Love for Sweet Valley High

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11 hours of sleep + numerous tablespoons of garlic later… I am still sick.  Sad face.  No running for me today for sure.


One key lesson when you’re training for an event and something goes awry, like illness or family emergency?  Trust your training!  A few days or even a week off of your training plan isn’t going to do much damage.  Plans “build in” missed days.  I do really wish I was ending marathon training on a higher note, but alas – this is life.  I’ve got to trust the training that I’ve put in for the last few months.




Oh oatmeal.  I love thee.


In the mix:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond breeze
  • 1 banana
  • Chia seeds galore
  • Topping: brown sugar and raspberries


And I was super lazy about lunch and basically repeated dinner from last night.  Standing up for longer than 5 minutes totally sucks right now.


In the burrito: vegetarian refried pinto beans, cheese, corn salsa, and lettuce.  Plus roasted broccoli on the side.  I need my vegetables!


I am currently locked in my office, attempting to write a freelance article on acupuncture.  However, I have total brain fog and stumbled through two really important conference calls this morning, so writing is going pretty slow.


Random question:  When you were younger, what was your favorite book or book series?  I really hearted Sweet Valley High, mostly because Jess was so bad, but in a way I kind of admired.  Elizabeth was too goody-two-shoes for me (and too much like the real-life me to be interesting).

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Those books were awesome.



  • Cindy October 15, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Sorry you’re still feeling under the weather 🙁 I loved the R.L. Stine “Fear Street” books!

  • Sarah D. October 15, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Hands down Babysitter’s Club. I have a friend that I call boy crazy Stacey. Which was a book title. I watched the show too. “Say hello to your friends, Babysitter’s Club, say hello to the people that care…”

    • Clare October 15, 2010, 1:14 pm

      “nothing’s better then friends, babysitters club, cause you know that your friends are always there…say hello to your friends!” wow I am lame. I appreciated babysitters club, but also had a thing for the sleepover friends.

      • tina October 15, 2010, 1:49 pm

        omg, i was just about to say the same thing!!! i am pretty sure i also know that movie by heart… and have it on VHS!

        • Baroque Diva October 16, 2010, 12:57 am

          I totally have that video, too!! 🙂 I remember that whole theme song!

          I always wanted a boyfriend like Logan, but I wanted cool artst earrings like Claudia’s. We still have all the BSC books in our attic.

          Great post, Caitlin- although I loved Sweet Valley Twins more than Sweet Valley High.

    • Jenny October 15, 2010, 2:15 pm

      Babysitter’s Club all the way! I also adored the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary.

      • eatmovelove October 15, 2010, 2:53 pm

        Ahh – yes Babysitter’s Club! I wanted to start my own ;).

        Now I totally want to find the SVH books…I remember they started a TV show for a while.

        I loved Nancy Drew too.

        • Kate October 15, 2010, 3:22 pm

          LOVE babysitters club! I was bawling while reading “Goodbye Stacy, Goodbye.” not even kidding, my mom ran into my room to see if I was hurt. It made me love reading so much.

    • Alison (Ali on the Run) October 15, 2010, 8:25 pm

      Yup! Looooooved the Babysitters Club. I had every single one. I especially loved the Super Specials! Hehe. I could go on and on for days about my BSC love. Stacey and Dawn were my favorites. Ahhh memories.

    • lindsay October 15, 2010, 11:11 pm

      Ha – before I opened the comments, I thought Babysitter’s Club and there is was – 2nd comment 🙂 I was obsessed with this series. I wanted a real life babysitters club so badly…

    • Aja October 16, 2010, 1:25 am

      Babysitter’s Club!!! I have almost every book I used to really love them but sadly they have been sitting on my shelves collecting dust, just waiting til when I have kids of my own! Get Better!

      • Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) October 19, 2010, 3:49 pm

        I loved the books so much I started my own Baby Sitter’s club (I was president, of course!) and invited my friends to join. We all sat around the clear telephone in my room, munching on snacks and waiting for calls that sadly, rarely came. It was fun though!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 15, 2010, 1:11 pm

    Oh I LOVED those books! And the babysitter’s club.. classic!

    So sorry you’re sick 🙁 But you’re right, just TRUST your training!

  • Marge October 15, 2010, 1:14 pm

    I loved Sweet Valley High too! I inherited the series from my older sister. I felt exactly the same way about Elizabeth + Jessica. OK, this is random, but your post brought back a memory. In one book, Jessica pretended to be Elizabeth and went on a date to a fancy restaurant and ate “asparagus tips.” I was so confused, I thought the restaurant was wasting the lower part of the stalk and I kept on thinking, what a waste! I was really upset and had to remind myself it was a book. I even talked to my mom about it and she explained that asparagus can be quite large and the lower part is not edible.

    I still think/worry about food too much.

  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee October 15, 2010, 1:17 pm

    I loved a book called “manners at the table” haha! It was about a couple kids who had to have manners if they wanted to go to the zoo.

    I love that book still.

  • Brandy October 15, 2010, 1:20 pm

    LOVED Sweet Valley High. And, Sweet Valley Twins, and Sweet Valley University, and Sweet Valley Senior Year. I spent most of my youth reading those books lol. My understanding is that Diablo Cody is writing a screenplay for a SVH movie.

  • Nicole (the other one) October 15, 2010, 1:24 pm

    The “Fear Street” series…I seriously read every single one of them!

  • Kelly October 15, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Lovedddd SVH and I read every single Mary Higgens Clark book ever written.

    • Aja October 16, 2010, 1:26 am

      I love Marry Higgins Clark… especially Two Little Girls in Blue…I really loved that one. What’s your favorite one?

      • Kelly October 18, 2010, 9:13 am

        That one was great! I really liked Remember Me and Moonlight Becomes You.

  • Elisabeth October 15, 2010, 1:24 pm

    I loved Sweet Valley High books growing up!!!

    Check out this site:

    The blogger decided to read the entire SVH series over again and write sarcastic blog posts about how corny the books are to look back on. Amazingness.

    • Amanda @ October 15, 2010, 3:17 pm

      Haha, I just spent forever on that site! Brilliant.

    • Clare October 16, 2010, 1:31 pm

      This might be the funniest thing ever. Genius!

  • Lauren October 15, 2010, 1:25 pm

    I read Sweet Valley High, also. I had a couple favorite books as a kid, though. One was “Follow My Leader,” and was about a young boy who goes blind, and gets a seeing-eye dog, which he names “Leader.” It was sad, but really good. Another one I loved was “Mick Hart Was Here.”

  • Tamicka October 15, 2010, 1:26 pm

    The boxcar children. I looooved that series. They even had a cookbook ya know.

    • hippierunner October 15, 2010, 1:54 pm

      Aww, I love the Boxcar Children!

  • brandi October 15, 2010, 1:27 pm

    I hope you start feeling better soon!

    Loved Sweet Valley High, anything by RL Stine, and the Baby Sitter’s Club. Classics.

  • Diana @ Diana Tries a Tri October 15, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Oh man I loved me some Sweet Valley High. Do you remember when they had a TV show too? Ahh good stuff.

  • Dawn October 15, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Hi again! Drink a very hot beverage, like tea or lemon water! It kills the virus. Also, no more dairy until further notice! Forms mucus. Feel better soon! xxxd

  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen October 15, 2010, 1:28 pm

    The Babysitters’ Club!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 15, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Yeah I was pretty much EXACTLY like Elizabeth, oh hell let’s face it I still am!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 15, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Sorry you’re still feeling sick! Hope you feel better!

    I loved Sweet Valley books too. And The Babysitters Club. I also read a bunch of R. L. Stein horror books starting in middle school.

  • Paige @Running Around Normal October 15, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I LOVED Sweet Valley High! haha Oh and Goosebumps 🙂
    Feel better soon, girl!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 15, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Oh wait I totally forgot about RL Stein . . . . so creepy!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 15, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I preferred Sweet Valley Twins over the high school version.

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 15, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I wasn’t a huge SVH fan, my older sister was. I liked BSC and also The Boxcar Children!

  • Lisa October 15, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I read ALL of the Sweet Valley High Books. In fact, I think I still have them at my parent’s house. 😉

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 15, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I adored SVH, but I also liked The Babysitters Club and the Boxcar Children when I was really young. I was SUCH a reader as a young girl. It was my social life in some ways.

  • Kim October 15, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I read those, too. And R.L. Stein, Christoper Pike, Baby Sitters Club, etc.

    Also, yup…there’s a “what happened to….” sequel for Sweet Valley High coming out in April 2011 from Diablo Cody.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 15, 2010, 1:30 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re still not well! My favourite childhood books were the Babysitter’s Club.. then when the movie came out, it was literally all I’d watch for weeks!

  • VeggieGirl October 15, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I loved The Babysitters Club and Goosebumps series when I was younger. Read them all!

  • Maria October 15, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Oh hope you feel better! Rest does wonders!

    I was a huge fan of the Boxcar Children and the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, but really, I was such a huge dork that I read anything you put in front of me 🙂 Judy Blume and Beverely Cleary were great too!

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! October 15, 2010, 1:34 pm

    I’m so sorry you’re still sick! Big bummer. When I was younger, I loved R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps series. I also really loved the Babysitter’s Club and any Judy Blume book out there (“We must…we must…we must increase our bust!”). Feel better!

  • Karen @ Not Just Celery October 15, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Hope you feel better Caitlin! I loved the Baby Sitters Club growing up…Stacey was my favorite character!

  • Leah October 15, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Babysitters Club for the win!!!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks October 15, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Like everyone else in the world, The Babysitter’s Club was my favorite thing in the entire world from grades 3-5. My friends and I even had a “pretend Babysitter’s Club”. I was Kristy!

    When I was a little younger, I liked the Ramona books….my first book without pictures was “Ramona Quimby, Age 8”. I also loved Judy Blume books, especially the “Fudge” series (Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing, Super Fudge, Fudgeamania, etc.).

  • Jessica October 15, 2010, 1:37 pm

    I remember Sweet Valley High! I also read the Boxcar Children and The Babysitter’s Club. I also loved those mystery books where you could choose what happened. It would say “if you want Joe to go down the hall turn to page 36. If you want Joe to turn around, turn to page 50” I loved those books, although sometimes I would cheat and look at both pages!

  • katie October 15, 2010, 1:40 pm

    lots of rest and fluids is the best and only thing that works for me. flush that flu out with OJ!!

  • Kristina @ spabettie October 15, 2010, 1:40 pm

    I had EVERY issue of Sweet Valley High. LOVED them… and I was wishing recently that I had not gotten rid of them, it’d be fun to read now!! 😀

  • Laura October 15, 2010, 1:41 pm

    I heard about having a period for the first time when I read a Sweet Valley book in elementary school! haha I was really in to Sweet Valley and Babysitters Club. I loved the way Mallory always made bunny ears out of the loops in the L’s in her name.

  • Danielle C. October 15, 2010, 1:41 pm

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED the Sweet Valley High series…so much that I still snuck the books when I was in high school. True story, my BFF came over to my house one day and saw an SVH book in the bathroom. I tried to cover it up by saying I only read them in the bath tub so I wouldn’t care if I dropped them in. Yeah, she didn’t buy it.

  • Amanda Davis October 15, 2010, 1:41 pm

    I really enjoyed sweet valley high too but my favorite was the boxcar children. I totally wanted to live in a boxcar and couldn’t understand why my parents wouldn’t let me.

  • Jess October 15, 2010, 1:41 pm

    I loved babysitters club!

  • Melissa October 15, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Like everyone else, Sweet Valley, BBC, and then there were these books (cannot remember the author) about a girl with leukemia and she went to these summer camps. Sad as heck, but I loved them!

    • kristin October 15, 2010, 1:57 pm

      are you thinking about the Lurlene McDaniel books? I loved those, which I kind of find hilarious now, since they were mostly about young girls dying. Why were they so popular??? Must have been the drama.

      • Melissa October 16, 2010, 12:22 am

        That’s it. I would get so into those books and cry and cry reading them.

  • Food & Other Things October 15, 2010, 1:43 pm

    I definitely read a lot Sweet Valley High books when I was younger, but I really, really liked Nancy Drew books as well!

  • claire October 15, 2010, 1:45 pm

    I was all about the baby sitters club, boxcar children, and the borrowers!

    feel better lady! I’m sick also, not fun…

  • Natalie October 15, 2010, 1:45 pm

    Oh I loved sweet valley high and the baby sitters club! It made my day just thinking back to those days 🙂

  • MaryBe October 15, 2010, 1:48 pm

    At 49 I’m sure I’m one of your older readers…I grew up on Anne of Green Gables (still a favorite)and Nancy Drew. My daughter loved BSC, and between Christmases and birthdays had them all. The boys were more into Goosebumps and those make your own ending books

  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 15, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Good job listening to your body. 🙂

  • Sarah October 15, 2010, 1:49 pm

    The boxcar Children!

  • Marisa October 15, 2010, 1:50 pm

    I loved Babysitters Club books and also the American Girl books. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots October 15, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Oh I LOVED Sweet Valley High. Remember the TV show? And I loved anything by Christopher Pike. Who I just saw in Borders is now writing vampire novels (bandwagon, what?).

    Oh, and Goosebumps. One of the reasons I married my husband is because with him came an entire set of the original books. They are proudly on display in our living room.

  • Laurie October 15, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Oh Caitlin, hope you feel better soon!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 15, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Ohhh, I have a HUGE love for Sweet Valley. I still have the board game from when I was younger, as well as some of my original books. I’ve also worked on collecting them from e-bay the past couple of years, so right now I have about 100 Sweet Valley books on shelf. I’m really only a step away from assigning some of the books in my college-level English classes 🙂

  • hippierunner October 15, 2010, 1:57 pm

    The Boxcar Children and The Babysitters Club! Any series where the fist word started with B and the second word with C. Haha, not really but I just noticed that!

    Feel better! You will get through this!

  • Erin October 15, 2010, 2:01 pm

    I used to like the Little Sister books. They were a spin-off of The Babysitter’s Club. I will always be a Ramona fan too. I was like a little kid when the movie came out this summer!

    I am sick too. There must be something going around Charlotte! I hope that you feel better soon. XOXO

    • Rae October 15, 2010, 2:37 pm

      oh i loved those! those were about Karen, Kristys little sister I think…and being a “two two” good ememories!!

      • Erin October 15, 2010, 2:48 pm

        That’s right! Her name was Karen. I couldn’t think of it. 🙂

  • Amanda (Eating Up) October 15, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Favorite book series: Amelia’s notebooks! Did anyone else read them?

  • Jordan October 15, 2010, 2:04 pm

    Maybe I’m younger than everybody else commenting, but I was really into Goosebumps and Animorphs 🙂
    Feel better soon!

  • Ashley October 15, 2010, 2:07 pm

    I forgot about Sweet Valley High! My favorites were the American Girl sets (I loved Samantha!), the Babysitters Club, and Little House on the Prairie. Those were the days. 🙂

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 15, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I loved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! Have you ever heard of that series? It was THE best. 🙂

  • Jen @ Jen is Green October 15, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Goosebumps had to my favorite growing up!! I could never get into baby sitters club or anything like that. I liked the mystery! haha.

  • Erin October 15, 2010, 2:15 pm

    Sorry you’re still sick! I developed a knee issue 17 days out from my first marathon and only ran three times during my taper. I still finished! You’re right; you have to trust in the training.

    My favorite books growing up were The Babysitters Club. I was also a fan of Christopher Pike

  • Johanna B October 15, 2010, 2:17 pm

    Strangely enough I never got into series books until I took adolescent literature in college. At that point I loved Goosebumps. My daughter’s favorite was the Babysitter’s Little Sisters books. We read them all…

  • Katie (Life... Discombobulated) October 15, 2010, 2:17 pm

    I never got too into Sweet Valley High, but I love, love, LOVED Sweet Valley Twins, Nancy Drew, and the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys collaborations! The woman at my local book store would actually CALL me when the new Sweet Valley Twins books came in. 🙂 Feel better SOON!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. October 15, 2010, 2:18 pm

    I loved Sweet Valley! I was obsessed with the high school and college series! Did you hear they’re coming out with an book about the twins as adults?!

  • Sarah October 15, 2010, 2:19 pm

    I loved the boxcar children, the bobsey twins and nancydrew

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 15, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Those books were AWESOME. I remember reading the Sweet Valley Jr. High books when they came out in the late 90s as well- not as good as the originals, but I still loved them. And Jess was absolutely the cooler twin!

  • Jodi October 15, 2010, 2:28 pm

    I was a huge fan of the VC Andrews “Heaven” series and the Anne of Green Gables series. I used to devour those books in one sitting!

  • Jen October 15, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Feel better! I promise you will still be amazing during the marathon 🙂

  • Sarah (turning point) October 15, 2010, 2:33 pm

    I loved Baby-Sitters Club when I was much younger, and then moved on to Sweet Valley High. I also loved the Sweet Valley Twins series about them when they’re in middle school. My mom bought me like 30 Sweet Valley books from a garage sale for 5 cents each, and I LOVED them!! Then remember they had Sweet Valley University about their college days. Best series ever… haha! 🙂

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 15, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Ohhhhh yes they were awesome! I read Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley University as well. And…in grade school, I read Sweet Valley Kids. 🙂

    Hope you feel better. But you are so right about trusting your training plan!

  • Ashley October 15, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Definitely The Boxcar Children. I read them all!

  • Allie October 15, 2010, 2:47 pm

    Aw, feel better! Yogi Tea Immune Support whipped me back into my healthy self in no time a few weeks ago when I was coughing/sneezing/runny nose/feverish/sore throat/etc. Definitely try if you can! It tastes like peppermint :).

    Animorphs and Magic Tree House were my favorite books growing up. I’ve always been a bit of a sci-fi nerd haha.

  • Lee October 15, 2010, 2:49 pm

    I always liked the Babysitters Club and when I was a little bit older, the Christopher Pike books.

  • Bethany October 15, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Hands down my favorite was Baby Sitters Club.

  • Hope October 15, 2010, 2:51 pm

    I loved Sweet Valley High, the Babysitters Club, and the Ramona and Beezus books.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 15, 2010, 2:51 pm

    Aw, feel better sweetie! Get more rest and drink lots of fluid! An Epsom Salt bath might help too. If nothing else, they just feel good!

  • Gloria October 15, 2010, 2:53 pm

    Goosebumps was my fav! Feel better… drink some greens 🙂

  • Geneviève October 15, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I totally remember Sweet Valley High books! I started with Sweet Valley Kids (the twins were still in elementary school) and then made my way through Sweet Valley High and then Sweet Valley Senior High and University, where things started getting a little more riské! Thanks for bringing this up, it made me smile to look back on my childhood! 🙂

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life October 15, 2010, 2:56 pm

    I loved Sweet Valley High! I mentioned them the other day, and my husband looked at me like I was nuts. Get better soon!

  • carlee October 15, 2010, 2:59 pm

    sweet valley high! my aunt gave me a bunch of those books! lol but i don’t think i ever read them and i probably gave them away before i gave them a chance in like first grade. haha.
    i hope you feel better! haha and i have never heard of garlic for helping you get better!

  • Lisa Diederichs Stookey October 15, 2010, 3:03 pm

    i LOVED that series too.

    I kept all of mine – alone with all my babysitter’s club books.

    i hope to pass them onto a daughter someday!


  • Manon October 15, 2010, 3:06 pm

    Oh I loooooooooooved Sweet Valley High! Thanks for the flashback… I want to read the whole series again!

  • Paige October 15, 2010, 3:10 pm

    Favorite book series, in order:
    1) Babysitter’s Club
    2) Laura Ingalls-Wilder series
    3) Sweet Valley Twins/High
    4) Boxcar Children

  • Katheryn October 15, 2010, 3:12 pm

    I loved Sweet Valley High too! I also loved The Babysitter’s Club and the Ramona books.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • erica October 15, 2010, 3:17 pm

    omg. totally babysitters club, sweet valley twins, and sleepover friends!

  • Marina October 15, 2010, 3:18 pm

    i hope you get better soon. i’ve got a cold, so i know how yo feel 🙂

  • kate October 15, 2010, 3:19 pm

    i LOVED the sweet valley books! so weird you just wrote this because i saw this somewhere the other day and can’t wait for it to come out!! haha still a little kid at heart, i guess 🙂

  • yummieecupcake October 15, 2010, 3:19 pm

    i got sick today ):

    i didnt read those books. but in hs, i thorougly enjoyed reading the catcher in the rye, hamlet, emma, jane eyre. cant remember what else. oh and those chicken soup books!

  • Laura @ Tidbits October 15, 2010, 3:23 pm

    Definitely a sweet valley high and sweet valley twins reader!! along with the saddle club 🙂

  • Grapeful October 15, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I loved Sweet Valley High! I even watched the TV series back in the 90s. I was more of a Babysitters Club fan as far as series for girls go. My fav book was “Logan likes Mary Anne” my first introduction to how school crushes work. Swoon! Judy Blume books were also pretty awesome as well. I have such fond memories reading them when I was in elementary.

  • Cati @ crave and create October 15, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Oh, I absolutely adored SVH too!

    It totally sucks that you’re sick, but you’ve done and amazing amount of training over the past few months and I think you have every reason to feel confident about the upcoming marathon. Thank you so much for continuing to provide a model of positive, healthy eating and long-distance training for everyone who looks to you for inpiration! I hope you feel better soon!

  • Katy October 15, 2010, 3:27 pm

    I was a huge fan of the Babysitter’s Club! However, I never read Sweet Valley High!

    Hope you feel better soon, Caitlin! A Green monster an a little couch lovin, perhaps?

  • Mama Pea October 15, 2010, 3:29 pm

    I wasn’t allowed to buy SVH books, but you know I snuck my friends’ books in to read under the covers. What a freakin’ rebel.

    • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) October 15, 2010, 3:43 pm

      I wasn’t allowed to read SVH either!! And I was really bummed about it because my name is Elizabeth and my best friend was named Jessica and we were practically twins, so obviously those books were destined to be ours.

      Sigh. However, I was allowed to read BSC…or rather, BSC Little Sister (?) Her name was Elizabeth, too, but I’m sure not nearly as interesting.

      • Mama Pea October 15, 2010, 5:01 pm

        Seriously, what were our moms afraid of?! 🙂

  • Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) October 15, 2010, 3:41 pm

    I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t occasionally pick up one of my Sweet Valley books (be it, SV twins, high, SVU, senior year or the Unicorn Club…i had them ALL) and re-read it for the snark value. (I do the same with Babysitter’s Club as well). I loved those books and loved Jess and her borderline sociopathic ways…and Lila was awesome as well! Poor Jess, her bf’s kept dying! And poor Liz’s bf’s….she kept cheating on them!

  • Emily October 15, 2010, 3:42 pm

    Boxcar Children!!!and Cam Jansen

    • laura October 15, 2010, 3:47 pm

      AMEN! I loved the Boxcar Children and Cam Jansen!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances October 15, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I LOVE Sweet Valley High! Oh my goodness. I seriously own almost all of those books. I totally identified with Elizabeth more but liked Jessica waaaay better and wished I was just like her. AND we had the same name! 🙂

  • laura October 15, 2010, 3:45 pm

    Being sick sucks!! When I start to feel sickness coming on, I drink lots of Tea, I take Vitamin C and lots of liquid Echinacea extract. PS- I loved the SVH books.

  • Jaclyn October 15, 2010, 3:49 pm

    Ha I LOVED sweet valley high, oh the memories ;)!

    Hope you are starting to feel better – no way to start a weekend! That was me last week 😛 But, better now. you will be too!

  • Raya @ Raya Runs October 15, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I LOVED Elizabeth!!! But I think that’s because I knew out of the two of them that’s who I would be. Jessica was always getting into trouble. And trouble scared me when I was younger, haha. I remember when they turned it into a TV show I was so mad b/c we didn’t get that channel (we didn’t have cable).

  • Megan October 15, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Unfortunately, they updated the Sweet Valley High books recently in a really sad way..

  • Heather October 15, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Loved the Sweet Valley series, although I had to sneak read them. My Mom thought they were too racy for me to read in grade school (prude! LOL), so I would read them in secret, but I also read their younger version Sweet Valley Twins. Loved Babysitters Club when I was younger too!

  • Holly @ Food. Make-up. Hair. October 15, 2010, 3:59 pm

    Oh, I loved Sweet Valley High books too! And also Saddle Club and Nancy Drew. I might have to dig some out and read them again for fun 😉

  • Kelly October 15, 2010, 4:08 pm

    Baby Sitters Club…oh my I was obsessed!

  • Camille October 15, 2010, 4:15 pm

    Oh my gosh, I loooved Sweet Valley.
    My favorite was the one where Elizabeth got in a motorcycle accident and it totally changes her personality. She ends up dumping Todd and becoming a Jessica level b*tch. So sad!

  • emily October 15, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Ha, I was *obsessed* with SVH but I loved Elizabeth and disliked Jess!

  • Kelly October 15, 2010, 4:20 pm

    Um, I LOVED Sweet Valley High too. I kind of want to read them again- and the Babysitters Club!!!!

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well October 15, 2010, 4:22 pm

    I loved the Twins! Also loved Babysitters Club, Box Car Children, Nancy Drew, Thoroughbred Horse Racing Books, and pretty much anything else I could get my little hands on. I love(d) books!

  • Casey October 15, 2010, 4:23 pm

    How about Friends 4-Ever with Stevie, Meg, Laura, and Molly?

  • Laura October 15, 2010, 4:27 pm

    Also loved Sweet Valley, although not as much as the Babysitters Club books. And the Saddle Club. And, probably most of all, although when I was a little younger even than that, the Enid Blyton books. Particularly the Magic Faraway Tree books, the Naughtiest Girl in School series, the Malory Towers series (which totally glamourised boarding school life!) and the Famous Five.

  • Allison October 15, 2010, 5:07 pm

    Little House on The Prairie. I wanted to be Laura.

    Also, Boxcar Children. Except my Mom would read them aloud, and for fun (and because those children were so unrealistically perfect), she’d throw in stuff like, “‘Shut the hell up, Benny,’ said Violet….”

    I love my mom.

  • Brittaney October 15, 2010, 5:09 pm

    I LOVED the Baby sitters club and the Little sisters club. I remember when my sister decided I was old enough to move on from the Little Sisters to the actual Baby Sitters Club, she gave me her books!

    Did anyone ever read Sideways Stories from Wayside School??? I used to love those!

  • Amy October 15, 2010, 6:02 pm

    I went to Gainesville High School with the girls that played the SVH twins (they were also the double mint twins for a while), Brittany and Cynthia Daniels.
    I loved Flowers in the Attic. It was a little sick and twisted.

    • Casey October 15, 2010, 8:03 pm

      I read V.C. Andrews books too….soooo not appropriate for how old I was!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In October 15, 2010, 6:08 pm

    I LOVED babysitters club! And i’m sick too:( My brain is cloudy. Yucky

  • Patti Bevans October 15, 2010, 6:12 pm

    That is SOOO WEIRD that you posted about Sweet Valley High!! I was literally just thinking about that series for the first time in years!!! They came to mind as I was flipping through the pages of entertainment weekly and I was thinking how much I loved them (gag me with a spoon! – lol!) and how I should recommend them to my young nieces. I think I read them all in elementary school. Weird. They were the best!!

  • Katherine October 15, 2010, 6:18 pm

    Oh, I LOVED Sweet Valley High! I wanted to be Jessica as well! I actually got in trouble in elementary school because that’s all that I would read…so every book report was on Sweet Valley High. Not much has changed with me over the years though, I’m still a die-hard chick lit fan!

  • Shari October 15, 2010, 6:20 pm

    LOVED the Sweet Valley books! Did you know Francine Pascal is coming out with a new one next year that catches up with Jess & Liz as adults?

  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 15, 2010, 6:23 pm

    I had totally forgotten about the SVH books. I really liked them growing up, but I also enjoyed a lot of other series’ I can’t think to name right now!

  • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs October 15, 2010, 6:57 pm

    Baby Sitters Club. Hands down, no questions, my favourite books to read as a pre teen. I also loved Sweet Valley books, Enid Blyton books…Well, books of any kind really!

  • Tricia Kuchler October 15, 2010, 7:26 pm

    I also *loved* Sweet Valley High, but the Babysitter’s Club was definitely another favorite. And then I liked Matt Christopher’s sports books. I was complex even as a child haha.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit October 15, 2010, 8:00 pm

    I used to love the Babysitter’s Club and Goosebumps books!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 15, 2010, 8:33 pm

    I loved Sweet Valley High – but Babysitter’s Club was #1 on my list!!

  • zoe (and the beatles) October 15, 2010, 8:38 pm

    sweet valley high! i totally remember those books! and i was also aaaaall about that babysitter’s club! what about the boxcar children? i’m wondering how many people or remember that! oh, and there was a point in my life where i most definitely read mary-kate and ashley adventure books. and fully house books. oh, childhood.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 15, 2010, 9:46 pm

    It’s so true a few days (or even weeks) from exercise aren’t going to do much. So many girls think they’ll turn to flab after a day or takes a lot for our bodies to gain weight or lose strength if you think about it, especially if it’s still revved up from so much training!

  • Jena October 15, 2010, 9:53 pm

    My favorite series as a kid was the Baby Sitter’s Little Sister series, I still have every single book! I remember playing the Sweet Valley High board game at a neighbors house and always hated landing on Enid’s space for some reason.

  • Meesh October 15, 2010, 10:26 pm

    Omigod I loved Sweet Valley High! I forgot all about that series. I was a huge reader, loved Nancy Drew, Fear Street, Sveet Valley, pretty much anything actually. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 15, 2010, 10:38 pm

    I loved the Babysitters Club and the Little Sister series! I was sort of tomboyish as a kid, so Kristie was my idol. 😛

    I hope you feel better soon!

  • Krista N October 15, 2010, 10:44 pm

    I LOVED all the Judy Blume books. Hope you start feeling better 🙂

  • Ilene October 15, 2010, 11:08 pm

    Babysitters Club was my FAVORITE! I think I read every single book…oh man, I loved Sweet Valley High too…and Bailey School Kids…I read a ton of the fun girly books 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 15, 2010, 11:08 pm

    I loved SVH, BSC, Nancy Drew, The Boxcar Children, and all of the Laura Ingalls books. I LOVED the Ramona books, and even remember there being a TV series based off of them when I was pretty young!

  • Lauren October 15, 2010, 11:08 pm

    I lived and breathed Sweet Valley Twins. I remember staying awake all night just to finish a book. And now I’m an English major. I should’ve known all along!

  • Anne October 16, 2010, 12:19 am

    You should post an Operation Beautiful note on Sweet Valley High!

  • Baroque Diva October 16, 2010, 1:01 am

    Just have to give a shout-out to Judy Blume!!

    Tiger Eyes and Are you there God, it’s me, Margaret!

  • Amber K October 16, 2010, 2:10 am

    Praying you feel better soon!

    I totally loved SVH too. As well as the Babysitter’s Club, the Boxcar Children, and Goosebumps!

  • Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex October 16, 2010, 2:30 am

    Wow, this is totally a blast from the past! I looooooved Sweet Valley High, Fear Street, Baby Sitters Club and Nancy Drew. Good memories 🙂

  • Jolene ( October 16, 2010, 2:44 am

    I read those too, but I started with Sweet Valley Twins in about grade 5, and then read most of those, and only some of the High ones.

  • Brandy @ Simply Fit Mama October 16, 2010, 2:50 am

    I never read the Sweet Valley High series…now I’m thinking I may have missed out! I absolutely loved all of the Judy Blume books, you know Freckle Juice, Are you there God, it’s me Margaret?, etc.

  • Jen October 16, 2010, 7:45 am

    Sweet Valley High and Babysitter’s Club…awesomeness!!!!! I wish I still had my collections.


  • Meagan October 16, 2010, 8:50 am

    I was obsessed with R.L. Stein and his Fear Street series as a kid, I’m pretty sure I have read everyone of them that was out when I was a child. I discovered the Sweet Valley High series when I was in high school, but by then I wasn’t interested in the them but loved the Sweet Valley University books.

  • Sammy October 16, 2010, 10:12 am

    Dude, SVH for the win! Seriously, I remember when I was a kid for Christmas, and I got A Night to Remember (where Jessica spiked Elizabeth’s drink at the prom and she ended up….killing someone) up to The Evil Twin and read them all in two days….and was soooo depressed! I hated Jessica so much for that little mini-series in the series and almost hoped the Evil Twin would have offed her.

    Yay, 11 year old me!

  • Nicole October 16, 2010, 11:14 am

    Heck Yeah! SVH and Baby Sitters Club. Definitely classics! I even attempted to start my own Baby Sitters Club…naming myself as the secretary (I liked to write even back then!) and calling all my friends together to get the rest of the officers together. We were such nerds.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous October 16, 2010, 11:43 am

    I LOVED Sweet Valley High.The books and the board game. I think Enid was my favorite…is that her name? Memory is foggy in my old age! I always like the girls/characters who weren’t THE most popular.

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  • Becca October 16, 2010, 1:41 pm

    Sweet Valley was so cool! It probably started my America-philia. Barrettes and unicorns and sororities!

    That lunch is my idea of heaven. I am doing DIY vegetarian refried beans like an obsessed person – thank God I eat a lot of fibre normally because otherwise I might be less-than-pleasant to be around. Hmm…

    Another favourite was the wartime English equivalent – Mallory Towers. There was a girl called Alicia who had “a sharp tongue”. I adored her and wanted to call my first child Alicia. Unfortunately, if I did that now, people would probably think I was honouring Ms Keys or Ms Silverstone. Sigh.

  • Sana October 16, 2010, 3:45 pm

    YESS! <3ed them! and the babysitters club!

  • Sarah @ eatrungarden October 16, 2010, 4:31 pm

    I would like to just let you know you just gave me some confidence back. I am currently training to run my first 10k on Halloween but last Sunday while running I feel and sprained my ankle. I havent been able to run all week. I still want to run the 10k but I am a little nervous but you are right I have been training for this and before I injuryed my ankle I could run 3-4 miles without too much trouble. Tomorrow I have planned to test out my ankle by going on a nice short run. Hopefully it feels fine, I miss running.

  • LIz October 17, 2010, 11:26 am

    I loved SVH too – and the TV show. AND they came out with another series – Sweet Valley High Senior Year that she wrote in the early 2000s….sadly I was in high school when I read them…..but they were awesome. What can I say?

  • Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) October 19, 2010, 3:46 pm

    Babysitter’s club. I even started my own!

  • Angela @ Making Food for Friends October 20, 2010, 4:46 pm

    I saw this on People today and thought about this thread!,,20435286,00.html

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