Friday, April 9, 2010

Finding New Books to Read

Back in late December and January, I read the Percy Jackson series. More recently, Jack recommended The Secrets of Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott. I read those books and enjoyed them. I am looking forward to the release of the fourth book in May.

In the meantime, I would love to find some other current or recent books that appeal to me and are similar to these books. I am quite out of touch with what is available, and I have had no idea what to search for on Amazon.

I went to Borders and Barnes and Noble today to look over the children's and young adult books. I wrote down a number of series titles so that I could read over the customer reviews on Amazon and hopefully come up with some books that I think I might like.

There is one series called Wicked that I thought might be interesting, but the customer reviews are not very positive. Based on some of the comments, I am going to pass on those books.

Another series called Leven Thumps sounds like it might be interesting. The reviews are very positive, for the most part. Some people seem to like the Fablehaven series even better than Leven Thumps.

I also made note of the Charlie Bone, Keys to the Kingdom, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Mysterious Benedict Society, Secret Circle, 100 Cupboards, Pellinor, and Darkest Powers series. These other series seem to have very favorable reviews, although I have not read the reviews yet.

I hope to select a series and read it soon. If anyone has any knowledge of these or other recent series, let me know what you think. If you have read one of them and think it is great, let me know. On the other hand, if you have read one of them and think it is horrible, I also want to know. Your comments could help me make a decision.


Keri said...

I like the Pellinor series, but it's kind of slow going. It's also a lot more traditional fantasy than some of the others on your list, at least for the first two volumes (I've not yet got to the third or fourth because it's a slow read and I'm more interested in other books). It's pretty good, though, and a series that I do plan to keep up with eventually. The books are very long.

The Mysterious Benedict Society looks like it's really good, and it's next on my list to read, after I finish the Patty Fairfield books I have.

beautifulshell said...

I've heard good things about the City of Ember series, although I have yet to read it.

Hannah said...

oooh. Keys of the Kingdom books are fantastic. I've been getting those books since the very first one and then passing them to my younger brother who loves them!