Below I have posted a list of the books and a quick summary of what I feel are must reads in different categories (although I must warn, I am mostly into dystopians, so a lot of them will be on that list). I am sure there will be more to add as time goes on, but for now these are my faves:
1. The Hunger Games(Suzanne Collins)- children between the ages of 12-18 are forced to fight to the death in a controlled environment.
2. Divergent(Veronica Roth)- In a new world, there are five different "factions", each devoted to a particular characteristic. But are these factions really what they seem?
3. Delirium(Lauren Oliver)- When love is considered a disease, falling in love is a crime.
4. The Stand(Stephen King)- Seriously, if you don't know this book you've been living in a hole.
5. The Maze Runner(James Dashner)- if you love The Hunger Games, you will love this amazing story told from a teen boy's pov about waking up in a maze full of hungry creatures.
6. The Road- although I absolutely love this book, the movie moved me to tears.
1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth(Carrie Ryan)- when you live in a fenced in world to protect you from The Unconsecrated, do you ever wonder if anyone else exists?
2. The Enemy(Charlie Higson)- very graphic, bloody descriptions of zombies heads exploding
3. The Walking Dead (Rise of the Governor) - if you love the show read these!
4. The Walking Dead (The Road To Woodbury)
5. The Passage- zombie-ish
6. The Girl with all the Gifts (M.R. Carey) zombie kids, it doesn't get any scarier than that!
1. Ready Player One(Ernest Cline)- people who live in a virtual world begin to compete in a game to become a gazillionaire once the owner of the corporation dies and he sets up the contest
2. Across The Universe(Beth Revis)- taking place aboard a spaceship bound for a new planet, a girl falls in love and tries to bring down the evil captain.
3. Uglies(Scott Westerfeld)- everyone over the age of 16 must have a surgery to make them "pretty", but we find out the surgery is not what it seems.
4. The Dark Tower Series(Stephen King)- a mixture of stephen king's sarcastic humor with a tale as grand as The Lord of the Rings with some crazy sci-fi/western elements thrown in.
5. Daughter Of Smoke And Bone(Laini Taylor)- when the devil runs low on his supply of teeth, his "daughter" must travel through heaven and hell to find her own identity and rescue those she loves most
6. A Song of Ice and Fire Series aka Game of Thrones (George RR Martin)- can read like a history lesson at times, and definite adult themes, but an incredible story nonetheless
1. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)- An amazing love story that will bring you to tears
2. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)- a girl fresh out of an orphanage goes to live with a sullen man as his daughter's keeper and gets more than she bargained for.
3. Twilight(Stephanie Meyer)- once again, if you don't know what this is about you have been living under a rock.
4. A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J Maas) - this could just as easily have gone under the fantasy category but I feel like the love story takes center stage in this one
1. Where The Red Fern Grows(Wilson Rawls)- it made me cry when I was 12 and it still does. A compelling story of a boy and his dogs
3. This Book is Full of Spiders(David Wong)- funny and crazy scary at the same time
4. Flowers In The Attic(VC Andrews)- way way different from the movie