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Older teenager of 18 struggling to find new books to read- I read every genre


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Initial post: 9 May 2012 17:28:17 BDT
BeckyF61 says:
I have read:
-Fallen series
-House of night series
-Harry Potter series
-Twilight series (although I did not like it very much)
-The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare
-Philip Pullman
-Meg Cabot's Airhead series
-Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, the Brontes
-Thomas Hardy
-Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy
-Daphne Du Maurier
-Jill Mansell
I love most genres of books but especially fantasy (although I am going off vampires at the moment), sci-fi/dystopian teenage books, mystery (I love Agatha Christie), crime, chick-flits, classics, etc....
I was wondering what else there is to read in fantasy- especially wondering if there are any more werewolf books out there that are good as I have read the shiver series by maggie stiefvater.
I'm up for reading anything and was wondering if there are any more teenage books that are suitable for an 18 year old as I am running out of series to read.
Are there any good other good classics out there you would recommend?
I'm also open to reading adult novels but do not know many good series. I have read lots of Trudi Canavan's books.
I'm basically looking for any good series of any genres and I don't mind reading stand-alone novels. Please help!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012 18:38:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2012 18:49:57 BDT
LEP says:
At 18 you are classed as an adult under UK law, so the world's your oyster re. books.

If you like Jane Austen try the great Georgette Heyer. Start with The Grand Sophy, but all of her Georgian/Regency books are good.

For werewolves try "The ....... Moon" series by Rebecca York, it's adult but good. Read in sequence as it follows a family.

For classics try:
Wilkie Collins - The Woman in White and also The Moonstone

Chicklit:
Sophie Kinsella
Little Black Dress books

Type chicklit in Amazon Search, Books, above.

Posted on 9 May 2012 19:35:07 BDT
Garscadden says:
For fantasy I'd highly recommend Joe Abercrombie - no werewolves though.

But - for werewolves I'd suggest Sharp Teeth - one of my favourite books. It is a long form poem, but don't let that put you off. Gangs and werewolves in LA.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2012 20:35:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2013 19:24:52 BDT
LEP says:
Wolf Dawn - Susan Cartwright
Pellinor series - The Gift/The Naming Book 1 - Alison Croggon (YA/Adult)
Assassin's Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy Book 1) - Robin Hobb
The Dragon's of Pern series (Dragon Flight) - Anne McCaffrey

Posted on 9 May 2012 20:44:26 BDT
LadybirdH says:
Look up Anne Rice, she has series on witches, vampires etc...
However if you are looking for something a little different try "before I go to sleep" by SJ watson a mystery with a twist.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012 12:35:18 BDT
LEP says:
The Last Summer - judith Kinghorn

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012 12:49:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 May 2012 18:02:01 BDT
LEP says:
At the Sign of the Sugared Plum - Mary Hooper (YA)
My Lunatic Life - Sharon Sala (YA)
Soulless: The Parasol Protectorate Book 1 - Gail Carriger ( a good, amusing Steampunk fantasy series - werewolves, vampires and more)
Moon Called: Mercy Thompson series Book 1 - Patricia Briggs
FADE (series) - Kailin Gow (YA)

Posted on 10 May 2012 17:10:16 BDT
N. J. H. says:
There are quite a few paranormal fantasies similar to those you mention. Here are a few I would definitely recommend:

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa - A faery series based on Shakespeares "A midsummer Nights Dream". A really interesting twist on the fey.
Divergent by Veronica Roth - A really popular Dystopian which is massively popular at the moment.
The Hunger Games - if you haven't read this already then it's a must-read.
Matched by Ally Condie - Really fantastic Dystopian about controlling the masses.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater - You mentioned you liked her and although this series isn't about weres it is fantastic.
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong - The first in the series of adult werewolf related books. This entire series is fantastic and the main character is awesome.
Legend by Marie Lu - another great dystopian.
Die for me by Amy Plum - a vampire book that totally gripped me from start to finish.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - I'd go as far as to say these are better than the House of Night books. The add on series "Bloodlines" is also fantastic.

Hope I've given you a few ideas :)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2012 18:10:05 BDT
LEP says:
Dystopian/Sci Fi classics:

The Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Animal Farm - George Orwell
The Time Machine - H G Wells
The Long Walk - Stephen King

Not a classic:

Wither - Book 1 The Chemical Garden series - Lauren DeStephano

Posted on 10 May 2012 18:29:07 BDT
Even if your not sure about Vampires then im sure The Morganville series will open your eyes to another look at the fantasy side, also you should try the books for Hunger Games, an amazing series and is such a thrilling story, trust me you wont be able to put down either :) x

Posted on 11 May 2012 01:29:37 BDT
What about the Gone series?Gone: Gone Series, Book 1

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 14:06:04 BDT
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LEP says:
Here's a few classics for you. Not dystopian, although LOTF could be called that:

To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee (excellant book)
Lord of the Flies - William Golding (definately a "marmite" book; you'll either love it or hate it. I did it for my A levels many moons ago and personally hated it!)
Three Men in a Boat + the Dog - Jerome K Jerome (funny)
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
Gone with The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (Wuthering Heights set in the American deep South)
P G Wodehouse - Blandings Castle, plus the Jeeves and Wooster books (funny and silly)
The Picture of Dorien Gray - Oscar Wilde
Cider with Rosie - Laurie Lee
My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons (funny)

Not a classic, but may be in the future:
The Help - Kathryn Stockett

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 14:27:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 May 2012 14:45:13 BDT
LEP says:
John Mortimer - Rumpole of the Bailey series
Margaret Allingham - Albert Campion series (read in order as Campion meets and marries his wife in them)
Ngiao Marsh
Dorothy L Sayers

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 14:36:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 May 2012 14:43:18 BDT
LEP says:
Kevin Hearne - The Iron Druid Chronicles Book 1 Hounded (amusing fantasy - werewolves/vampires/Celtic gods etc.)
Jim Butcher - The Dresden files (fantasy detective wizard)
Juliet Marrilier - Sevenwaters series (Celtic fantasy - druids/magic etc.)

Posted on 11 May 2012 16:28:15 BDT
Bex says:
Alan Garner's books, particularly Elidor, Owl Service, Red Shift, Thursbitch

DGB

Posted on 11 May 2012 17:11:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 May 2012 17:12:37 BDT
Hi, I've just published the first part of a teenage supernatural trilogy - Beyond the Veil - which might be of interest to you.

The first book is about vampires, but offers a fresh twist on them by exploring the roots of the vampire legend and the ways beliefs in them have changed. For an older teenage audience it has a lot of depth to it and might help you discover some forgotten classics of vampire literature.

If you're looking for an exciting series that will change the way you think about vampires, check it out.

Beyond the Veil (The Veil Trilogy)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 20:37:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2012 14:17:52 BDT
LEP says:
Mercedes Lackey - Beauty and the Werewolf (A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms). These are reworkings of fairy tales, a bit like the TV series Once Upon a Time. The one mentiond is based on Beauty and the Beast. Lackey has also written several other fantasy series.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2012 20:50:14 BDT
LEP says:
Green Rider series - Kirsten Britain

Posted on 2 Jun 2012 16:54:57 BDT
Sammy says:
Moon Called: Mercy Thompson book 1 - mercy thompson series, by patriccia briggs. This is the first on the series. It's got werewolves. I bought the first two books together, and glad I did because now I love it. Takes a while to get used to their 'rules'.

Some Girls Bite: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel, Book 1 (Chicagoland Vampires Series) chicagoland vampire novels, by chloe neill. Vampires, young adult. LOVE this series. Love Merit. So kick-ass.

Starcrossed: Dreamless (Awakening) by Josephine Angelini. I love a little greek god theme, and this was perfect. First in the trilogy. REALLY REALLY good.

Hex Hall by rachel hawkins. witches, demons, ghosts... really witty and humourous. Don't let the cover ruin in for you. It's a trilogy and they're all out.

Killing Memories by tatiana moore, it's a kindle version only. But it's great. Great characters, laugh out loud funny. And all round greater, but no supernaturals.

i think that's all. :D

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 22:56:10 BDT
booklover101 says:
Almost by Anne Eliot-- amazing love story --not a series which is a relief- it's contemp.
Graceling if you like a bit of fantasy, also awesome and there are three books, but companion books.
If you like Daphne Du Maurier...you might try some older adult books--you are kind of on the edge of adult and YA, Julie Garwood medievals but cool heroines (amazing) and Judith McNaught because those are AWESOME romances (but for older readers)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2012 10:31:11 BDT
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Posted on 4 Jun 2012 10:33:41 BDT
Shaunie B says:
Try the Dresden Files....it's a great series of books by Jim Butcher about a Wizard who's a Private Detective.
This is the first one: Storm Front: The Dresden Files Book One

Posted on 4 Jun 2012 14:47:50 BDT
Hi
Try 'Rivers of London' and its sequels by Ben Aaronovitch and also 'The Magicians' by Lev Grossman, both of which could be termed as a kind of adult Harry Potter. I think you might also like 'The Magus' and 'The Collector' by John Fowles, which are well-known adult books and 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern and 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' by Laini Taylor, which are new books with a similar feel.
What about Susan Hill? Try 'King of the Castle', which is rather like 'Lord of the Flies' in some ways but I'm also thinking of her detective series starting with 'The Various Haunts of Men' for an easier but gripping read.
I could go on and on but if you let me know which of those appeals and which not I'd be happy to recommend more.

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