Adali's Top 5 Fiction Book Picks for 2018

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Updated November 24, 2018
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Our oldest daughter Adali has become a book reading machine in the last several years. She keeps a list of all the books she's read. She reads them so fast we can't even keep up with what book she's got open. It's awesome!

When I asked her to come up with this list, I didn't even recognize half of them. She's like a stealthy ninja reader!

Anyhow - I thought it would be cool to let her share her favorite books she's read so far this year, complete with her own reasons why she liked them. You won't find the obvious ones like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or the Chronicles of Narnia. But hopefully you'll find some great books you've never heard of for your pre-teen.

If you follow the affiliate links below and buy your own copies, she'll get some money to buy even more books!

It's like the "ciiiircle of booooks!"

Enough of my 90's Disney references. Let's start reading!

The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

Adali Says: "I think this is a cool book because it's so different than anything I’ve read before. A robot on an island? I wish I had come up with that. There’s a second book that I just found out about recently: the wild robot escapes. I was so excited I got as soon as I could and read it in a couple of days!"

Buy The Wild Robot on Amazon



Adali Says: "Pax is a fox that was found by a family. But the father wasn’t very nice and made them leave Pax on the side of a road. Because he was raised by humans, the story focuses on how he learns to survive after being raised by humans. It’s got a few parts that are sad, but it’s a neat story."

Buy Pax on Amazon

The Unwanteds

The Unwanteds

Adali Says: "This series is about an island. Half of it is gray and cold. No creativity is allowed. The other half is a secret - it's bright and magical and where you go to learn creativity. It gets pretty crazy pretty fast. I have one book left and Jett has a few too, we both like them."

Buy The Unwanteds on Amazon

The Thing About Jellyfish

The Thing About Jellyfish

Adali Says: "This has lots of interesting facts I didn’t know (did you know there’s a jellyfish that can’t die?). It’s a little sad, but I think it was really cool. You kind of just have to read it, it’s hard to explain without giving away anything."

Buy The Thing About Jellyfish on Amazon

Island Of The Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Adali Says: "This is about a tribe of people living on an island, but it’s cool to learn how they survive, what they eat, and how they make tools. It’s crazy how much stuff we have compared to what we actually need."

Buy Island of the Blue Dolphins on Amazon


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Jonathan Longnecker is the strongly opinionated tattooed and bearded half of Tiny Shiny Home. He loves making music, figuring out nerdy solutions, exploring the outdoors, and living off-grid.

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Posted July 19, 2018

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