Day 9: About the Books I’ve loved the longest


I’ve got to admit, I’m just not feeling it today.  We’ve been out of the house since 7 this morning and I’m beat.

Luckily for me, I’ve recommended these books before, so I’ll be brief.

Recommendation of the day: the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.


I can’t say definitively that I’ve loved these books longer than any others, but if I think back to my earliest reading days, they always come to mind.  I must have read and re-read them twenty times during my adolescence.  I’m working on my private collection now, but let me tell you, these books aren’t super easy to find.  I did find some re-printed paperbacks, but I’m pretty sure they had different illustrations than the originals and that just won’t do.  😉


Very quickly, the main reasons that I love these books:

  • The series follows the girls lives from about age 6 to adulthood.  While I’m not quite ready to have my girls read the books on the teenage years (seriously, my 6-year-old already talks about husbands too much), the younger years books are perfect for the age they’re at now.
  • I totally get swept up in the age they live in when I read them.  The girls grow up right around the turn of the century and I remember wishing I had been born around that time as I read the books.
  • I love the friendship between Betsy, Tacy, and Tib.  I love how their friendship lasts.  I love how loyal they are to each other.
  • I adore the illustrations (hence the refusal to buy lesser versions of the book).

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If you have girls, these books are definitely worth the search.  Sadly, none of the libraries around me carry them, but growing up my favorite library had the entire series, so you may just get lucky.  Otherwise you’ll have to beat my bids on Ebay.  😉

See the rest of the series here.