What books do you recommend?
-I’m 13 years old.
-The genres I like are: Historical fiction, romance, and adventure.
- bluebellbkkLv 73 months ago
I highly recommend "The Eagle of the Ninth" by Rosemary Sutcliff - a young Roman's adventures in Roman Britain. It's the first in a trilogy so if you enjoy it, there's more.
Anything by Geoffrey Trease and Henry Treece.One of my own favourites is "A Traveller in Time", a not-quite-ghost / romance story set in Elizabethan England and the middle of the 20th century. Still makes me cry nearly 60 years after I first read it."Green Dolphin Country" by Elizabeth Goudge. A bit dated, yes, but still a fantastic romance set in the French Channel Islands and New Zealand ... it'll keep you going for weeks.
- Anonymous3 months ago
The Prisoner of Zenda.
- LudwigLv 73 months ago
Patrick O'Brian's 'Aubrey and Maturin' series:
1. Master and Commander (1970)2. Post Captain (1972)3. H.M.S. Surprise (1973)4. The Mauritius Command (1978)5. Desolation Island (1979)6. The Fortune Of War (1980)7. The Surgeon's Mate (1980)8. The Ionian Mission (1982)9. Treason's Harbour (1983)10. The Far Side Of The World (1984)11. The Reverse Of The Medal (1986)12. The Letter Of Marque (1988)13. The Thirteen Gun Salute (1989)14. The Nutmeg Of Consolation (1990)15. The Truelove (1992)16. The Wine-Dark Sea (1993)17. The Commodore (1994)18. The Yellow Admiral (1996)19. The Hundred Days (1998)20. Blue At The Mizzen (1999)21. The Final, Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (2004)The Complete Aubrey / Maturin Novels (2004)
- 3 months ago
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- Zac ZLv 73 months ago
If you haven't read Tamora Pierce, I highly recommend it! She's written in two fictional universes. Start with the Tortall books, you're the perfect age to enjoy them! :-)
There are several sets of book, generations apart so you can read them independently although I'd recommend to go with publication order. Start with "The Song of the Lioness", four books centered around Alanna of Trebond's adventures at the king's court. She swaps with her brother so that she can be become a knight while he can pursue studies of magic. They do this in secret which obviously is risky.
I'm not going to spoil the books for you (what I've written happens in the very first pages) but I will say that those books are awesome. I don't know anybody who read them who didn't like them.
Pierce's only flaw seems to be that she doesn't write fast enough! ;-)
These are set in a fantasy world with a middle age-y feel. Lots of adventure and some romance.
If you don't mind fantasy, look for Louise Cooper's Time Master trilogy. It's a little-known fantasy trilogy but amazing. Adventure and some romance.
Speaking of Cooper, read Susan Cooper's "The Dark Is Rising" sequence. The are contemporary books with some fantasy elements written in the 1970s (the first one is from 1965) but for a Gen Z kid they probably qualify as historical fiction! 😅
If you aren't afraid of big books, I have some historical novels for you. If you feel that they are a bit much for you right now, take note and try them later.
I was 13 like you when I read my first novel with more than 1,000 pages. That book was Shōgun by James Clavell. It's about an English navigator, John Blackthorne, who is shipwrecked on the shores of Japan in the year 1600 and gets drawn into the political power struggles of that country. That might sound a bit dry but it's super interesting; there is adventure and a bit of romance, against an historical backdrop of a culture you don't read that much about. I found it fascinating!
If you like Clavell, there are other books waiting for you. He has written six novels in what is sometimes called the Asian Saga, Shōgun being one of them, but they most are linked by a common setting, i.e. East Asia (and Iran), and the reoccurrence of member of one or two families but generations apart. (Shōgun is the first book, chronologically, the next one, Tai-Pan, is set 2½ centuries later.)
Noah Gordon's "The Physician" is another long book, although not quite as long as Shōgun. It's a great historical novel with lots of adventures and some romance. The book opens in the early 1100s in England; Rob Cole, the eldest of many children, witnesses both of his parents die in a time where medicine is often little more than guesswork. Orphaned, he is raised by a barber surgeon and is painfully aware of the limits of the prevailing medical knowledge. When he learns the advanced medicine (advanced for the time, of course) is taught by Avicenna, the greatest physician of hi time, at the university of Isfahan in Persia, he dreams of becoming a physician. This dream seems to be out of reach as the university is not open to Christians. Yet, Rob sets out to obtain his goal. There's more to the story but I don't want to spoil too much.
The book is over 600 pages long but is never boring!
Another doorstopper is Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth". Set in England in the 12th century, the book's story follows several familes' fates in the fictional town of Kingsbridge over a period of half a century. The plot revolves around the building of a cathedral and intrigues of noble families, monasteries, and ordinary people. Again, that sounds boring but it is a page turner. There's mystery, romance, politicking; love and death; friendships and betrayals.
Pillars having been published in 1989, Ken Follett has recently added three more novels to the Kingsbridge setting, each of them centuries apart from each other so you don't have to read them all and you can read them independently from each other. The second book to come out is "World Without End" (2007). There's again a building project involved, this time a bridge instead of a cathedral, but set in the 14th century there's also the Plague coming to Kingsbridge; it has more intrigues, again follows the intertwined fates of several families rich and poor, and in parts ventures outside Kingsbridge more than its predecessor. Equally recommended.
I also second Spike's recommendations of Jules Verne and H. Rider Haggard. Written in the 19th century as contemporary novels, they are now historical ones, and classics of adventure literature. The writing style is different but if you can deal with that, there's lots to appreciate.
I'll add "Five Weeks in a Balloon" by Jules Verne as well as the pair "From the Earth to the Moon" / "Around the Moon", as well as the lesser known "An Antarctic Mystery" (aka "The Sphinx of the Ice Fields") which is actually a sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's only novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"!
Another classic writer of adventure / fantastic fiction is Edgar Rice Burroughs. He wrote several series which might appeal to you. He started writing in the 1910s and his work reads more modern than some of the older classics; in fact, he also wrote for pulp fiction magazines and while his work isn't high literature is very entertaining. Adventures without end!
There's also Robert Louis Stevenson. His Jekyll & Hyde has already been mentioned but of course he wrote the classic adventure story "Treasure Island" which is a must-read!
The good thing about books by these older authors is that they are now in public domain and often found for free, for example at Project Gutenberg or Project Gutenberg Australia.
PGA has a nicer layout but I think PG as more material.
Here are some relevant links to PG:
Robert Louis Stevenson: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/35
Jules Verne: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/60
H. Rider Haggard: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/365
Edgar Rice Burroughs: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/48
And here's a link to PGA. You'll find the authors in question easily: http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty.html
- Anonymous3 months ago
Terry Pratchett. For everyone. No matter what age.
Perhaps start with Mort, that was the first one I read.
- ?Lv 63 months ago
Amongst the Hidden Series
- j153eLv 73 months ago
A few are historical nonfiction, but imo worthwhile.
The Once and Future King;
The Neverending Story;
A Warrior's Path;
For Couples Only;
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court;
Autobiography of a Yogi;
The Far-Distant Oxus;
Unbroken (Young Adult Adaptation);
George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation);
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates (Young Readers Adaptation);
The Code of the Woosters;
A Christmas Carol;
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde;
The Great Divorce;
The Adventurer's Guide by Jack Wheeler;
Great Lion of God;
In a Sunburned Country;
Number the Stars;
The Wind in the Willows.
- SpikeLv 73 months ago
MAYBE these books for your reading list.
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Threads of Silk: A Historical Chinese Fiction Novel by Amanda Roberts
The Eagle and the Dragon, a Novel of Rome and China by Lewis F. McIntyre
Embassy Row series by Ally Carter
The Conspiracy of Us series by Maggie Hall
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson
Kingdom Keepers- The Return series by Ridley Pearson
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
The Little Cottage Series by Emma Davies
George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation): The Spies Who Saved America by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
- ennLv 63 months ago
"The Diamond in the Window" by Jane Langton
"Captain's Courageous" by Rudyard Kipling
"The Dog Who Wouldn't Be" by Farley Mowat
"The Keeper of the Bees" by Gene Stratton Porter
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams (the book, NOT the movie!)
"So You Want To Be A Wizard" by Diane Duane
"It's Anybody's Ball Game" by Joe Garagiola
That should give you a good start.