Books Our Teen Daughter Recommends

Books Our Teen Daughter Recommends

best books for teen girls

I overheard a conversation of two moms that had 14 and 16 year old daughters. They were talking about running out of good reading material for them, and they were particularly interested in strong female characters, which is our youngest’s favorite kind. I got drawn into this conversation, and when they heard my daughter was 17 and a reader too, they asked me to ask her for a list, giving me an email so I could send it to them.

Since my daughter easily provided me a list for them, I thought I might as well share it with all of you too, since you may know teen girls looking for something to read too. Our daughter’s favorite genre is about girls that “wield deadly archaic weapons,” so most of these are fantasy, but some are not. Meanwhile, I hope those ladies find something here that their daughters haven’t read and will enjoy!

In no particular order:


By Kristin Cashore:

By Sherwood Smith:
Crown Duel
Court Duel

By Jennifer Nielsen:
The False Prince
The Runaway King
The Shadow Throne

By Robin McKinley:
The Hero and the Crown
The Blue Sword

By Jessica Day George:
Dragon Slippers (1)
Dragon Flight (2)
Dragon Spear (3)
Princess of the Midnight Ball
Princess of Glass
Princess of the Silver Woods

By Sarah J. Maas:
Throne of Glass (series)

By Julia Golding:

By Maggie Stiefvater
Scorpio Races

By Marie Lu:

By Zoe Marriott:
Daughter of the Flames

By Polly Shulman:
The Grimm Legacy

By Cassandra Rose Clarke:
The Assasin’s Curse

By Tamora Pierce:
Alana Quartet (series)
Protector of the Small Quartet (series)
Trickster’s Choice (1)
Trickster’s Queen (2)
Terrier (1)
Bloodhound (2)
Mastiff (3)

By Patricia C. Wrede:
Dealing with Dragons
Searching for Dragons
Calling on Dragons
Talking to Dragons

By Mercedes Lackey:

By Vivian Vande Velde:
Heir Apparent

By Marissa Doyle:
Bewitching Season
Courtship and Curses

By Rachel Hartman:

By Shannon Hale:
Princess Academy
Goose Girl
Enna Burning
River Secrets
Forest Born

By Anne McCaffrey:



By Jeanne Birdsall:
The Penderwicks
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

By Barbara Cohen:
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons

By Heather Vogel Frederick:
The Mother Daughter Book Club
Much Ado About Anne
Dear Pen Pal
Pies and Prejudice
Wish You Were Eyre

By Jean Stratton-Porter:
Girl of the Limberlost

By Jane Austin:
Pride and Prejudice


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