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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 7 years ago

I don't know what to read next?

I am having trouble finding a next read, I want somebody to recommend a good book. Lately everything I read is mediocre, I want to fall in love with a book again. I am a junior in high school but I take AP classes, so I can read college level stuff too. I would love it if someone gave me a personal recommendation and that they tell me why they enjoyed the book.

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  • 7 years ago
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    My Blog: Best Teen books of all time (works for adults as well)

    #1o: His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman: Young Lyra Belacqua tries to prevent kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments; helps Will Parry — a boy from another world — search for his father; and finds that she and Will are caught in a battle between the angelic forces of the Authority and those gathered by her rebel uncle, Lord Asriel.

    #9: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusac: Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

    #8: The Giver by Louis Lowry: In the future, society has eliminated discord, converting everyone to "Sameness." In three linked stories, Jonas, destined to hold memories of the time before Sameness; Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg; and healer Matty must discover the truth about their society and restore emotion, meaning and balance to their world.

    #7: The Hobbit by J. R. R Tolkien: Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

    #6: A Catcher in the Rye by J D. Sallinger: With the author's death, the classic novel about young Holden Caulfield's disillusionment with the adult world and its "phoniness" will only rise in popularity — and controversy, since it is a favorite target of censors, who often cite profanity and sexual references in their efforts to ban the book.

    #5: A Hitchtaker’s guide to Galaxy- A trilogy in Four Parts by Douglas Adams: In this collection of novels, Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction, and embarks on a series of amazing adventures, from the mattress swamps of Sqornshellous Zeta to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. #4: The Fault in our Stars by John Green: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

    #4: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten

    #3: To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee: This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from author Harper Lee explores racial tensions in the fictional "tired old town" of Maycomb, Ala., through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch. As her lawyer father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, Scout and her friends learn about the unjust treatment of African-Americans — and their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.

    #2: The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins: In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.

    #1: Harry Potter Series series by J K Rowling: The adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron and Hermione must master their craft and battle the machinations of the evil wizard Voldemort and his Death Eaters. The best teen book series written of all time

    Cheers!

    Vaishnav

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I'm a junior in HS that takes APs too :)

    1. Slaughterhouse-Five by Vonnegut.. a satire on Vonnegut's experiences during WWII, it also has aliens :P but if you aren't into aliens, the main focus is about the humanity of WWII. This book is where the famous quote "Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt" comes from.

    2. As I Lay Dying by Faulkner.. this one is a bit hard to understand at times, because, well it's Faulkner!! But it's very good, focusing on the story of a family in deep Mississippi. To me, the book is more about the experience you have while reading it, than the actual story that takes place, if that makes sense.

    3. Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury.. about a post apocalyptic world in which books are banned, the main character is a guy whose job it is to burn books, but he has a secret.. shhh!! actually anything by Bradbury is good, he has collection of short stories that are amazing... like "The Illustrated Man" has a really cool idea that connects all the short stories

    4. I also like books dealing with historical subjects... maybe find a time period in history you're interested in reading? "Black Dog of Fate" by Balakian is an amazing book about the Armenian Genocide. The author is Armenian, and he discusses his family's experiences during and after the genocide. It's very interesting to read though, not just like listing facts or anything. but be prepared to cry a bit...

    5. Ok, I'll make one last suggestion... Read this book front to back!! I had to read it for school, and it helped me become a better reader, and writer too. Some things I knew, but there were a lot of things that I'd never thought about. The author makes it kinda funny, so it's easy to get through.

    http://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Literature-Like-Pro...

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  • 7 years ago

    The Night Circus

    by Erin Morgenstern

    It is classified as a sort of romantic fantasy. While there is romance in it, there is a lot more to the story. I've never read a book that so completely transports the reader through all of their senses. An intricate plotline and wonderful characters (with appropriately placed humor) keeps the flow. It starts slow because you follow several stories.

    This is the author's first published work. I'm looking forward with great anticipation to see what else she will come up with.

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  • 7 years ago

    Delerium Lauren Oliver,Divergent Veronica Roth, Percy Jackson Rick Riordan,Heroes of Olympus Rick Riordan, Beautiful Creatures, The Maze Runner, Matched, Pretty Little Liars. These are just a few if my personal favourites. They're all decent sized series and half being made into movies:)

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  • 7 years ago

    "The Count of Monte Cristo". A huge a classic! I'm currently reading it, but I'm suggesting it because it has an exciting and dark story that is written very beautifully about love, revenge, and the will to live. I also find it's easier to read than most classics written around that period, which I thought was interesting. I watched the movie first,about a man who was unjustly put in prison at the hands of jealous friends, then escapes when it was thought to be impossible, then tries to exact his revenge. When I found it was a book, I had to read it! So you know the book is better. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7126.The_Count_...

    "Book of a Thousand Days", by Shannon Hale. This is set in ancient Asia, and retells the story of the princess who was locked in a tower for seven years, except, it is her handmaid who is the daring heroine, locked up with the princess the day she was hired, and formed a plan to escape. The entire book is actually a diary written over the span of a thousand days. Of course, Hale artfully molds it into something completely unexpected, with twists you will NOT see coming, set in a very deep and meaningful plot. You will not be able to put it down! . Everyone I've known (including myself) who's read it has fallen in love with it. I think Shannon Hale is one of the best writers to have written a book, and you will see why! If you don't read "Monte Cristo" you should read this one! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/248484.Book_of_...

    "The New Arabian Nights" A collection of murder mysteries by Robert Louis Stevenson about an Arabian Prince who come across a very dark society and become obsessed with ending it. One of his lesser known works, but I've never read anything like it. I sort of stumbled upon it, and wound up loving it! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2300590.New_Ara...

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  • 7 years ago

    I can almost promise you'll fall in love with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

    i loved it because it was so emotional. it makes you laugh, and cry, and want to throw it across the room all at the same time.

    it's beautiful and John Green is always a brilliant writer.

    he also wrote Paper Towns, Will Grayson Will Grayson, Looking For Alaska(which im reading now), and An Abundance of Katherines.

    so i suggest any of those, starting with The Fault in Our Stars. honestly my favorite non-fantasy book.

    just DO NOT read spoilers for it or itll ruin the experience :(

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    If you're looking for love stories try Nicholas Sparks book. If not the the two minute rule, can't wait to get to heaven, the hunger games, harry potter are a couple of good selling books

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  • 7 years ago

    Depends on what genre you're looking for. I would suggest possibly some 1800 romanticism like Lord Byron, Percy Shelly (my personal favorite), or Jane Austen. Since you're in high school Jane Austen might be the best choice.

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  • 7 years ago

    I would read the lord of the rings books start with the hobbit then read the fellowship of the ring then the two towers then the return of the king they are the best books I have ever read.

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  • 7 years ago

    I would recommend John Green, either Looking for Alaska or The Fault in our Stars. He writes for precocious young adults (the way you write makes me think that's where you are). In other words, his stuff is somewhere in between bubble-gum for the brain (Twilight, for instance) and "college level stuff," that is, literature that makes us better, smarter people. Some alternatives of the same vein include Perks of Being a Wallflower, Winter Bone, Thirteen Reasons Why, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, It's Kind of a Funny Story, The Outsiders, Whirligig, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. You can check out their synopsis on GoodReads and see if you're interested in any of them. This would have been easier had you listed some books you liked in the past, though.

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/99561.Looking_f...

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11870085-the-fa...

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22628.The_Perks...

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/112525.Winter_s...

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1217100.Thirtee...

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1618.The_Curiou...

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/248704.It_s_Kin...

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/231804.The_Outs...

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/626186.Whirligi...

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1629601.The_Dis...

    Source(s): English Lit. Major.
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  • 7 years ago

    Ok the ones I liked we're: the compound, Jurassic park ,and the color purple. :) or some old kid book classics, junie b jones, the magic tree house, where the sidewalk ends, where's miss Nelson? Toad and frog, stripes

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