Recommended Books

Sharing interesting books is a great way to develop a joy of reading. Books are incredible because of their interesting plots, charismatic characters, imaginative settings, eventful adventures, unraveled mysteries, and explored human dramas hook readers.

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Here are some of my family’s favorites:

Photo credit: J.R.R. Tolkien, illustrator (author: J.R.R. Tolkien)

The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

Return of the King

The Silmarillion

Forgotten Realms is a series of books written by different authors. Each book contributes a portion, in creating a fantasy world. There are lots of books in this series, but here are a few that I enjoyed around high school & shortly after. These can be enjoyed at a middle school level too.


The Icewind Dale Trilogy: The Crystal Shard, Streams of Silver

The Avatar Trilogy: Shadowdale, Tantras


Azure Bonds

For a list of Forgotten Realms books in chronological order, click this link.

(Photo credit: (author: Harry Harrison)

The Stainless Steel Rat

The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted

The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World

The Stainless Steel Rat for President

The Neverending Story

The Great Train Robbery



Pippi Longstocking

Rip Van Winkle

Classics of Literature (these books have entered the public domain; they are free to download)

Photo credit: (author: Sir Conan Arthur Doyle)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; pdf version

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Lost World; pdf version

Photo credit: (author: L.M. Montgomery)

Anne of Green Gables; pdf version

Anne of Avonlea; pdf version

Anne of the Island; pdf version

Anne of Windy Poplars; pdf version

Anne’s House of Dreams; pdf version

Anne of Ingleside; pdf version

Rainbow Valley; pdf version

Rilla of Ingleside; pdf version

The Arabian Nights; pdf version


(author: Jules Verne)

Around the World in 80 Days; pdf version

A Journey to the Interior of the Earth; pdf version

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; pdf version

The Mysterious Island

(author: Anna Sewell)

Black Beauty; pdf version

 (author: Jack London)

Call of the Wild; pdf version

(author: Alexander Dumas)

The Count of Monte Cristo; pdf version

The Three Musketeers; pdf version

Photo credit: Barry Moser, illustrator (author: Bram Stoker)

Dracula; pdf version

(author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)

Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus; pdf version

(author: Homer)

The Iliad; pdf version


(author: H. G. Wells)

Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance; pdf version

The Island of Dr. Moreau; pdf version

The Time Machine; pdf version

War of the Worlds; pdf version


(author: Robert Louis Stevenson)

Kidnapped; pdf version

Treasure Island; pdf version

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; pdf version

 (author: H. Rider Haggard)

King Solomon’s Mines; pdf version

(author: Washington Irving)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; pdf version

The Legends of King Arthur & His Knights; pdf version

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood; pdf version

 (author: Homer)

The Odysseypdf version

The Marvelous Land of Oz; pdf version

The Emerald City of Oz; pdf version

The Magic of Oz; pdf version

Ozma of Oz; pdf version

The Road to Oz; pdf version

Little Wizard Stories of Oz; pdf version

Rinkitink in Oz; pdf version

The Land of Oz; pdf version

Tik-Tok of Oz; pdf version

(author: Edward Rice Burroughs)

Tarzan of the Apes; pdf version

Jungle Tales of Tarzan; pdf version

The Beasts of Tarzan; pdf version

(author: Richard Le Gallienne)

Pieces of Eight; pdf version

The Princess of Mars; pdf version

(author: Daniel Defoe)

Robinson Crusoe; pdf version

Photo credit: (author: Johann David Wyss)

The Swiss Family Robinson

(author: Jack London)

White Fang; pdf version

 (author: Kenneth Grahame)

The Wind in the Willows; pdf version






















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