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It’s an age-old problem:  so many books and so little time.  How to decide what to read next?  Fear not, for you’ve come to the right place.  Here are some lists to get you started.  Got an idea for a list?  Email with your idea!

Full Steam Ahead! (steampunk)

Full Steam Ahead!

(Steampunk fiction)

The Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld





Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Princess

Matt Cruse trilogy by Kenneth Oppel





Iron Codex series by Caitlin Kittredge


The Iron Thorn

The Nightmare Garden

The Mirrored Shard

Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories ed. by Kelly Link

Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances ed. by Trisha Telep

Magic Under series by Jaclyn Dolamore


Magic Under Glass

Magic Under Stone

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Dark Unwinding series by Sharon Cameron


The Dark Unwinding

A Spark Unseen

The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger


Etiquette & Espionage

Curstsies & Conspiracies

Waistcoats & Weaponry

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

Airman by Eoin Colfer

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Incarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher


Monster Blood Tattoo series by D.M. Cornish


Monster Blood Tattoo (or Foundling)



The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor


The Looking Glass Wars

Seeing Redd


Vampires, Vampires and more Vampires

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer


New Moon


Breaking Dawn

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

8th Grade Bites

9th Grade Slays

10th Grade Bleeds

11th Grade Burns

12th Grade Kills

Slayer Chronicles by Heather Brewer

First Kill

Second Chance

Third Strike

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld

Sucks to be Me: the all-true confessions of Mina Hamilton, teen vampire (maybe) by Kimberly Pauley

Still Sucks to be Me:  more all-true confessions of Mina Hamilton, teen vampire by Kimberly Pauley

Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

Blue Bloods



The Van Alen Legacy

The Keys to the Repository

Misguided Angel

Lost in Time

Gates of Paradise

House of Night by P.C. and Kristen Cast













Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

A Living Nightmare

The Vampire’s Assistant

Tunnels of Blood

Vampire Mountain

Trials of Death

The Vampire Prince

Hunters of the Dusk

Allies of the Night

Killers of the Dawn

The Lake of Souls

Lord of the Shadows

Sons of Destiny

The Saga of Larten Crepsley by Darren Shan

Birth of a Killer

Ocean of Blood

Palace of the Damned

Brothers to the Death

Persistance of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy


Shadow Kiss

Blood Promise

Spirit Bound

Last Sacrifice

Bloodline series by Richelle Mead


The Golden Lily

The Indigo Spell

The Fiery Heart

Silver Shadows

The Ruby Circle

Life Sucks by Jessica Abel and Gabe Soria, ill. by Warren Pleece (comics)

Night Road by A.M. Jenkins

Suck it Up by Brian Meehl

The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

The Awakening and The Struggle

The Fury and Dark Reunion

The Return:  Nightfall

Shadow Souls

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Evernight series by Claudia Gray






Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block

Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

Vampire Kisses

Kissing Coffins


Dance With a Vampire

The Coffin Club

Royal Blood

Love Bites

Cryptic Cravings

Immortal Hearts

Chibi Vampire: the novels by Tohru Kai

Chibi Vampire by Tohru Kai (manga)

The Eternal Kiss:  13 vampire tales of blood and desire ed. by Trisha Telep

Teeth: Vampire Tales ed. by Ellen Datlow

My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick

The Kiss of Death by Marcus Sedgwick

Vampire Knight series by Matsuri Hino (manga)

Nightschool:  The Weirn Books by Svetlana Chmakova (comics)

Rosario + Vampire series I and II by Akihisa Ikeda (manga)


Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan

Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Dead-Tossed Waves

The Dark and Hollow Spaces

The Benny Imura series by Jonathan Maberry

Rot & Ruin

Dust & Decay

Flesh & Bone

Fire & Ash

Z by Michael Thomas Ford

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith

Zombies vs. Unicorns ed. by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell

I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Brian Selzer

The Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon






The Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick




The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

Alice In Zombieland

Through the Zombie Glass

It's the End of the World as We Know It...(apolcalyptic and dystopian)

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire


The Last Survivors series by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It

The Dead and the Gone

This World We Live In

The Shade of the Moon

Little Brother and Homeland by Cory Doctorow

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

The Gone series by Michael Grant







The Unwind Dystology by Neal Schusterman




The Host by Stephenie Meyer

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Shade’s Children by Garth Nix

Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

Knife of Never Letting Go

The Ask and the Answer

Monsters of Men

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Feed by M.T. Anderson

1984 by George Orwell

Rash by Pete Hautman

The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld





The Skinned series by Robin Wasserman





The Carbon Diaries 2015 and The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Staci Lloyd

Ship Breaker series by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker
The Drowned Cities

Incarceron and Sappique by Catherine Fisher

Winter’s End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

The Matched series by Ally Condie




The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStafano




The Delirium series by Lauren Oliver




The Birthmarked series by Caragh O’Brien




Maze Runner series by James Dashner

Maze Runner

The Scorch Trials

The Death Cure

The Kill Order

The Insurgent trilogy by Veronica Roth




The Legend series by Marie Lu




The Dustlands series by Moira Young

Blood Red Road

 Rebel Heart

It was a Dark and Stormy Night...(mysteries)

“It was a dark and stormy night…”:  Mysteries

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

The Kiki Strike series by Kirsten Miller

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City

Kiki Strike:  the Empress’s Tomb

Kiki Strike: the Darkness Dwellers

The Falconer’s Knot by Mary Hoffman

The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover

Only the Good Spy Young

Out of Sight, Out of Time

United We Spy

The Heist Society series by Ally Carter

Heist Society

Uncommon Criminals

Perfect Scoundrels

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

The Girl is Murder series by Kathryn Miller Haines

The Girl is Murder

The Girl is Trouble

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

 Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

Mickey Bolitar series by Harlan Coben


Seconds Away

Cross My Heart and Heart of Glass by Sasha Gould

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

Shades of London by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star

The Madness Underneath

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

Out of This World! (non-dystopian science fiction)

 Out of This World!

(non-dystopian science fiction)

Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund

Aerin Renning and Dane Madousin struggle as incoming students at the most exclusive academy in the Universe, both hiding secrets that are too painful to reveal, not realizing that those very secrets link them together.

Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler

This collection of literary science fiction short stories explore issues of the contemporary world through the future.

Bloodchild and Other Stories

The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman

Fourteen-year-old Jason faces an identity crisis after discovering that he is the son of aliens who stayed on earth following a botched invasion mission.

The Dingilliad series by David Gerrold

This exciting series follows the Dingillian brothers, who leave Earth to find freedom but find themselves the subject of an interstellar manhunt.

Jumping Off the Planet   Bouncing Off the Moon   Leaping to the Stars

Jumping Off the Planet (#1)

Bouncing off the Moon (#2)

Leaping to the Stars (#3)

Dream Park series by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

For fifteen virtual reality gamers undertaking a four-and-half day quest, the fantasy slaying of monsters is suddenly interrupted – by murder.

Dream Park   The Barsoom Project   The California Voodoo Game   The Moon Maze Game

Dream Park (#1)

The Barsoom Project (#2)

The California Voodoo Game (#3)

The Moon Maze Game (#4)

The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert/Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the “spice” melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe.

Dune   Dune Messiah   Children of Dune   God Emperor of Dune   Heretics of Dune   Chapterhouse: Dune   Hunters of Dune   Sandworms of Dune

Dune (#1)

Dune Messiah (#2)

Children of Dune (#3)

God Emperor of Dune (#4)

Heretics of Dune (#5)

Chapterhouse: Dune (#6)

Hunters of Dune (#7)

Sandworms of Dune (#8)

Ender’s Saga by Orson Scott Card

This masterful series follows Ender Wiggin, who was recruited by Earth’s military to stave off an alien invasion when he was a child.

Ender's Game   Speaker for the Dead   Xenocide   Children of the Mind

Ender’s Game (#1)

Speaker for the Dead (#2)

Xenocide (#3)

Children of the Mind (#4)

Hell’s Cross series by David Macinnis Gill

On Mars, a planetary version of the Wild West, Durango and his crew of mercenaries for hire try to prevent a feral band of marauders from stealing the settlers’ most valuable resource.

Black Hole Sun   Invisible Sun   Shadow on the Sun

Black Hole Sun (#1)

Invisible Sun (#2)

Shadow on the Sun (#3)

The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams

Follow Earthling Arthur Dent and his free-wheeling alien companion on this hilarious romp through time and space.

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy   The Restaurant at the End of the Universe   Life, the Universe and Everything   So Long and Thanks for All the Fish   Mostly Harmless

The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (#1)

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (#2)

Life, the Universe and Everything (#3)

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish (#4)

Mostly Harmless (#5)

Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington series by David Weber

12-year-old Stephanie Harrington’s friendship with a sentient alien pits her against her xenophobic government.

Beautiful Friendship   Fire Season  

A Beautiful Friendship (#1)

Fire Season (#2)

The Klaatu Diskos series by Pete Hautman

After thirteen-year-old Tucker Feye’s parents disappear, he suspects that the strange disks of shimmering air that he keeps seeing are somehow involved, and when he steps inside of one he is whisked on a time-twisting journey trailed by a shadowy sect of priests and haunted by ghostlike figures.

The Obsidian Blade   The Cydonian Pyramid

The Obsidian Blade (#1)

The Cydonian Pyramid (#2)

Losers in Space by John Barnes

Hoping to find a better life, Susan, her almost boyfriend Derlock and seven fellow students stow away on a ship to Mars, unaware that Derlock is a sociopath with bigger plans.

Losers in Space

The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

This epic series chronicles mankind’s efforts to colonize Mars.

Red Mars   Green Mars   Blue Mars

Red Mars (#1)

Green Mars (#2)

Blue Mars (#3)

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

In this series of short stories, the tranquility of Mars is disrupted by the earthmen who have come to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed earth.

The Martian Chronicles

The Pluto series by Naoki Urasawa

  In this manga series set in a distant future where sentient humanoid robots pass for human, someone or some thing is out to destroy the seven great robots of the world. Europol’s top detective Gesicht is assigned to investigate these mysterious robot serial murders; the only catch is that he himself is one of the seven targets.

Naoki Urasawa x Ozamu Tezuka, Band 001

The Ringworld series by Larry Niven

This exciting and mysterious series follows the exploration and subsequent interspecies relations after the discovery of a giant, artificial world. 

Ringworld   The Ringworld Engineers   Ringworld's Children

Ringworld (#1)

The Ringworld Engineers (#2)

Ringworld’s Children (#3)

The Robot series by Isaac Asimov

This futuristic series features robots with positronic brains – and the ability to turn against their creators.

I, Robot   Robot Visions   The Caves of Steel   The Naked Sun   The Robots of Dawn   Robots and Empire

I, Robot (#1)

Robot Visions (#2)

The Caves of Steel (#3)

The Naked Sun (#4)

The Robots of Dawn (#5)

Robots and Empire (#6)

Space Odyssey series by Arthur C. Clarke

This classic science fiction novel that changed the way we looked at the stars and ourselves. This allegory about humanity’s exploration of the universe and the universe’s reaction to humanity was the basis for director Stanley Kubrick’s immortal film, and lives on as a landmark achievement in storytelling.

2001: A Space Odyssey   2010: Odyssey Two   2061: Odyssey Three   3001: The Final Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey (#1)

2010: Odyssey Two (#2)

2061: Odyssey Three (#3)

3001: The Final Odyssey (#4)

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

With Earth embroiled in a vast interplanetary war with the “Bugs,” a young recruit in the Federal Reserves relates his experiences training in boot camp and as a junior officer in the Terran Mobile Infantry.

Starship Troopers


It’s an age-old problem:  so many books and so little time.  How to decide what to read next?  Fear not, for you’ve come to the right place.  Here are some lists to get you started.  Got an idea for a list?  Email with your idea!


It’s an age-old problem:  so many books and so little time.  How to decide what to read next?  Fear not, for you’ve come to the right place.  Here are some lists to get you started.  Got an idea for a list?  Email with your idea!

Read and Connect-Websites and blogs dedicated to Teen literature.

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