We Need To Talk About The "Ology" Book Series That Everyone Used To Obsessed With
The Egyptology one slapped.
The '00s were filled with plenty of fantasy novels that not only shaped our childhoods and filled it with magic, but have now become modern classics.
We had Deltora's Quest, Ranger's Apprentice, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson — the list goes on and on. But today, I'm here to remind you about one you may have forgotten about.
Enter: The Ology book series, written by Dugald Steer.
Now, these aren't any ordinary books. Instead, each one is presented as an encyclopedia of sorts that contain the "lost" journals of a fictional "author".
The first in the series, Dragonology, was released in 2003 and included information about dragons, such as how to befriend and protect them.
Plus, since the set-up of the book was that it was a "lost" journal, it also contained little pockets where you could pull out props, materials and other magical tidbits — like samples of dragon skin and a dragon-calling spell.
There was also Egyptology, which was my personal favourite because, let's be honest, who wasn't obsessed with Ancient Egypt?
Like the other Ology books, this one came with a scrap of textured "mummy cloth" and a booklet that taught you how to read hieroglyphs.
And, of course, we can't forget about Wizardology, which was supposedly written by Merlin, one of history's most respected wizards.
As well as Mythology, which nurtured our love for all things Ancient Greece.
Even just looking at the covers, this takes me back to my childhood and spending my lunch breaks in the school library reading these books.
Also, I don't think I've ever fully appreciated just how beautiful these books are. Like, the Egyptology cover design is gorgeous and comes with a gem.
The best things about all the Ology books is that they got us interested in history and encouraged us to embrace our imaginative side.
As it turns out, I'm not the only who was fond of these books as a kid.
All right, hope you enjoyed this little nostalgic trip! Let me know which Ology book was your favourite in the comments below.
Also, shoutout to the author and all the illustrators involved! Thank you for making such a magical book series that we fell in love with as kids and continue to love as adults.