Thursday, February 1, 2018

OMS 810 English Assignment Ideas

So you have to read a Sci-Fi and Fantasy book? We're here to help! With a masterful reading assignment in progress for Ms. Packer's English class, we've come up with a list of 60 books that we think would fit the Term 3 reading assignment.

Here's a quick reminder about the assignment:
  1. Total page count: 700 pages 
  2. Read one Science Fiction book (no fantasy crossover) 
  3. Read one Fantasy book (no horror or sci-fi crossover) 
  4. No books that are movies 
Want to look over the assignment? Click HERE to go to 810s class website. 
We'll let you worry about the reading part with post-it notes!

Each recommendation will have the title, a link to our catalog, and the number of pages in our copies of the booksWe've done our best to fit the requirements of the assignment, but please remember to check-in with your English teacher to make sure the book is appropriate for the task at hand. Finally, the number of pages may differ in various editions of the book. I've pulled the numbers from our available editions in Arlington. 

Science Fiction Recommendations
  1. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (392 pages) 
  2. Artemis by Andy Weir (305 pages)
  3. Ashfall by Mike Mullin (466 pages) 
  4. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (468 pages) 
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (390 pages) 
  6. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (503 pages)
  7. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (407 pages)
  8. Feed by M.T. Anderson (299 pages) 
  9. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (380 pages) 
  10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff  (599 pages) 
  11. Larklight by Philip Reeve (399 pages) 
  12. Legend by Marie Lu (305 pages) 
  13. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (440 pages) 
  14. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (347 pages)  
  15. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (416 pages) 
  16. The Living by Matt de la Peña (311 pages) 
  17. Matched by Ally Condie (369 pages) 
  18. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (422 pages) 
  19. Orleans by Sherri Smith (324 pages) 
  20. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (486 pages) 
  21. Proxy by Alex London (379 pages) 
  22. Railhead by Philip Reeve (333 pages) 
  23. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan (520 Pages) 
  24. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (433 pages) 
  25. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (325 pages) 
  26. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (386 pages)
  27. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (406 pages) 
  28. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (335 pages) 
  29. Want by Cindy Pon (327 page) 
  30. Warcross by Marie Lu (353 pages) 

Fantasy Recommendations
  1. The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp (303 pages) 
  2. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (349 pages) 
  3. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (375 pages) 
  4. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater  (311 pages) 
  5. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (462 pages) 
  6. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (411 pages) 
  7. The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman (449 pages)
  8. Caraval by Stephanie Gerber (407 pages) 
  9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (522 pages) 
  10. Cruel Prince by Holly Black (370 pages)
  11. Deep Secret by Dianna Wynne Jones (375 pages) 
  12. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee (310 pages) 
  13. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (454 pages) 
  14. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (471 pages) 
  15. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (295 pages) 
  16. Mark of a Thief by Jennifer Nielsen (339 pages) 
  17. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (307 pages) 
  18. Railsea by China Miéville (424 pages) 
  19. The Reader by Traci Chee (442 pages) 
  20. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (516 pages)  
  21. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (388 pages) 
  22. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (317 pages) 
  23. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (378 pages) 
  24. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong (406 pages) 
  25. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (297 pages) 
  26. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (536 pages)
  27. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (398 pages) 
  28. Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (376 pages)
  29. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (251 pages)  
  30. The Young Elites by Marie Lu (355 pages) 
All of these selections can be found in the Teen Area at Robbins. Additionally, we may have copies in the Robbins Children's Room or at the Fox Library. 

Want more recommendations that fit your assignment and your interests? Don't hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk or shoot me an email at

Happy Reading 810! 


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