Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Recommend Me Some Good Books...


  • Depression
  • Art
  • Time travel
  • Parents
  • Dystopias/post-apocalyptic worlds
  • Assassins
  • Dragons!

(And no, not a book that contains ALL of these features. Silly.) They can be in any age genre. GO!


  1. Heart Of The Dragon by Gena Showalter.
    Amazing book! Its Paranormal Romance BTW

  2. mmmm i see... gabriel garcia xD

  3. time travel:
    Kindred by Octavia Butler
    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

    The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

  4. Depression
    • Saving Francesca
    • Go Ask Alice

    • Cathy's Book
    • Deadly Little Secret

    • The Summer I Turned Pretty
    • Along for the Ride
    • She's So Money
    • Perfect You
    • Story of a Girl
    • Does My Head Look Big In This?

    Dystopias/post-apocalyptic worlds
    • Life As We Knew It
    • Tomorrow, When The War Began

  5. I second Kindred. VERY good book!
    I also say Household Gods by Harry Turtledove and Judith Tarr (another time travel on my favorites list). And Doomsday book by Connie Willis is another time travel on my favorites list. Just ignore the weird futuristic stuff (it was wrote a long time ago so that part is cheesy) but the parts in the past are AWESOME!

  6. Dystopian: Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
    Feed by MT Anderson

  7. Time travel:
    The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde. It's adult fiction. Actually, it's not exactly time travel, more like "book travel." The main character is a kind of "fiction police"--she travels into fiction books to make sure the characters are behaving themselves and doing what their authors wrote. The book is really original and creative, it's hilarious, and sometimes a bit chaotic. It's a lot of fun!

    Dragon's Milk by Susan Fletcher. It's a fun middle grade/YA fantasy read.

  8. A great YA involving depression, art, and parents is Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron.

  9. Depression:
    Some Girls Are and Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
    The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

    Time Travel:
    When you reach me by Rebecca Stead

    Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott (well anything by Elizabeth Scott has a strong parent aspect to it)
    The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson

    Dystopias/Post-apocalyptic worlds:
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Candor by Pam Bachorz
    The Year of the Flood, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (companion novels)
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  10. Time Travel
    ~The Named, The Dark, The Key By:Marianne Curley
    ~Time Travelers series by:Caroline B. Cooney
    ~The Curse of The Romanovs By:Staton Robin

    ~The Hunger Games by:Suzanne Collins
    ~The Forest Of Hands And Teeth By:Carrie Ryan

    ~After By:Kristin Harmel
    ~Suicide Notes:Michael Thomas Ford

    ~Strange Angels and Betrayed By:Lilith Saintcrow
    ~Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study By:Maria V. Snyder

    Enjoy wouldn't recommend them unless they were good!!

  11. Go Ask Alice is a great book. I think every teen girl should read it.

    It is an older book, but I noticed it has just been reprinted in paperback.

  12. Art:
    The Thursday Next books by Jasper Fford

    Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
    How I live now by Meg Rosoff
    Obernewtyn by Isobel Carmody

    Poison Study by Maria Snyder

    Just a few..

  13. For dystopias, you can check out my list over here. Since only three are YA, to give the list a bit more balance I'd also add:

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
    Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    The Declaration by Gemma Malley
    Gone by Michael Grant

  14. You can check out Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer.

  15. spider's bite by jennifer estep is one that comes to mind

  16. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - Parents and Depression

    Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta - Depression and Parents (but in a weird way)

    Looking for Alibrandi - Parents, I think... I've only seen the movie, the book is on my TBR pile

    All American Girl by Meg Cabot - from what I remember, I think the main character is an artist and it's mentioned a lot, she takes art classes and things

    The Pact by Jodi Picoult - Art and Depression

    Shadow of the Vampire by Meagan Hatfield - Dragons (but this isn't YA, it's an adult book... yeah)

    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - depression

    People have already rec'd all of the dystopian ones I would recommend. I've only read one book about an assassin and it was an adult book that I've forgotten the name of.

    For time travel - The Time Travellers Wife? Saving Juliet? Prada and Prejudice? (I don't know if the last two are about time travel, haven't read them but a friend recommended them to me and I think the summaries may or may not have mentioned or hinted at time travel?)

    You've probably read all of the ones I've said. =P

  17. Pam Bachorz's book Candor (Egmont USA, 2009) is a great futuristic utopia-gone-awry. Quite similar to M.T. Anderson's Feed.

    I've reviewed it on my blog...


  18. Time travel:
    The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum

    Assasin's Apprentice by J.B. Redmond & S.R. Vaught

    Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

  19. Time Travel! A fave subject of mine.

    Some excellent ones are:

    The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (a researcher from the future travels back to the middle ages, but due to a mistake, ends up in the middle of the plague) - also file under Depression: Yours! LOL.

    My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen (a prositute from 19th century Denmark finds a time machine that takes her to modern day London)

    Beauty by Sheri Tepper: Mixes fairy tales and time travel - one of my all time favorites.

  20. The Time Traveler's Wife
    The Declaration
    The Dragon Whisperer


  21. I love the idea of a book that encompasses all of these - Alice in Wonderland?? Maybe I need to write one!

  22. Dragons: The Pern series by Anne McCaffrey (the early books are better, but they are all fun).

    The Temeraire series by Namoi Novik (starting with His Majesty's Dragon).

    Assasins: The Nadia Stafford series by Kelley Armstrong, starting with Exit Strategy. Yes, this is the same Kelley Armstrong who writes the Women of the Otherworld series and the Darkest Powers series.

  23. I completely forgot 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Such a fantastic book.

  24. Are you talking about Depression the disease or Depression the time period. Because I read it the second way when I first saw the post. :)

  25. Time Travel
    The Anubis Gates

    The Giver
    Brave New World
    The Hunger Games
    Never Let Me Go
    The City of Ember
    The Breaking of Northwall
    The Prince in Waiting
    Among the Hidden
    The City Underground
    Voices from Chernobyl (non-fiction, but I think it fits--and definitely worth reading)

    Assassin's Apprentice

    His Majesty's Dragon (so good!)

  26. Assassins: Peter & Max by Bill Willingham

    Dystopias/Post-Apocalyptic: Shade's Children by Garth Nix

    I could go on, but I figure I'll leave you with only a couple of suggestions, because you've had so many others give you great run-downs of each genre.

    Good luck!

  27. About depression:

    Looking for Alaska by John Green
    Norwegian wood by Haruki Murakami


    If Andy Warhol had a girlfriend by Alison Pace

    If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? by Melissa Kantor

  28. Time Travel

    I found this list and it looks pretty good!

  29. And oh dragons..

    I loved the Elvenbane series briefly in high school. They're by Andre Norton & Mercedes Lackey.

  30. Just a few suggestions -->

    time travel:
    Both Sides of Time - Caroline B. Cooney (Out of Time/Prisoner of Time/For All Time are all part of the series too - this is an older series - mid to late 90s)

    Uglies/Pretties/Specials/Extras - all by Scott Westerfeld


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