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There are so many books I wish I could read again for the first time. Re-reading them is never quite the same. For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, I’ve come up with a list of ten books that were really important to me as a kid.

#1. My favorite childhood pastime was collecting books from the Sweet Valley Twins series by Francine Pascal. I never bought them at a bookstore, only at garage sales and flea markets, so the hunt was a thrill. I’d lovingly look over at these books on the single white bookshelf in my bedroom for no reason at all.

#2. Not just any book about Hanson, but this book in particular: Hanson: An Unauthorized Biography by Marie Morale. I remember that orange and purple cover like nothing else.

#3. Pretty much any of the Archie comics digests. I know that I can go buy one at the grocery store right now, but it’s just not the same as when I was nine. Although, have you seen the new art for Archie #1? Maybe it is time to re-visit the series.

#4. One of our teachers read Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Yale of Mystery by Deborah Howe and James Howe out loud to our class and it was the strangest story...

#5. …until that same teacher read us Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar and things got even weirder. 

#6. I’m quite certain everyone who grew up reading the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling wishes they could go back in time and re-read every book for the very first time. Just thinking about the dedication in the last book makes me want to cry. I’m so immensely happy that I grew up with this series.

#7. That notebook with black paper I passed back and forth with my best friend during class so we could write ~secret notes~ for each other with metallic gel pens. 

#8. My reading level was once too far ahead of the other kids in my class (#humblebrag), so my teacher recommended I take Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl out of the school library. I’m pretty sure I should have still been reading picture books, and there I was with my first (mini) novel.

#9. There is no way I can put into words how much I love Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. This book changed my life when I was twelve.

#10. I wrote a book report on Clueless: Friend or Faux by H.B. Gilmour once. I was really obsessed with the movie Clueless. Thanks to Cher, I still want a white Jeep.


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Maria Vicente

Maria Vicente is an Associate Agent at P.S. Literary Agency. She is also the Wicked Witch of the East Coast.