Timeless Thoughts: Sweet Valley Saga

Timeless Thoughts

As a child and a teen, I was a voracious reader (still am, come to think of it XD). Since third grade, I’ve read books by Roald Dahl, Archie comics, The Boxcar Children, The Baby-Sitters Club, Animorphs, and the list goes on forever. I can tell you that my Goodreads account is not complete. There are so many books I’ve read that haven’t made it onto my account. One of the series I forgot to include is the Sweet Valley books, and lately those are some of the books I’ve been really missing. Growing up, I read some of the Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, and the Unicorn Club books. Didn’t quite make it to Sweet Valley University books, but oh well. In any case, I actually enjoyed The Baby-Sitters Club and Animorphs series more than them, but there are three Sweet Valley books that hold a special place in my heart. Two of the books are presented below.

Sweet Valley Saga

The Wakefields of Sweet Valley and The Wakefield Legacy focus on the family history of the Wakefield clans before Steven, Elizabeth, and Jessica are born. The first book documents the maternal line, starting with Alice Larson in the 1860s; the second book shows the paternal line through Theodore Wakefield. Basically, Alice and Theodore meets and falls in love, but circumstances keep the two away, and they each find someone else to love. Their descendants then all meet each other at various times, but more circumstances keep them away until Steven, Elizabeth, and Jessica’s parents finally get together.

Ignoring the terribly contrived and soap opera-like romance with betrayals, angst, and whatnot, the chapters are divided into generations, so the different time period are shown. We get to see what San Francisco is like in the 1910s, what the 1920s are like somewhere in the United States, and even experience wartime romance during World War II in Europe and the Pacific! As someone who likes history, I enjoyed reading about the different time periods. I think if I were to re-read these books, I’d appreciate the historical aspect of the books. The romance? Not so much . . . Either or, these two books were devoured by me on a regular basis back in the past. I think I got rid of my physical copies, but I found e-book copies, so I think I’ll re-read them sometime soon — just to get rid of an itch XD

What are some books you liked growing up? Are there any you really miss? I’d like to know what you lovelies liked :)

Comments

  1. I lived for Nancy Drew Notebooks! XD She had this blue notebook that she would take notes on during her investigations. I always wanted one too.

    I read a lot as a kid, but I just read fanfic now hahaha. Some of my favorites off the top of my head: Artemis Fowl, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, the Shannara series, the Old Kingdom trilogy (Sabriel is the best ever!!!).

    Gosh, I might just re-read all this!

  2. I remember reading a few of the Babysitters Club but once I realised I could never do babysitting the appeal sort of wore off.

    I read the Green Mile series when I was 12 or 13, it’s probably the only series I ever bought myself and the entire thing (only 6 books though).

  3. Haha omg, I remember Sweet Valley! I always read Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High. I don’t think I read further than that – I think it was more a case of not being able to find the books in Australia rather than losing interest. I would revisit these if I had access to them!

    As you probably remember, The Jewel Kingdom Series was my favourite as a kid. I had completely forgotten about Sweet Valley until I read your post. :D

  4. Bhairavee on

    I have always been in love with books and I simply cannot live without reading them.
    As a kid, I started reading Enid blyton books which I totally loved and then moved on to series like Nancy Drew, Harry Potter, and many many more!
    I haven’t read sweet valley maybe because I never came across them. But I’ll try to read it now

  5. I remember back then when I was younger, my cousin would always buy sweet valley high and read it every single day! Such nostalgia!

  6. I used to love Boxcar Children! I never read the Sweet Valley series though. I remember it being really popular back then, but I was more of a fan of the Nancy Drew series :) My brother used to collect the Animorphs series too, but I didn’t get into that one either. I was a fan of the mystery books!

  7. Books are good for you! If only I can convince myself that and can read books normally. It would’ve been nice if Sweet Valley completed its cycle and went up to University! AT least there are enough for you to enjoy :). It basically follows the characters growing up?

    What IS San Francisco like in the early 1900’s? I feel like I was stuck in the mid 1950’s with the whole electric buses! Maybe I got too spoiled with how things are in LA :o. Hopefully you’ll get around to rereading the books soon!

    I wasn’t ever a book person. But I did like Chuck Palahniuk’s books in high school!

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