Binge-worthy book series to read during quarantine

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Alexa Atlas ('22)

With everything currently going on in the world, people have found themselves with time that they don’t know how to spend. Instead of watching TV for hours-which don’t get me wrong, is one of my favorite pastimes-people could be reading some of the best binge-worthy book series to ever be written.

Anything Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook. A Walk to Remember. Dear John. The Longest Ride. Literally, anything with Nicholas Sparks’ name on it is guaranteed to hold a vortex that transports you to an alternate reality in which you sit in your room with a box of tissues for days, but in the best way possible. Any book that can bring tears to my dad’s eyes, specifically Safe Haven and The Last Song, is a must-read. These tear-jerking romances, although sometimes making me sad that I don’t get to see what happens next for the characters, have never disappointed.

The Program by Suzanne Young

Picture a world overcome with a suicide epidemic that forces the government to institute a program where “at-risk” teenagers are forced to give up every bad memory that could evoke suicidal tendencies. Now imagine a new type of grief counseling where a “replacement” is sent to families grieving the death of a loved one. Finally, envision a world where the program has been shut down, but scientists now work to restore memories, to the detriment of their subjects. You can get all this, intertwined with three budding romances, by reading the six novels Suzanne Young created as a warning for American society.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

For all the non-Harry Potter fans out there, now presents the perfect time to cuddle up in a blanket and explore the most magical world to ever be created. Constant twists and turns captivate you, and the constant conflict between Harry and he-who-should-not-be-named provides the classic hero-villain archetype. Don’t let the size of the books scare you. Once you become acquainted with Rowling’s powerful writing, you won’t be able to put it down.

Anything Sarah Dessen

Okay, while Dessen’s books may not qualify as a series, they are such wonderful works of writing that they deserve to be included. Dessen creates diverse and imaginative scenarios, such as rediscovering dating after your boyfriend has died from a school shooting to a young girl unlocking the past life of her deceased mother and on a quest to find the love of her life. Every time I find myself finishing Saint Anything-the ultimate example of an amazing Sarah Dessen novel-I find myself with a smile on my face as I flip the final pages, wishing the lives of the characters could continue.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

Never, in my entire fifteen years of existence, have I met someone who has read this series and hasn’t fallen in love with Peter Kavinsky. Han’s unique characters and engaging storylines leave you feeling refreshed. While this book might contribute to my high and unrealistic expectations a high school romance is, it still calls my name from the bookshelf. And trust me, having read it easily ten times, I have never been able to resist.