I wanted to give a five recommendations on books today, these are some books that I really enjoyed when I read them. Hopefully you’ll find one that interests you!
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: This is the first book in a trilogy. It follows the story of teenaged Gemma Doyle. It has been a while since I’ve read it however I still remember the feeling it gave me of being in a fantastically world. It was completely immersive. This book offers beautiful descriptions, magic, mystery, a bit of romance, and a lot friendship. The books start at a mid size range and get larger by the last one. If you’re looking for a surreal, magical world filled with adventure and self-discovery this would be the book for you.
Temple of the Dragonslayer by Tim Waggoner: This is the first book in a series of 8 books. Each book is written by a different author. This is a fun series and offers a good look into what I would call “classic” fantasy (meaning it gives the same kind of feeling as like Narnia or LOTR) without drawn out descriptions. Its enthralling and you get really attached to the characters you meet. A really great read to get younger readers interested in books. The books are short in length and remain that way through the whole series.
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran: This book might be considered a companion book to Michelle Moran’s other works, but it’s safe to call this a stand-alone. This is a historical-fiction book that follows the life of Nefertari (not to be confused with her aunt Nefertiti). It is a really good read to venture into something that’s not so strictly fiction. The events that happen in the book, for the most part, are also found in history. It isn’t a long read but it choke-full of really great behind the scenes story telling. It is about average in length of time to read through. So if you’re looking to branch out of your normal genre type I would high recommend this book.
So You Want to be a Wizard? by Diane Duane: This is the first book in a series that currently has eleven installments. I only read up until the eighth one and actually didn’t know there had been more publications added until looking into it today. This series I read maybe a little younger than the intended audience. I read this series before I read Harry Potter. This follows the story of a young girl named Nita and her new friend Kit. This creates a more logical magic system in that it uses a lot of science and math to explain how the magic works. This books are about an average size for reading through. If you are a reader who likes magic systems in stories this is a great one to check out.
May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson: This is the first book in a trilogy and is a paranormal adventure; it’s been a long time since I’ve read it but I remember feeling enamored and chilled by the story. This story follows the adventures of a young girl named May Bird. It is a pretty sizable book for its target audience of middle-graders, but I didn’t feel daunted by the length when reading it because the story was so engaging. I would say if you are a reader who is interested in ghost stories this would be a great book to check out.
So those are my recommendations! Let me know if you have read any of them of if you decided to pick one up. What are some books you would recommend?