recommended reading for ages 18 +


Growing Up: Alexander McCall Smith's Bertie Pollock

Susan Reibel Moore | 8 Jun 2016 |

written for ages 18 + | recommended

The 44 Scotland Street series

Growing Up: the Langton Quartet

Susan Reibel Moore | 25 May 2016 | 2014

written for ages 18 + | recommended

A growing up saga with powerful familial influences.

Growing Up: Tevye and the Jews

Susan Reibel Moore | 18 Apr 2016 |

written for ages 18 + | highly recommended

The best reason to marry someone is love.

Gripping WWII novel wins awards

Jennifer Minicus | 13 Nov 2015 | 2014

written for ages 18 + | highly recommended

Doerr earns the Pulitzer Prize and Andrew Carnegie Medal for his story about occupied France.

Mother confronts youth entitlement

Jennifer Minicus | 5 Oct 2015 | 2012

written for ages 18 + | recommended

An antidote to the "me" generation.

International best seller is a must read for college women

Jennifer Minicus | 17 Sep 2015 | 2014

written for ages 18 + | highly recommended

A delight for romantics, philosophers and literature lovers

Do we expect more from technology and less from each other?

Jennifer Minicus | 1 Nov 2013 | 2012

written for ages 18 + | highly recommended

Sherry Turkle believes we do.

Books of innocence and experience

Clare Cannon | 13 Jun 2013 | 2012

written for ages 18 + | highly recommended

Why are so many adults reading young adult literature? It used to be the other way around.

Book Reviews
A Book That Has It All

Clare Cannon | 19 Mar 2013 | 2012

written for ages 18 + | recommended

Historical Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Family, Music, Art, Culture...

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

Clare Cannon | 10 Jul 2012 | 2012

written for ages 18 + | recommended

A new Regency Romance for young adults.

The Dante Club

Maryana Garcia | 28 Jan 2012 | 2006

written for ages 18 + | highly recommended

...without a doubt, the most clever novel I have read in a year.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Clare Cannon | 25 Jul 2011 | 2008

written for ages 18 + | recommended

Reading this book is like enjoying a cool, refreshing beverage on a hot day.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Clare Cannon | 17 Jul 2011 | 2009

written for ages 18 + | recommended

A lyrical portrait of friendship and young love set in World War II among Chinese and Japanese Americans which shows surprising depth from new author Jamie Ford.

Dickens fans will enjoy Matthew Pearl's The Last Dickens

Clare Cannon | 27 Jan 2011 | 2009

written for ages 18 + | recommended

An intriguing story around Dickens’ final and only half-finished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

44 Scotland Street: a novel for young adults who appreciate subtle humour

Clare Cannon | 21 Jan 2011 | 2005

written for ages 18 + | recommended

A witty novel chronicling the lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh.

Fair Stood the Wind for France

Tim Golden | 7 Jan 2011 | 2010

written for ages 18 + | recommended

A young soldier crash lands in wartime Occupied France and falls in love.

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