Some of these books I read a while ago, but I wanted to make mention of them anyway.
Books to listen to
Dracula. I listened to this on LibriVox. So entertaining. It’s everything that Frankenstein (which I felt was somewhat boring) was not–action-packed, mostly, and creepy, and wonderful.
Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde. I listened to this as a book on tape, and I mention it because it’s short, simple, and has a resonating message. I like plays because they aren’t convoluted.
Plant and animal
Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart. I’m in the middle of this book, but it’s so fascinating. I am so glad my parents instructed me not to eat plants, because there are so many poisonous plants out there.
Super Species: The Creatures That Will Dominate the Planet by Garry Hamilton. This book was totally awesome. Invasive species are awesome, and that’s sort of the point of the book.
Two sides of an issue
Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson. A sequel to Chains, which I didn’t read, but I think either book should be required reading after Uncle Tom’s Cabin, because they give such a good view of the inside of slaves and the desire for freedom, while Uncle Tom’s Cabin does not.
The Flipside of Feminism by Phyllis Schlafly and Suzanne Venker. A very right-wing book. I didn’t agree with everything, but it’s always good to learn about both sides of an issue. And it made me think.
Made me feel happy inside
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Romantic, historical, sweet, with the best characters. It made me glow inside after reading.
The Memory Book by Penelope J. Stokes. Read it a while ago, but I still remembering crying. Penelope J. Stokes writes books that are meant to have good messages, so they beat you over the head a little bit, but they are good anyway. I like a good message in a book.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. This book feels to me like an amalgamation of all the books and genres I really enjoy reading (fantasy, classics, historical, etc.). Which is why I wanted to mention it.
Terry Pratchett. Okay, he’s an author, not a book. But his books are wonderful–I never understand them fully, but I always enjoy them. They are the perfect combination of funny and smart and entertaining and deep.
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman. I mention this book because it scared me really bad. I wouldn’t ever read another book like it. But if you want to be scared . . . The online stuff is awesome.
Best of Spider-Man. I love Spider-Man. I don’t read it so much because comic books are definitely PG-13, and I like PG a lot more, but Spider-Man is the best superhero. He needs a better love interest (Mary Jane annoys me), but that’s okay.