Non-Required Reading List: Julia’s List pt.1

So my friend Julia is amazing. (You may recognize her name from a ton of the coolest Weekly Adventures cataloged on this blog.) She is a fellow former Northwestern English Major and current legal assistant in Chicago. She sent me a wonderfully long list of her favorite books from middle and high school. I was going to edit it down, but I then I decided if these books were important to her, it’s definitely for me to decide which ones should be recommended. But more than 35 books (yep), is a bit much for one blog post, so instead I’ve broken it up into a few posts. Here we go:

The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundatesan


The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer


Listening to Catnip by Camille Smith

Julia’s note: It’s about a cat psychiatrist [he’s a cat, too], and it’s weirdly hilarious.

Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce (and anything else by her)

Julia’s Note: Kickass heroines

Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

Julia’s Note: Also kick ass heroine.

Redwall series by Brian Jacques

Deryni novels by Katherine Kurtz

Julia’s Note: Slightly sexier fantasy novels, similarly kick ass heroines


Timeline by Michael Crichton

Julia’s Note: Far better than the movie.

Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Julia’s Note: The length is intimidating, but it’s very readable.

I can’t speak to that, but I can say that Jules is a wonderful person to watch the Jim Cavieziel movie with.

Stay tuned for rest of her list!

As always I would love to read/share your list of favorite reads from your teen years. It doesn’t have to be this exhaustive of a list (though that’s welcome as well!) e-mail your picks to


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