The books you love as a kid can be some of the most impactful stories in your life, and everyone has That One Book—or a small shelf of them—that really made a difference. This is a list for people who can never forget the first time they read Lois Lowry’s Giver series, for five, ten, or twenty years later.
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
A really beautiful example of understated, elegant sci-fi that manages to combine a suspenseful and intense mystery, a meditation on memory and humanity, and an immersive character study.
The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
This ambitious YA novel explores love, myth, sacrifice, ambition, and the role of the artist in society in a brightly-colored and tightly-ordered far-future Brazil.
Shaman, by Kim Stanley Robinson
Robinson vividly imagines humanity thirty thousand years ago in this story of a young man inheriting the myths and knowledge of a shaman and struggling to find his place in his tribe and his changing world. This is smart, atmospheric, truly immersive historical fiction.
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
The classic dystopian exploration of individuality, society, perfection, drugs, and living safely versus living fully. Really, really messed with my head.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson
Jeanette Winterson’s autobiographical first novel combines musical language, wry humor, a unique voice and a touch of dark whimsy in this story of a girl’s relationship with her mother and her Evangelical community in an English village.
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness
A boy struggles to survive and define himself outside of his community amidst secrets, betrayal, apocalyptic conflict and increasingly impossible choices.
The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Bujold’s genre-hopping space opera saga touches on many of the themes at the heart of the Giver quartet: bioethics, disability, emotional and biological parenthood, individual and society, belonging and exile—and it does it in a consistently thoughtful, entertaining, and very funny way. The Hugo-and-Nebula-winning novella "The Mountains of Mourning" is perhaps the most comparable in tone and style.
We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo
A fresh, vibrant, and beautifully-told story coming-of-age story about community, memory, immigration, and identity.
Matched, by Ally Condie
Love triangles and rebellion in a society where everything—even love—is calculated by the government for optimal productivity and happiness. The Giver crossed with a more high-octane, albeit more predictable, young adult format.
Literature Featuring Queer Characters
Look, it’s a list of all the books featuring queer characters that I could find! Feel free to suggest more because I am not a machine, I cannot possibly find all the LGBTQA+ literature in the world by myself.
this list has been brewing for a few weeks and now is as good a time as any to post it. although it’s by no means comprehensive and is really only the tip of the iceberg, here are (in no particular order) 30 speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian) books written by women of color
- Dawn by Octavia Butler
- Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
- Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell
- Mindscape by Andrea Hairston
- Racing the Dark by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
- The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
- Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai
- Half World by Hiromi Goto
- Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
- Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
- The Iron King by Julie Kawaga
- Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
- Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski
- Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
- Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
- Dualed by Elsie Chapman
- The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
- What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
- Filter House (short stories) by Nisi Shawl
- Huntress by Malinda Lo
- Legend by Marie Lu
- Signal Red by Rimi B. Chatterjee
- The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
- The Island of Eternal Love by Daína Chaviano
- My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
- Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
- Ascension by Kara Dalkey
update: kate elliot is not actually a woman of color and i’m confused as to how she ended up on this list :(
Hopefully you (and anyone else reading this) will find something that takes your fancy from these:
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
- Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
- The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Fallen World by Megan Crewe
- Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Just One Day by Gayle Forman
- Kissed by Death by Tara Fuller
- Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
- Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
- The Enemy by Charlie Higson
- Crank by Ellen Hopkins
- Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa
- Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
- Millennium by Stieg Larsson
- Legend by Marie Lu
- Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch
- Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta - I’m reading Finnikin of the Rock at the moment and it’s so good
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
- Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
- Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
- Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
- Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians/Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
- The Archived by Victoria Schwab
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
- All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent
- Variant by Robison Wells
- Mind Games by Kiersten White
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
- Wolfe Brothers by Markus Zusak
LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN HIGH FANTASY NOVELS
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Alright so earlier I asked if anyone had any book recommendations with LBGTQ main characters in it, and I was not disappointed. sportdorks just sent me this list of twenty five books which fit my request, and so here they are, originally found here
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
- Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- Hero by Perry Moore
- Proxy by Alex London
A fantastic and comprehensive list.
I love the way this is put together!
48 Excellent World War II Novels - BOOK RIOT
We asked you to tell us your favorite World War II fiction and you gave us tons of recommendations. Here are over 48 of ‘em, spanning everything from classics to YA. Dig in!
Sometimes the best cure for a tough day is a sad book. Here are 5 books to read if you need a good cry.
Ooh I have We Are Not Ourselves and I’ve been meaning to get to it! (Along with every other book on my shevles, lets be real.)
We love making book lists. (Obviously.) But we especially love when we get to make lists for a) incredible books, and b) incredible books by incredible authors who’ll be here on July 26 for our YA Author Fest!
12 Authors. 1 Day. Meet and greets, book signings, and discussions between authors and readers: it’s going to be a great day for fans of YA literature!
We’ve rounded up all of our reading suggestions for each author’s books, so if said fans are looking for stellar reads this summer - well, there’s a lot here, so it might take you through fall, too! - look no further.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, try Pointe by Brandy Colbert because both novels deeply explore the emotional damage that occurs after a traumatic, life-changing experience, and how the main characters cope with their feelings through their love for art.