Does anyone else remember the moment words on a page suddenly made sense? Like, one minute they’re just symbols, the next you understand everything?
I want to say this happened while reading a Dr. Seuss book. I know I was 5, living in Japan, and late for kindergarten. I tried telling my mom about my newfound superpower; she was busy getting my little brother out the door.
Those days when my dad was at sea sure were fun!
That’s the moment I remember learning to read. After that, I can pinpoint a few series and interests that helped me keep my reading streak alive.
Most impactful series: The Pony Pals by Jeanne Betancourt
- This series has 44 books
- I’ve read ALL of them
- I used to check these out from the library before I properly knew how to read
- It bummed me out to look at the pictures but not know what was going on
- This series fueled a horse obsession that lasted almost a decade
- Apparently some fan developed a ROLE-PLAYING SITE INSPIRED BY THE SERIES in 2010
- Obviously I am going to join
Most impactful series: Dr. Seuss books
- My parents read these out loud a million times
- They avoided ones, such as The Lorax, with heavy social commentary
- Fox in Socks is my favorite
- Not a big fan of Cat in the Hat
- This was the first fantasy world I ever wanted to be a part of
- And yet I refuse to see Seussical the musical…
Impactful series #1: Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
I mean, obviously.
- This is the only series I enjoy hearing read aloud
- My first-grade teacher read The Sorceror’s Stone to our class
- My parents banned me from reading these books because “they gave me nightmares“
- I read them in secret (on a dare from a friend)
- In 7th grade, my teacher lent me her copy of The Half-Blood Prince two months after its release to increase my social capital
- I finished the book in 3 days and sobbed on the couch during the last chapter
- After years of me begging, my dad finally agreed to read the series in 2007
- Protecting him from spoilers was a full-time job
- My dad once saw a bus that read, “Dumbledore died…but Jesus lived.” He asked me, “Is that a spoiler?”
- I was pretty livid after all my hard work
- My dad got so fed-up with the series, he asked me, “Just tell me: does Harry die at the end?”
- He got mad when I told him, “Well…yes and no.”
- I complain about 800+ page fantasy books, but I used to reread The Order of the Phoenix on a whim
- Thanks to Ron Weasley and a “friend” who criticized all my opinions, I haven’t touched this series in 3 years
Impactful Series #2: Unicorns of Balinor by Mary Stanton
- I tried to hide the fact that I loved unicorn literature from my friends
- Yeah…that was the thing I chose to be embarrassed about
- I would casually summarize the plot with all the magical elements removed
- “It was just a normal horse barn…and the normal horses…lived in a valley…”
- I went from loving this series to hating it with a vengeance
- It…is not very good
- Princess Arianna was my first Mary Sue
Impactful Series #3: Avalon: Web of Magic by…multiple people (I don’t want to talk about it)
- I did a book report on Circles in the Stream in 4th grade
- “And then the girls saved the purple panda with the help of their pet ferret!”
- My teacher made the class wait to go to recess until I finished my sick presentation
- I was really cool back then
- This series had everything I love: a girl squad, magical animal sidekicks, jewels that corresponded with each girl’s personality…
- I used to love Emily Fletcher, but cheerleader Kara Davies is my forever favorite
- NOT an Adriane fan
- A sequel series was planned for 2011 but never released
- BUT I recently learned that series would have focused on Adriane, so IT’S FOR THE BEST
- WEIRDEST NEWS YET: an animated TV show has been slated to premiere THIS YEAR
- I can’t find a ton of information on it, but I THINK it’s happening?
- ALSO RACHEL ROBERTS WROTE A MANGA SERIES!?!? I HAVE BEEN MISSING OUT!!
- I’m getting nostalgic. Time for a reread?