Books I Recommend

Fantasy/Magical Realism

Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris

Deerskin – Robin McKinley

The Dresden Files – Jim Butcher

Mogworld – Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw (Also check out his weekly video game review, Zero Punctuation, if you’re into that kind of thing)

Moon Called – Patricia Briggs (Ignore trashy cover.  These books are friggin amazing!)

Young Adult Fantasy/Magical Realism

A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray

Alanna – Tamora Pierce (Anything she’s written is amazing.  You should really check it out)

The Child Thief – Brom (Only for those who are not squeamish.  Wasn’t even sure this belongs in Young Adult.  Could be Adult.  Certainly harrowing and dark enough.)

Croak – Gina Damico

Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine (Unfortunately this is the only version Amazon sells.  I’m sure you can find a less terrible cover elsewhere.  Don’t see the movie.  Especially if you’ve read the book.  It’s just depressing.)

Eon – Alison Goodman

The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman

The Lives of Christopher Chant and Charmed Life – Diana Wynne Jones (These are the first two books in a quartet, but I like them the most, and it doesn’t really matter which order you read them in.  If you read them both, you’ll figure out why.)

Raised by Wolves – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Wicked Lovely and Graveminder – Melissa Marr (Graveminder might not be so Young Adult, but whatever)

Young Adult Fiction

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging – Louise Rennison

Crank – Ellen Hopkins

It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Be More Chill – Ned Vizzini (Be More Chill has some Science Fiction elements)

Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg

The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

Paper Towns – John Green

Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

Science Fiction

Feed – M. T. Anderson

The Host – Stephenie Meyer (Yes, I know.  Just do it.)

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (Yes, I know everyone and their mother read and recommended these books, but there’s a reason for that!)

John Dies at the End – David Wong

Unwind – Neal Shusterman

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Non-Fiction/Realistic Fiction

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – Ishmael Beah

Bossypants – Tina Fey

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

The Hours – Michael Cunningham

The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

I Am America (And So Can You) – Stephen Colbert

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky (No, I don’t know how to pronounce his last name.  “Lobster”?  No, that’s not quite right…)

Salaam Brick Lane – Tarquin Hall

Shrill – Lindy West

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand

When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris

Middle Grade Literature (That you should still totally read!)

George – Alex Gino

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (The only book of Gaiman’s I like so far, of the three I’ve read.  Coraline and Stardust were the other two.)

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles – Julie Andrews

The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom – Louis Sachar


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