Looking For a Good Book?

In addition to book reviews, I thought I’d provide a list of recommendations. I haven’t read every book on this list, but I’ve gotten suggestions from people who have and from places online. I’m more than happy to talk books with any of you!

Great Books with a Male Protagonist

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  by J.K. Rowling

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Holes by Louis Sachar

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Red Pyramid  by Rick Riordan

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Unwind by Neil Shusterman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaman

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Beautiful Creatures by Margret Stohl and Kami Garcia

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Staying Fat for Sarah Bryns by Chris Crutcher

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Anything by John Green (particularly Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns)

Great Books with a Female Protagonist

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Matched by Ally Condie

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I’d Tell You I Loved You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Diviners by Libba Bray

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Jellicoe Road by Melinda Marchetta

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pifer

Whip It by Shuana Cross

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Classics That Aren’t Boring

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Night by Eli Weisel

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Sallinger

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Looking for a Mystery?

Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Virals by Kathy Reichs

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

The Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Looking for Dystopian/Futuristic Stories?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Matched by Ally Condie

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Divergent  by Veronica Roth

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Phieffer

Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

The Giver by Lois Lowery

Gone by Michael Grant

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPru

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Among the Hidden by Margret Patterson Haddix

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Feed by M.T. Anderson

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Little Brother by Cory Doctrow

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Partials by Dan Wells

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Books About Sports

Heat by Mike Lupica

Ironman by Chris Crutcher

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Whip It by Shauna Cross

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

Football Genius by Tim Green

Summerland by Michael Chabon

Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Pena

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

Humorous Books

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (this book is also very sad!)

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes

Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black et. all

Chomp by Carl Haissen

Dash and Lilly’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Holes by Louis Sachar

Scat by Carl Haissen

Seven Clues to Winning You by Kristin Walker

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Looking for a Good Love Story?(Also look here for supernatural love stories)

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Paper Towns by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Warm Bodies by Issac Hayes

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Beautiful Creatures by Margret Stohl and Kami Garcia

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Tithe by Holly Black

North of Beautiful Justina Chen

Books With a Connection to History

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Traitor to the Nation by M.T. Anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

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