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Were You a Judy Blume Enthusiast or a Babysitters Club Nerd?

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In today's Washington Post, book critic Jonathan Yardley extols the virtues of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House books as part of "An occasional series in which The Post's book critic reconsiders notable and/or neglected books from the past." Though I was never personally a fan of all those Prairie books (they were kind of boring and unsexy for my tastes. Where was the talk of making out and menses??), the article got me thinking about the kinds of books I loved as a tween. I asked the other Jezebels what books they read under the covers in their pre-teen years. Anonymous Lobbyist and I were closet Greek mythology lovers (I particularly loved D'Aulaires). Tracie was obsessed with V.C. Andrews, Moe was into Ray Bradbury, Dodai loved Kurt Vonnegut, and we all were into old standbys like Judy Blume and the Babysitters Club.

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So, we're curious. What kinds of books did you guys love as kids? And also, isn't that picture of Judy Blume really hot? The woman is pushing 70! Writing about masturbating teens must be amazing for your skin!

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Laura Ingalls Wilder's Well-Insulated 'Little House' [Washington Post]

Judy Blume's Official Website [Judyblume.com]

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stacyinbean

I was a huge J Blume fan, and read all the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley books. I was also obsessed with anything Anne of GG, even the silly ones like Anne of Windy Poplars, etc. I can't remember the title or author of these books I used to love but there were really boring (now that I think about it) quasi-sex scenes that I thought were hot when I was 12. Sunset something or other... Oh, and Gone with the Wind, I think I read it 3 times in the summer after 6th grade, and 2 more times before high school.