Does the library ever depress you? Not the library itself exactly (a room full of books is one of the best things in the world!), but the selection. I usually come home slightly frustrated, carrying books supposedly for a younger age group but adult enough for me, and ready to write a book of my own to combat the junkitude.
Since I discovered Homeschooled Authors three years ago, my fiction choices have shifted more toward books by independent Christian authors. But that often means buying them brand new (or being a reviewer *big grin*), and I fall back on the library when my pockets are empty .
Believe it or not, I have found a few treasures! 😀
For Older Readers
The Princess Academy series by Shannon Hale
This series was a recent discovery. I’d call them quasi-fantasy since they have a historical feel with a few magical elements. Charming characters, a beautiful world, and great themes make up this series. The first book is the best, and I even bought a copy to put on my shelf. 😉 I enjoyed the second book, and the third one is okay-ish; but I would recommend them for a slightly older age group than the first book for content reasons. Click through to read my reviews of Princess Academy, Palace of Stone, and The Forgotten Sisters.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
This is one of those World War II books that tugs at your heartstrings without getting in your face with graphic details. Those are always my favorite. 😉 In our family, we still wait to read it until about high school age just because of the main theme.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
I always enjoy this author’s quirky, heartwarming way of retelling fairy tales. Complete with a very fun heroine and a sweet romance, this is a great one. 😉 Read my review here.
The Books of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau
This series is one of my all time favorite dystopians! I read them a few years ago and enjoyed them so much that I am now on a quest to re-read and review them this year. 😀 Such a good series! (Except The Prophet of Yonwood a prequel full of odd ideologies and some aliens. Do yourself a favor and skip that one.) Find my detailed, enthusiastic review of the first book here.
The Brixton Brothers series by Mac Barnett
From book one, this series is hilarious, full of adventure, and a delightful spoof of all the classic children’s detective novels. 😀 The first two books have mind-blowingly complicated plots, and the second two (while not as good) are also funny. 😉 Find my reviews of them all here.
Gossamer by Gail Carson Levine
I loved this sweet, sad fantasy so much! It’s a bit outside of my usual tastes, but the theme of stories and memories being used to touch hurting people was special to me as an author (and someone interested in foster care). Be warned: You will cry. Find my review here.
Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster
This book is slightly romantic but enjoyable for the quirky, lively main character alone. 😉 I really enjoyed all of Judy’s thoughts (and some moaning) about life in general and trying to be an author specifically. There are some highly quotable moments in this book! Just a note that this book includes some early feminism and mixed up ideas about Christianity typical of the time period.
For Younger Readers
The Doll Shop Downstairs series by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Dolls! What could be more darling? A doll shop and two books all about it. 😉 My younger sisters and I have greatly enjoyed these books. Just a note that there are some attitudes of sibling rivalry and a little disobedience portrayed.
The Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale
I found these by accident while looking for Princess Academy. My younger sisters and I LOVE them. 😉 We were pretty excited when we heard about the fourth book, and just fan-girled together when we discovered the fifth one is coming out in September. 😉 It’s pretty special to have a series we can share. Read my reviews of the first three books here and the fourth one here.
Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
This illustrated biography has an adorable, scrapbook-y style. It also happens to be about one of my favorite authors with excerpts from his books, letters, and newspapers. While written mainly for children, it is enjoyable (exceedingly 😉 ) for adults as well. Read my enthusiastic review here.
There you are! I hope you find some great reads on your next trip. 😀
What are some treasures you’ve found at the library?