Getting nostalgic about Nancy Drew

In scrolling through the @ydrbooks Twitter feed today, I saw a link from @Scholastic about “The Baby-sitters Club”:

A book-lover (and puzzle-lover) I am, but I never got swept up in the BSC craze — my mom wouldn’t let me. Along with the Spice Girls, Hanson, MTV and Power Rangers, “The Baby-sitters Club” novels were deemed inappropriate for my age group. (If you had asked me then, I would have declared it to be the decade’s greatest injustice.)

But I did fall in love with Nancy Drew.

"The Secret of the Old Clock" by Carolyn Keene, a Nancy Drew mysteryThat girl was fierce — running through the woods, hiding in terrifying old houses, sleuthing her way out of tight corners and always catching the bad guys — and I was in awe.

And as if in compliance with my obsessive need to collect things (all the trading cards in the Lion King series, all the bear Beanie Babies in existence), the Nancy Drew series was numbered. A strange but highly satisfied 12-year-old, I lined those books up on the shelf in numerical order.

I went back to the different stories again and again — “The Secret of the Old Clock” and “The Password to Larkspur Lane” stick out in my mind — remembering bits and pieces but always delightfully surprised at some detail or plot twist I’d forgotten.

When I cleared out my bookshelves and moved away from home after college graduation, it was tough to part with the mysteries I’d grown up with. (In fact, I might still have a few hidden under my bed… sorry, Mom.)

Is there a series that you hold near and dear to you? Were you a fan of Nancy Drew, or perhaps the Hardy Boys or Bobbsey Twins? What books did you (or do you) love to read and re-read? 

About Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.
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