Contemporary Novels an Austenite Would Love

Hey guys! I’m a huge Austenite (as in Jane Austen; Wikipedia her if you don’t know who she is… then go live under a rock ūüôā …just kidding!) and so I thought I would put together a list of a few books that a Jane Austen-esque lady would read– as in no bad words, no PG-13 stuff. So I have ten books for this month. That leaves a book every three days for you people who pace yourself. (I don’t.)

mysterious_benedict_cover1. The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
Really good first book in this series. Read if you like travel, adventure, and no romance.

2. Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale
A cute book about a girl in a small mountain village who finds out that she might have a shot at being princess. Chick-lit fantasy with a bit of romance.

3. The Mother-Daughter Book Club, by Heather Vogel Frederick
Super cute chick-lit for kind of younger audiences. I would recommend 6-8 grade.

4. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
A¬†really interesting book set in 1979 about time travel. It’s short but it’s definitely¬†not a light read– this one will test your higher thinking skills

5. Once Upon a Marigold, by Jean Ferris
A good book for younger readers (or when you need a break from all those metaphorical books you read in English class) and has a sequel called Twice Upon a Marigold. They are really fun and lighthearted, but romance is a big themeРsorry guys.

6. Secrets of my Hollywood Life, by Jen Calonita
Awesome insight on what it means to be a celebrity “it” girl 24/7 and just wanting a normal life. Definitely chick-lit.

lightning_thief7.¬† The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan (and any other book Rick Riordan has written…)
Riordan is a great author whose books appeal to ages 10-18, give or take a few. His books are all about mythology and are super lighthearted, with lots of appeal for both a male or female reader.

8. Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
An awesome book about a super genius 12 year old who always wins, when he wants to capture a fairy. This book is great for boys and girls, and I think all ages can appreciate Artemis’ cunning and… compassion?

9. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
Super cute book. I know all you girls that have read it are like, “I read that in the 3rd grade. I don’t want to read it again.” But trust me. It’s a super sweet book and it’s one of my all time faves.

10. Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull
This five book series is awesome– about a brother and a sister that go on vacation to their grandpa’s house and find out he is caretaker for a magical wildlife preserve. It is really funny and sweet. I’d say that it’s gender-neutral and for all ages.

-Becka O., 8th grade

2 thoughts on “Contemporary Novels an Austenite Would Love

  1. Thanks for this. I’ve read selections 1,2,7,8,10 already and I have to say they are really good books to read.

  2. AUSTENITES UNITE!!!!!!!!!!! (lol. I’m such a nerd)

    I was absolutely ecstatic when I saw this entry and I would like to tell you how happy I am that SOMEONE isn’t living under a rock, like SOME PEOPLE. ūüôā

    Exceptional review; I have read all the books on your list and agree on your great literature choices, and would’ve recommended quite a few of the same ones myself.

    Keep posting!!!

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