Some Good Books I’ve Read

So, as I can simply not be bothered (sorry) to review all the books I’ve read, I’ve decided to just list them here. I’ll be adding to this list as I remember books, so expect expansions. As a result, this will not really have any type of order. Again, I apologise. Maybe when I have a few months of spare time I’ll change my method (i.e. never). However, in saying this, I will not be posting EVERY single book I have read lately, just the ones I think are pretty good. There are just too many (yes, I said I’m lazy).

Classics (It’s always good to read at least a few classics, even if it’s just to say that you have)

Classics I enjoyed

  • Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Agatha Christie mysteries
  • Short stories by Katherine Mansfield
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Twist
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Caroll
  • Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer and the Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  • Short stories and The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Call of the Wild and other books by Jack London
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Lord Of The Rings and other books by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Chronicles Of Amber and other books by Roger Zelazny

Classics I read because they were classics and so therefore I should read them. Also, they were recommended to me. I didn’t like them. I’m sorry; I apologise for my lack of literature appreciation. However, don’t let that stop you – you might really like them!!

  • Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, etc by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre, etc by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights, etc by Emily Bronte
  • Pride and Prejudice, etc by Jane Austen
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
  • The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 1984 and short stories by George Orwell
  • The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Trial and other books by Franz Kafka
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  • The Dragonriders of Pern and other stories by Anne McCaffrey (kind of)
  • Shakespeare’s works

Classics which I have yet to read, but will soon (read: sometime this year)

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov
  • Middle March by George Elliot
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Works by Samual Delany

Fiction books (this includes fantasy, high fantasy, thrillers, horror, mystery etcetera – all fiction books)

Well known fiction books

  • Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgeson Burnett
  • The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis
  • The Harry Potter septology and other books  by J.K. Rowling
  • The Percy Jackson series and other books by Rick Riordan
  • The Ranger’s Apprentice series and other books by John Flanagan
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events and other books by Lemony Snicket
  • The Artemis Fowl series and other books by Eoin Colfer
  • The Indian in The Cupboard and other books by Lynne Reid Banks
  • The Discworld series and other books by Terry Pratchett
  • The Scions of Shannara series and other books by Terry Brooks
  • The Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child
  • The Fire series by Chris D’Lacey
  • The Inkheart trilogy and other books by Cornelia Funke
  • The Molly Moon series by Georgia Bying
  • James and the Giant Peach and other books by Roald Dahl
  • The Alex Rider series and other books by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Ruby in the Smoke and other books by Phillip Pullman
  • The Chronicles of Darkness by Michelle Paver
  • The Inheritance Cycle by Chrictopher Paolini
  • The Song Of the Lioness quartet and other books by Tamora Pierce
  • The Chrestomanci series and other books by Dianna Wynne Jones
  • The Old Kingdom trilogy and other books by Garth Nix
  • The Maximum Ride series and other books by James Patterson
  • A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (kind of)

These three famous series I read in the hopes that the quality of writing and themes would outway the romance. I was wrong. There wasn’t enough of either.

  • The Mortal Instruments and other books by Cassandra Clare
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer (Yes, I’m regretful to say I’ve read them, but hey! Now I am a legitimate authority when discussing (telling people how bad they are) the books, because I’VE READ THEM, and so should know what I’m talking about.)

Lesser known fiction books (some of these are aimed at the tween audience, but can still be happily read by teens, in my opinion)

  • Ice by Sarah Beth Dust
  • The Doomspell trilogy and other books by Cliff McNish
  • Fairest and other books by Gail Carsen Levine
  • The Changeover and other books by Margaret Mahy
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Children Of The Lamp series by P.B. Kerr
  • Finnikin Of The Rock by Melina Marchetta
  • Poison and other books by Chris Wooding
  • The Declaration trilogy by Gemma Malley
  • Ash by Melinda Lo
  • The Book Of Story Beginnings by Kristen Kaldstrup
  • The Book Of Lies Trilogy by James Moloney
  • the Salt series and other books by Maurice Gee
  • The Sight and other books by David Clement-Davies
  • The Oracle trilogy by Catherine Fisher
  • The Moorehawke trilogy by Celine Kierman
  • How To Ditch Your Fairy Justine Carbalestier
  • The Looking Glass Wars and other books by Frank Beddor
  • Darkfall and other books by Isabelle Carmody
  • The Dragonfly Pool and other books by Eza Ibotson
  • The Lionboy trilogy and other books by Zizou Corder
  • Virals and other books by Katy Reichs
  • The Blackthorne Enigma by Teresa Flavin
  • The Heir Chronicles and other books by Cinda Williams Chima
  • The Evil Genius trilogy and other books by Catherine Jinks
  • The Dream Merchant by Isabel Hoving
  • Dreamquake and other books by Elizabeth Knox
  • The Noughts and Crosses trilogy by Malorie Blackman
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lainin Taylor

Realistic Fiction

  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  • A Zoo in my Luggage and other books by Gerald Durell
  • The Cardturner and other books by Louis Sachar
  • Juggling With Mandarins and other books by V.M. Jones
  • The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Science-fiction books

  • American Gods and other books by Neil Gaiman
  • The Earthsea Quartet and other books by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy and other books by Douglas Adams
  • I, Robot and other books by Isaac Asimov
  • Around the World in 80 Days and other books by Jules Verne
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

Non-fiction books (I don’t read many of these)

  • The Official Lord Of The Rings Companion Book
  • The Janet Frame autobiographies
  • The Roald Dahl autobiographies
  • The biography of the Finn Brothers (Neil and Tim)
  • Several biographies of J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Sir Peter Jackson and Julie Walters

Basically, as I’m not much of a non-fiction reader, as you can see from my measly list, I read some biographies, some companion books and some autobiographies. If you’re not too interested in this genre, I suggest you do the same – pick an author/artist/person you admire and read about them!

You should also try out graphic novels if you’re interested in a more visual style.

I’d recommend stuff written by Dave McKean, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Stan Lee…. and if you’re into the superhero genre, well – DC and Marvel are definitely your go-to guys!

2 thoughts on “Some Good Books I’ve Read

  1. Numi Schultx says:

    Great post, loved the lists and your honesty, but it would give you some more credibility if you’d run these through a spell checker to get rid of some errors. Ensures the readers that you took the time to make sure the post was worthy of reading and professional looking 😀

    • Hi, thanks so much for taking the time to comment, especially on what I see as an issue in a lot of internet posts myself. If you could point out the posts, I would be really grateful, as (surprisingly to you, probably 😛 ) I do actually run each of my posts through spell check at least twice!!!
      It seems to be a common problem with a lot of people – the computer won’t notice certain things, or will highlight unamericanised versions of words that distract you from stuff that is spelt wrong in any sort of English.
      Thanks again!

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