Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday - Books You Were Obsessed With As A Kid

I've decided to jump into Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YAHighway. Each week they ask a reading- or writing-related question and everyone who wants to participate answers it on his or her own blog. Fun!

This week's question:
What books were you obsessed with as a kid?

I read a LOT when I was a kid, and I was particularly obsessed with series books like The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High / Twins.

One such series that I was really in love with was called Pen Pals by Sharon Dennis Wyeth.

Pen Pals was a series about four girls who shared a suite at boarding school. They decided to put out an ad (or something?) to get pen pals from the local boys' school. The call themselves The Foxes of the Third Dimension because they live in suite 3-D in Fox Hall. So all four of them end up with these boy pen pals...and hilarious antics ensue! I remember one of the girls felt like she wasn't that pretty so she sent her a picture of her beautiful older sister...and then she got all worried when they had to meet.

There were obviously more hilarious antics than "what will happen when we meet?" because the girls meet the boys pretty early on in the series. But MAN I loved these books when I was a kid. I used to have pen pals myself (although sadly none of mine were hot boarding school boys), so that's what drew me to this series originally. And I'm remembering ALL of these covers, so I obviously stuck with them for awhile. I know these live somewhere in my parents' garage. I need to go dig them up...I'd love to read them again.

And speaking of the covers, it looks like one of the roommates was a totally spunky Asian girl! I don't remember that at all. But YAY!

Did anyone else read Pen Pals? What books did you love as a kid?

*How on Earth do I carry this information around in my head after all these years? I honestly can't remember things my husband JUST told me, but I can remember minor plot points in books I haven't read in...omg, it has to be like TWENTY YEARS since I have read these books. God, I am OLD. So I remember this crap, but not important things like paying my bills or feeding my dog. I seriously fail at being an adult. 


  1. I read these too! I liked them a lot.

  2. Oh man, I totally forgot about those books, but when I saw the covers I remembered them. Good times. I think I tried to start a pen pal group at school because of those books (which failed miserably of course).

  3. I don't think I read those, but re. the random info in your head - pretty sure I could describe a few Claudia Kishi outfits in detail. I could use that brain space for something else!

    (also, glad you joined us for RTW!)

  4. Never read, but I think I would have had I known about them! I remember my pen pals - kids just don't do that much these days - probably because they can facebook or email them. My daughter's got facebook friends in Hawaii, Japan - even skyped with a friend in Germany. So I guess that counts as pen pals (or maybe e-pals) :)

  5. I've never heard of those, though I'm sure younger me would have loved them as much as the BSC books.

  6. Haha, I loved Pony Pals. I was such a horse freak back then. I bet I would have loved this series though. :)

  7. I read those, too! Also, I have the same memory thing happening. I still remember what I wore on the first day of 5th grade, but I absolutely do NOT remember what I wore yesterday.

  8. I missed the Pen Pals series! But I was all over SVH. These books were the best, seriously. I think it's the reason I love series so much!

  9. How have I never read Pen Pals?! Sounds just like my preteen self's cup of tea. Oh, who am I kidding... I'm thirty and want to read them now! Also, totally on board with your Sweet Valley and BSC love. :)

  10. I never read Pen Pals, but I remember pen pals used to be the thing back in the day! Do schools still do that???