Book recommendations for young adults?

Kim 03/10/2018. 12 answers
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I have a 15 year old daughter who loves to read she enjoys books like harry potter, the chronicles of Narnia she also enjoys books from irish authors such as rowdy doyle and Martina colon mckenna she s been looking for more reads but doesn t know where to start hence my question she enjoys mystery, history,...

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Marli 03/11/2018.

At 15, I was reading books like Gone With the Wind, The Stone Angel by Margaret Lawrence, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, and Agatha Christie's mysteries. I also read Harlequin Romances.

I agree with Andrew. She should ask the adult fiction librarian for advice. I grew up in a small village and the one librarian we had was very helpful in finding suitable books for my age and reading level in the adult collection and through interlibrary loan. So we're my teachers.

Since she likes history, I recommend the first history book I read from the adult collection: Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember", about the people who sank or survived the sinking of the Titanic. It's not dry as dust. I discovered through it that people who made history are real folks who did not intend to "make history".

If you are American, I hear that Alexander Hamilton is the "in vogue" founding father because of a musical. The centenary of World War I and the Russian Revolution has brought out new books


Phylicia 03/11/2018.

I've never read Harry Potter or Narnia and likes fantasy, dystopian stuff, but I am a girl, and I like Divergent series by Veronica Roth (LOVE the movies better). Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (I wish this were a movie). The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Of course the movie is better. I thought the movie was confusing, but she might not).


Elaine M 03/11/2018.

I think she'd really enjoy Emergence by David Palmer (check the Wikipedia entry for the book title). It's a great read.

The Anne McCaffrey stories about Pern are great -- Dragonflight, Dragonquest, etc. There's 3 kids novels and 5 or 6 adult novels in the series.


Laura 03/11/2018.

I dont think these have been mentioned...

Any of CD Lewis books

Percy Jackson series

The Jungle

Anything by George Orwshe

The Grapes of Wrath

The Catcher in the Rye

A Wrinkle in Time

Night, Eli Weasel

Diary of Anne Frank

Making Bombs for Hitler

Im currently reading Nine Ten: A September 11 Story

Mary Higgins Clark

Search for the banned books list and Newberry Award books.

As I said, my 10-year-old has read through the children's department at our library. Yet, she has found a few things in the teen room and adult section.


j 03/11/2018.

"Tree Shepherd's Daughter" trilogy;

"Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25" series;

"The Great Divorce;"

"That Hideous Strength;"

"The Code of the Woosters;"

"Paper Towns;"

"101 Things Every Young Adult Should Know;"

"Worthless: The Young Person's Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major;"

"The Little White Horse;"

"The Neverending Story;"

"Golden Rules for Everyday Life;"

"The Giver;"

"Hunger Games;"

"In a Sunburned Country;"

"Heidi;"

"Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation);"

"For Couples Only;"

"Autobiography of a Yogi;"

"The Once and Future King;"

"Understanding Yourself" by Mark Prophet.

p.s. You might like "Bringing up Girls" by Dr. James Dobson.


Heike 03/11/2018.

She might like the books of Juliette Charbonneau - Testing, and the sequels - Independent Study and Graduation Day

Also - the books of James Dashner - The Maze Runner, and the sequels, Kill Order, Scorch Trials and The Death Cure

Veronica Roth's Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant are also good. (Not sure in which order they come) .

These are all meant for teenage/young adults though I'm a lot older and enjoyed them. Maze Runner and Testing have been made into movies already.


OwlTrading 03/11/2018.

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ML 03/11/2018.

Andrew is right, but I think that parents can and should provide some recommendations to their kids. They know their children well enough and have some experience in reading. Parents'and librarian's recommendations are very helpful when combined. I like your question, because nowadays not so many parents are interested in their childrens'reading activities.


Edan 03/11/2018.

When I was 14 I read the beautiful creatures series. I thought they were pretty fun and dark.


Andrew 03/11/2018.

Do you not have a library in your city or town? She could have a conversation with her local librarian and walk out of the building with a stack of books. I could give you a title or two or three or four, but wouldn't it be easier to just have her choose her own books? She's 15. She's old enough to decide what she wants to read. She doesn't need you to draw up her reading list. Kill two birds with one stone and make a librarian's day while you instill some sense of autonomy and independence in your daughter.


Lib.rare.ian 03/11/2018.

Authors to look for :

Tamora Pierce (Circle of Magic series, Immortals series, Trickster series)

Terry Pratchett (Discworld series)

Patricia C. Wrede (Enchanted Forest Chronicles)

Lois Lowry

Diana Wynne Jones

Robin McKinley

Susan Cooper (The Dark is Rising sequence)


tigrillen 03/11/2018.

I'd recommend the books by Diana Wynne Jones.

But really any librarian will recommend books for her. If she loves reading she should be a regular at her local library.

There are plenty of mysteries. She might like British cozies. At her age I loved Dorothy Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries.

There are also plenty of classics which are classics because they are good. Who doesn't like Pride and Prejudice?

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