I have read a lot of books. Some good, some bad…This list is composed of some of my favorites (I have a lot of favorites). I have separated the list into two categories: all ages and older teen/young adult (starting about 16). I would advise parents to still look into what their teens are reading, my recommendations on age are based on the judgement that I would theoretically use with my future children and reflect my own values and expectations.

These are the books that have influenced my childhood and my writing:

All Ages

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan review (book 2)

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

Airman by Eoin Colfer review

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock review

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones review

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

Young Heroes/Before They Were Heroes series by Jane Yolen

Royal Diaries series by Various

His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut by Dorothy Sharp Carter

Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda

The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Silverwing series by Kenneth Oppel

Alia Waking by Laura Williams McCaffrey

The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld Leviathan  Behemoth  Goliath

Older Teen/Young Adult

Thr3e by Ted Dekker

The Circle Series by Ted Dekker

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins review

The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce

The Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

The Cheney Duvall series by Gilbert Morris

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Deerskin by Robin McKinley

The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

The Heist Society series by Ally Carter Book 1 Book 2

The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

The Storyteller’s Daughter by Cameron Dokey

The Savage Damsel & The Dwarf by Gerald Morris

The Study series by Maria V. Snyder

Beauty by Robin McKinley

The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn

Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney review

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy by Clare B. Dunkle

The Fires of Gleannmara series by Linda Windsor

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher review

The Uglies series by Scott Westerfield Specials Extras

Wither by Lauren DeStefano review