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Adult Books You Want to Read

As you may or may not know, our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Throughout the year, features adult books from, our site for adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we are now spotlighting a selection of titles each month from that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

November 2011

A famous actress is starring in a new movie that’s being filmed at the de Luces’ old English estate. When a body is found on set, strangled to death with a length of film, Flavia knows that a gruesome killer is hiding in plain sight, and she’s determined to find out who it is.

Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock by David Margolick

October 2011

The names Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery may not be well known, but the image of them from 1957 is: a black high school girl walking stoically in front of Little Rock Central High School, and a white girl screaming at her. This gripping book tells the remarkable story of how the picture came to be taken, its wider significance, and why neither woman has ever escaped from its shadow. 

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly

October 2011

KILLING LINCOLN is a suspenseful historical narrative that chronicles events in the spring and summer of 1865 --- prior to, during and after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth --- events that changed America forever.

The Infernals: A Samuel Johnson Tale by John Connolly

October 2011

Young Samuel Johnson is in trouble --- an angry demon is seeking revenge for his part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. It wants to get its claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm, the home of the Infernals, it may get its chance.

Snuff: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett

October 2011

Terry Pratchett has enthralled millions of fans worldwide with his hilarious satires set in Discworld, a universe remarkably similar to our own. In this latest installment, Lady Sybil has finally lured her husband, Sam Vimes, on a countryside vacation away from Ankh-Morpork. But it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam must rely on his instincts, guile and street smarts to see justice done. 

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

October 2011

In a distant American future, Hannah Payne awakens after being infected with a virus that has turned her skin red. Chroming is her punishment for her crime of murder --- for terminating the pregnancy of her unborn child. Because of her refusal to identify the father or name the abortionist, she is forced to live in permanent disgrace.

Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber

September 2011

A girl who ran away from home five years previously must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and has to face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever. Diana Abu-Jaber’s latest novel is about family and self, self-indulgence and generosity, against the vivid backdrop of contemporary Miami.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

September 2011

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

September 2011

In the middle of the night, Le Cirques des Reves, a dazzling show of magic and wonder, appears without warning and vanishes well before daybreak. The circus enchants all who enter --- but hidden behind the scenes is a fierce competition between two young magicians. In the midst of this dark rivalry that only one of them can survive, the two fall headfirst in love.

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

August 2011

When Alice Bliss learns that her father is being deployed to Iraq, she's heartbroken. Alice idolizes her father, and he will miss seeing his daughter blossom from a tomboy into a full-blown teenager. At once universal and very personal, this is a transforming story about those who are left at home during wartime, and a teenage girl bravely facing the future.