Recommended Reads

It can sometimes be quite difficult to find charming, wholesome books that you can read out loud with your entire family. (Especially in the fantasy genre). So, here on is a list of some of my favorites, that I feel I can recommend without reservation (books on this list that DO come with reservations are marked with two asterisks like this: **). Not all of these are fantasy, but even I enjoy branching out from my beloved first-choice of genre every now and then. Some of these have links to straight-up reviews, others I have done a Six Degrees post for (which is just a slightly different kind of review). Eventually I hope to have a little blurb with each title, but that takes time, and time is hard to come by.



The Giver – Lois Lowry

He Whistles for the Cricket – Gwen Walker

Rainbow Garden – Patricia St. John

Tales of the Kingdom – David and Karen Mains

The Magic Bicycle series – John Bibee

Treasures of the Snow – Patricia St. John

Ranger’s Apprentice series – John Flanagan


Beaumont and Beasley – Kyle Robert Shultz
The Beast of Talesend
The Tomb of the Sea Witch
The Stroke of Eleven

The Death Gate Cycle – Margaret Weis/Tracy Hickman

Dragonfriend – Marc Secchia

The Electrical Menagerie – Mollie E. Reeder

Faraway Castle Series – J.M. Stengl
Ellie and the Prince
Siren and the Scholar

The Firethorn Crown – Lea Doue

Halayda – Sarah Delena White

Hidden Dagger Series – J.L. Mbewe
Secrets Kept
Darkened Hope

Ilyon Chronicles – Jaye L. Knight
The King’s Scrolls

King Raven Trilogy – Stephen R. Lawhead

The Last Motley – DJ Edwardson

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Magic Kingdom of Landover series – Terry Brooks

Orphan’s Song – Gillian Bronte Adams

Pendragon Cycle – Stephen R. Lawhead

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

The Shannara Series – Terry Brooks

Song of Albion – Stephen R. Lawhead

Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson **very intense scene in prologue including the death of a baby

Till We Have Faces – C.S. Lewis

White Wolf and the Ash Princess – Tammy Lash


After – Savannah Jezowski

Dracula – Bram Stoker **intense and scary

The Oath – Frank Peretti** for intensity, and scary themes


Beggar Magic – H.L. Burke

Bookania Quests – Kendra E. Ardnek

Castle Behind Thorns – Merrie Haskell

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Prydain – Lloyd Alexander

Common – Laurie Lucking

Dealing with Dragons – Patricia C. Wrede

Dragon’s Curse – H.L. Burke

Dragonfate: Dragon’s Gold – Alexis Steinhauer

Dragon of the Lost Sea – Lawrence Yep

Dragon of Trelian – Michelle Knudsen

Ember Flame – Kaycee Browning

Firethorn Crown – Lea Doue

Half Upon a Time Series – James Riley

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones

The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer - series review

Princess Ben – Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Story Thieves – James Riley

The Tales of Earthsea Series – Ursula K. Leguin

The Tales of Goldstone Wood – Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Heartless (Six Degrees)
Veiled Rose 
Goddess Tithe
Shadow Hand
Golden Daughter
Draven’s Light
A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold

The Queen’s Thief Series – Megan Whalen Turner

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

The Word Changers – Ashlee Willis

A Wish Made of Glass – Ashlee Willis

Dragon and Thief – Timothy Zahn


Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card** for language, mention of people naked in a locker room type scenes, and children hurting one another

Ender’s Shadow – Orson Scott Card** for language, children hurting one another, and unkindness

The Han Solo Trilogy – A.C. Crispin

Chronotrace Sequence – DJ Edwardson
Into the Vast
Through the Viscera
Ascent of the Nebula

The Icarus Hunt – Timothy Zahn

The Green and the Gray – Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy – Timothy Zahn


Haphazardly Implausible – Jack Lewis Baillot

Halayda – Sarah Delena White

The Electrical Menagerie – Mollie E. Reeder


Flipped  - Wendelin Van Draanen

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy

Joey – Jennifer Marshall Bleakley


The Thursday Next Novels – Jasper Fforde **some cussing, some mentions of bedroom scenes (between married characters)



** I love this book, probably own it, and even recommend it, however, there are some caveats to my recommendation, and I wouldn’t recommend it as a family read (unless, like my dad, you’re really good at seamlessly skipping over bits as you read out loud).