Sunday, December 13, 2009

Recommended reading list

A few weeks ago a friend asked me what book she should read next. I listed off a few that I love. These were from all genres. After a brief discussion, I told her that I'd publish a list on my blog of recommended reading. Below are some of my favorites. They are in no particular order. They are fairly recent books. (Within the last 10 or so years.)

1. The Giver-- Lois Lowry-- YA--The story is set in a Utopian society where memories of anything bad have been eradicated. -- Fantastic book. An easy read and one of my all time favorite to teach. There are some shocking, disturbing parts, but all in all, it's a great book for discussion

2.My Sister's Keeper--Jodi Picoult--General Fiction-- A young girl believes she has been bred as extra parts for her sick sister and seeks medical emancipation. -- Huge twist at the end. Picoult always keeps the story moving and the reader on edge.

3. Twilight series--Stephenie Meyer--YA-- Vampires--To those who don't like anything having to do with vampires, stay away. It's a love story that spans four books. I personally loved the first one, (Twilight) kind of liked the second (New Moon), loved the third (Eclipse) and hated the fourth (Breaking Dawn). Once you read one, you have to read them all.

4. The Hunger Games series-- Susanne Collins-- YA--LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book and it's sequel, Catching Fire. The third comes out next summer. The story is set in a futuristic society that seems as though it has fallen into the past. Poverty, government control, etc. The government uses the annual hunger games to remind the populus of it's role in their daily lives. Each year at the reaping, one boy and one girl are chosen by a lottery to play in the hunger games. It is a fight to the death that is televised to the entire nation. The last man or woman standing is given riches, housing, food for their family and celebrity status whether they want it or not.

5. Shiver-- Maggie Stiefvater--YA-- For all you vampire fans who loved Jacob, here is a werewolf story for you. It's not exactly what I expected. It did have a little bit of a love story, but the story extended beyond that. If you like a good solid story that's just for fun. Try it.

6.The Chosen One--Carol Lynch Williams--YA-- This one was given to me as a gift and was very interesting. It's set in what some would define as a cult group. One young girl of 16 is chosen to be the ninth (or so...I can't remember the exact number) wife of her 60 year old uncle. Enough said.

7.Luxe-- Anna Godbersen--YA--Set in Old New York, this story follows Elizabeth Holland and her family as she discovers what it means to follow her heart. Will she marry the rich and handsome womanizer, Henry Schoonmaker, or will her sister steal him from under her nose? Or maybe he will fall for her best friend, the one who is trying to undermine her wedding plans. It's too bad that she isn't in love with Mr. Schoonmaker, which is good news for Will, the stable hand, that is, if Elizabeth ever builds up enough courage to tell him she loves him. To add to the mix is the secret that the Holland family has secretly lost their fortune. That's why Elizabeth's mom has arranged this wedding to Henry.

This story added some twists and turns, but it was a little predictable. I have to admit that I would have been disappointed if it had not fulfilled my predictions. For those who wonder, there was sex, but it was tastefully done for the YA crowd without specific details. This is appropriate for the older YA readers out there.

8. Just about anything by Sarah Dessen--YA-- Dessen writes easy to read chick books. Just Listen, Someone Like You, The Truth About Forever are just a few.

9. Uglies Series-- Scott Westerfeld-- Again this is a futuristic society book. (I seriously don't go looking for these type. They just find me.) This time it's a place where at age 16 the young people are sent to pretty town to have plastic surgery to make them all look like super models. The catch is that they also are turned "Bubbly" (aka, stupid) This is what Tally Youngblood plans until she finds out about a group of uglies that decide being pretty isn't what they want. The series starts with Uglies, then Pretties, Specials and Extras.

10. Tangerine--Edward Bloor-- YA-- The main character is legally blind but still plays soccer. It follows his troubles through school with the lingering question of how he became blind hanging over the entire story.

I'll stop there for today. I'll add a list of titles without explanations for those of you who can look up the explanations on your own. :)


  1. 11.Blood and Chocolate--Annette Curtis Klauss
    12. Speak-- Laurie Halse Anderson
    13. Twisted-- Laurie Halse Anderson
    14. Milkweed-- Jerry Spinelli
    15. The Host-- Stephenie Meyer
    16. The Pact-- Jodi Picoult
    17. Catcher in the Rye-- J.D. Salinger
    18. The Secret Life of Bees-- Sue Monk Kidd
    19. 1984--George Orwell
    20. Lord of the Flies-- William Golding
    21. Freak the Mighty-- Rodman Filbrick
    22. Lush--Natasha Friend
    23. Perfect--Natasha Friend
    24. Pictures of Hollis Woods- Patricia Reilly Giff
    25. Rules-- Cynthia Lord
    26. Mercy--Jodi Picoult

    O.k. I think that's the end of my list for a while until I have an awakening to other books I've read. As soon as my own book is published, that will definitely be on the top of my recommended reading list! :) I'll add more as I read more.

  2. More books......

    Breathing Under-- Alex Finn
    Impossible--Nancy Werlin

  3. I love The Giver! Definitely one of my favorite books of all time - ditto for The Secret Life of Bees. I also loved The Hunger Games, but I haven't read Catching Fire yet. Don't give anything away! I hate Twilight, especially the last two books, which really were just awful. The Host, in my opinion, is Stephenie Meyer's best piece of writing so far. I actually read and reviewed Luxe for my school's newspaper. It was decent, I guess - a little too shallow for me. I DESPISE Catcher in the Rye! ARGH! I HATE Holden! He's such a rambling psychotic! And the book had no stinking point!

    I haven't really read any of the other ones, although I plan to. I'd like to add a couple suggestions of my own, if I may:

    City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
    Eragon - Christopher Paolini
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-Mark Twain
    The Princess Bride - William Goldman
    Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
    Searching for David's Heart - Cherie Bennett
    The Looking Glass Wars - Frank Beddor
    Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism - Georgia Byng

    Alright, that's one more than too many. lol.

  4. Danielle, sounds like we have similar reading interests. I have The Princess Bride sitting on my coffee table, though I have to admit, I've been putting that one off for a while since I watched the movie about a thousand times when I was a kid. I find it hard to read when I know the ending. Also, Searching for David's heart is on my to-read list. I'm not really a fan of Huck Finn. I know, I know, and English teacher should love that stuff, but I can't help it.

    I like this post because now I have a bunch of other books I can add to my to-read list.

    Jordan, yell at the other girls. Get them on here more often! :)

  5. A new one for the list.
    Nightlight-- The Harvard Lampoon-- A parody of Twilight-- Very funny.

  6. Mrs A.- We are reading this book in English called "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" When we read it in class, it reminds me of some of the conversations that we have had. I know the books for teens, but I thought that it would be a book that you would find interesting.