It should be no secret that we’re huge readers over here at Gurl.com. Personally, as a kid, I spent hours and hours reading. Growing up, my reading material was all classic ’90s (obviously): The Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps. Just hearing the names of those books makes me smile, and I’m sure they make you smile too. Even if you didn’t actually read them, I’m sure you saw the various TV shows and movies that came from some of them.
So we’ve rounded up some of the most popular books that we read in the ’90s (including some older favorites!) for your reading pleasure. One look at them, and I’m pretty sure you’ll want to read them all over again! Check ’em out and let us know: which of these was your favorite?
The Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin
In my (very biased) opinion, The Babysitter’s Club might have been the best book series to come out of the ’90s. I mean, come on. Not only was basically every type of girl represented, but their lives were so relatable! And it spawned a thousand real-life babysitters clubs (including my own, which never flourished as well as I hoped). BSC was the best.
Ramona by Beverly Clearly
All of Beverly Cleary’s books are amazing, but Ramona stands out. That sassy little girl was just so much fun to read about! These books might be geared towards girls a lot younger than me, but I would still probably read them even today – their classics!
The Bailey School Kids by Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey
These were kind of the coolest mystery books ever. Way before we were obsessed with vampires and all sorts of mythical creatures, we had The Baily School Kids. Each book gave you a different seemingly innocent character who was actually a vampire or Frankenstein, or something else crazy like that. How cool?!
Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
Truth: reading a Goosebumps books sometimes scared me so much, I had serious nightmares and couldn’t sleep. Now that that embarrassing confession is out of the way, let’s just say that Goosebumps was amazing. There’s really no arguing that.
Friendship Bracelets by Klutz
Okay, I’m kind of cheating, because this isn’t actually a novel, but this Friendship Bracelets book was so super popular back in the ’90s that I had to include it. Friendship bracelets are having a huge moment right now, and back then, making your own was the cool thing to do, and everyone had stacks of them on the wrists. And this handy book showed you how to make them! Embroidery floss FTW!
Anything By Roald Dahl
Matilda, The BFG, The Witches, Fantastic Mr. Fox… the list could go on and on and on. A lot of Roald Dahl’s books may have been published before the ’90s, but they were still super popular during the ’90s. I mean, they’re still super popular now! They’re classic books and no matter what age group they were written for, they will always have a special place in my heart… and I’m sure yours also.
The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Okay, yes, The Berenstain Bears is a children’s book… but how could this list be complete without them?! This was such an amazing series, and I know I’m not the only one who had stacks upon stacks of them all over my room.
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
The Amelia Bedelia series is pretty endless, since it’s still being written now (although not by the original author). Another classic kid’s book, Amelia Bedelia always ended in some delicious baked goods. Who wouldn’t love that?
Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate
Personally, I was never really into science fiction – but I made an exception for Animorphs. Kids who could morph into any animal they touched? I mean, come on, that’s really freakin’ cool.
Here’s To You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume
Judy Blume obviously has a TON of books to choose from (and she’s still writing new ones!), but this is a favorite published in 1993. Her books have always been so relatable!
Chicken Soup for The Soul series
Aw, remember all of the Chicken Soup books? There were so many! Everyone went through a period where they read these.
The Friendship Ring series by Rachel Vail
I almost forgot about this series until I saw this picture. OMG, I loved these. Not only were the stories addicting, but these books were tiny enough to fit in any purse, backpack, whatever.
I Spy books were so much fun… kids could be entertained for hours looking at them. Luckily, there were tons of them, so they never got boring.
Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss
After reading Amelia’s Notebook, was anyone else inspired to create their own super-amazing diary, full of gorgeous hand-drawn pictures and tons of fun little add-ins? No? Just me? Well, read it again, then – I think you’ll change your mind.
The Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal
Okay, so maybe I lied before… Sweet Valley High might be one of the best series to come out of the ’90s. Jessica and Elizabeth were only the coolest twins ever, no matter what kind of trouble they were getting themselves into. I (obviously) liked Jessica better, but everyone had a favorite. These were so juicy! I wish they would make an updated TV series about them now.
Which of these was your favorite? What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!