Nostalgic Rereads

Lately I’ve had this ‘problem’ wherein I’m surrounded by shiny, new books that I’m super excited to read … but all I want to read are older series that I’ve read multiple times that hit me with a serious wave of nostalgia. For example, I literally just picked up a copy of The Devouring Gray at the bookstore on Friday. And what did I do an hour after I got home from shopping? Checked to see if I had an old series downloaded on my Kindle. And called my mother to see if she’d seen a book from another favorite series kicking around at her house (I kind of leave a trail of books behind me everywhere I go these days).

I feel torn between reading my giant stack of books I haven’t read (but like really really want to read?) and what I want to read right now. It feels like I’m letting those new books down? I’ll give you all your turns and your day in the sun, I swear! I’m just done fighting against my desire to dive back into something familiar.

That all being said, today’s post isn’t about any new series. Instead, I’m going to be sharing five series I find myself craving when I’m wanting to read old, familiar books. These aren’t necessarily even ‘good’ series and I’m positive they all have their issues, but they played a major part in my growing up/reading past. IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, here we go!

Pendragon by D.J. MacHale

Bobby Pendragon was living the life of a normal 14 year old guy, until his Uncle Press appeared with a mission: protect all of time and space from a demon named Saint Dane, a cold-blooded villain who wants nothing less than the dismantling of  humanity. The only force standing in Saint Dane’s way is a mysterious group of people called Travelers, and Bobby is surprised to discover that he is one of them.
The amazing truth behind this battle for time and space gradually unravels  for Bobby over the course of the Pendragon books. Along the way, he encounters the kind of nail-biting, hairy adventures that he used to love to watch in the movies, but finds that in his new life, they  could not be more real.

The Pendragon series is one of the first series I remember going out of my way to buy. I remember reading it at my hometown library and falling in love. I then absolutely ran out of patience waiting for new books to come into the library and for my place on the waitlist so I would always check the book section at Target for a new book every time I went shopping with my mom. When I went off to college I remember selling my hardcopies and picking up the kindle bundles when they were on sale. They’ve sort of followed me around through lots of life adventures.

Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce

Keladry of Mindelan has spent her whole life wanting nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of her hero, Alanna the Lioness. Finally old enough to enter training for knighthood, she soon discovers that being allowed to train even though she’s A Girl doesn’t make things easier.
At every turn, Kel is forced to prove herself, not only to her teachers, but to her fellow pages and squires. Her relentless sense of justice and her inability to turn away from someone in need makes as many enemies as allies. With the return of dangerous magical creatures from the Realms of the Gods, and the looming threat of war, the Protector of the Small has a hard road ahead.

I’ll be real with you – this really should just say ‘pretty much anything by Tamora Pierce’ because as a girl who loved knight stories but never found herself in them, I was OBSESSED with Tamora Pierce’s books. I ultimately chose the Protector of the Small series because I think I’ve read it the most and as far as characters go, I think I connected the most with Keladry growing up. I also definitely named a hamster Kel. I don’t really know how these books stack up these days but for their time, they were about as feminist as it got for YA fantasy. I think it’s also worth noting that just about all of my female friends still have at least some of their Tamora Pierce books on their shelves with them that they’ve had since high school or even middle school.

Inkworld by Cornelia Funke

The books chronicle the adventures of teen Meggie Folchart whose life changes dramatically when she realizes that her father, a bookbinder named Mo, has the unusual ability to bring characters from books into the real world when reading aloud. Mostly set in Northern Italy and the parallel world of the fictional Inkheart book, the central story arc concerns the magic of books, their characters and creatures, and the art of reading.

The Inkworld series just might be my favorite series of all times. It has beautifully descriptive language about the love of books and the connections readers have to books. I have gone through multiple copies of this book, not from misuse, but rather from reading paperbacks so many times that the spine just quit life. I fully intend to write on my extreme love of this series later – it’s floating around somewhere in my stack of incomplete drafts, but just know that these books, especially the first in the series, are my absolute world and that as a book lover, I’ve never felt so seen and understood in a book before. Also, we don’t talk about the movie. What movie? It doesn’t exist.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a series of eight science fantasy novels, starring teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II. Colfer summed up the series as: “Die Hard” with fairies.

The synopsis for this is pretty short but honestly, she gets the job done. I actually was assigned to read the first and second books in this series for class back in 4th grade. I devoured the books. The stories really stuck with me over time. I read through about the third or fourth book before I stopped actively checking for new books. Later on when I was in college I remember finding out that there were more books – NEW BOOKS! And absolutely losing my mind in a reading frenzy. College me would like it noted that while the fart humor sticks out a little more as an adult, the overall premise is still pretty solid! Also, I’m super nervous about the movie that’s coming out this year but I’ll hold all judgement until after I’ve seen the film.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

All she ever wanted was for her best friend’s brother to notice she was alive-and to pass freshman Algebra. But now that her dad’s told her she’s heir to the throne of the country of Genovia (and that her horrible Grandmére is going to be giving her princess lessons every day after school) Mia Thermopolis has enough problems to fill a lifetime of diaries….

Oh, Princess Diaries. What do I even say about you? I fell absolutely head-over-heels in love with the movies well before I read this series (uh, helloooo? Anne Hathaway AND Julie Andrews? Yes, please!). It wasn’t until my freshman year in high school that I picked up the books. A friend in my English class had me borrow her books and I was absolutely hooked. We’d talk nonstop about the books and it was a good time. I even remember writing about the books to her in a letter I put in her senior year time capsules we put together that year. While she and I grew apart over the years, this series still holds a special place in my heart and I definitely go back and reread it every so often.

So, are any of these series ones you’re familiar with and have maybe read before? What are some series that you’d rank as a Big Deal™️ to you that you find yourself going back to time and time again? What are some newer series that you think could work their way onto your own personal reread lists? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Nostalgic Rereads”

  1. I love this post! I loved the Inkworld series when I was younger too, but I’ve never reread it. I think I only read the first Artemis Fowl book, but I remember enjoying it so I don’t actually know why I never continued that series. As for The Princess Diaries, I’m going to utter the blasphemous words and say that I like the movies better (don’t hate me). I actually prefer standalone books though, so the one I go back to time and time again and call my comfort read is Confess by Colleen Hoover. That one gets me in the feels every time and I can never get enough of it.

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    1. Okay.
      So here’s the deal with The Princess Diaries –
      Yes, books are good. Fantastic, even.
      But can you really compete with Anne Hathaway AND Julie Andrews?
      Also, it makes things a lot neater when Mia’s dad is just dead instead of there making things difficult all the time.

      I’ve never heard of Confess before but I might have to check it out!


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