recommended reading for ages 18 +

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

Jennifer Minicus | 2012
written for ages 18 + | highly recommended
Sherry Turkle believes we do.

Books of innocence and experience

Clare Cannon | 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 | 2012
written for ages 18 + | recommended
Historical Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Family, Music, Art, Culture...

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

Clare Cannon | 2012
written for ages 18 + | recommended
A new Regency Romance for young adults.

The Dante Club

Maryana Garcia | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 2010
written for ages 18 + | recommended
A young soldier crash lands in wartime Occupied France and falls in love.

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