Have you read everything by your favourite author and you’re not sure what to read next? Bother. Not to worry, here are some ideas for what to read after some really popular books and series. We’ll keep adding ideas here.
… The Inheritance Cycle, Christopher Paolini
Good news is there’s still one more to come. Christopher Paolini says he’s a student of fantasy literature, so here’s a collection of fantasy, some classic some more recent.
The Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander
The Earthsea books, Ursula Le Guin
The Lord of the Rings, J R R Tolkien
His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
The Neverending Story, Michael Ende
The Bartimeus trilogy, Jonathan Stroud
The Books of Pellinor, Alison Croggon
Finnikin of the Rock, Melina Marchetta
… The Twilight saga, Stephenie Meyer
The first thing we’d say is, what did you like about Twilight?
A) If you liked the romance, the hero that you fell in love with while reading (be it Edward or Jacob), and you liked that there was a little bit of fantasy but not too much (to be honest, if you thought about it you could take or leave the actual vampire thing), then you may like the following:
The Host, Stephenie Meyer
The Silver Kiss, Annette Curtis Klause (this does have vampires, but it’s v good and you should read it)
Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr
A Certain Slant of Light, Laura Whitcomb
Need, Carrie Jones
For other authors who write quite good romances you could check out this post as well.
B) If you love the idea of vamps, here are some series:
Also, this search should bring up yet more vamps.
C) If you liked the little bit of fantasy and you’d like to read some more (with a bit of love and stuff of course) then have a look at these:
The “modern faery tales”, Holly Black
Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception, Maggie Stiefvater
The Mortal Instruments Trilogy, Cassandra Clare
Graceling, Kristin Cashore
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Blue Moon and Evermore, Alyson Noel
Immortal, Gillian Shields
Evernight, Claudia Gray
The Summoning and The Awakening, Kelley Armstrong
Also check out this link to teen blog posts about other supernatural romances.
As to the addictive nature of the Twilight books, Stephenie Meyer’s other book The Host has got that quality too, as does Melissa Marr’s faerie books, and Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments trilogy. We’ll keep looking. Keep checking the teen blog for new YA books.
… Robert Muchamore, or more specifically CHERUB
Into spies, intrigue, espionage, kids getting the better of evil adults, and lots of action?
The Henderson’s Boys series, by Robert Muchamore, is slowly but surely providing some background to the CHERUB campus. Make sure you read it! Then if you get into the World War II action stuff you could go old school with Alistair MacLean.
Some other action-packed series (with some spies here and there):
Alex Rider, Anthony Horowitz
Maximum Ride, James Patterson
Alpha Force, Chris Ryan
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
Special Agents, Sam Hutton
Young Bond, Charlie Higson
If you like fantasy too then try Garth Nix
Checking Robert Muchamore in Literature Map also brings up these authors:
Malorie Blackman (particularly books like Noughts and Crosses)
Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars)
Anna Godbersen (who wrote The Luxe series, which isn’t exactly spies but does contain intrigue. If you’re a hard core action fan you might be a bit bemused by her books though (a warning!).)
… Meg Cabot, or more specifically The Princess Diaries
If you’ve read all of the Princess Diaries books, and then also most of Meg Cabot’s other books (well done if you have – there’s quite a bit to work through) you may be looking for something else, preferably something chick lit-ish, a confessional diary, fairy story type of thing, with a sassy heroine or two. Here’s a list of ideas that may fit the bill.
Anne Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and 3 Willows
Candace Bushnell, The Carrie Diaries
Gail Carson Levine
Megan McCafferty, Sloppy Firsts et al.
L M Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables series (old but good)
Jacklyn Moriarty, Feeling Sorry for Celia
Tyne O’Connell, The Calypso Chronicles
Dyan Sheldon, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Note: Meg Cabot is also Meggin Cabot, Patricia Cabot and Jenny Carroll.