Thursday, August 26, 2010
A Better List of Books to Read After Mockingjay
Leila at bookshelves of doom pointed readers toward the Huffington Post's list of 6 Flashlight Worthy Children's Books to Read After You Finish Mockingjay. It's a bit of a ridiculous list if you're someone who really enjoyed Mockingjay. I mean, Superfudge? Amelia Bedelia? Wha??? Those are great books, to be sure, but not at all something to read in follow-up to Mockingjay. I'm guessing that the author's point was that there are LOTS of great children's books out there and they deserve some adult re-reads. But he just totally missed the mark.
The success of the Hunger Games trilogy (much like the success of the Twilight and Harry Potter series' that came before it) should be seized upon as an opportunity to highlight NEW and UPCOMING books and series that feature engaging characters and plotlines that just don't quit. So I'm working on a better list of books to read after Mockingjay. YA books that grab you and pull you into the story from page one and don't let go until the last page (and for series, keep you anxiously waiting between books).
Here's what I've got so far:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (and its upcoming sequel, Beautiful Darkness)
The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness, featuring The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and the soon-to-be-released final installment, Monsters of Men
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (and its upcoming sequel, Sapphique)
Maze Runner by James Dashner (and its upcoming sequel The Scorch Trials)
I would also add Delirium by Lauren Oliver, but it doesn't come out until February, so that'll only work if you read Mockingjay at a snail's pace. But man, when it does come out...READ IT! I got an ARC at BEA, and devoured it.
My brain has stopped all recall of other books at this point, so I'm going to have to stop there. But surely there are other "flashlight worthy" titles, right? What are yours?
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