Jeanette- I'm trying to remember and I don't know if I read anything out of the usual: Betsy-Tacy, Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew, Chronicles of Narnia... I liked to stick to series or authors because then I knew there would be another one coming soon after :) I enjoyed the Golden Goblet and Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw and At the Back of the North Wind and The Princess and the Goblins by George MacDonald.All the Bethlehem books that Ignatius Press sells are really good. Hope it helps!
P.S. Thank you for asking! I like remembering things I haven't read in a while
Homeschoolers seem to be the only ones who regularly read: L.M. Montgomery, Stratemeyer Syndicate books (Tom Swift, Tom Swift, Jr., The Hardy Boys, The Dana Girls, Nancy Drew), Laura Ingalls Wilder, etc. There seems to be a growing push for more "realistic" books. I know junior high kids reading Agatha Christie for the reader points. . . although I'm a fan of Christie, and I read them at that age, I was familiar with everything going on. . . I wouldn't want my children to read most of them---I'd handpick some for anyone under 14. . . like Parker Pyne and Tommy and Tuppence.
Homeschoolers seem to be better read these days, but then again, most of us farm kids didn't have more than three channels (one of which was PBS) growing up. . . so we needed SOMETHING to do when it was too nasty to play outside or after dark. . .