Got some free time this summer? Here's some great reading recommended by group members.
Recommended by ~KatyChemical:
The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger
People either love it or hate it but it's definitely my favorite book. I really relate to Holden in so many ways. He has a sort of depressing outlook on life, but I find it really insightful and really relatable. I think a lot of fans of My Chem would appreciate it and as a fun fact Frank Iero has mentioned relating to the character and his old band Pency Prep was named after it.
Black Hole by Charles Burns
One of my favorite graphic novels ever. The artwork is incredible, and the story is interesting. It takes place in the 70's and there's this weird STD going around that makes teens get monster-like mutations (scales...tales...horns on their head. It has a different effect on everyone). But note that it does have sexual themes and it is a GRAPHIC novel - so be warned you probably don't want to be reading this in prude company.
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
Another graphic novel and another character I relate to a lot. Get inside the mind of the fresh high school graduate Enid Coleslaw who embodies many creative quirks that are less than understood in her suburban town. Enid Coleslaw is cynical, punk rock, and random all wrapped into one. Not particularly ambitious, Enid tries to find her path in a boring world and struggles to maintain friendships, understand relationships, and understand boring old human kind in general. I also strongly recommend the movie version of Ghost World which focuses on different points than the novel but is excellent all the same.
Habibi by Craig Thompson
This one's kind of different from the rest but it's a graphic novel nonetheless. It's fairly new and was written in the past few years. It didn't initially interest me but Gerard actually posted about it in an MCR blog a while back and I love the art by Craig Thompson who I became familiar with from his earlier work "Blankets". Habibi follows the relationship of a male and female in a fictional middle eastern landscape. It deals with gender, relationships, sexuality, and the stereotypical ideas you would affiliate with the Middle East. I'm trying to use the word "relationship" loosely because I don't mean boyfriend/girlfriend per say, and it's interesting how these character's relationship develops initiating from an almost mother-child love, to lust, and eventually to companionship. Includes some unexpected plot twists, I read it in one night.
Recommended by ~Lymacal1:
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
A fantastic, and highly underrated novel. It's very short but packs a punch. It deals with the concepts of growing up, growing old, death, greed, happiness and life in general. The story's protagonist is a child, who's pure vision of the world is in stark contrast to the people around her. This is for people who like an exciting, thought provoking, romantic, fun read. For all ages.
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
A science-fiction novel. It is based in a world where people only care about looks and instant gratification. It deals with the ideas of true beauty, control, right/wrong, love, and pollution. It's relatively new, which makes it very applicable to our generation. It's a great read for fans of The Hunger Games or 1984. It has romance, adventure, a fast moving plot, and only 4 books; all of which are so compelling, I read them in about 2 weeks!
Goodnight Kiss by R.L. Stine
Mock all you want, but R.L. Stine is an incredible writer. This story follows a group of kids going to their beach homes for the summer, while, unknown to them, two vampires are placing bets on who can drain them first. It's a quick and fun read-a little immature, but fun nonetheless! It has a good twist, and, although it's beyond cheesy, I thoroughly enjoyed the read. For fans of horror, b-flicks, romance and those crappy teen spring break movies.
Recommended by ~NancyKilljoy:
Animal Farm by George Orwell
That book is short, simple and to the point. Great for anyone who enjoys political satire. If you like history, you'll love to know more about the period this book was written. And plus, there's references to this story everywhere.
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
Possibly my favorite series. Anne's writing doesn't please everyone, but for those who like romantic, detailed writing with historical, musical and artistic references, it's a must. And the characters are impossible not to love-- or hate.
Lives of the Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice
These novels are a trilogy of its own, but it crosses over the Vampire Chronicles a few times. The writing is really slow here, but the story is amazing. Sexy, daring and intriguing.
Recommended by ~icepenguin26:
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
It's about a mechanical prison where this one AI oversees everything and controls all. This outside character known as the Warden, who lives in the Realm, is supposed to take care of the prison, but the AI is soon left to its own devices and becomes corrupted. The main characters are Finn, who lives in Incarceron and tries to escape, and Claudia, who lives in the Realm and is the Warden's daughter.
I just find this book to be very well written, and the transitions between the two "worlds" are very smooth. It's fast-paced and thought provoking with plenty of action and plot twists. There is also a sequel to it titled "Sapphique."
Recommended by =ItsBeen10fuckinYears:
Daughter Of Smoke And Bone (and its sequel Days Of Blood And Starlight) by Laini Taylor
I love this as-yet-unfinished trilogy because it's perfect mindless reading (therefore perfect for lazy summer reading) - it's your typical fantasy teen girl-meets-perfect-boy-and-stuff-happens novel, but without all the cringeworthy cliches and done-to-death tropes.
For its genre, it's an interesting, unique and original take on the demons v.s monsters legend, and explores themes and ideas not usually touched on in your average teen romance novel. Plus the romance is arguably not the central focus of the novel - it's important, but there's so much interesting things going on that you almost forget about the romance.
So you have the benefits of the mindless entertainment without the cringeworthiness - perfect!
The Guardians Of Childhood series by Alan Joyce
You might have heard about this thanks to the hype from the Rise Of The Guardians film (based on this book series). It's definitely aimed at kids, but it's a well-written series that's definitely worth reading. It also makes good mindless reading, since it's fairly simply written, and very enjoyable.
Recommended by *MeganLawler94:
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
Even if you don't enjoy fantasy and science fiction novels, you're going to love this book (take it from someone who can't stand either!). It's the perfect take on how a utopian society can actually be quite dystopian.
Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self Confidence by Ross Mathews
Fans of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Chelsea Lately will recognize Ross instantly. The book chronicles everything, from the first time he went down on a girl to the first time he realized that he was gay. The book is exceptionally hilarious.
The Silver Lining's Playbook by Matthew Quick
This book was, by far, one of the best that I have ever read. Quick writes a wonderful tale of a man with bipolar disorder, so wonderful that, if you read the book in one sitting as I did, you may feel just a bit insane.
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Though all of the Sparks novels I have read are amazing, this one shows that, no matter what your situation, you can always find love.
Recommended by ~Onigiritime73:
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Well written with a great unique plot. Reminds of S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W/. The plot is somewhat of a thriller/fantasy. It's the story of Jacob Portman, a boy whose grandfather lived at an orphanage in Wales, alledgedly with children with fantastic powers and abilities, and the horrendous monsters that haunted them. Jacob's parents dismiss the monsters as euphemisms for the Nazis, but after his grandfather is murdered, Jacob the orphanage and the kids with it.
The book uses vintage photographs, all with their own eerie vibe and almost all unedited, as illustrations. Do not read alone at night.
Recommended by ~crimsonletters:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is probably the best book I've ever read. It's set in Nazi Germany and the interesting bit is that the narrator is Death. The book reveals that vulnerable (and almost human-like) side of Death, and it's kind of nice to know the "other side" of Nazi Germany where it's not all about the Jews and their sufferings. It's a really great book about friendship, also.
The Dead of Summer by Camilla Way
Awesome quick read. Keeps you interested because of the bits of stories about what might be the end, and the end is quite unexpected. The characters are very interesting too since they're all flawed in a way.
A Scarecrow's Bible by Martin Hyatt
I adore this story so much. It's about a Vietnam veteran who developed schizophrenia from the war, but still tries to live (somehow). Getting addicted to prescription pills, he somehow finds a young lover (which is also a man). And I will quote its description: "It is a novel of hope and transformation that challenges our ideas about diversity and social change, all the way breaking our hearts." And gahh, my heart hurt after reading it.
Recommended by *withinmeloveresides1:
Black Butler by Yana Toboso
It is at the moment an ongoing manga series and the reason I chose it is because of both the wonderful plot, amusing and varied characters and most of the beautifully detailed and elegant drawing style of the illustrator.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A lively story once you get a few chapters in of the overwhelming work a missionary family has to do in the heart of Congo trying to change the Congolese to believe in Christianity. The characters, setting and plot are realistic and well told without the details dragging the story out.
This is All By Aidan Chambers
A story told through a high school girl's eyes. The immediate difference in Cordelia (narrator) is that she isn't the usual stereotypical girl. She has an actual personality, eccentric quirks and is so vivid the reader can't help but want to follow her story along as she explains it through her journals.
Fried Green Tomatoes by Frannie Flagg
A story that moves from between present and past of a now mostly abandoned little town described with good details and set at an easy pace that keeps the reader thoroughly entertained as they go.
Recommended by ~scarrletmoon:
The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
I got the first book for my birthday one year and I was a little skeptical at first, but there are so many brilliant twists and turns that it ended up becoming one of my favourite books.
Chaos Walking is the story of human civilisation after Earth-- the Old World-- becomes inhabitable, and we begin to search for other planets to live on. The first book-- The Knife of Never Letting Go-- begins with a boy named Todd, who learns that the war that killed his mother and all of the women who arrived in the New World had less to do with the native aliens and more to do with the men left in his desolate, dying town.
It's a story about growing up and learning that some adults can't be trusted, about what would happen if humans met aliens, and also what happens when humans get desperate. Every chapter is a sharp turn into the unexpected.
Recommended by ~Murderous-Coffeebean:
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
A wonderful story, sad yet funny at many moments, about two teenagers Hazel and Augustus who meet at Cancer Kid Support Group and fall in love. It's really touching and those of you who want to read a book with a great plot and a lot of emotions will really like this one!
This Is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson
Yeah, another love story. But I promise you-- this is one of the best books you'll ever read! I absolutely recommend this book to everyone! It's a really cute story: The main characters Nick and Sienna first make eye contact on their way to work-- and (for quoting the book's summary ) "it's because of a squirrel on water skis". Their story is a really weird one for two people who actually love each other more than anything else and a lot of unexpected things happen to them and their friends.
Well, I doubt I can describe the book's plot adequately but I hope the ones of you who'll chose to read it will love it as much as I did!
Heat Wave by Richard Castle
Maybe some of you guys know the crime series "Castle"? It's about an author who accompanies a team of NYPD cops around detective Kate Beckett. Richard Castle, the author, writes books in the series (that pretty much mirror his colleagues and his perception of them) that are published in "real life", too. They include some inside gags for the watchers of the series, of course, but they also have great plot lines and interesting murder cases! (And for those who don't only want to read a good murder story- the relations of the characters are also... interesting... ) BTW, ever since "Heat Wave" even more books by him have been released!
Karoo Boy by Troy Blacklaws
Teenage Douglas' twin brother dies and he leaves Cape Town and moves into a Hicksville with his mother. He becomes friends with a girl and an old man working at an old garage worker, who dreams of seeing Cape Town himself one day. It's really great book that gives you the feeling of being in South Africa and you'll love to follow the characters throughout the story which is simply amazing! ^-^
Recommended by =savag3-cabbag3:
Velocity by Dean Koontz
(Warning: this is a dark and rather graphic book.) First of all, the writing style is light and succinct, while being capable of catching and holding interest, and that's one of the most important things in a book, in my opinion. The character development is superb, and the backgrounds thought out well. Now, the story itself is an intriguing and deadly battle of intellect between the protagonist and the unknown antagonist, and is woven throughout with moralistic dilemmas and struggles. It'll keep you hooked right up until the end, when you get to see how far the will to survive can take a person. All in all, a wonderful read.