The Nostalgia Factor: How Well Do You Remember Old Favorites?July 08, 2015
|All covers from Goodreads. Clockwise: 1, 2, 3|
The readalong got me thinking about what other books I loved as a kid and the memories I have of them (and the things I forgot).
The Pendragon Cycle by D.J. McHaleWhile everyone else was reading Artemis Fowl, I was flying through the Pendragon cycle. I think of this series as little Shaina's introduction to, and reason for loving, science fiction. Bobby Pendragon was a normal kid living in suburban New York before his Uncle Press showed up to tell him he's a Traveler (a cross between a time-traveler and parallel-universe-jumper) and that he's the only one who can save all that's known from the evil Saint Dane.
Of my three selections, I have the most vivid memories of this one: Bobby jetskiing through Cloral, eating French fries in early twentieth-century New York, and exploring Lifelight in Veelox. My memories of the later books are much hazier, and I know for a fact that I never read the final book in the series. After all that investment!
The Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von ZiegesarOh, the Gossip Girl series. I know that we shouldn't be ashamed of what we read, and I'm not exactly... but, well, almost. For those who never read the books or watched the TV series, Gossip Girl follows the antics of the (way, way) upper-class students of Constance Billard School for Girls in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, all of it recorded by an anonymous blogger known only as Gossip Girl.
These people were unlike anyone I knew in real life, and I couldn't help but be suckered in by their expensive and ridiculous drama. I'm wondering if Crazy Rich Asians might be a good pick if I ever feel the itch for this type of book again.
Anything by Sarah Dessen
I know for a fact that I inhaled a bunch of Sarah Dessen novels as a young teenager. I picked This Lullaby for my graphic because it's the cover that I remember best, but I honestly don't remember anything about the plot of these novels, beyond there being a lot of female friendship and unusual but irresistible male love interests. I think someone reviewing another of her novels on Goodreads said it best: "Sarah Dessen (Queen of teenage girly books that all have the same plot but are somehow still good)."
What are some books that you loved as a kid and can (or can't) remember well?