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Teenreads: Ultimate Teen Reading List

Teenreads has a pretty great (and extensive!) list of recommended reads for teens - however, many of these books are equally just as good for adults as well. After looking through the entire list, I've sadly, only read 48 of the titles - how many have you read?

For the complete list, please check out the Teenreads website.

Teenreads: One of our goals each month is to inspire you to read --- and to keep reading. We have found that required reading lists for school --- especially summer reading lists --- are not exactly inspiring. Thus we have created what we think is the Ultimate Teen Reading List --- close to 400 titles that we believe are perfect choices for reading and discussing. Our dream is that schools will use this list to help them make their own for summer reading or, even better, suggest that students just read what they want from this list.

Here are some of the books that made the list:

How did we create our list? We compiled entries from readers who weighed in with their selections, and we also asked our staffers for suggestions. Titles range from young adult books to adult books that we think would be enjoyed by teens. As part of our commitment to staying current and keeping on top of the latest trends, we’ve recently overhauled the entire list. Books that we’ve added since our last update include a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, plus graphic novels and manga titles, and a few never-before-featured classics.

Thanks to all who helped launch this project in 2006, and have continued to participate in it, for spurring a lot of important conversation about books. We encourage you to share this list with your friends, teachers and fellow classmates, as well as your local librarians.

David McCullough
ISBN-10: 0743226720
ISBN-13: 9780743226721 

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough unfolds the dramatic story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence --- when the entire American cause was riding on their success.


George Orwell
Science Fiction
ISBN-10: 0452262933
ISBN-13: 9780452262935 

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In 1949, on the heels of another literary classic, Animal Farm, George Orwell wrote 1984, his now legendary and terrifying glimpse into the future. His vision of an omni-present and ultra-repressive State is rooted in the alarming world events of Orwell's own time and is given shape and substance by his astute play on our own fears.

edited by David Levithan and Daniel Ehrenhaft
Fiction/Short Stories
ISBN-10: 0439890292
ISBN-13: 9780439890298 

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In these 21 stories from today's top YA authors, you’ll find a full prom spectrum - -- with outsiders, insiders, good dates, bad dates, unexpected dates, and a whole lot more. Authors include Libba Bray, Jacqueline Woodson, Ned Vizzini, John Green, Sarah Mylnowski, Melissa de la Cruz, Holly Black, Brent Hartinger, Lisa Sandell, Will Leitch, Leslie Margolis, Cecily von Ziegessar, E. Lockhart, David Levithan and Dan Ehrenhaft.

As Yoda Would Say: Have Some Reading, I Do!

So I decided to stop by Barnes & Noble today, to pick up a few books from my GoodReads "To-Read" list...and well, I wasn't able to stop at just getting one or two...or three...or four, for that matter.   

 I picked up 10, yes TEN, books today!  And then I came home to find a care package on my door step, from my Canadian critique partner extrodinaire, Heidi - which contained two more books, that I've also been looking forward to reading! 

As the title of this entry explains, I guess you could safely say that I have some reading ahead of me!  And well, you know what that means?  MORE BOOK REVIEWS!!!!  Yeah!  I never thought I'd be so excited to read and write reviews - but of course, it's because I'm doing it on my own, and it's not because an instructor is making me!  I simply can't stop reading...and I can't stop writing about what it is that I'm reading!   

 So without further ado, here's a list of what I will be reading and reviewing (in no particular order) over the next couple of weeks:

Thank you to Heidi, my above mentioned critique partner from the land to the North for adding this to my shelves!  I can't wait to read this one!

This is the sequel to HOLES, and I've heard nothing but great things about this read!


This is the second book Heidi sent in my care package - and I'm looking forward to reading this one, as well!

Book #1 in the Gallagher Girls series.

Book #2 in the Gallagher Girls series.

Book #3 in the Gallagher Girls series.

Book #1 in The Giver series.

Book #2 in The Giver series.

Book #3 in The Giver series.


If you have a particular book out of the above that you'd like for me to get to first and write my review - let me know!  And as always, check back often to read my reviews, as I delve into my big To-Read list!