Book recommendations to a new reader?

Books I've read:

The Catcher in the Rye

-I love this book. It is my favorite. I feel like I can identify with it on so many different levels. It's amazing.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

-It strongly reminds me of the Catcher in the Rye, and I love that. I guess that makes me a coming-of-age fan.

Harry Potter

-The entire series, three times.

Elie Wiesel's Night

-I appreciate the book and I respect the story, but it didn't appeal to me. Non-fiction is not my turf.

A Street Car Named Desire

-Enjoyable, but I won't read it a second time.

Death of a Sales Man

-Loved it, but again, won't read it a second time. I'm not a big fan of plays

The Great Gatsby

-Great book. Enjoyed every moment of it. Originally, I thought it was just a sappy love story. But after further analysis, I realized it's much more than that, and I loved it.


-It had a few intense moments towards the end, but I disliked the entire teen romance stuff. Made me feel like I was reading Twilight or something, and I never read Twilight.


-Quit halfway through the book with no intention of picking it up again. It got too cheesy and sappy. If Divergent has some teen romance, this is straight up intended for tweens.

The Hunger Games 1 and 2 (Catching Fire)

-Loved it. The romance was just enough to give me a warm, fuzzy feeling, but not cheesy. The chapters just keep ending on cliffhangers and I found myself flying through it.


I would really appreciate a coming-of-age novel like The Catcher in the Rye and Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I'm open to anything.

Update 2:

If it's of any importance, I'm a 19 year old male college student in his second semester in college. I started last semester (took a semester gap after high school).

6 Answers

  • Kelley
    Lv 7
    5 years ago
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    Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

    Old School by Tobias Wolff

    A Separate Peace John Knowles

    Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

    One Second After by William Forstchen

    MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

    The first 5 are some of my favorite coming-of-age stories. The second two are dystopian/post apocalyptic.

    None are YA novels.

    • Symzse
      Lv 5
      5 years agoReport

      It breaks my heart to just pick one best answer because all of you guys suggested books that seem great.
      Anyway, today after work, I stopped by barnes&noble and bought Black Swan Green and I started reading it on the way home. I couldn't put it down. Thanks :D

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  • 5 years ago

    Here's some of my favorites:

    - The Book Thief

    - To Kill a Mockingbird

    - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    - Looking for Alaska (This is a lot better than TFIOS in my honest opinion)

    - The Color Purple

    *realizes that 4/5 of these are historical fiction*

    Hope you like them!!!!

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Looking For Alaska by John Green

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  • 5 years ago

    If you like classics then read Where the Red Fern Grows, White Fang, and The Giver. They are also great coming of age stories.

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  • chris
    Lv 6
    5 years ago

    How about To kill a Mockingbird. Just a good all around book.

    An Invisible Thread - Awesome book- true story too.

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  • 5 years ago

    Try Knock on Any Door or Rumblefish by S.E. Hinton.

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