Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Swooned Over as Teenagers


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Books We Swooned Over as Teenagers


1. Homecoming by Cynthia Vaught


A friend read this book and recommended it to me in early high school. At that point, I wasn’t free reading much, and my love for this book kicked me into gear. I realized there were some great books out there. I’d be curious to read it now as an adult.

2. Anything by V. C. Andrews


Horror, family secrets, forbidden love…I read dozens of these books in high school.

3. Anything by Lurlene McDaniel


Her books always dealt with grief and death, and for some reason, this intrigued me. I think I read every single book that she wrote.

4. God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment by Scott Adams (Creator of Dilbert)


My best friend and I became obsessed with religion in high school. We found this book and absolutely loved it. It is philosophical, and it made me interested in reading about other culture’s religions.

5. The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God by Etgar Keret

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This is a collection of very funny, very inappropriate short stories. They are peculiar and a bit indecent. The cover describes the stories as “warped and wonderful,” which is spot on.


Most of the books that made me swoon in high school were because they were a bit scandalous or scary! And funny enough, scary books are now some of my least favorite! I do still love a scandal though! Here were my favorites:

1. Flowers in the Attic and its sequels by VC Andrews

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This whole premise was so messed up but I read it so many times! And it sucked me into their world (and thus the world of VC Andrews).

2. Forever by Judy Blume


Man! For a 14 year old, this book was SO scandalous! But it also is exactly what a teenage girl needs.

3. and 4. Fear Street by R.L. Stine and anything by Christopher Pike

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Anyone who was a teen in the 90s loved these books. Our public library had a turnstile of just Pike and Stine books–I read them all!

5. Hannibal series by Thomas Harris


Hannibal is just so messed up! And I was fascinated by him! This started me on a bit of a crime reading journey also.

Which books did you love in high school?

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4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Swooned Over as Teenagers”

  1. Even younger than you all, my students continued to love V.C. Andrews’ books when discovered. I tried through the years to recommend Homecoming and the others, but few were interested. Recent years brought Twilight and the Dan Brown books. Fun to remember all these!

  2. YES! I love this topic & your choices.

    I also read VC Andrews’ books in high school – who didn’t?? And I LOVED Forever, the perfect teen follow-up to all the rest of the Judy Blume books I read earlier.

    I was also totally into Stephen King in my teens! He was just becoming popular then (yes, I’m old!), and my mom, dad, and I would get each of his books when it came out and pass it between us! That’s a family tradition my dad and I continued. When he died last summer, my husband and I inherited his big collection of Stephen King and Dean Koontz books (all hardcover!), and we love to read my dad’s favorite books when we are missing him.

    Great post!


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