unRequired Reading Blog

If you like This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

If you haven't already read her
other books like "How to Deal," "That Summer," "The Truth About
Forever," and "Just Listen", you might want to check them out. Also, you might enjoy:

If you like Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

I'm guessing that you've already read the first one, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (but if you haven't, I would really recommend going back to it).
Here are a few other titles that I think you may like:


Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares.
In the third book in the series, the girls from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants graduate from high school and spend their last summer before college learning about life and themselves. Also, if you'd like to continue with the series, the 4th one is coming out in January, it will be called Forever in Blue.

If you like books by Lemony Snicket

Here are some other books you might enjoy:

A House Called Awful End by Philip Ardagh.
When Eddie's ill parents become "a bit crinkly round the edges," he is taken by his great-uncle and great-aunt, Mad Uncle Jack and Mad Aunt Maude, and embarks on adventures that involve strolling actors, St. Horrid's Home for Grateful Orphans, and a carnival float shaped like a giant cow. This is the first of three books in the series.

If you like The Client by John Grisham

Here are some titles of suspenseful books that I hope you will enjoy as much as you liked The Client by John Grisham:

 

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney.
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.

 

The Trial by Jen Bryant.
Living in Flemington, New Jersey, in 1935, twelve-year-old Katie Leigh Flynn describes, in a series of poems, the effect on her small town of the ongoing trial of Bruno Hauptmann for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby son.

If you like Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper

If you enjoyed Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper, you might like some of these titles.

Begging For Change by Sharon G. Flake.
Raspberry tries to sort out feelings for her homeless, drug-addicted
father.

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson.
A boy learns to write out his emotions and feelings in poetry as he deal with the death of his parents and separation from his sister.

If you like short romance novels

Here are some suggestions for short romances. I have them broken into three categories, since I didn't know what type of romance you are looking for. I also included a few more suggestions than usual, hoping that this will help you find something on the list that appeals to you.
 

 

 

Contemporary Romances

If you like Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

I am sending you a list of books that
include mysteries and those about secrets. I hope you enjoy them all!

Avalon High / Meg Cabot.
Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents,
high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where
several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.

The Face on the Milk Carton / Caroline B. Cooney.
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.

If you like I Can't Tell You by Hillary Frank

I am going to suggest some titles based on reviews and also based on comments of other readers. I am also going to take into account what you said you liked about the book. I have asked our library to order some titles by Hillary Frank, so that I can familiarize myself with her work. It is always fun to be introduced to a new author! I hope you will like some of these titles - all from the library's young adult collection.

 

If you like books that "kill two birds with one stone"

I'm so glad you made a Book Match request in order to kill two birds
with one stone: something you can have a good laugh reading and then
write an easy critique! I hope you'll find something that grabs you
from the list of books below.

If you like plots that keep you guessing

Here are some suggestions for books with school drama/situations and
plots that keep you guessing at the ending.


The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin.
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young
age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.


Jumping the Scratch by Sarah Weeks.
After moving with his mother to a trailer park to care for an injured
aunt, eleven-year-old Jamie Reardon struggles to cope with a deeply
buried secret.