There are certain books and series that I can read over and over again without getting tired of them, and every time I read I take away something different. The books in this list are old and new, but they are books that have stuck with me.
#5 The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
I read this series for the first time only last year, believe it or not. I put off reading it for so long because, for whatever reason, I associated the hype around it with Twilight. (Yeah, I don’t know either.) I guess I hated the hysteria and swooning that went along with Twilight, so when this series came out and people were swooning over Jem and Will I was like…. Hard pass. However, when I finally decided to read it, I was blown away with the writing, the characters, the adventure, and the world that Cassandra Clare created. Now, it’s among my top five favorite book series!
#4 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Baby’s first dystopian novel. This series is what introduced me to the dystopian genre, if you don’t count 1984. I immediately fell in love with Katniss Everdeen and Suzanne’s writing. I have to admit that I had never heard of this series before they announced that the film was coming out, but I hopped on that train faster than you can say “tribute.”
#3 Betsy-Tacy Series by Maud Hart Lovelace
I was first introduced to this series in the 2nd grade, when I read Betsy-Tacy, and Betsy, Tacy, and Tib for the first time. As a child with an active imagination and a growing affinity for historical fiction, I fell in love with Betsy Ray’s adventures in Deep Valley. What I love most about this series is that each book progresses in age and reading level as Betsy grows up, beginning with age 5 in Betsy-Tacy, and 20-something in Betsy’s Wedding. The books are simple, but timeless. They capture the nostalgia of growing up at the turn of the century so perfectly, and I’ve read my copies so often they are falling apart.
#2 Outlander Series by Dianna Gabaldon
This is another relatively new addition to my favorites, but I already know I’ll be reading about Jamie and Claire’s adventures for years to come. I read the first book in a day, which is a FEAT considering how long the books are. I got up to book 4 in a matter of weeks before I decided to take a break. I tend to binge read and not savor a series like I should. I had no idea I would love this series so much, but I’m so glad that I do!
#1 Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Raise your hand if you knew this was coming… Harry Potter is a series that I have read over and over and over again, and I never get tired of it. Even on my 12th read, I still laugh and cry at the same parts. This is a series that is very close to my heart, and I can’t wait to read it to my kids one day. Hopefully they’re smart and will love it as much as I do.