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YA Book Recommendations (early 2014 edition)

Discussion in 'Children and Young Adult Books' started by readsalot, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. readsalot

    readsalot Member

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    Meadow made me do it.

    I find myself repeating a lot of suggestions, so I might as well throw 'em all in one thread so I don't accidentally put it on a 2002 thread :p
    This will mainly be YA but also include adult books that are YA safe.

    YA fantasy - Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
    YA fantasy with faeries - The Iron King -- the author's writing style is pretty cool but the actual plot's suitably ridiculous (contains some strong language)

    YA dystopia - Ship Breaker by Paolo B... I can never get his last name right.
    YA Science fiction/ Children's - Shadow Children series by Haddix

    Humor/ Weird/ Twisted lit - Pride, Prejudice and Zombies (though I must say it was way funnier to hear as an audio than read)

    Humor/ Weird/ Twisted lit - William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    YA Historical Fiction - anything by Carolyn Meyers

    Light Mystery - The Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

    Mystery/ Forensics - Bug Man Series by Tim Downs

    Mystery/ I'm not sure "quaint"?? - The #1 Ladies Detective series by Alexander McCall Smith

    Suggestions, additions?
     
  2. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    I'm glad I made you do it :) so lets hope some of the other YA readers on the forum contribute their 5c worth. I'm afraid I don't read a heck of a lot of YA fiction by which I mean I tend to just pick up a book and read it regardless of 'age' so I read right across the spectrum. Just got a bunch of the Hardy Boys the other day (recapturing my childhood reading material :) )

    Actually there have been a few books recently that I could recommend:

    Eon - The Rise of the Dragon Eye
    Eona - The Last Dragon Eye

    by Alison Goodman. Fantasy set in a mythological version of China.
     
  3. readsalot

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    Cool. Which Hardy Boys books did you get? Hard cover, casefiles, supermysteries? Modern? (Which I personally believe took a giant step backward in quality.
     
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    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Hardy Boys' Mysteries I think:
    [1] HB 001-The Tower Treasure
    [2] HB 002-The House On The Cliff
    [3] HB 003-The Secret Of The Old Mill
    [4] HB 004-The Missing Chums
    [5] HB 005-Hunting For Hidden Gold
    [6] HB 006-The Shore Road Mystery
    [7] HB 007-The Secret Of The Caves
    [8] HB 008-The Mystery Of Cabin Island
    [9] HB 009-The Great Airport Mystery
    [10] HB 010-What Happened At Midnight
    [11] HB 011-While The Clock Ticked
    [12] HB 012-Footprints Under The Window
    [13] HB 013-The Mark On The Door
    [14] HB 014-A Stormy Night
    [15] HB 015-The Sinister Signpost
    [16] HB 016-A Figure In Hiding
    [17] HB 017-The Secret Warning
    [18] HB 018-The Twisted Claw
    [19] HB 019-The Disappearing Floor
    [20] HB 020-The Mystery Of The Flying Express
    [21] HB 021-The Clue Of The Broken Blade
    [22] HB 022-The Flickering Torch Mystery
    [23] HB 023-The Melted Coins
    [24] HB 024-The Short Wave Mystery
    [25] HB 025-The Secret Panel
    [26] HB 026-The Phantom Freighter
    [27] HB 027-The Secret Of Skull Mountain
    [28] HB 028-The Sign Of The Crooked Arrow
    [29] HB 029-The Secret Of The Lost Tunnel
     
  5. readsalot

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    Ha, what, did you buy an ebay lot? That list has more completion than my collection. Good list. I probably own about 200 if you count all series and both Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. Classics ;-P

    Do you plan to read them all or just collect?
     
  6. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    READ!!! LOL what is the point of having books you haven't read? I am slowly trying to find all the books I loved as a child, and rereading them. I got all the Famous Five books earlier this year (2013) as well as a few other Enid Blyton series I enjoyed but there are still a whole lot outstanding. I'm going to get Nancy Drew next I think. I also had a vast collection of horse stories of all shapes and sizes and I'm slowly finding those as well, but finding e-books of some of these older books is a challenge. You have to rely, in many instances, upon the kindness of strangers to scan and upload copies of out of print books and a lot of kids books are not on any publisher's 'hurry to sell on kindle' list. Ditto for older sci-fi books. You can not get a lot of the 'pulp fictiony' kind of sci-fi I remember reading for love of money. You know the kind with lurid many tentacled monsters on the covers and fairly often semi-naked ladies as well. (Yes I have had a many varied reading experience)

    I found some of Zane Grey's books as well this past year but none of the titles I remember reading. Those fortunately you can get. Enid Blyton is of course also widely available as she is still as popular as ever.
     
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    I have a bunch of Nancy Drew files I bought off ebay and haven't gotten around to reading. I need to find the list with the #'s I've already read.
    I've never heard of Enid Blyton. Where do you store all your books?

    Do you read comic books?

    I remember liking a lot of the casefiles, but I tried reading one over the summer and it just wasn't that great...guess I'll have to try again later.
     
  8. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    In order: Enid Blyton is/was a prolific English writer of children's stories. Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Five Finder-outers. Tons of books for young readers through to probably about 12 yrs max.

    Books are all in electronic format stored very happily and commodiously on my computur and e-reader. I think I mentioned that in my post that finding e-books is hard .... yes?

    I do read some comics - Asterix & Obelix and Tintin primarily.

    I only ever read a few Hardy Boys and always meant to read more but other books always beckoned.
     
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    Where are you getting them in electronic form? I thought a lot of them were out of print

    I still read graphic novels that are star wars...guess I just keep trying them, hoping they'll get better.
     
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    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    For out of print books you have to rely on the generosity and hard work of those who are willing to scan.
     
  11. readsalot

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    How many books do you have that are scanned?
     
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    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Quite a few - I seem to have a taste for the unavailable.
     
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    Ah the old wanting what's difficult to obtain :p
    What new treasures have you acquired lately?
     
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    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    not a sausage, trying to wade through my backlog of TBR.
     
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    I've been wanting to read the Hardy Boys book casefile on the civil war reinactment. (Uncivil War)
     

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