What book should I read next?something interesting like * ghosts * Young Adult fiction

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mzach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Shaking my hair from my eyes, I lifted my head ... and tried to look boldly round the dark room: at this moment a light gleamed on the wall. Was it, I asked myself, a ray from the moon penetrating some aperture in the blind? No; moonlight was still, and this stirred; while I gazed, it glided up to the ceiling and quivered over my head. I can now conjecture readily that this streak of light was, in all likelihood, a gleam from a lantern, carried by some one across the lawn: but then, prepared as my mind was for horror, shaken as my nerves were by agitation, I thought the swift-darting beam was a herald of some coming vision from another world. My heart beat thick, my head grew hot; a sound filled my ears, which I deemed the rushing of wings: something seemed near me; I was oppressed, suffocated: endurance broke down – I uttered a wild, involuntary cry – I rushed to thedoor and shook the lock in a desperate effort." - Jane Eyre

I would definitely recommend Jane Eyre.  It is a love story, but with a lot of mysterious twists and turns.  Perhaps even the appearance of a ghost!  There is a great balance in the book between mystery, suspense, and romance.  One of the things that I love most about it is that throughout the book, I wasn't able to always accurately predict what would happen next, which I feel is sometimes the case with other mysteries or ghost stories.  I liked that the feeling of suspense was always there!

ktmagalia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My book club read The Road a couple of years ago, and like you, I read it in one day.  I could not put it down.  I liked the way the father/son relationship was developed throughout, the father seeing his role primarily as the protector; the son worried about ethics.  I thought  McCarthy captured very well the feelings that a parent has in a terrifying situation.  I think that is one of his trademarks.  He puts ordinary people in extraordinary situations that test their caliber. No Country for Old Men followed this type of conflict.  I have not seen the movie  to The Road yet, and I'm not sure I will.  I have a difficult time seeing how the subtleties in the novel could be adequately portrayed on film.  After your comments, it might be a long while before I see the film.  McCarthy is a wonderful writer.  I also enjoyed All the Pretty Horses as well as The Crossing.

Actually, I think the movie was well done (more detailed with the violence), but not so much as to turn me off from the story.   I love his writing as well.  I haven't read The Crossing and the other in the triology yet, but I will.  Let me know if you see the movie!

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Some books that are appealing to teenagers right now are Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.

I just finished reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and it was a very good book. When I first seen the book I was very skeptical about it. I thought that it was a bit disrespectful to a great president but it sparked my interest, so I read it. Even though it is fiction there are a lot of facts in it so in a way it reminds us of this time period. We learn about Abraham Lincoln as a child, as he becomes an teenager, and as he becomes an adult. So much of the book include things that he really had to endure. The book continues all the way through to his assassination.

I really enjoyed this book and it gives us a modern day vampire pop culture vibe. My husband read it and my daughter is reading it right now.

susan3smith eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My book club read The Road a couple of years ago, and like you, I read it in one day.  I could not put it down.  I liked the way the father/son relationship was developed throughout, the father seeing his role primarily as the protector; the son worried about ethics.  I thought  McCarthy captured very well the feelings that a parent has in a terrifying situation.  I think that is one of his trademarks.  He puts ordinary people in extraordinary situations that test their caliber. No Country for Old Men followed this type of conflict.  I have not seen the movie  to The Road yet, and I'm not sure I will.  I have a difficult time seeing how the subtleties in the novel could be adequately portrayed on film.  After your comments, it might be a long while before I see the film.  McCarthy is a wonderful writer.  I also enjoyed All the Pretty Horses as well as The Crossing.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Richard Peck might be an author of interest for you.  The Blossom Culp series is about a girl who is a psychic and must use her powers of analysis and deduction to battle through challenges in both the adolescent world and the spiritual one.  This is seen in books like "Ghosts I Have Been" and "The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp."  Peck has a fairly engaging writing style and it might be of interest to you to explore his manner of composition.  The aspect of ghosts and young adult fiction made me think of Peck and his work as a possible alternative to explore.  In exploring the supernatural and the young adult genre, I have to throw out there the "Twilight" series by Meyer, as well.

maadhav19 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't know too many works that deal with ghosts, but you might try some of Ursula LeGuin's works, especially the Earthsea Trilogy: A Wizard of Earthsea, the Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore. They are fantasy and, come to think of it, they do deal with ghosts and crossing over to the other side of death and back. And they are exceptionally well written. While you're at it, you might also read her Hainish Chronicles, not because they deal with these themes, but because they are exquisite scifi. Philip K. Dick's Ubik might also work. If I remember right, there is a device in the novel for preserving the minds of the dead, so the living can still communicate with their lost loved ones.

ktmagalia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Started reading The Road yesterday morning and  finished in the afternoon. I just couldn't put it down.  Well, I put it down long enough to make a sandwich, but you know what I mean.  Cormac McCarthy's fast paced syntax and in your face word choice mesmorized me. Actually having seen the movie first really added a new perspective to my reading. I appreciated McCarthy's detail, and the elements of plot which were furthered developed in the novel intrigued me. So, why in the movie, was there so much more blood and gore? I suppose because blood and gore sells. It certainly wasn't needed, and I think that the excess blood actually overly colors the greyness and despair facing the two main characters.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Have you read any books by Phillip Pullman? This is a great author whose books (The Amber Spyglass, The Subtle Knife, Northern Lights) are truly gripping, have a great plot and cover mysterious themes such as fantasy, history, human emotion and thrilling suspenseful action. Most of the students I know who have read one of the trilogy come back asking for the next one. The themes also cover challenging areas such as spirituality, adventure, quests and magic. The adventures of Lyra and Will carry the reader along with them through all the challenges of forest, mountain, moor and mist until they finally achieve their goal. There is plenty of sadness in it too, so watch out for the heartache!

teacher2011 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you like music and want to read some beautiful descriptions of jazz music try the short story Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin. However, one of the most popular novels among my students is The Kite Runner. It is an approachable book for mature teenagers. The Kite Runner is a remarkable story of redemption that will immerse you in Afghani culture. You will have a hard time putting it down. This is an emotional and haunting book, and by the end, the novel leaves a lasting impression. Warning: there is a scene of sexual assault, so read this only if you are comfortable reading this sort of graphic content.

jblederman eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hyperion by Dan Simmons. I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is considered hard science fiction, in that there is actual science in it (mainly physics), but it is accessible and ridiculously intelligent. If you are the type of person who finds the ending of any enjoyable book to be anticlimactic, you'll be happy to know that there are four books in the series, totaling more than 2000 pages. There are threads of Keats' poem Hyperion running through it, as well as influences from Shakespeare and even Baum. It's a beautiful story, far superior to (though could be compared to) and of the Star Wars nonsense.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Anything by Edgar Allan Poe may interest you...check out a book of his short stories and poems.  He is an American Gothic author and his stuff is full of the ghosts, strange happenings, and "it's alive!" kind of stuff you seem to be looking for in your next read.  Try "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Pit and the Pendulum" first.  They will satisfy your taste for fear and the unknown.

Thanks for this question!  I enjoyed reading the other posts you've received and have added some other books to my stack of "to be reads".  Good Luck!

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Try The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca. Those are goth-ghostly types of dark, cold Romanticism literature with the scary undertones that everyone gets hooked with when reading. Enjoy!

kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of my all time favorites is "The Brothers K" by David James Duncan.  It is a story that makes me laugh and makes me cry every time I read it, which is already quite a few.  It is rather long, but it floats by thanks to some really fantastic pieces of writing about how a family interacts and deals with obstacles and tragedy and all kinds of difficulties that people face all the time.  And the characters are so powerfully real...  you will fall for them.  Well, I did anyway.

clamo88 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You might enjoy the fantasy/mystery series, The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher.  You'll enjoy them better if you read them in order.  Lead character Harry Dresden is a detective and a wizard.  There was a short-lived (one season) TV Series on the SyFy Channel.

There is also a series of short stories available and a discussion forum on his website.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would recommend anything by Sherman Alexie.  He is a modern  American Indian writer with a great sense of humor who tells a good story.  He is probably best known for Reservation Blues, but The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is wonderful.  It is about a teenage Indian young man who decides to go to high school off the reservation.  His trials and tribulations, as well as his achievements, will put a smile on your face.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Have you ever read The Diary of Ann Frank? This is a wonderful story about a girl during wartime. It runs the full circle of emotions fear, hope,sorrow,anticipation. To some degree it is quite sad (you will cry), but it is not all doom and gloom. It is a story of persistence and perseverance .I think I first read it in the 7th or 8th grade and truly enjoyed it. Happy reading!

geosc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I recall two books that I read while I was in high school that I liked very much.  I recall the topics of others that I read that I liked O.K., but these are the two that I really liked.

H.T. Malone.  Cherokees of the Old South.

W.W. Blackford.  War Years with JEB Stuart.

Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You might try Bronte's Wuthering Heights.  It's gothic, has an old mansion, a ghost or two, and it's a great love story.  It's also a classic and is of a very high quality, so you'd be furthering your education as well as enjoying a novel why you read. 

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you have never read the Orson Scott Card books Ender’s Game, and Ender’s Shadow, I recommend you read them. They are considered science fiction, and I have never really cared for that genre, but I love these books.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Try The Prophecy of the Sisters if you want something supernatural. You might consider them a little young for you, but the Percy Jackson books are great as well, and you'll learn a little bit of Greek mythology from them.

udonbutterfly | Student

I love this question! Reading about fallen angels it's almost like you can never go wrong. Every book that I have encountered that has something to do with fallen angels and nephilim, half angel and half human, have been some of the best reads that I could ever pick up. My three top favorites would be City of Bones series, Hush Hush series, and the Blue Blood series. The plot delivery in all the books are well plan and really cunning.

Now if you're really into ghost I would recommend the Black is... series and the Circ du freq series. These books really great reads and they are quick reads!

booklover342 | Student

If you like romantic-comedy, then i would suggest Dash and Lily's Book of Dares By:Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

They have two other good books, Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List and Nick and Norah's Infinite Play list.

nikkim5050 | Student
What book should I read next?

something interesting like

* ghosts

* Young Adult fiction

  I am not sure what kind of literature you are interested in, but the book, Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison is an excellent book to read.  It is written by John Robison and follows his life from childhood to adulthood.  He spent many years of his childhood knowing that he was different not only because he was different, but because his family was different.  He doesn't find out until he is an adult that he had Asperger's syndrome.  I had my 9th grade students read it because I want them to see that no matter what challenges there are in life, they can succeed.  John Robison had a dysfunctional family and Asperger's, but succeeded. It is a great book with so many great lessons and John Robison had a very interesting life.

nittany89 | Student

I just read The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eight Grade Bites about a teen half-vampire. Also Infinity by Sherilyn Kenyon is a good supernatural read.  Ghost Story by Peter Straub is an older book, from the 80s, but pretty intense, at least it was to me when I read it!  I would second the person who mentioned the Dresden Files.  They are witty, sarcastic, and fast-paced.  One of my favorite series.

eslamgewshy | Student

try to read any book about islam religion

staciscallan | Student

Personnaly I love Jonothan Kellermen but reading "Her fearfull symmetry" by Audry Niffeneger which is well and trully an amazing story... Try it

ewhitebeck1 | Student


Try August Wilson's play, The Piano Lesson. You might recruit some friends or family members to read it aloud.  It combines piano with ghosts.  Also, you might like What Happened to Lani Garver? or The Lake of Dead Languages. Good luck and keep reading.

tommy7427 | Student

Last Stop: A Survivor's Story. True essay on homeless population in the 1980's and 1990's in NYC.

seemaa | Student

Prefer Sydney seldon books..

It will be interesting ...

swimma-logan | Student

If you're looking for a book with emotional involvement, than My Sister's Keeper is the one; each chapter will leave you wondering where you stand, and everyone I know cried. Dan Brown is one of the premier writers of our time and all of his books are hits. I concur with skittleicious, though I am unfamilier with Chris Ryan.

xlaurenbx | Student

you should read Dan Brown books and Chris Ryan books they are really really good my brother got me into them and now im hooked.

swimma-logan | Student

"I cannot express it; but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of creation if I were entirely contained here?" Wuthering Heights, I agree. Also, The Perks of Being a Wall Flower expertly sums up the teen experience. Anthem by Ayn Rand was excellent as well.

Or, try the classics! War and Peace, A Tale of Two Cities, Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, the list is endless. There's a reason they're known as classics

janzu | Student

I agree that Wuthering Heights is captivating - said to be the greatest love story of all time.

Another powerful and delightful book: The Life of Pi by Yann Martel - compared w/ Aesop's fables for modern times. And if you choose to read this wonderful treatment of reality and its various interpretations - splendidly rendered in the vast Pacific Ocean about a boy named Pi adrift with his only companion, Richard Parker, a 450 lb Bengal Tiger - please don't give up if you find the first half not so exhilirating. It's the second half that will make you smile and chuckle and even wonder.

sfg13165 | Student

you should read the last song, its very interesting and keeps you wanting to read more and more.

mrs-everson2 | Student

I know most people don't like poetry books. But Ellen Hopkins writing doesn't sound at all like poetry. It looks like it, but don't let that scare you. They have about 30 words on a page, there are on average 600 pages in each book. But due to the small amount of words on each page, it is indeed a fast read that will have you hooked from the very first page. Titles include: Crank, Glass, (these two are a series the others have no connection to each other or these two books) Burned, Impulse, Identical, and Tricks. They all have real life issues that make you really feel for the characters. Crank and Glass, are about a teen girl who establishes a dangerous drug addiction to meth. Burned is about a morman girl who lives in a home with abusive alchoholic father. Impulse is about three strangers who wind up in a tight friendship. They are brought together, by sharing the same mental rehabilitation center. Identical is about another family with an abusive father, but this one is about twins, but they hold deep dark secrets. Finally, Tricks is about five teens who by different hands of fate fall into the hash lifestyle of being a teen prostitute.

They sound awful, but they really are good books that will pull at your heartstrings. You will want to read again and again. I know I have.

aboswell13 | Student

You should read either Marley and Me or Les Misérables. They both are really good books and they both have great significant value in them.

nusratfarah | Student

Oh! I think you can taste Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye if you still have not read it. It would be very pleasant to you if you are an adolescent especially. Moreover, you can choose Wuthering Heights, a gothic novel by Emily Bronte.

frizzyperm | Student

Terry Pratchett's Discworld series? Truly fantastic. I started reading them when I was 17 and was instantly addicted.



kim-c | Student

I live in Australia and we have some books that won the Australian Book of The Year Award.

When I was looking for a book two years ago, in year ten, the librarian recommended that I read a book titled: "Does My Head Look Big In This?" It's written by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Although I didn't have time to read all of it, I found it really interesting, there was also some humour in there as well.

If you can't find that book, there's also the "Twilight Saga Series" and the "Dear Diary" books. I can't get enough of "Dear Diary" and I happen to read it whenever I can, sometimes all over and over again.

Hope this helps and happy reading!

mkcapen1 | Student

Have you ever read Frankenstein by Mary Shelly?    Some people think of it as an older novel but it is a great book.  The book has a horrid looking creature who turns out more human than the man who created him.  There are dips and turns and it gives rise to some good thinking as well as enjoyment.

My kids used to make faces at the idea of reading classics until they discovered Dracula and Frankenstein. They found out that even the older books can be great to read.  Since then they scour the classic section just to see what they have yet to discover.