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The Great Bookworm Bucket List!

Looking for a great read? If you’re a fan of fiction, here’s a list of titles you should definitely check out!

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: If you haven’t read this yet, you simply have to! In the prequel to The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who prefers smoking his pipe in the comfort of his own home, finds himself suddenly swept away on a journey rife with giants, dragons, spiders, orcs, and worst of all, limited meals! A terrific read that no fiction fan should be without!
  2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini: The first book in the Inheritance Cycle series. Fantastic read from a young and very talented writer! Eragon is merely a poor farm boy, before a discovery in the woods and a chance encounter with a former Dragon Rider shatters his world and sends him on a mission that will take him across deserts, through mountains, and into a battle for not only his own survival, but the survival of his dragon and hs homeland. (The edition that the above link takes you to is a paperback, with the first two books, Eragon and Eldest, bound together. It includes brand-new cover art and copies of pages from the author’s original manuscript. My sister has this edition; I would definitely recommend it!)
  3. Sold by Patricia McCormick: A book guaranteed to infuriate you, make you cry, and put you in suspense. I loved it! “Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth- she has been sold into prostitution… Still, she lives by her mother’s words- Simply to endure is to triumph -and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision-will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?”
  4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: “With heart-wrenching power and suspense, the bestselling author of ‘The Kite Runner’ shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.”
  5. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer: I actually read this as part of a book club reading list, and at first, I avoided it. When I finally picked it up, I couldn’t put it down! Terrific read! “When a meteor hits the Moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. Told in journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.”
  6. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller: Alternately disturbing and hilarious. “Arguably the best novel to come out of World War II, in which Heller strips away the veneer of martial glory to expose its insanity, and gives our language a new paradoxical phrase to describe mankind at the mercy of its own institutions.”
  7. Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques: The first book in the series. “Fans of the bestselling “Redwall” series will be delighted with Brian Jacques’ latest. The legend of the “Flying Dutchman, ” the doomed ghost-ship, has been around for centuries. But what became of the boy and his dog who were trapped aboard?” (I actually came across this book at Books-A-Million in the Bargain Books area, which surprised me, because they also carry paperbacks by the same author elsewhere in the store. I got a hardcover copy of the book for about $5.00! I also found hardcovers of the other two books in the series, as well as a hardcover of “Eulalia!” from the Redwall series, for around the same price. My first and best B-A-M bargain find? A SIGNED hardcover edition of “Lord Brocktree” from the Redwall series. Now THAT was a shock. So apparently B-A-M usually as Brian Jacques books on clearance, which is nice and, at the same time, rather depressing.)
  8. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: You knew this was coming, didn’t you? One of my personal favorite series! “The Chronicles of Narnia”, since its publication, has been celebrated as a masterpiece of fiction, and it’s a darn good read! You’re never too old for lions, witches, wardrobes, dancing trees, high-seas adventures, swords, wariors, dragons, talking mice, and a little bit of Turkish Delight. (I would SERIOUSLY recommend getting this edition, in hardcover, because not only does it include some of the author’s personal essays on writing, but it will also withstand the wear and tear.)
  9. The DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul: This series consists of five books, titled DragonSpell, DragonQuest, DragonKnight, DragonFire, and DragonLight. The author has also recently published The Vanishing Sculptor, which I have yet to read and am DYING to get a copy of! This series is brilliant, well-written and vivid, and built on core values. Readers of all ages will love this author!

Is there a book that doesn’t appear on this list that you would like to see? Leave me a comment!

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