Thursday, 9 October 2014

Helpful list of YA reads? (must add to this later)

This time two years ago, I fell in love with a little boy named Harry Potter. I (finally) read every single book, in order and in about a fortnight.

Last year at this time, we were busy building our home, so I was suitably distracted.

This year, however, I am desperate to re-capture the magic I felt as I got to know Harry and his world.

Do any of you have any suggestions for a book series that might come close?

  • terry goodkinds sword of truth series is great
  • Narnia series by C. S. Lewis. I still love those. And have done since I was little.
  • Eragon
  • Philip Pullman, Northern Lights /subtle Knife/Amber Spyglass
  • Susan Cooper The Dark is Rising
  • Different read but the best character development of any series is the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordon....
  • If you want to relive the Potter Magic, listen to the audiobooks. Jim Dale narrates and does such a fantastic job. He won tony awards for the job he did. He does the character voices so well.
  • I actually like the Percy Jackson books quite a bit (they're for 4th graders roughly )
  • Dark Materials is closest.
  • I also recommend the Dresden Files but that is a very different series!
  • Andrew, have you read the Iron Druid series? (Kevin Hearne.) If you like Dresden, you'll very possibly feel similarly to Iron Druid. I feel like they could both exist in the same world and would squeal with glee if Butcher and Hearne collaborated!
  • The discovery of witches series is wonderful!!
  • I did read the first two in the Witching Savannah series, those are pretty neat.
  • Wildwood series. There are three, they are pretty neat.
  • Game of Thrones?
  • Temeraire series - starts with His Majesty' Dragon By Naomi Novik
  • Alex Verus, Rivers of London, and Laundry Files. And I've just started Felix Castor.
  • I'm being a girl and reading the Outlander series now.
  • Necroscope series by Brian Lumley but not if you scare easily!
  • Percy Jackson is pretty goodLook into "the secrets of the immortal Nicholas flamel" by Michael Scott 
  • Mortal Instrument and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.
  • Percy jackson is probably closest to harry, but wheel of time would keep you busy for a while (13 big books). Let us know what you pick
  • And if you want more adult, but still magical and other-worldly you can try Kim Harrison's "the Hallows" series
Maybe Acer: 
All Creatures Great and Small (Herriot)
Hatchet (Gary Paulsen)
Encyclopedia Brown series
How to Eat Fried Worms (Thomas Rockwell)
Misty of Chincoteague (Marguerite Henry)
The Indian in the Cupboard (Banks)
The Castle in the Attic (Elizabeth Winthrop)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Blume)
The Egypt Game (Snyder)

Maybe West:
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry (Mildred Taylor)
The Westing Game (or did he already read this?)
The White Stag (Seredy)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Berry Smith)
A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle)
The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Boyne)
The Neverending Story (Ende)

  • hhorn Have you read the Spirit animals books yet?
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  • Kathy White We just read Peter and the Shadowtheives, a really fun book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. It's the 2nd in a series that is a Peter Pan prequel. They are fun to read at night, lots of adventure, good writing, excellent pacing. We also really liked reading Kate DiCamillo's books - Tale of Despereaux, Flora and Ulysses, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I think of these books as new classics. Wonderful stories. Atticus also liked reading Pipi Longstocking. He thought it was really funny. Kid humor. 

    He's also read a bunch of chapter books series, some better than others. They aren't as fun to read together at night, but are good for them to read on their own - Secrets of Droon, Beast Quest, Magic Treehouse, Encyclopedia Brown, A to Z Mysteries.

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