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  • Julia R. posted an update 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hey, I’d like to start building up my summer reading list! Going on a looonnggg vacation and need a few recommendations. So: good books? I like fantasy and the like, not a big fan of romance or horror novels. @graciegirl @overcomer @r-j-wordsmith @Rachelle @Dragon-Snapper @northerner @perfectfifths @Ethryndal @Brandon-Miller @the-bean @Julia-R @Gideon-Sowdon @Jess @clairec @Christi-eaton @Winter-Rose @Adry_Grace @faithdk @Anna-Brie @Hope @anne-swiftblade @bluejay @Jane-Maree @anyonewholikestoread

    • Ooh ooh what about Tales of Goldstone Wood series by Anne Elizabeth Stengl. I really love the ones I’ve read of that and they’re really beautiful fantasy and allegory-ish too. Super well written.

      • The Youngest Templar Trilogy by Michael Spradlin (not this @spradlin)
        The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
        All of the Ranger’s Apprentice books by John Flanagan (unless, of course, you’ve read those)
        The Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan
        In Search of Honor by Donnalynn Hess
        The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
        The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Trilogy by Christopher Healy
        Blood on the River by Elise Carbon
        Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
        The Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
        The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
        The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
        Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
        That’s all I can come up with, and most of these are targeted for a younger audience, not to mention some aren’t fantasy, but they are books I enjoy. These are the one’s that I want on my bookshelf or already do.
        @julia-r

      • The Space trilogy by Paul Regnier and A Time to Die trilogy by Nadine Brandes.

    • And another thought that I just had would be: Orphan’s Song (Gillian Bronte Adams), or A Wish Made of Glass (Ashlee Willis) – both fantasy. 🙂

      • Pendragon’s Heir by Suzannah Rowntree. Arthurian legend and historical fantasy plus time-travel. Also a great book in its own right. Be prepared for an authour who asks hard moral questions and doesn’t give easy answers. Has a bit of romance but even I (who can’t talk about romance at all without getting snarky) liked it.

    • I’ve got too many recommendations.
      Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight
      Blades of Acktar series by Tricia Mingerink.
      Finding Angel by Kat Heckenbach
      Tales of Taelis series by Sarah Holman
      Annabeth’s War and Captive of Raven Castle by Jessica Greyson.

      • The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall

        I just finished reading that a couple weeks ago, and can’t stop raving about it. Fantasy. No romance. No horror. Just a lovely, light read.

    • If you haven’t read the Wingfeather Saga, I strongly suggest those. Very strongly. 🙂 The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stuart is a great book as well.

    • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. More of a sci-fi than a fantasy, but it’s a must read. I recommend it to everyone.

      Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is fantastic, though if you get it you should probably get the sequel alongside it and spare yourself the suspense.

      If you’ve never read Little Men (yes: men. not women) by Lousia May Alcott you need to read it like right now because I like that book more than I like Little Women. Which is a lot.

      All Fall Down by Ally Carter.
      To echo some of the ones above: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stuart.

    • Patrick W. Carr’s “The Staff and the Sword” trilogy was a really refreshing fantasy to me. =) Also “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (not fantasy) was really good.

    • Can’t wait to check some of these out!!! I will have lots to read this summer! Thanks, everyone! Oh, and I have read Johnny Tremain, but it’s been a *few* years, so thanks for mentioning it! I think I’ll go to my bookshelf and re-read it now!

      • I’m in the middle of reading Virals by Kathy Rieches (the original mind behind BONES)… it’s so, so good! I highly recommend it. Just throwing that out there in case you’re still needing some more reading material. 😉