To continue on the books of my youth post, one of the most influential was The Baby-Sitters Club. I bought each new book every month and every single super special and spin-off for about 6 years.
These books made me want to be a baby-sitter and wear the crazy outfits that Claudia wore and be as cool as Stacey. However, now looking back, I can see how ludicrous some of those plots are and how silly the narration was.
But still... I loved re-reading them and I was sad when I donated all my old books to Zoe for her to enjoy. However, I am glad they get a 2nd home.
When we were in SF last winter, I found these awesome BSC comics! They were awesome and they follow word-by-word the dialogue and draw everything exactly as Ann M. Martin described.
I also found these hysterical blogs...
For awesome recaps of all the crazy outfits Claudia wore - what claudia wore
For snarky reviews of BSC books (and their companion series) - BSC Headquarters
I stayed up way too late reading both of them and remembering Claudia's outfits and the random storylines. The clothing descriptions were some of the best parts of the series!