The Fountain of Youth: Books, not Botox!

I don’t need Botox, leg warmers, or a snappy Wham! song to make me look or feel like a kid again.  All it takes to bring my childhood back in living color is a book or two from the past.  Today, my husband and I were wandering around a local antique emporium when I stumbled upon a few old friends.  I was delighted to see them after so many years–could it really be more than 20 years since I last visited the Wakefield twins? 

svh books

I’ve seen the Sweet Valley High books making a resurgence around the blogs recently, but I wasn’t interested in the updated covers–I wanted the real deal!  It was just my luck to discover two of the earliest books today.  I actually owned book number 6, The New Girl, back in the 80s, but my memory of the story line is hazy at best. 

So, I know you’ll excuse me as I duck out early tonight to see what’s happening with Jessica, Elizabeth, Lila Fowler and the rest of the gang! 

What books are your Botox?  Inquiring minds want to know!


  • At 2009.11.05 21:24, Steph said:

    My book botox would probably be Anne of Green Gables, which I LOVED when I was a little girl. In terms of a series of books, however, I never really got into Sweet Valley High, but I did have an obsession with The Babysitters Club for a few years (well before I was old enough to babysit!).
    .-= Steph´s last blog ..“Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson =-.

    • At 2009.11.05 22:05, Lisa said:

      Little Women, The Five Little Peppers and Heidi from when I was in grade school but I got to be a much darker teen. My botox for those years would be Go Ask Alice, The Outsiders and Flowers for Algernon.
      .-= Lisa´s last blog .."the Unnatural History of Cypress Parish: A Novel" =-.

      • At 2009.11.05 22:24, Kathy said:

        .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Amelia =-.

        • At 2009.11.06 00:31, softdrink said:

          Anne of Green Gables, although it’s been ages since I read the series.
          .-= softdrink´s last blog ..The London Scene =-.

          • At 2009.11.06 01:21, claire said:

            I never read Sweet Valley (well, maybe one or two), but both my sisters did. My elder sister read Sweet Valley High while my younger sister read Sweet Valley Twins. (I absolutely still remember that #4 cover up there that you posted.)

            My own book botox is definitely Nancy Drew! The original hardbound yellow ones. Sometimes I wish I could collect them once again.
            .-= claire´s last blog ..In the Mail Today =-.

            • At 2009.11.06 10:25, Lydia Hirt said:

              Nat seeing these colorful titles and illustrations brought back a flood of memories!!! I loved the Sweet Valley Twins and read Sweet Valley High well before my time. I can still remember vividly when the beautiful, deaf Regina died after her first time using cocaine (as I think this, I realize I probably was too young to be sneaking these books).

              My childhood was filled with books, including yes, the Babysitters Club like Steph also mentioned, as well as Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. the entire Oz series (my dad and I read all 12 or so books aloud before bed though the years), Judy Blume and beyond. I think these childhood reflections really do have many of the same rejuvenating benefits of modern medicine. Thanks for sharing!

              • At 2009.11.06 10:43, Kari said:

                I had a couple Sweet Valley…Twins? Jr. High? I can’t remember which series it was, but it was intended for 11-year-olds. I just remember the cover had the twins in matching ski outfits, and I always wanted the goggles. I can’t wait to go home at Christmas and check out all my childhood books in the attic.

                I loved Anne of Green Gables. Other series were the Boxcar Children, The Great Brain, the Mandy mysteries, the Peewee Scouts. I may just spend a day at home reading all of these; I could probably read about a dozen in one day!
                .-= Kari´s last blog ..The Good, the Bad, and the Really Cheap Books =-.

                • At 2009.11.06 12:53, vivienne said:

                  How fabulous. I remember those well. I love to find original covers on old books rather than the new ones.
                  .-= vivienne´s last blog ..Friday Finds =-.

                  • At 2009.11.06 13:40, Ti said:

                    I loved the Sweet Valley High books!! What a trip down memory lane. I also loved Nancy Drew. I even bought a very fancy pop-up book for my daughter to give to her this Christmas but way down, deep down, I think I bought it for myself as she is only 6 and hasn’t a clue who Nancy Drew is!
                    .-= Ti´s last blog ..Friday Finds: Wisdom of the Last Farmer =-.

                    • At 2009.11.06 13:58, Dana said:

                      oh wow, those covers bring back some good memories! Thanks for the trip back in time. The new covers just aren’t the same!
                      .-= Dana´s last blog ..Decisions, decisions =-.

                      • At 2009.11.06 17:23, Dishy said:

                        My best friend & I were hooked on Sweet Valley High — not sure we read the twins or not. Her family also had the entire collection of hardback bobsey twins, hardy boys & nancy drew. What I would give for those today..
                        .-= Dishy´s last blog ..Wallflowers =-.

                        • At 2009.11.09 02:03, Hayden Tompkins said:

                          I TOTALLY need to brush up on my Sweet Valley High!
                          .-= Hayden Tompkins´s last blog ..75 Ways to Rock My World! =-.

                          • At 2009.11.09 12:13, Jenners said:

                            Diablo Cody wrote a column about these books in Entertainment Weekly recently … she is thinking about doing a screenplay for a movie based on the books. It was a fun column to read … but I never did read these books when I was young!
                            .-= Jenners´s last blog ..A Giveaway and A Giveaway Winner =-.

                            • At 2009.11.11 03:39, bybee said:

                              The Betsy-Tacy series.

                              Great idea for a post, Nat!
                              .-= bybee´s last blog ..NaNoWriMo? =-.

                              • At 2009.11.11 13:22, Sammy said:

                                I believe my book botox would probably be Encyclopedia Brown…loved those books! Also, I’ve heard some rumblings that Diablo Cody (of Juno fame) potentially may make a movie about Sweet Valley High!
                                .-= Sammy´s last blog ..BRUCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =-.

                                • At 2009.11.12 23:58, BB said:

                                  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? I see my past looking at me. That book is the star warp that you see in Star Trek at ludicrous speed upon which you travel to another time and galaxy. Also guaranteed to make you wake a decade ago are the Amelia Bedelia books; that lady was one crazy cracka! Hahaha

                                  Now, books I have read of late including some that are slightly depressing and some that are down right funny but each nonetheless individual in its flavor are the following:
                                  1. Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller
                                  2. Married to a Stranger by Patricia McDonald
                                  3. Julia’s Chocolates by Cathy Lamb

                                  • At 2009.11.14 06:09, Lauren (I Was A Teenage Book Geek) said:

                                    Actually, I think Sweet Valley Twins may just be my book botox. I recently read a Sweet Valley High book and found it less amazing than I did all those years ago… but looking at those Twins covers has reminded me that ‘The New Girl’ was one of the most fun titles ever – I need to reread!

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