By Olivia LeClair
Listen up, Falcons – this is NOT your boring high school reading list. I’ve kindly taken our favorite books and given suggestions of novels similar to them. Happy reading!
If you like The Hunger Games, try…
The Compound, by S.A. Bodeen: This thriller is about a post-nuclear war world, in which its main character, Eli, is living in an underground shelter with his family. The family’s food supply is running out, and they still have nine years to go in the shelter before the air outside is breathable. This novel promises action, thrills, and suspense!
Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld: This novel takes place during World War I, in an alternate universe. If you’ve ever read anything by Westerfeld before (Uglies, The Midnighters), you know he specializes in creating worlds quite unlike our own. In it, an Austro-Hungarian prince and a disguised British airwoman must work together to make it through the war, and guard the secrets they keep.
If you like Harry Potter, try…
The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman: A tried and true series for fantasy fans, The Golden Compass begins a fantastical series about an orphan named Lyra Belacqua. The series is full of fantasy, action, and intrigue which I don’t want to spoil for you. But if you loved Harry’s magical world, you’ll likely enjoy The Golden Compass.
The Casual Vacancy, by JK Rowling: Though this novel isn’t even out yet, and it’s not of the fantasy genre, all tried and true Rowling fans will be rushing to the bookstores in September when The Casual Vacancy arrives.
The novel centers around a town called Pagford, and the mysteries it holds. I’m excited to read this, and to see how Rowling’s writing compares to that of the Harry Potter series – you won’t find any Dumbledores or spells in this novel!
If you like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, try…
Beat the Reaper, by Josh Bazell: Looking for some Witness Protection drama? Search no further than this novel, which centers on an ER doctor with a mysterious past. Peter Brown gets all tangled up with the mafia, a group he’s been trying to avoid for a long time. Part crime thriller, part medical drama, this novel is just full of drama…and suspense.
Garnethill, by Denise Mina: Imagine waking up to find that your significant other has been murdered. To make matters worse, you’re the prime suspect in the murder case. Maureen O’Donnell must work to clear her name, and also keep herself safe. You’ll find plot twists abound in this crime mystery.
If you like The Year of Living Biblically, try…
The History of the World According to Facebook, by Wylie Overstreet: Many of us have seen the famous mock-Facebook statuses “written” by Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, and the like. They were funny, right?
Lucky for you, there’s a whole book of them, parodying history and today’s society in the most modern of ways. This book promises any reader a barrel of laughs!
The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, by A.J. Jacobs: From the same author as The Year of Living Biblically comes the tale of a man who attempts to learn everything about anything ever by reading all 33,000 pages of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Good luck to him…
If you like The Notebook, try…
The Lucky One, by Nicholas Sparks: All you crazy Zac Efron fans know about this soon-to-be-released movie, but there’s always the option of reading the book!
Following the story of a marine searching for a woman who brought him luck, this novel has romance, tears and drama— the usual Nicholas Sparks spread.
Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon: What’s better than star crossed lovers? Lovers who are star-crossed in time, of course! This novel centers on a 1945 woman who accidentally time travels back to 1743 Scotland.
The catch? There are two men in each time period fighting for her love. Sounds like a beach read to me!
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