A reading list from a child of the 80s and a teen of the 90s

My husband, Steve, is pretty smart. We had a conversation about my writing and what kind of projects I’d enjoy working on next. He asked, “Well, what kind of books did you want to read when you were a kid? Write one like that.”

It seems silly, but I never really put it into perspective that way. Of course in the 80s and 90s teen books were quite different than they are now. We didn’t need some super flashy action sequence or a hero’s quest in our books. We had nice, slice of life books that made you connect to the characters – at least that’s the kind of books I liked.

So here’s a small list of books that I remember enjoying.

Elementary School:

Middle School:

High School:

Bottom line: no fantasy. Yes, I liked some of the horror and mysteries, and as I was older the dark and emotional, but no dragons, wizards, elves, etc. I liked books that I could connect with, and books that dealt with “creatures” always felt weird and wrong to me. In fact, I remember being grossed out when we watched the cartoon version of The Hobbit, and they talked about the hair on their feet. And the dwarf peeing on the wall of in Labryinth? Grody to the max, man.

If you’d like to dig up your 80s and 90s teen book past, here’s a handy list of paperbacks to browse through. I know I recognize a lot of them from back then. Also, it just occurred to me – Where did we buy our books in the 80s anyway? Barnes and Noble wasn’t in our tiny Midwestern town, that’s for sure.

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About Suzanne Schultz Pick

Married to Steve. One cat named Jake. Librarian IT Assistant. Writer, teacher, blogger, technological princess.
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4 Responses to A reading list from a child of the 80s and a teen of the 90s

  1. I’m a child of the 90s and a teen of the 00s and your list isn’t too different from my own reading habits (which is why the current YA genre intimidates me, lol–and I’m confounded by many of my old YA reads now being considered Middle Grade!).

  2. Steve says:

    I totally forgot about Christopher Pike. Wasn’t he part of the Point Horror series?

  3. cup112278 says:

    I’m a fellow 80’s kid as well and I loooved to read!I had the whole series of the Babysitters Club. I remember going to Borders bookstore and picking out the newest book, Ha! I remember Sweet Valley High, Fear Street, Christoper Pike and many others. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! 🙂

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