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Lela’s Book Recommendation List for Aspiring Authors

Lela’s Book Recommendation List for Aspiring Authors

By Lela S. <3

Hey guys! I recently went to my first day of high school. It was AWESOME! There are numerous new responsibilities to take care of and multiple privileges you’re given when you take your first step into this new era. There’s lots of homework too…

But let’s not dwell on that. I recently came across a few amazing reading lists for high school, and I’ve taken a few of those book suggestions and started reading. Reading, as in reading twenty-one to twenty-four hours a week. Yes, that’s right, for the past few weeks, I’ve been reading 24 hours a week.

Which is why I haven’t had a lot of time to write on CookyLela News. Starting with swimming AND volleyball tryouts, to an overload of homework in all of my subjects, on top of exams less than one week after my first day of school, I guess I’ve come to the conclusion that I need more time. Like, 100 hours a day instead of 24.

So I started writing a little more. Not a lot, not even for CookyLela News, just a little. When I read over my writing, I realized that I needed to come back to my newspaper. Today, I finally found myself a window of time to create something for CLN. In this article, I’m going to compile a list of my ultimate favorite books just for you guys!

  • Hatch by Kenneth Oppel

  • Thrive by Kenneth Oppel

  • Half Brother - Kenneth Oppel

  • Caught - Margaret Peterson Haddix (recommend the series)

  • Under Their Skin - Margaret Peterson Haddix (recommend the series)

  • The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (recommend the series)

  • Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card

  • Redwall - Brian Jacques (recommend the series)

  • The Fault In Our Stars - John Green

  • The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien (recommend the series)

  • White Tiger: Dark Heavens Book One - Kylie Chan

  • Google It! - Anna Crowley Redding

  • Girl Code - Andrea Gonzales & Sophie Houser

  • Permanent Record - Edward Snowden

  • Becoming - Michelle Obama

  • How to bake Pi - Eugenia Cheng

  • Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

  • The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind - William Kamkwamba & Brian Mealer

  • The Earth Moved - Amy Stewart

  • A Wrinkle In Time - Madeleine L’Engle

  • Bifocal - Deborah Ellis & Eric Walters

  • Uncle Tungsten - Oliver Sacks

  • 39 Clues - Various Authors

  • Reaching For The Moon - Katherine Johnson

  • Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly

  • The Physics Behind… - Russ Swan

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket

  • The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart

  • How To Read A Book - Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Proof that this improves your writing:

5-0: An Unofficial Minecraft Novel - Chapter 7 [April 2021]

“[Talking about a Bedwars Solos game] Quickly, I ran inside my base and got some materials: a stone sword and some backup wool. The yellow jumped down from the roof and almost destroyed my bed. Luckily, I hit him off the map before he could break the last block of end stone with his iron pickaxe.

Using his bridge, I ran towards his trash bed defense made only of wool and fireballed it. I know this was a waste of resources, but the thing is, it also knocked HIM off the map, a second time. His exposed bed was easy to destroy, and he was even easier to kill.”

The Search (unreleased) - Chapter 2, Part 3 [September 2021]

“[Talking about a Bedwars Fours game] I was confident that it was possible. I slowly started to bridge sideways, but in a kind of stretched-out staircase format. When our staircases finally aligned, I jumped down, losing a couple of healthpoints. Nevertheless, I was able to slay the unsuspecting blue team member with a slash of my flimsy, wooden sword. I watched him helplessly tumble backwards into the void, then I galloped over the remaining section of the bridge to his base alone. Apparently, two of the members of blue team had already disconnected, so, I thought to myself, this should be easy enough.

Using the tools I had bought earlier, I quickly and efficiently mined through the hard oak wood and the downy, ocean-coloured wool layer covering the bed. One blue bed destroyed. Wielding my sword, I staggered up the staircase leading to the top of their base, and ate a crunchy golden apple to restore my health. I then launched a TNT I had bought onto the head of the unsuspecting player I had killed earlier.

Kaboom! The explosive detonated on impact. I could hear the faint murmurs of my teammates conversing, but they were drowned out by the ambience of the game I took a little too seriously. Showing no mercy, I slashed relentlessly at my opponents, who went down one by one like corn to a reaper. When the last blow of that match had been dealt, I emerged from their base victorious (and on half a heart).”

P. S. If you are looking for more book recommendations, check out my reading list's Facebook page at

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