What's a good novel to read?

I'm kinda into sc-fi/fantasy at the moment. I've read the Eragon & Uglies books recently and really enjoyed them. Any suggestions? I'm just looking for some enjoyable & casual reading.


I'm definately NOT into space themes or vampires....

Update 2:

Since I am getting so many suggestions for Harry Potter, I will add another edit onto the question. Yes, I have read the Harry Potter books (several times). Though assuming is an ignorant thing to do, I assumed that people would consider how famous the HP books are and not bother to post them. Either way, yes, I have reaad them.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Madeleine L'Engle:

    A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.

    Herge (a.k.a. Georges Prosper Remi):

    The Adventures of Tintin (24 volumes)

    Cornelia Funke:

    Dragon Rider

    Ingraine the Brave

    Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath

    The Thief Lord

    Brandon Mull:

    Fablehaven, Rise of the Evening Star, and Grip of the Shadow Plague.

    Katherine Paterson:

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Orson Scott Card:

    Seventh Son

    Carol Kendall:

    The Firelings

    The Gammage Cup (One of my favorites when I was young)

    The Whisper of Glocken

    Eoin Colfer:

    Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, The Artemis Fowl Files: A Companion Book, and The Graphic Novel.

    Andre Norton:

    The Witch World, The Web of the Witch World, Three against the Witch World, Year of the Unicorn, Warlock of the Witch World, Dragon Scale Silver, Dream Smith, The Toads of Grimmerale, Spider Silk, Sword of Unbelief, and Sarsthor's Bane.

    Ursula K. LeGuin:

    Earthsea, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales from Earthsea, The Other Wind, and Voices.

    Diana Wynne Jones:

    The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Witch Week, The Magicians of Caprona, and Mixed Magics.

    Tamora Pierce:

    The Song of the Lioness Series - Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant.

    Protector of the Small Series - First Test, Page, Squire, and Lady Knight

    Michael Ende:

    Night of Wishes

    The Neverending Story

    Mary Stewart:

    A Walk in the Wolf Wood

    Howard Pyle:

    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    Story of King Arthur and His Knights - There are several collections of stories about King Arthur.

    C. S. Lewis:

    The 7 volume Chronicles of Narnia is a tale of good against evil with very definite Christian influences. Lewis was an atheist who because of his friendship with Tolkien became a Christian. This strongly affected his writing.

    The seven books are as follows:

    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.

    Also by C. S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce.

    Philip Pullman:

    The Golden Compass

    James Patterson:

    Maximum Ride Series - The Angel Experiment, School's Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, and The Final Warning.

    Meg Cabot:

    Mediator Series - Shadowland, Ninth Key, Reunion, Darkest Hour, Haunted, and Twilight.

    Chris D'Lacey:

    The Fire Within, Icefire, Fire Star, and The Fire Eternal.

    Donita K. Paul:

    Dragonspell, Dragon Quest, Dragon Knight, Dragon Fire, and Dragon Light.

    Brian Jacques:

    Redwall Series - Redwall, Mossflower, Mattimeo, Mariel of Redwall, Salamandastron, Martin the Warrior, The Bellmaker, Outcast of Redwall, The Pearls of Lutra, The Long Patrol, Marlfox, The Legend of Luke, Lord Brocktree, The Taggerung, Triss, Loamhedge, Rakkety Tam, and High Rhulain.

    Joanne Harris:


    Juliet Marillier:

    Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret

    Edwin A. Abbott:

    Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (The sequel, Sphereland is by Dionys Burger. It is possible to purchase both in one volume.)

    J. R. R. Tolkien:

    The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Two Towers, and The Return of the King; Silmarillion; also Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    George MacDonald:


    At the Back of the North Wind

    John Beachem:

    Storms of Vengeance is John's first novel and I've been told that it is part of a series of 8 to 10 books. There is a murder mystery to be solved. Who did it and why? There is a mythical Lorradda Stone to locate. There are three parallel stories as we follow the actions of three different groups of people. There are also some ogres, two elves, several sorcerers, a troll, and one very impressive river monster. The book ends with a cliff hanger. One reason that young people gave for liking Harry Potter was the detail in the stories. They will find plenty of detail here as well. The title of the second book in the series will be The Hunter and the Marked.

    David Eddings:

    There are three stories in Volume I of The Belgariad: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, and Magician's Gambit. Volume II of The Belgariad has two stories: Castle of Wizardry and Enchanters' End Gambit. If you are looking for grand adventure and plenty of detail it is here. Some may object to the slow progression and limited action of this tale. A sorcerer and his daughter, a sorceress, have gathered together a group of individuals to fight evil. It seems that the particular make-up for this group is necessary based upon an ancient prophecy. The group includes: the Nimble Thief, the Man with Two Lives, the Blind Man, the Dreadful Bear, the Knight Protector, the Horse Lord, the Bowman, the Queen of the World, and the Mother of the Race that Died. A young boy named Garion, who was raised by his Aunt Pol, is caught up in all of this, though he doesn't know why. But then, is she really his Aunt? There is so much detail that I have not as yet confirmed there are no mistakes in the mapping of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed The Belgariad and look forward to reading the sequel, The Mallorean.

    The Mallorean Volume I: Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, and Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings

    The Mallorean Volume II: Sorceress of Darshive and The Seeress of Kell by David Eddings

    Polgara, the Sorceress by David Eddings

    Belgarath, the Sorcerer by David Eddings

    Terry Pratchett:

    The Wee Free Men - Tiffany Aching and a clan of six inch tall blue men attempt to rescue her brother and stop an invasion from Fairyland.

    A Hatful of Sky - The second Tiffany Aching novel.

    Wintersmith - The third Tiffany Aching novel.

    The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld)

    Other books in the Discworld Series - The Colour of Magic, Witches Abroad, Sourcery, Wyrd Sisters, Thief of Time, Small Gods, and Mort.

    Isaac Asimov:

    Though Asimov is usually thought of as a science fiction writer, Magic is a collection of his fantasy short stories.

    Jim Butcher:

    The Dresden Files - Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, Dead Beat, Proven Guilty, White Knight, and Small Favor.

    Terry Brooks:

    The Sword of Shanarra, The Elfstones of Shanarra, and The Wishsong of Shanarra.

    Mercedes Lackey:

    The Mage Winds Trilogy - Winds of Fate, Winds of Change, and Winds of Fury.

    Velgarth Series - Exile's Honor, Exile's Valor, Take a Thief, Arrors of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall

    Diana Tregarde Trilogy - Burning Water, Children of the Night, and Jinx High.

    Richard Adams:

    Watership Down

    George Orwell:

    Animal Farm

    Richard Bach:

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    Raymond E. Fiest:

    Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master

    The Riftwar Saga (Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon)

    Krondor's Sons (Prince of the Blood, The King's Bucaneer)

    Serpent War Saga (Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King, Shards of a Broken Crown)

    Riftwar Legacy (Krondor: The Betrayal, Krondor: The Assassins, Krondor: Tear of the Gods)

    Honored Enemy: Legends of the Riftwar

    Conclave of Shadows Saga (Talon of the Silver Hawk, King of Foxes, Exile's Return)

    Dark War Saga (Flight of the Nighthawks, Into a Dark Realm, Wrath of a Mad God)

    Raymond E. Fiest and Janny Wurts:

    Empire Trilogy - Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, and Mistress of the Empire.

    Dave Farland:

    Runelords - The Sum of All Men, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Wizardborn, The Lair of Bones, Sons of the Oak, and Worldbinder.

    Dean Koontz:

    Odd Thomas Series - Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, and Odd Hours.

    Robin Hobb:

    Farseer Trilogy - Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin's Quest.

    Patricia A. McKillip:

    The Riddlemaster of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, Harpist in the Wind, Riddle Master's Game, and Riddle of Stars.

    Susanna Clarke:

    Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell

    George R. R. Martin:

    A Song of Fire and Ice Saga - A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance of Dragons, The Winds of Winter, and A Dream of Spring.

    Steven Erikson:

    Malazan Book of the Fallen Saga - Gardens of the Moon, Deadhouse Gates, Memories of Ice, House of Chains, Midnight Tides, The Bone Hunters, Reaper's Gate, and Toll the Hounds.

    R. Scott Baker:

    Prince of Nothing Trilogy - The Darkness That Comes Before, The Warrior Prophet, and The Thousandfold Thought.

    Joe Haldeman:

    The Forever War

    Gene Wolfe:

    The Wizard Knight

    Robert Jordan:

    The Wheel of Time Saga - The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos, The Path of Daggers, Winter's Heart, Crossroads of Twilight, and Knife of Dreams.

    A Memory of Light - The twelfth and last novel in this series will be completed by Brandon Sanderson since Robert Jordan passed away on September 16, 2007.

    Piers Anthony:

    A Spell for Chameleon (First in the Xanth Series)

    T. H. White:

    The Sword in the Stone

    The Once and Future King

    John Steinbeck (for older readers):

    The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

    Stephen R. Donaldson: (most definitely for older readers):

    The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

    The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through.

    Anne McCaffrey:

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well, I'll go with the more "well known" ones first. Science Fiction wise, there's "A Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. That is the first book in the series, so it'll hopefully keep you going for a while. Louis Lowry's books are a little short but very thought provoking.

    I'm more of a fantasy reader myself actually. Look up "A Great and Terrible Beauty" by Libby Bray for a historical fiction/fantasy type book.

    For some heavy reading, but very good fantasy writing, try the Wheel of Time series. Very thick books and 11 (soon to be 12) in the series. The author (Robart Jordan) is sometimes referred to as "the next Tolkien"

    For a dark kind of fantasy book, read Holly Black's books, Tithe, Ironside and Valiant, although not necessarily in that order. I can't remember which one is the first one.

    For a change, you may want to try historical fiction. My two current favourites are "the raging quiet" by sherryl jordan and the "Tales of the Otori" series. Romance is a big part but not the main part of those books- just a warning, as not everyone enjoys romance.

    Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is a very unique fiction book about the afterlife. It's really interesting too. I put it last because I'm not quite sure where it classifies...

    Last, but not least, Isobelle Carmody is a wonderful author for both genres.

    These are just off the top of my head. I hope you enjoy them though! :D

  • chorle
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The Artemis Fowl series and Greagor the Overlander series. Robert Asprin's Another Fine Myth and most books by Terry Pratchett are fun. In audio Nina Kimberly , Space Casey and Half Share are pretty good.

    Source(s): itunes, spacecasy.com, podiobooks.com for audio
  • 1 decade ago

    Try the classics:

    The Count of Montecristo by Alexander Dumas

    The Little Prince by saint Exupery

    The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

    Memoir of a Geisha

    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    House of the Spirits and Eva Luna by Isabelle Allende

    Five People you meet in heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Looking Glass Wars is a good book. Its a fantasy-twist on Alice and Wonderland. Its definately worth the read.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Harry Potter books are really good

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    "The Great Divorce," C. S. Lewis,

    "The Martian Chronicles," Ray Bradbury,

    "Hidden Camera," Zoran Zivkovic,

    "A Wrinkle in Time" series, L'Engle,

    "The Neverending Story," Michae Ende,

    "The Soulless One," Mark Prophet.

  • Peeps by Scott Westerfield who did Uglies :)

    Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. Popular book ;)

    Glass Houses, Dead Girls Dance, Midnight Alley- Rachel Caine

    Midnighters by Scott Westerfield

    Blood and Chocolate by Annett C. Klause

    uh... i think thats the ones i like. :P

  • 1 decade ago

    oh i LOVE the Uglies! one of my favorite books is The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. She also has other great books...The Ear the Eye and the Arm. Hers are more sci-fi than fantasy i would say.

  • 1 decade ago

    "Alanna: The First Adventure" by: Tamora Pierce (My favorite book, strong girl character, great plot and action)

    "When Lightning Strikes" by: Meg Cabot (Interesting story, good light read)

    "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (coming of age story dealing with meaningful issues)

    Happy Reading...

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