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100 Books I'd Recommend

One of the most difficult things in the world is trying to find a good book to read. I am here today to solve this problem for you. No matter what genre is your favorite. No matter how good the book you just read was, no matter how picky you are about your books, there is something on this list for you.

A little background: This is my 100th post.

You read that right. I have officially written and posted 100 posts on my blog. You can look back and count them all if you must but honestly, 100 is a lot and I would recommend just taking my word for it.

So with this being the 100th post and all, I thought I might do something a little special. A list of exactly 100 books I would recommend felt appropriate.

These books are the best of the best. In fact, many of them have been on my "top ten" list at one time or another. Others would be the "self-help" books I would turn to in a crisis or the writing books I would most recommend to any writer (beginner or advanced). The books on this list are both middle grade and young adult and range across all genres. Some belong to a series. Others are stand-alone.

For your benefit, I have included the author's name, age group, and Goodreads rating rounded to the nearest whole number (NOTE: These ratings are not my own. Many of these books would receive different ratings from me. Check their reviews on my site for my personal feelings about the books).


The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights ★★★★☆ by John Steinbeck, YOUNG ADULT

The Complete Alice ★★★★☆ by Lewis Carroll, CHILDREN'S-YOUNG ADULT

The Death of King Arthur ★★★☆☆ by Peter Ackroyd, MIDDLE GRADE-YOUNG ADULT

Le Miserable ★★★★☆ by Victor Hugo, YOUNG ADULT

Wicked ★★★★☆ by Gregory Macguire, YOUNG ADULT


The Matched Series ★★★★☆ by Ally Condie, YOUNG ADULT

Matched; Crossed; Reached

The Selection Series ★★★★☆ by Kiera Cass, YOUNG ADULT

The Selection; The Elite; The One; The Heir; The Crown

Fairytale Twist:

Cursed ★★★☆☆ by Thomas Wheeler, Frank Miller (illustrator), YOUNG ADULT

Gilded ★★★★☆ by Marissa Meyer, YOUNG ADULT

The Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales ★★★★☆ by Gail Carson Levine, MIDDLE GRADE

Heartless ★★★★☆ by Marissa Meyer, YOUNG ADULT

House of Salt and Sorrows ★★★★☆ by Erin A. Craig, YOUNG ADULT

The Land of Stories ★★★★☆ by Chris Colfer, MIDDLE GRADE

The Wishing Spell; The Enchantress Returns; A Grimm Warning; Beyond the Kingdoms; An Author's Oddesy; Worlds Collide

Little Thieves ★★★★☆ by Margret Owen, YOUNG ADULT

The Lunar Chronicles ★★★★★ by Marissa Meyer, YOUNG ADULT

Cinder; Scarlet; Cress; Winter; Fairest; Stars Above

Twisted Tales ★★★★☆ the following by Liz Braswell, YOUNG ADULT

Unbirthday, As Old As Time; Part of Your World; What Once Was Mine


Caraval ★★★★☆ by Stephanie Garber, YOUNG ADULT

Carval; Legendary; Finale

Good Omens ★★★★☆ by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, YOUNG ADULT

The Harry Potter Series ★★★★★ by J.K. Rowling, MIDDLE GRADE-YOUNG ADULT

Sorcerer's Stone; Chamber of Secrets; Prisoner of Azkaban; Goblet of Fire; Order of the Pheonix; Half-Blood Prince; Deathly Hallows

The Heroes of Olympus ★★★★☆ by Rick Riordan, YOUNG ADULT

Lost Hero; Son of Neptune; Mark of Athena; House of Hades; Blood of Olympus

King of Scars ★★★★☆ by Leigh Bardugo, YOUNG ADULT

King of Scars; Rule of Wolves

Lives of Saints ★★★★☆ by Leigh Bardugo, YOUNG ADULT

Percy Jackson and the Olympians ★★★★☆ by Rick Riordan, MIDDLE GRADE

Lightning Theif; Sea of Monsters; Titan's Curse; Battle of the Labyrinth; Last Olympian

Red Queen ★★★★☆ by Victoria Aveyard, YOUNG ADULT

Red Queen; Kings Cage; Glass Sword; War Storm

Renegades ★★★★☆ by Marissa Meyer, YOUNG ADULT

Renegades; Archenemies; Supernova

The Serpent and Dove Series ★★★★☆ by Shelby Mahurin, YOUNG ADULT

Serpent and Dove; Blood and Honey; Gods and Monsters

Shadow and Bone ★★★★☆ by Leigh Bardugo, YOUNG ADULT

Shadow and Bone; Seige and Storm; Ruin and Rising

Six of Crows ★★★★★ by Leigh Bardugo, YOUNG ADULT

Six of Crows; Crooked Kingdom

The Talon Saga ★★★★☆ by Julie Kagawa, YOUNG ADULT

Talon; Rogue; Soldier; Legion; Inferno

Historical Fiction:

The Botanist's Daughter ★★★★☆ by Kayte Nunn, YOUNG ADULT

The Help ★★★★☆ by Kathryn Stockett, YOUNG ADULT

The Lost Apothecary ★★★★☆ by Sarah Penner, YOUNG ADULT

The Rose Code ★★★★☆ by Kate Quinn, YOUNG ADULT

Water for Elephants ★★★★☆ by Sara Gruen, YOUNG ADULT


Didn't See That Coming ★★★★☆ by Rachel Hollis, YOUNG ADULT-ADULT

Description ★★★★☆ by Monica Wood, YOUNG ADULT-ADULT

Girl, Wash Your Face ★★★★☆ by Rachel Hollis, YOUNG ADULT-ADULT

The Writer's Lexicon ★★★★★ by Kathy Steinemann, YOUNG ADULT-ADULT

Realistic Fiction:

Dumplin' ★★★★☆ by Julie Murphy, YOUNG ADULT

Firefly Lane ★★★★☆ by Kristin Hannah, YOUNG ADULT

The Hate U Give ★★★★★ by Angie Thomas, YOUNG ADULT

My Sister's Keeper ★★★★☆ by Jodi Picoult, YOUNG ADULT

Puddin' ★★★★☆ by Julie Murphy, YOUNG ADULT


Crazy Rich Asians ★★★★☆ by Kevin Kwan, YOUNG ADULT

Everything, Everything ★★★★☆ by Nicola Yoon, YOUNG ADULT

More Than Just a Pretty Face ★★★★☆ by Syed M. Masood, YOUNG ADULT

The Notebook ★★★★☆ by Nicholas Sparks, YOUNG ADULT

Sunday's at Tiffany's ★★★★☆ by James Patterson, YOUNG ADULT

The Time Traveler's Wife ★★★★☆ by Audrey Niffenegger

A Walk to Remember ★★★★☆ by Nicholas Sparks, YOUNG ADULT

Honorable Mentions: I would 100% still recommend these books. But in honor of sticking to the "100" theme, I didn't include them in the above list. Though they are still amazing books, they are perhaps slightly less amazing than the books listed above (if only barely so).


Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) ★★★★☆; Divergent (Veronica Roth) ★★★★

Fairytale Twists:

The Looking Glass Wars (Frank Beddor) ★★★★☆; Straight on 'Til Morning (Liz Braswell) ★★★★☆; A Whole New World (Liz Braswell) ★★★☆☆; Conceal, Don't Feel (Jen Calonita) ★★★★☆; To Kill a Kingdom (Alexandra Christo) ★★★★☆; Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine) ★★★★☆; Fairest (Gail Carson Levine) ★★★★☆; So This is Love (Elizabeth Lim) ★★★★☆; A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas) ★★★★☆; Dorothy Must Die (Danielle Paige) ★★★★☆; Half Upon a Time (James Riley) ★★★★


Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas) ★★★★☆; Michael Vey (Richard Paul Evans) ★★★★☆; Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (Rick Riordan) ★★★★☆; The Trials of Apollo (Rick Riordan) ★★★★☆; A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket) ★★★★

Historical Fiction:

The Lady Rogue (Jenn Bennett) ★★★★☆; Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) ★★★★☆; Mexican Gothic (Silvia Moreno-Garcia) ★★★★


What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About (Kenneth Berding and Matthew Williams) ★★★★☆; Shut Your Monkey (Danny Gregory) ★★★★☆; Teaching to Change Lives (Howard G. Hendricks) ★★★★☆; Old Testament Today (Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton) ★★★★☆; Girl, Stop Apologizing (Rachel Hollis) ★★★★☆; The Fred Factor (Mark Sanborn) ★★★★

Realistic Fiction:

Spoiled (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan) ★★★★☆; Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) ★★★★☆; The Peacock Emporium (Jojo Moyes) ★★★☆☆


Gallagher Girls (Ally Carter) ★★★★☆; Five Feet Apart (Mike Daughtry, Tobias Ianconis and Rachel Lippincott) ★★★★☆; Darcy and Rachel (Emily Giffin) ★★★★☆; The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) ★★★★☆; Paper Towns (John Green) ★★★★☆; To All the Boys I've Loved Before (Jenny Han) ★★★★☆; Instant Karma (Marissa Meyer) ★★★★☆; Me Before You (Jojo Moyes) ★★★★

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