Nostalgia & Easter Eggs


In honor of today being Easter and having done all the Easter traditions, I'm feeling very nostalgic. Back in my old room at my parent's house, I spent about an hour going through all my old books that I read right when I was first starting to truly love reading. So, I've decided to share some of my favorites that I remember reading when I was little!

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Published Year: 1930
Genre: Mystery
Subtitle: Great

I loved, loved, loved the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. I'm pretty sure I own every single one (of the original ones anyways). Except they didn't look anything like this cover to the left. They've clearly gotten a facelift recently! Mine are the ones with the bright yellow spine and blue titles.

The Hardy Boys by Franklin Dixon

Published Year: 1927
Genre: Mystery
Subtitle: Great

In the same vein, I also was obsessed with the Hardy Boys series! Largely in part, because it's very similar in style to the Nancy Drew books, and when I finished those I wanted more of the same. Thus, my love for the Hardy Boys. I vividly remember the first one I read referring to one of their friends as a "chum" and I just thought that was so funny.

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

Published Year: 1949
Genre: Fantasy
Subtitle: Excellent

The Chronicles of Narnia were my jam. I was reading these babies long before the movie came out, but the series just got better from that point. I remember not really understanding/enjoying the first couple, but once I got to the later ones were the first ones start becoming really significant, I just fangirled. He did this ! with that ? how? AH!

Little House on the Praire by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Published Year: 1935
Genre: Classic
Subtitle: Excellent

I loved the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder! I didn't realize at first that they were a series and I remember just being ecstatic when someone gave me one of the others. I didn't even know I had read the second book in the series first! I've reread these as an adult, and still enjoyed them. I was a little unsatisfied with with love story, but that's only because I wanted more emotion and Laura's mental state than I was given!

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Published Year: 2001
Genre: Children's
Subtitle: Excellent

How could I post this on Easter and not include Flipped? It has a very large motif of chickens and eggs after all. This was probably my first encounter with the "misunderstanding" trope, and it did not disappoint. It has continued to be one of my favorites to this day, and I still enjoy going back to this book every now and then.