12 Book Series for Teens Who Can't Get Enough of the Classics

Need a new summer read (or maybe just something to fill your time before class starts)?

Why not go for something that's a little… less than new? While there are plenty of new book series out there that are taking over our bookshelves and BookTok feeds alike, there are also a ton of classic series worthy of your attention. While definitions of what makes a book "classic" may differ for book series vs. what classics you might read about in your English classes at school, these all have been published long enough ago to develop into cult classics.

The next time you're ready to dive into a whole new world with your next read, check out one of the classic book series for teens we've listed for you below.

Classic Book Series for Teens Who Love Fantasy

If daily life in the real world has you down sometimes, try escaping into a world full of magic and mythical creatures with one of these classic book series for teens:

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Series) by Philip Pullman
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Lord of the Rings classic book covers

(The Lord of the Rings via Ballantine Books)


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Classic Romantic Book Series for Teens

Prefer something a bit more romantic than dramatic? Try out one of these classic series:

And while they're not necessarily part of a single book series, we'll also throw all of Jane Austen's classic romances onto this list, including titles such as Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility and Emma. 

The Princess diaries cute book covers

(The Princess Dairies via HarperCollins)


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Supernatural/Other Classic Book Series for Teens

Maybe you're more of a vampire fiction fan, or someone who loves to unwind by reading about the adventures of teens in a dystopian scape. If that's your book series style of choice, one of these classic options might just do the trick:

  • The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (extra reason to read this series: there's a new prequel film in production!)
  • Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events book covers

(A Series of Unfortunate Events via Egmont Modern Classic)


Now that you've got a decent list of classic book series for teens going, it's time to head to the nearest book store (or virtual one) or the library to pick one out for your reading pleasure.

Of course, there are plenty of non-classic book series you might want to pick up as well, and for that you can check out our list by clicking right HERE.