Goosebumps and RL Stine strangely? Bit of a weird jump.. Especially since I also already had chronic nightmares. 

I was also obsessed with Roald Dahl books (I still have them all) and Narnia. Also Calvin & Hobbes! Though that’s obviously a comic (still have all of those too)

Man do I wish I could spend summers lying in the grass and reading all day again……. 

Post # 38
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Worker bee

I LOVED reading BSC! I think I read almost all the books – I remember going to this awesome used bookstore in town where I could get them for reasonable prices. I miss it! My favorite character was Stacey. I do feel they were great for me and taught many valuable lessons

Post # 39
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Olivepepper :  hehe… Every time I hear Judy Blume mentioned I always remember ‘I must, I must, I must increase my bust!!’ πŸ˜‚

Did you ever read the Judy Blume book that was banned in a lot of school libraries because it was considered more sophisticated by way of subject matter? I remember my sister getting a contraband copy for us to read! I think it was called ‘forever’? 

I read sweet valley high and those Sweet Dreams novels. Anyone else read the sweet dream novels?

They were easy reads but they really encouraged my love of reading and as daggy as the sweet dream series was, they really did have good messages in them for a prepubescent girl. I think they really taught me the importance of honoring friendships and that it was important to be true to yourself and not play games with people or allow others to play games with you. I dont know if it was the messages in those books but I can honestly say I’ve always had direction and tried to be true to myself and I was always able to spot any games people would try play with me.. My teen years and early 20s were pretty drama free as a result and I’m certain those books probably had a little bit to do with that. 

I have a niece at around the age I was when I read those books. I’m almost thinking to try buy the series of sweet dreams books for her.

TBH I don’t think the sweet valley high books were as educational. πŸ˜‚ I still remember they used to describe the twins to their exact clothing size and put a lot of emphasis on their physical looks. They really played to stereotypes and I always felt bad for Jessica. She was just finding herself and then had to contend with being compared to her perfect, can ‘never do wrong’ sister Liz!! 

Haha!! I just realised that the whenever I think of the infamous bee @jessicah I imagine her looking like the Jessica from the SVH books!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

 

Post # 40
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

cmsgirl :  ‘I must, I must, I must increase my bust!!’ 

me too!!!!

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

annabananabee :  OMG I think I remember the Sleepover Friends! Also, yes. Super Specials were THE MONEY.

My parents used to buy all my BSC books at garage sales. I remember my dad coming home once with a massive banana box of BSC books: it was probably one of the best days of my childhood.

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

LadyBear :  Anne with an E is rubbish. As a huge Anne of Green Gables fan, it’s a shame. I have all the Megan Fallows movies on DVD. I can’t wait until I have a daughter so I can introduce another generation to them.

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

DeniseSecunda :  nz really tried to keep Americanism at bay in the 90s but it’s here now. We too get marked incorrectly if we use American English. 

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

annabananabee :  I remember Sleepover Friends!! I really liked those books too. We didn’t have Dr Pepper where I lived and I grew obsessed with trying it because of them.

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

DeniseSecunda :  I’m 27 and as an only child I was a voracious reader when i was younger.

I’m pretty confident I read every single babysitters club book at least once.  My favourite was when they won the lotto and went on holiday, and I also liked the special sparkly ones.  My school library had the whole collection and i have to admit i think there is still a box at my mums house with some of the books that I never returned.

I remember thinking when I turned 11 and 13, I’d get a lot more freedom than I did thanks to them haha. 

I dont think I’m influenced by them anymore though and wouldn’t read them now. I would share them with my kids though.

 

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