As an adult and teenager, I was an avid fan of horror and thrillers. Vampires, werewolves, witches, demons, fae–they’re my thing. But I’ve really loved books in other genres as well, and I wanted to share some of them from my childhood.
So yes, I do read more than just supernatural books.
The Tortall Universe
As a younger teen, I stumbled upon Tamora Pierce’s Trickster’s Choice. The daughter of a realm’s spymaster is caught by slavers and becomes a spy herself? I couldn’t resist. I gobbled that book up and then the sequel.
It was then that I realized I had actually read Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series a year or so earlier. I felt pretty dumb for not putting two and two together, but I moved on quickly from my slump and picked up Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet. It was excellent, and I promptly devoured the rest of the universe as it was released.
Pierce’s books are amazing. They feature strong heroines who overcome difficult challenges as they chase their dreams. There’s magic, thievery, spies, knights, fighting, some romance, and a lot of great humor. I reread The Tortall Universe every few years, even as an adult.
If you choose to read Pierce’s Tortall series, I’d suggest starting with The Immortals or The Song of the Lioness. Reading the other series before those will give you spoilers for the earlier series.
I stumbled upon Sherwood Smith’s Wren to the Rescue at the library when I was 11 or 12. When an orphan’s best friend turns out to be a princess of a neighboring country, friendship, quests, and magic ensue. It’s a wonderful book and quartet and I really need to buy it. I haven’t read it in years and it’s always been one of my favorites!
I found Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident when I was about 10. I read it straight through and discovered I’d read the second book of the series. I instantly searched for the first book, Artemis Fowl, and was obsessed with the series for about 5 years. I don’t think ever read the last 2 books as I was busy with school and reading adult fantasy novels about vampires and werewolves when the last of the Artemis Fowl series was released, but I loved the smart alec Artemis and how he solved problems with logic and lots of action and fun. And it had fairies and goblins in it–what kid wouldn’t love it?
What series did you get lost in as a young reader?