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Book Suggestions

Page history last edited by Julie E Ruble 5 years, 8 months ago

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Suggestions for Independent Reading Books

 

 

Look below for the categories that best match your opinions.  Then look at the book titles below those categories for some books you might enjoy. Some of the books might be above or below your personal reading level, so I recommend heading over to Amazon.com to read a summary and check the reading level. Have more books to add? Email Julie your suggestions. Novels in blue are Julie's favorite picks.

 

I love mysteries.

Look for:

-Nancy Drew series

-Hardy Boys series

-The Tunnels series

-The Found series

-Sisters Grimm series

-The 39 Clues series

-The Mysterious Benedict Society and others in this series

-Books by Agatha Christie

-Shelter by Harlan Coben

-Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

-Snap by Carol Snow

-When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

-Compulsion by Martina Boone

-Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiassen

 

I love adventurous fantasy novels that include heroes and battles.

Look for:

-Taming Fire by Aaron Pogue

-The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

-The Lord of the Rings series

-The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

-The Redwall series

-The Hunger Games series (parents, please preview -- does include violence)

-Among the Hidden series

-Watership Down, by Richard Adams

-Fablehaven series

-The 39 Clues series

-Maximum Ride series

-Percy Jackson & The Olympians series by Rick Riordan

-The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

 

I love fantasy novels with mythical creatures and magic.

Look for:

-Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

-An Enemy series by Charlie Higson (zombies)

-The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

-The Chronicles of Nick series, by Sherrilyn Kenyon

-The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire

-I am #4 series, by Pittaceus Lore

-Ranger's Apprentice by John Flannigan

-Fallen by Lauren Kate

-Un Lun Dun by China Miéville

-The Harry Potter series

-Percy Jackson & The Olympians series by Rick Riordan

-The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

-The Eragon series

-The Inkheart series

-The Artemis Fowl series

-The Dark is Rising series

-The Chronicles of Narnia

-The Deltora series

-Oh my gods series

-Sisters Grimm series

-Fablehaven series

-Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

-Books by Roald Dahl

-The Tail of Emily Windsnap (and 3 Swishy Mermaid Tails)

-The Cronus Chronicles 

-Beautiful Creatures by Cammy Garcia and Margaret Stohl

-Survivors by Erin Hunter

-Compulsion by Martina Boone

 

I love modern realistic fiction.

Look for:

-Books by Louis Sachar

-Books by Jerry Spinelli

-Books by Judy Blume

-Books by Cynthia Voigt

-Wonder by R.J. Palacio

-Dork Diaries series by Rachel Russler 

-Delirium by Lauren Oliver

-Mockingbird by Catherine Erskine

-A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban

-Dizzy, by Cathy Cassidy

-The Zoey Dean series

-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

-M.E. and Morton, by Sylvia Cassedy

-Out of my Mindby Sharon Draper 

-Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

-From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg 

-The Mickey Bolitar series by Harlan Coben

-Ruined by Paula Morris

-Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

-Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls 

-13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

-Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

-Nothing Grows Here by Jean Thesman

-Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

-Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

-It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

-The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

-Greetings From Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor

-Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

-Paper Towns by John Green

-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

-Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

-Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

 

I love survival/adventure novels.

Look for:
-Hatchet and other books by Gary Paulsen 

-The Alex Rider series

-Indiana Jones series

-Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

-Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

-Gone series by Michael Grant

-Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (first book of the Silverwing triology)

-Enclave by Anne Aguire (first book of the Razorland series)

-Legend by Marie Lu

-Survivors by Erin Hunter

-BZRK by Michael Grant

-GONE series by Michael Grant

 

I love comedy.

Look for:

-Books by Louis Sachar

-The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

-Hoot, Flush, or Scat by Carl Hiaasen

-Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series

-Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

-Smile by Raina Telgemeier

-I Can Pee on This Francesco Marciuliano

-101 Ways To Bug Your Teacher by Lee Wardlaw

-Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiassen

 

I love science fiction novels.

Look for:
-Ender's Game and the rest of the Ender series (and parallel Bean series)

-City of Ember series

-A Wrinkle in Time and other books by Madeleine L'Engle

-Maximum Ride series

-Pathfinder series by Orson Scott Card

-Maze Runner by James Dashner

-Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi series by multiple authors

-Declaration by Jemma Maliey

-Selection by Kiera Cass

-Ilium by Dan Simmons

-After by Ellen Datlow

-Divergent by Veronica Roth

-Unwind by Neal Shusterman

-Monument  14 by Emmy Laybourne

-Gone series by Michael Grant

 -Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (first book of the Silverwing trilogy)

-Enclave by Anne Aguire (first book of the Razorland series)

-Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners series) 

-Legend by Marie Lu

-BZRK by Michael Grant

-GONE series by Michael Grant

 

I love dramatic realistic fiction that gets into teenagers' daily lives.

-Books by Judy Blume

-Books by Cynthia Voigt (such as Homecoming; Dicey's Song; Izzy, Willy-Nilly)

-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

-M.E. and Morton, by Sylvia Cassedy

-Out of my Mindby Sharon Draper 

-Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

-The Mickey Bolitar series by Harlan Coben

-Delirium by Lauren Oliver

-Dork Diaries series by Rachel Russler

-Wonder by R.J. Palacio

-Ruined by Paula Morris

-Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

-13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

-Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

-Nothing Grows Here by Jean Thesman

-Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

-Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

-It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

-Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

-Paper Towns by John Green

-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

-Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

-Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

I love historical fiction.

Look for:

-Goodnight, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

-Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

-The American Diaries series

-My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Collier

-The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane

-The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusa

-Distant Waves, by Suzanne Weyn

-The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

-Daniel's Story, by Carol Matas

-The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne

-Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

-Saturnalia, by Paul Fleischmann

-Whirligig, by Paul Fleischmann

-Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

-The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

-Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

 

I love memoirs.

Look for:

-Soul Surfer, by Bethany Hamilton

-The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

-Forever Hellos, Hard Goodbyes by Axel Dahlberg, Janis Russell Love

-Memoirs of a Child Soldier by Ishmael Beah

-Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

-Rena's Promise by Rena Kornreich-Gelissen and Danka Kornereich-Brandel

-Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robinson

-Smile by Raina Telgemeier

-A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

 

 

I love historical fiction or memoir set during World War II and the Holocaust.

Look for:

-Goodnight, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

-Daniel's Story, by Carol Matas

-The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne

-Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

-The Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

-Rena's Promise by Rena Kornreich-Gelissen and Danka Kornereich-Brandel 

-Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

I love sports.

Look for: 

-Books by Mike Lupica

-Soul Surfer, by Bethany Hamilton

-Through My Eyes: Tim Tebow, by Nathan Whitaker

-Hoops by Walter Dean Myers

-Slam! by Walter Dean Myers

-Game by Walter Dean Myers

-The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

 

I love nonfiction.

-The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

-Forever Hellos, Hard Goodbyes by Axel Dahlberg, Janis Russell Love

-All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard

-Memoirs of a Child Soldier by Ishmael Beah

-Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

-The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

 

I don't feel like I like to read.

Look for:

-Young adult horror novels by R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Caroline B. Cooney, Diane Hoh 

-Mysteries (see category above)

-Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

-A Series of Unfortunate Events series

-Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

-It's a Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

-Smile by Raina Telgemeier

-Snap by Carol Snow

-Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

I love poetry and intensity.

-What Have You Lost? by Naomi Shihab Nye

 

 

 

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