These are some of my favourite books/series that either I especially enjoyed when I was little or love today:
– The Beka Cooper Series: “Terrier”, “Bloodhound”, and “Mastiff” by Tamora Pierce
• Excellent young-adult reading
• Fantasy, Action
• Summary: teenage girl who grew up in the roughest part of a ragged city becomes a guardswoman of the Crown with the help of quick wit, strong friends, and a bit of magic.
• Extra Warnings: Crude Language, Romance (Especially in Bloodhound), Lotsa Violence
– “Blood Red Road” by Moira Young
• Fantasy, Action
• I enjoyed this when I was around twelve years old, though really, it’s for older kids
• Summary: teenage girl travels across the desert to rescue her kidnapped brother, running into all sorts of dangers along the way.
• Extra Warnings: Romance, Littla Violence
– The Chronicles of Narnia: “The Magician’s Nephew,” “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “The Horse and His Boy,” “Prince Caspian,” “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” “The Silver Chair,” and “The Last Battle” by Clive Lewis
• Fantasy, Action, Christian
• The Chronicles of Narnia can be read at any age
• My especial favourites are The Horse and His Boy and “The Silver Chair”
– “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
• Historical Fiction
• I actually couldn’t put The Nightingale down
• I read this as a teenager (meaning: recently.)
• Summary: the stories of two French sisters with different aspirations in World War II.
• Extra Warnings: Emotional Rollercoaster, Romance, Lotsa Violence
– “The Tale of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo
• I read this as a child repeatedly and still love it today
• Summary: sickly mouse with unusually-sized ears rescues the princess of the kingdom, whom he loves
– Covert Affairs by Elizabeth Cage
• Light reading, but enjoyable stories
• Summary: three teenage spy girls go on missions, facing governmental crisis, kidnappers, and their own pasts.
– Ender: “Ender’s Game,” “Speaker for the Dead,” “Xenocide,” “Children of the Mind” by Orson Card
• I’ve read Ender’s Game at least three times and Speaker for the Dead, but not the last two yet.
• Summary: the story of a brilliant boy being trained into a general of Earth’s fleet and how he saves more than just Earth.
– Warriors series by Erin Hunter
• I read these as an early reader
• Summary: four clans of cats live in various parts of the forest hunting, defending their territory from other clans, and fulfilling prophecies.
– “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
• I read this in school and loved the writing style, but the story kind of drove me nuts
• Summary: a heart-broken widow has an affair with a coward and the not-dead husband of the not-widow comes back to a daughter of the ashamed not-widow. The not-dead husband proceeds to make coward’s and woman’s lives miserable. But it’s told so beautifull that you excuse all the drama and gracelessness.
– Showdown: “Showdown,” “Saint,” “Sinner” by Ted Dekker
• Action, Christian, Suspense
• Ohmeegoodnees, I haven’t read Showdown, but Saint and Sinner are impeccable.
• Summary: man of a covert black ops. group is sent on a mission that changes his life. (It’s not cheesy, I promise. It gets really, really awesome.)