Books I'm Saving for My (Potential) Children

I tackled the daunting task of reorganizing my bookshelf yesterday. Underneath my bookshelf is a chest of books I continuously begged my mom not to throw away. I have other books I want to keep up in the attic but these are the main ones.
  1. Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
    These were my brother's favorite books, not mine (I was a hardcore Winnie the Pooh fan) but they're still cute and I love em.
  2. The First Word Book Series
    The Cat That Had Two Homes and Posy's Patterns were my favorites. My first nightmare was about the cat in the first book. I think there was a fifth book too but I don't have it anymore.
  3. Madeline in London and co. by Ludwig Bemelmans
    I still read this book now tbh. Madeline is my heart and joy.
  4. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
    I legitimately wanted to live their life when I was reading these.
  5. All dozens of my American Girl books
    This one is still in the packaging because I was a little too old to be reading them when I got this (i.e.: 16) but I wanted to keep it nice and pristine.
  6. Amelia's Notebook(s) by Marissa Moss
    The original Diary of a Wimpy Kid, let's be real. I devoured these. I starting journaling because of her.
  7. The Babysitter's Club by Ann M. Martin
    I took these out from the library five or six at a time. I read these well past the age I should've. I probably made it through about 100 of these.
  8. My mom's Trixie Belden books
    I hated these because they gave me nightmares (I'm a wimp) but I'd still like to hang out to them and pass them down. Also it's good inspiration to take better care of my books than my mom did 😑
  9. Taffy Sinclair books by Betsy Haynes
    These were published in the 80s and my cousin handed these down to me. These were so fun to read and I felt special because no one else was reading them.
  10. Falling Up and co. by Shel Silverstein
    This one of those exceptionally "cool" books to read in school. I read all of his books over and over again.
  11. The Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    These are the types of books all tween girls should be required to read. It's extremely age appropriate without shying away from important topics, like puberty and self-care, sexuality, death, friendships and relationships, periods, sex, appearances, peer pressure, etc. I loved these. I loved how honest they were, both how honest the characters were and how the author was so honest with her audience. Golden 🌟
  12. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
    This was one of my all time favorite books growing up.
  13. The Tiffany Aching Adventures by Terry Pratchett
    I think this is the only book on this list that I am not in love with but I did like how it was a girl narrator in a typical "boy" genre so I'm saving it. I wasn't really a fantasy kid so it didn't suck me in but I didn't hate it so it's quality.
  14. Olive's Ocean by Kevin Hanks
    My dad picked two books out for me for Hannukah that year, this one and The Clique. I loved them both but this one sat with my for a while. It was the first meaningful book I read that make me rethink a lot.
  15. Perfect by Natasha Friend
    !!!!! So good. A very real but also appropriate story about a girl with bulimia. One of my favorites. I read about thirty pages in the bookstore before buying it.
  16. The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
    O M G these are unforgettable. I recommend them to literally everyone on the planet.
  17. Flush by Carl Hiaasen
    I read this book in a day. Very "gender-neutral;" I got everyone in my family to read it and they all loved it.
  18. Life is Funny by E.R. Frank
    I read this for the first time in sixth grade and was probably a little too young but I still was pretty moved to an 11 year old. I would probably recommend it for a 14 or 15 year old. Some parts went right over my head.
  19. Maximum Ride by James Patterson
    Obviously. (It's a little blurtown but I was rushing 😬)
  20. Any of the Chicken Soup or spin-off books
    I was low-key obsessed with these. At every used book sale I would pick up one or two and would just destroy them in a day. As cheesy as it sounds it was definitely helpful to read growing up.
  21. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
    Utterly life-changing.
  22. The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
    A coming of age classic.
  23. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
    I will force feed this to my children if I have to.
  24. With the Light by Keiko Tobe
    This had me in tears for days. I was so moved that I did an entire presentation on this junior year of high school and fought my way to do so because it was a manga.
  25. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
    This author does amazing things with words and it's so powerful it's very intimidating.
  26. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    One of the few books where I've actually laughed out loud at.
  27. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    No one will be allowed to live in my house unless they read this book.
  28. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    A clear classic. This will be the introduction to classic literature.
  29. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Cheesy but I read this at an important time and I think the message is a good one.
  30. Girl With The Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
    This book made me fall in reading again while also realizing how cool it is to mix disciplines helloooo art and history and literature.
  31. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
    Albeit a very "adult" book, this was another book that made me want to become a writer.
  32. Not pictured but still equally important: the Ramona Quimby series, the Fudge series, Sleeping Freshman Never Lie, The Outsiders, Elouise, Winnie the Pooh, and obviously all the Mary Kate and Ashley detective books.
    Pretty sure these are all up in my attic.