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Old 07-30-2010, 10:19 AM   #1
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Looking for Young Adult Recommendations!

Hey Everybody, now that I'm back in the states it's about time I put together a nice book list and did a little shopping. I don't have a job anymore, so that means plenty of time to read, right?

I'm just a huge fan of that kind of youthful, inspirational, exciting feeling you get from reading about people overcoming the odds and discovering something new. Most of the time they end up being young adult and fantasy stories. I'd love to hear what you've read lately that you liked. Hunger Games is definitely already on my list.

Thanks for your help. I'm always looking for new, fun books!
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I am an adult but I really enjoyed Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras). His "Midnighters" series was also very good.

Here's a review to give you an idea what the series is about:
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/01...l#previouspost

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If you aren't looking exclusively for ebooks then almost anything by Diana Wynne Jones is a good bet.
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Old 08-01-2010, 03:51 PM   #4
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Oh, some people responded! Excellent!

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I am an adult but I really enjoyed Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras). His "Midnighters" series was also very good.

Here's a review to give you an idea what the series is about:
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/01...l#previouspost
Awesome, thanks so much for that link. Forced cosmetic surgery, huh? Sounds interesting. Reminds me a big of Kurt Vonnegut in...that book where there's forced equality to account for appearance, strength, etc. Interesting idea.

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If you aren't looking exclusively for ebooks then almost anything by Diana Wynne Jones is a good bet.
Yeah, I don't mind reading DTBs. I'll do a little research on this author and see what she's about. Thank you!
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Old 08-01-2010, 04:32 PM   #5
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There's a "coming of age" book by Timothy Zahn that I originally read as a teen that I liked called A Coming of Age.

Out of print for a quarter century, likely to never see another print run, who knows when there will ever be an official ebook, and I of course can't link to a (reasonably) well ebook formatted PDF I made from a txt file I found on-line.

Doesn't mean nobody can PM me though...
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Old 08-01-2010, 06:18 PM   #6
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Terry Pratchet has a series of books starting with "A Hatfull of Sky" that are silly but inspirational.

Try "The Ayre Affair" by Jasper Fford - inspires you to read more serious literature as characters from books show up as guests.

Ever read the original "Willy Wonka" or "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"?
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:10 PM   #7
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What genre r u looking for? What r some things you will not read?
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Old 08-01-2010, 08:19 PM   #8
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There are many, many good suggestions in this article and in the comments section that follows it:
http://boingboing.net/2008/05/01/you...-sections.html
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:28 AM   #9
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Don't know if this will help you out

http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/readers/se...e.cfm?browse=A

there are different ways to search, I found a few favorites from when I was younger lol!
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:59 AM   #10
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Hya, Forever July. Drop me a line and I'll send you some YA titles, with our compliments, from my wee own house. I think they might well fit the bill. Do let me know in your email which digital format you prefer. Cheers. Neil -- ntmarrATbewrite.net (use the @ sign, of course).
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:29 AM   #11
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Thanks for the responses, everyone, and for the link to the sites, emonti and mrsquash. I have read most of the well-known stuff: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Golden Compass, Hunger Games. For some reason the Percy Jackson series just doesn't seem to interest me. But more than whatever the latest hot book is, I'd love to hear about books you really got excited about. It doesn't have to be new or popular. I'm also open to fellow indie authors. Anything in this genre you read recently that you really loved?
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:52 AM   #12
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Well, u already mentioned Suzanne Collins, sooo.... Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Holly Black, Kami Garcia, Maggie Stiefvater, Sarwat Chadda, Temple Mathews, James Patterson, Melissa Marr, Mary E. Pearson, Delia Sherman (the cover is awesome!!!!), Laurie Faria Stolarz (love love love this series), Scott Westerfeld, um....I'm running out of steam lol. Those r a few I can think of right now.
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Well, u already mentioned Suzanne Collins, sooo.... Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Holly Black, Kami Garcia, Maggie Stiefvater, Sarwat Chadda, Temple Mathews, James Patterson, Melissa Marr, Mary E. Pearson, Delia Sherman (the cover is awesome!!!!), Laurie Faria Stolarz (love love love this series), Scott Westerfeld, um....I'm running out of steam lol. Those r a few I can think of right now.
HAhaha, I think that'll give me something to work through. I feel like I can cross Kami Garcia off right away, but I've heard good things about Clare and Maggie Steifvater. Thanks for reeling off a few names!
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WHAT!?!? Don't cross Kami off, she's good I swear! Just give her a chapter, it's really quite different! Don't feel that way!
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Roald Dahl has some in ebook. I really enjoyed 'The Witches.'
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