“Don’t let the Muggles get you down.”
One of these years I’m going to run out of gimmicks.
This is not that year.
Over the past two years (2015 and 2016, go check ’em out) I’ve found that my annual reading challenges have gotten pretty intensive. In 2017 I’d like to make it a bit more relaxing and, get ready for it…, give myself some time to do other things. Like finally watch Westworld and Stranger Things and actually do all that stuff that I said I would on my halfway bucket list (I know, I know, I get it, leave your judgment elsewhere, I’ve hit my quota for the month).
As we all (hopefully) know, I’m a HUGE advocate of Young Adult Fiction. This year I’ve decided to go back to the beginning of my torpent love affair – all the way back to my not-so-long-lost teenage years – and revisit some of the series that made me into the reader I am today.
By the end of 2017 I’m hoping to have finished at least seven popular “teen” series (it’s all relative). I’m sure a few other bits and bobs will distract me along the way so I’ve included a section accordingly. In order to get a decent mix of the old and the new, I’m soliciting fan favorites from back in your own younger years. I don’t ask for recommendations very often, so take advantage while you can.
The Main Course – Seven Teen Series
1. Harry Potter – JK Rowling
First up, the OG fan favorite.
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [304 pgs]
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [341 pgs]
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [435 pgs]
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [734 pgs]
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [870 pgs]
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [652 pgs]
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [759 pgs]
2. Blue is for Nightmares – Laurie Faria Stolarz
These books have stayed on my mind for years and years. I was terrified of them, I loved them, and I can’t wait to get back to them.
- Blue is for Nightmares [283 pgs]
- White is for Magic [301 pgs]
- Silver is for Secrets
- Red is for Remembrance
3. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
In all honesty, I don’t remember ever finishing this series. Maybe I got through the first 6 before returning to the latest Junie B Jones.
- The Bad Beginning [162 pgs]
- The Reptile Room [190 pgs]
- The Wide Window
- The Miserable Mill
- The Austere Academy
- The Ersatz Elevator
- The Vile Village
- The Hostile Hospital
- The Carnivorous Carnival
- The Slippery Slope
- The Grim Grotto
- The Penultimate Peril
- The End
4. House of Night – P.C. Cast
One my my very first Vampire, or should I say “Vampyre,” obsessions.
5. Heartland – Lauren Brooke
6. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares
7. The Spiderwick Chronicles – Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
- The Field Guide [107 pgs]
- The Seeing Stone [108 pgs]
- Lucinda’s Secret [108 pgs]
- The Ironwood Tree [108 pgs]
- The Wrath of Mulgarath [136 pgs]
Not teen series, but you can’t expect me to rein in my wandering eyes all year long can you? No, I thought not. This is where I’ll list whatever else it is I’m reading, because I’m psychotic about tracking page counts.
- Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders [343 pgs]
- Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld [488 pgs]
- Heartless – Marissa Meyer [453 pgs]
- Carry On – Rainbow Rowell [521 pgs]
- The Hidden Life of Trees – Peter Wohlleben [250 pgs]
- A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles [462 pgs]
- Bear – Marian Engel [122 pgs]
- Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith [336 pgs]
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson [146 pgs]
- Frankenstein – Mary Shelley [197 pgs]
- The Dollhouse Murders – Betty Ren Wright [149 pgs]
- The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole [109 pgs]
- Red Moon – Benjamin Percy [530 pgs]
- The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt [771 pgs]
- An Irish Country Doctor – Patrick Taylor [337 pgs]
- Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham [223 pgs]
- The Wild Robot – Peter Brown [273 pgs]
As always, feel free to follow me on Goodreads. I still don’t write reviews, but I’m getting better about remembering to rank the stars. So… enjoy that.
Be forewarned that some of these planned series may change with the seasons… I fall in and out of reading phases on a terrifyingly consistent basis. So check back every once in a while to see what’s happened – like, for instance, all of a sudden I’ve just decided to read all 62 original Goosebumps books…