Books That Bring on the Childhood Nostalgia

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Books That Bring on the Childhood Nostalgia

Most of us readers grew with paper books in our hands rather than in our phones. We got in trouble for reading too late instead of playing video games until 2 am. We strained our young eyes, forcing many of us to join the cult of glasses-wearers. We poured over book after book, because it was our job. Consuming every word was our religion. These books are sure to bring back some memories of those late nights in our youth.

Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 



These quirky poems made such an impact that they’ve now become tattoos. The images that accompanied the poems were pertinent in making them come alive. Silverstein’s wit and imagination brought situations to life that some would call ridiculous, but somehow it works. The quirky poet and illustrator makes it sensible to read about a man getting eaten by a Boa Constrictor and talk through it!

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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Through a wardrobe, there’s a magical land called Narnia. C.S. Lewis takes a group of four children and puts them on a road to discovering what could arguably be one of the best fictional landscapes of all time. Lewis invokes Christian imagery into each story of the 7 stories and jumps around time and landscape to unfold the magical land of Narnia.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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Orphans. Olaf. Those two words ring so many bells and bring back so many memories. I remember discovering these books in my school library. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next one. The great thing about a series is that it takes a while to read (depending on your reading speed, that is). The Series of Unfortunate Events had not one, not two, but thirteen books! And if you’re like me, who was so obsessed that I wrote a letter to Lemony Snicket and actually got a response, then you’re totally going to want to revisit these tales of woe.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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OF COURSE. My mom gave me this book. THANK YOU MOM. She was a teacher and it was a book from her classroom. I think I finished it in one day. That first chapter of The Sorcerer’s Stone gives me chills to this day. If you still haven’t gotten into these books, which you’d be crazy not to, you need to do it while your adult mind has a little imagination left in it. The world Rowling has created is one that has shaped us, changed us, and opened up a portal of possibilities for fiction.

The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

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This is the series to top them all. With 55 books and counting, The Magic Tree House takes you to another world, and then back. Osborne creates a space that engages historical events as well as fictional characters. Each new adventure that the main characters, Jack and Annie, explore is a space full of detail and sometimes danger. Imagination is a must when it comes to reading these books, because without it, does the Magic Tree House even exist?

 

What books make you feel most nostalgic?

 

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