Goosebumps v.s. The Babysitters Club (BSC)

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I can honestly say that when I was a child I did not see myself where I am today, a writer, a published author, someone who is doing something that originated through love of putting words on paper (and soon a computer once we got one). When I look back this Thursday I consider two book collections that went on in my household. I doubt it was a competition…per say…but my sister and I had our own collections of our beloved books.


  • Author: R.L.Stine
  • Genre: Children fiction, horror, thriller
  • Series Began: 1992
  • Total # of books in original series: 63


I posted this on Twitter (follow if you’re not already ;)) but I’ll say it again. My collection was Goosebumps. Hands down one of the best book collection I EVER had. I’ve posted stories of my ventures toward buying this book on a bi-weekly basis (or how I thought the time frame was for books). I can honestly, and proudly, say I collected every single book in this collection. My favorite was of course the one Night of the Living Dummy. Slappy made me Happy! No, seriously, he was the dummy (no offense, Slappy) that had not one, not two, but three books dedicated to him. He was on point, evil, but on point. This past Monday I went to see the Goosebumps movie and I enjoyed it. No spoilers, of course, I enjoyed it. Is that a bias thought? Probably but R.L. Stine is a big part of my life, even though I doubt he will ever know that. 



The Babysitters Club

  • Author: Ann M Martin
  • Genre: Children fiction, horror, thriller
  • Series Began: 1986
  • Total # of books in original series: 131

This was my sister’s book collection. She also collected all of them. I myself did not read these books. I skimmed them once in a while but I was too busy lost in horror to think about a club of girls who babysit. I’m not knocking this collection because it was a collection that was just as big as Goosebumps. Since I didn’t read the books I couldn’t offer much of a synopsis but here goes: The Baby Sitters Club (BSC) is about a group of middle school students living in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. They run a business called “The Baby-Sitters Club” which helps parents find babysitters. The club starts out with four members named Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, and Stacey McGill.


Have you collected either one of these books? Did you have a collection of your own that you loved as a child? For the love of books, let me know below. 

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