Harry Potter is still cool
I read a lot of Goosebumps and Animorphs. I owned literally every Goosebumps book (including the "Choose Your Own Adventure" spinoffs), but my mom made me sell them all in a garage sale because my family was poor. Sad face :(
This!!!! I had a ton of animorphs and goosbumps books as a kid. I can remember just sitting there starring at the cover of an Animorph book before I read it. "WHOOOA... THAT'S SO CRAZY LOOKING!" Goosebumps just played to my childhood obsession with Halloween. It's still one of my favorite holidays. Then I got pretty heavy into the Harry Potter series when I was about 11 or 12. I remember staying up to 2 in the morning to finish the second book and then really wanting to start the third right away even if it meant not sleeping. I was hooked.
I had a guilty pleasure of the Redwall series, which I still own every one I managed to get my parents to buy for me back in the day. But, my favorite reading back when I was 13, and still to this day is Dune, no, I don't care that it's college reading level and that I didn't understand a lot of the nuance at the time, it still didn't stop me from reading the whole series at least once a year for the last 12 years!
Oh fuck me! Redwall! My circle of buddies dug those when we were around 9. They had one hell of a repetitive formula though. You knew there'd be a central character death in every one of them, and then at the end there'd be a long-ass battle and a ridiculously detailed description of the food they feasted on afterwards.
Boy am I glad I read those before "furry"became a thing!
As a little 'un I read whatever I could get my hands on. My Dad was an English teacher so I used to go into the school and borrow whatever I liked. It was pretty sweet because it meant I had the public library, my primary school library and the secondary school library! I remember when I first picked up Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, I loved it so much I stole it! I still have it sitting proudly on my bookcase to this day! When I was 13/14 I was heavily into vampire literature (before they began to glitter) and enjoyed Anne Rice, Bram Stoker and I was a big fan of Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. I don't think my reading has changed much even now, I'll still give most things a shot. Oh, feel I need to mention Goosebumps here because I loved those books. They gave me my scare fix when 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' wasn't on!
I really liked Ender's Game, then I found out Orson Scott Card is a giant douche, which soured the whole series.
This, totally. I've gone back and reread them, and they are still great, but at times it's hard to separate my feelings about the author from his work.
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Patterson
Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
The Seventh Tower series - Garth Nix
I took a Children's Literature course a few years back, so I got a chance to reread most of these. The Giver is still incredible science fiction. Both it and Maniac Magee provide fantastic commentary on society. Annnnd Bridge to Terabithia is still heartbreaking.