Lockdown Literature | YA Series to Binge
Looking for something to read while stuck at home? Then look no further than this list of books for teens.
To help beat the coronavirus blues, for the foreseeable future, members of team Future of the Force will be on hand with our recommendations of awesome literature to check out whilst in self-quarantine. Whether its lesser-known gems, New York Times Best-Sellers, or just funs reads – we’ll be here to keep you entertained during this difficult time.
A Library of Treasures
While being stuck at home, many of us have turned to binge TV shows we’ve been meaning to get to. Or popular shows that everyone is talking about. But, since I’m a librarian, I of course have been getting more reading done. I’ve already binged one series, read a standalone, and have started another series. If you are like me and are looking for some good books to read while stuck at home, then have I got the list for you. All the series on this list are complete and available in all formats.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
If you like fairy tales turned on their head and/or future set tales, this series is for you. Consisting of the interconnected retellings of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White these futuristic stories feature a long lost moon princess, an android that thinks they are human, a cyborg heroine, a cocky young smuggler that is a total young Han Solo, and more. They are adventurous, humor-filled, and action-packed. The series includes four novels, a prequel novella, and a book of short stories.
The Tortall Books by Tamora Pierce
If you like a female-centric fantasy set in a medieval setting with powerful magic and Tamora Pierce’s books are for you. Consisting of several mini-series that are part of a larger story all set in the same world. Each miniseries is a self-contained story and feature-complete storylines from start to finish, and you don’t have to start at the beginning to follow them. In fact, I inadvertently started with the second series ten years ago and didn’t read the first one until 2017, but since the main character from the first was so minor in the second it didn’t matter. Featuring kick-ass heroines with powerful magic, from the first female knight in over a century to a shape-shifting demi-god to a young spy helping to fuel a rebellion there is something for every taste here. For the complete list of eighteen books over five completed series, see Goodreads.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
If you like wars between good and evil and epic battles between angels and demons, this series is for you. “Once upon a time, an angel and a demon fell in love. It did not end well.” That’s the tagline for this beautifully written book. The angels in question are seraphim of myth and the “demons” are chimera, and they’ve been at war for centuries until one epic love has the power to bring peace to their people, that is if everyone else is willing to see it. I fell in love with this story and Laini’s writing when I read them and she’s now one of my top authors. The prose has a lyrical quality and the stories are epic, filled with adventure, humor, and oh so many feels as the kids say. This series consists of a trilogy and a novella.
Charlotte Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
If you are into Sherlock Holmes retellings and modern updates, this one is for you. Focusing on Sherlock’s descendant, Charlotte, and Dr. Watson’s, Jamie, as they solve crimes at their Connecticut boarding school and across Europe. I loved the fact that Sherlock was gender-swapped into a smart young woman and the modernization of this one. It keeps the spirit of the originals but updates it to a modern audience and for younger readers. Plus, Sherlock and Watson shippers will not be disappointed with this one since their relationship is perfectly done. This series consists of four books.
These books are available wherever you buy books. Not to worry if your local bookstores and libraries are both closed, there are digital copies of these books available at many libraries through Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla for free with a library card.
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