Last week, I turned twenty-five with little fanfare—of my own choosing. When it comes to birthdays, I’m basically Ron Swanson.

So, as per usual, I kept quiet that my birthday was coming up. But turning twenty-five is, I suppose, a milestone birthday. Yay, I can rent cars now. I tried to think of what I could do to make my twenty-fifth year special. Then I realized an obvious solution: I would reread twenty-five books that affected me in some way or another.

For the past couple of years, I’ve been wanting to reread a lot of books. Specifically reread some of my favorite series. Like Harry Potter, Little House, Among the Hidden, etc. But with my Goodreads challenges, I wasn’t counting rereads. And neither was Goodreads (until this year!).

Once I decided that I wanted to reread some of my favorites, I took that into account when setting up my Goodreads Challenge; hence only saying thirty new books instead of seventy like I originally planned. Then I sat down and wrote a list of books that stood above the other books I’ve read in my twenty-plus years of reading. It was tough to narrow down the list to twenty-five, considering Harry Potter and Little House took up fifteen spots.

But I did it. So for the next year (February 2017 to February 2018), I will revisiting twenty-five books from my years of reading and writing up a short (most likely long) reaction piece for each book.

Bring on the nostalgia.

25 Years and 25 Books

The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  1. Little House in the Big Woods
  2. Little House on the Prairie
  3. On the Banks of Plum Creek
  4. By the Shores of Silver Lake
  5. The Long Winter
  6. Little Town on the Prairie
  7. These Happy Golden Years
  8. The First Four Years
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
  1. Alanna: the First Adventure
  2. In the Hand of the Goddess
  3. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
  4. Lioness Rampant
  1. Fever 1793 by Louise Halse Anderson
  2. Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England 1544 by Kathryn Lasky
  3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  4. A Novel Idea by Aimee Friedman
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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