4 Book Series I Always Turn Back To

Featuring teenage criminal minds, ghost hunters, preteen mystery solvers, and a really attractive bat with a townhouse and a ~dark past~.

Hi! Hello! What's going on, readers of the universe??

I realized today that I’ve been picking up the same 4 book series for as long as I can remember if I need a moment to calm down or I’m feeling particularly nostalgic. Two are ones dear to my heart because I read them in important times in my life, one was introduced from a friend, and one I discovered for my love for Beauty and the Beast!!

4. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This series is YA Criminal Minds, and it is so good and spooky and totally twisted. Five teenagers with special talents that developed based on the issues of their childhood are used by the FBI to follow serial killers. Using two profilers, a math genius, a human lie detector, and a cute boy who reads the main character's every thought, the FBI solves cold cases while also giving the five a chance to connect. I highly recommend if you want something short with a detailed plot and an even better crime.

3. Lockwood and Co. by Jonathan Stroud

This one is about 3 young ghost hunters that hunt spirits through Britain! My friend introduced it to me in middle school and I was really skeptical at first because I thought the beginning was terrible, but the series as a whole really grew on me as I read it more and more. Basically, salt and iron shavings are great until there is a really committed spirit that wants to take some form of revenge :/

2. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stuart

This book series was one of the first puzzle-type books that wasn’t a mystery--more like preteens stopping a sociopath who is a more-dangerous Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb. Though it’s aimed at younger teens, I started reading it when I was (I think?) 10 and I haven’t stopped turning back to it. It has art at the beginning of every chapter and intentionally long chapter titles that were actually really fun to read because…well, just these for example:

  • The Trouble with Children, Or, Why They Are Necessary (book 1)

  • Lemon-Juice Letters and Key Disappointments (book 2)

  • Cowdozers and Rendezvous (book 3)

  • What’s What and What Isn’t, and What Once Was (book 4)

If those don't appeal to you, the Dumbledore-figure has narcolepsy and one of the main characters is a 3-year-old who writes poetry using her ridiculously extensive vocabulary!

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

There’s a reason why SJM’s books are on nearly every recommendation blog post I ever read: They are incredible. ACOTAR’s plotline is a bit less developed than TOG’s, especially considering it is a trilogy with a fourth novella attached, but I turn to A Court of Mist and Fury because Feyre’s character development is *chef’s kiss* beautiful, especially as she deals with intense anxiety and has difficulty committing to anything because she's scared. Also, Rhysand (AKA the really attractive bat with a superiority complex and a dark past). Need I say more?

Thanks for reading! If you didn't see a series you love, email me or DM me @maevesbookshelf to let me know. I'm always down to read more and I'm always looking for out-there suggestions!!

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