10 Books I Love To Recommend

I have always – I mean always – loved reading.  I also love recommending books to others, especially books that fit my standards of being generally free of language, violence, and sexual content (but are still compelling and well-written). When friends and blog followers ask me what they should read next, these are 10 books that often rise to the top of the list:

book recommendation A Drowned Maiden's Hair

A Drowned Maiden’s Hair, by Laura Amy Schlitz; Young Adult Fiction.

Clever, gothic, mysterious.  Some plot twists and totally memorable characters.  Think “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” meets “Oliver Twist” meets “Arsenic and Old Lace.”  With maybe a smattering of “The Sixth Sense.”

Read my full review.

book recommendation Princess Academy

Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale; Young Adult Fiction.

Probably one of the worst names for one of the best books I’ve ever read.  It has a fairy tale feel to it, with a fabulous, strong young heroine.  This Newberry Honor recipient leaves you feeling enriched and uplifted.

Read my full review.

book recommendation Uglies

Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld; Young Adult Science Fiction.

This meaty book about a seemingly-utopian society has a lot to say about what it means to be “pretty” – on the outside AND inside.

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book recommendation The Rest of Her Life

The Rest of Her Life, by Laura Moriarty; Adult General Fiction

What would you do if it was YOUR child whose careless accident caused others unspeakable grief and despair? This book examines that scenario, with a lot of profound observations on the mother/daughter relationship.

Read my full review.

The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs; Adult Nonfiction

AJ Jacobs has made a name for himself living a type of “experimental life” and sharing his humorous finding with readers. In this book, Jacobs endeavors to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in one year. Sound dull? Not hardly!

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Love Walked In, by Marisa de Los Santos; Adult General Fiction

This is probably the most blush-worthy book on the list, but even considering the mild language and sexual situations, this is a tender, sweet love story, coupled with an endearing coming-of-age journey. Can’t wait for the movie to come out!

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book recommendation The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book, by Neal Gaiman; Young Adult Fiction.

Neil Gaiman is like the Tim Burton of the Young Adult Fiction world. With a highly stylized and slightly macabre slant on life and death (or living and dying), The Graveyard Book is bound to be unlike anything you’ve ever read.

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book recommendation City of Ember

The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau; Young Adult Science Fiction.

I love books in which strong young protagonists decide to go against the status quo, especially when you as the reader know they have every good reason to. The two leads in this book try to shake things up and uncover deep secrets, unearthing some amazing twists and turns near the end.

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The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo; Juvenile Fiction.

My one-word review: GLORIOUS. This is a must-read-aloud book for families; sweet, earnest, and deeply moving – everyone will feel bigger for having heard the story.

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book recommendation Austenland

Austenland, by Shannon Hale; Adult General Fiction.

Another appearance by Shannon Hale on this list is no surprise – she’s a great author with a collection of strong, clean, enjoyable works. Austenland is for every woman who ever breathed a little more shallow at the sight of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Fun and witty, this book is a great, quick read.

Read my full review.

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  • jennybek

    Ok. I’m bookmarking this list. I have found myself drawn more and more to YA fiction lately. I think Harry Potter ruined me. Ha!
    I’ve read Austinland, and really really want to read Know it All. I love Jacobs.
    Books! I love talking books! (not that you could tell)

  • Do you know I have not read a single one of these?! Thanks so much for giving me some new bookshelves to browse through.
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  • Sheri

    Thank you! I love to read and am always on the lookout for new authors and books to try. I also am going to school to become a school librarian, so I’m trying to broaden my reading horizons.
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  • Yay! I LOVE books lists! Now I have some new ones to read…I have to agree that YA is fun! 🙂
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  • Thanks for the suggestions – I’m always looking for good reading material.
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  • Stacey, thanks for the suggestions! I’ve made a list of the ones that I haven’t read yet. I’m always looking for new things to read. 😀
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  • I loved Love Walked In. Have you read the sequel? You Belong to Me is the title, I think. Not as good as Love, but still worth reading.

    Thanks for posting this. I love books and am always looking for more.
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  • Kara B.

    I have to add Chains by L.H. Andersen and Home of the Brave by K. Applegate.

  • I got You Belong to Me at my local book outlet, and I’ve been looking for Love Walked In to read first. Thanks for the recommendations!
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  • I’ve never read any of these! Thanks for the suggestions! I desperate for a good book to read.

  • Okay, it’s time to hit the library for ME! These are some great sounding books. I feel the same way about language, violence, sexual content and HIGH QUALITY. Thanks for putting this list together.
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  • I’m a fellow read-a-holic. I’ll definitely have to check out some of these books you shared – I’ve actually never read any of them, and only heard of one. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Hello! A friend from Blog Frog, and your newest follower!! This list is amazing and I can’t wait to add these books to my ‘to read’ list at goodreads.com!!
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