Those were the books of my 1990s!

I, II, III, IV, V, VI

I have to admit something: When I planned this 90s week, I had a lot of ideas for my five different categories. But in the end, none of them was used. Either I prepared something and it looked ugly (this happened for the Special Monday), or I realized that my idea was boring (Listen), or I suddenly discovered that the 90s differed a lot from my sugar-coated memories (Look), or a more intensive research revealed something a lot more interesting (Taste), or … a friend of mine had a much better idea, which was the case for today :). Actually I planned to post something about 90s fashion photography – I will never forget the pictures of the 15-year-old Kate Moss by photographer Corinne Day. But when I spoke about this week’s 90s topic with my pal Isa, she suggested to make something about the books we read back then. What a fabulous idea!

The 90s were the time of my adolescence…I started as an 8-year-old kid and with the new millennium I was, at least legally, an adult. I read A LOT during this whole period, but it all started with children books (and ended with Harry Potter)…

The book I adored the most as a kid was Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking – Pippi was a role model for every girl. Her independent way of life was fascinating and I would have killed for a pet like Mr. Nilsson! A must-read for every generation!

I clearly loved wild girly characters since the second book that really impressed me was Else Ury’s Nesthäckchen (unfortunately only one book of the series was published in English). This daughter of a doctor never behaved like it was expected by her parents – something that fits somehow to my own actions back then!

I devoured all the books of Magda Trott’s Pucki series (only available in German)! Again a stubborn, headstrong person, who went her own way. These books were already read by my grandmothers and I literally forget myself while being completely in Pucki’s world!

Vampires are not a new literally phenomenon! The Little Vampire by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg was the coolest dead friend I could have wished for as a kid! Rüdiger (vampire) and Anton (kid) experienced the wildest and funniest adventures together. I was a bit jealous of Anton…

The Famous Five by Enid Blyton were a series I was obsessed with! I still remember how I digged into the stories and forget everything around me. In fact I was so impressed, I actually founded my own detective club! Moreover, I just heard that the stories about the five friends solving one secret after the other currently are celebrating a big revival, even among my own generation (which is following their adventures via audio books).

And last but not least there was J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. I think that I don’t need to tell you anything about it. The only thing I would like to share with you about my favorite wizard is that this was the very first book I (voluntary) read in English. From then on, it somehow never stopped again…

Special feature: Five long years ago, I made a radio broadcast about Astrid Lindgren for the Unifunk Osnabrück (the radio channel for the University). It’s German and quite funny to listen to today:

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