Recently, I made myself a summer goal, since when you become an adult, summer break disappears, I didn’t want to lose the amount of reading I always accomplish over the summers, so I decided to read all the books Meg Cabot wrote for Adults & Young Adults. This makes up a pretty decent list of books.
You may be wondering, why Meg Cabot? Well, as I was stumbling around the internet, I kept coming across books by her that I’d never heard of before. As the numbers piled up, I was shocked. It seems anymore, Meg Cabot is known for Princess Diaries, and even more so, just because of the movies. It’s a shame, I’ll tell you that right now, though I haven’t finished my quest, I’m already over halfway. Her books are witty, charming, and down to earth. Very similar to Sarah Dessen, who’s books I’ve always loved, but without so much heart wrenching drama. Her adult books are basically a romantic comedy in a book, especially the “Boy” series, and “Queen of Babble” but she also branches out with some interesting twists on supernatural in both adult and young adult.
I’m going to list all the books I’m reading/going to read/read here and give some notes of the ones I finished in case anyone out there is interested in her books! 🙂
SERIES FOR TEENS
The Princess Diaries, Volume I (Read)
So, I read this book, way back, probably in 2002 maybe. These books are great, the character is great, and yes, now that I’m in my 20s the plot is a little too young to be completely relevant, but it’s funny and awkward.
The Princess Diaries, Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight (Read)
As these books go on, Mia keeps developing, and it’s funny to see her change, especially when she doesn’t even notice it herself in the books.
The Princess Diaries, Volume III: Princess in Love (Read)
The love story in this book is sweet,it’s perfect for a book like this, because it almost makes you believe that these things happen. Micheal and Mia are adorable and her group of friends (which so many were left out of the movies) are hilarious in their own ways!
The Princess Diaries, Volume IV: Princess in Waiting (Read)
The Princess Diaries, Volume IV and a Half: Project Princess (Read)
The Princess Diaries, Volume V: Princess in Pink (Read)
The Princess Diaries, Volume VI: Princess in Training (Read)
The Princess Present: A Princess Diaries Book (Volume VI and a Half) (Read)
The Princess Diaries, Volume VII: Party Princess (Read)
Hilarious book, Mia trying to be a party girl is classic!
Sweet Sixteen Princess: A Princess Diaries Book (Volume VII and a Half) (read)
Valentine Princess: A Princess Diaries Book (read)
The Princess Diaries, Volume VIII: Princess on the Brink (Read)
The Princess Diaries, Volume IX: Princess Mia (Read)
The Princess Diaries, Volume X: Forever Princess (Read)
So notes on the above books aren’t needed, because honestly, you’ll either read the series or you won’t but this final book, this ending is wonderful, it’s perfect, and simple, and exactly what Mia needed all along and just in time! 🙂
Princess Lessons: A Princess Diaries Book (read)
Perfect Princess: A Princess Diaries Book (Read)
Holiday Princess: A Princess Diaries Book (read)
Avalon High (Read)
This book is awesome, if you like Arthurian legends, you’ll love it. I don’t want to say too much more, though you figure everything out pretty soon into the book, it’s funny, smart, and has just enough of history to keep your brain thinking as well. I really loved this one.
Avalon High 2: Coronation
Book 1: The Merlin Prophecy (Haven’t read yet, finding the manga has proved to be harder then expected)
Book 2: Homecoming (ditto above)
Book 3: Hunter’s Moon (another big ditto)
Funny, cute story of a “real” american hero, this book has a cute romance and a cast of funny characters including a parrot and a shooter. It’s definitely a nice change, haven’t it set in D.C and the idea that youths care about the what’s going on in their country.
Ready or Not: An All-American Girl Novel (soon to start reading, sitting at home)
When Lightning Strikes (Have not read, still hunting this series down)
Code Name Cassandra (Have not read, still hunting this series down)
Safe House (Have not read, still hunting this series down)
Sanctuary (Have not read, still hunting this series down)
Missing You (Have not read, this is the only one I seem to find of this series)
Another reach outside of the typical chick lit book, as the main character is a mediator, as she can talk to the dead and to help them cross over. Each book deals with a different ghost as well as her complicated relationship with Jesse, the ghost
Ninth Key (Read)
Darkest Hour (Read)
Another great series ending, this book had an ending I didn’t expect and it made it logically make sense as well, which I didn’t think was going to be possible.
I love this series, I have a love for the Persephone myth, and the different ways the original myth can be spun in modern literature and I finally got to read this one ( I stumbled upon it about a year and half ago, and didn’t write down name or author and couldn’t find it again) and this re-imagining is quite good. Not the same cast of characters, but the story is interesting, logical and wraps you in fast.
Underworld (On Hold at Library)
3rd in this series comes out in Sept I think! 🙂
STAND ALONE NOVELS FOR TEENS
Nicola and the Viscount (read)
To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about these, basically historical teen romances, in a way, and nothing I’d enjoy reading again, written well, but just didn’t pop for me.
Victoria and the Rogue (Read)
Same as above
Teen Idol (read)
This book was funny, cute and kind of a teen dream come true kind of novel. I really liked it, and thought it had a nice overall message as well as some good characters.
Funny book, the main character has been unpopular since she spilled a “big gulp” on the most popular girl in 4th grade, so she uses a How to be Popular book from the 50-60s in order to help her become popular again now that she’s starting highschool. Hijinks ensue and the lesson at the end turns out to be one a lot of people learn at some point or another.
Pants on Fire (Read)
The main character is a liar, she lies about everything, constantly, without any real reason why. She’s just kind of stuck in this rut and though her life seems to be perfect, something is always missing, and throughout the book she finally figures out what’s missing and how to be honest, but between the beginning and the end, there’s a few laugh out loud parts.
I had actually read this before I started my Meg Cabot goal, but remembered it was hers. It’s a interesting supernatural based novel, with a very clumsy main character.
The vampire motif here is great, different then your normal twilight/true blood ideas because we deal with the head guy himself (well descendant of the head guy,not the head guy) and a love that may not be able to conquer all, but sure keeps trying.
A good ending to the plot line, I would’ve liked it to be longer, give us a few more books, but it could have gone downhill that way as well, but I do enjoy the Vatican’s guard, who’s life goal it is to hunt down and eliminate all Vampires. It’s a nice addition to this series, and very Van Helsing modernized.
Queen of Babble (Read)
Fashion, wedding dressing and England and France. A great kick off for a series. Funny characters, french chateau, wine. Plus a big wedding.
Queen of Babble in the Big City (read)
Leaving France and hitting NYC, doing the post college “what will my degree get me” job hunt, with her wedding dress restoration passion. She’s determined, and in love, at least she wants to be.
Queen of Babble Gets Hitched (read)
Job security is a luxury, and wedding dress business is a constant up and down, but trying to juggle two guys instead of one, makes it even harder. The perfect ending for the Queen of Babble and a love and a career she’s worked her butt of to get!
Size 12 is Not Fat (read)
This series kicks butt, literally, and in the humor department as well. Heather Wells, former pop star, who’s mom & manger ran off with all her money, famous boy band boyfriend cheated on her and ended her engagement, now works at a dorm! And there’s been a murder..but there’s also a handsome P.I / roommate to help..
Size 14 is Not Fat Either (read)
Death dorm, Heather Wells place of employment is not having any real luck, because murder keeps happening around this school ,and always happens in this dorm..
Big Boned (read)
you get the idea about now, former pop star, hilarious, muder to solve, handsome P.I to help.
Size 12 and Ready to Rock (read)
Well, the girl her former fiancee left her for is holding her “Rock Camp” in Heather’s dorm for the summer, well she was until a secret from Tayna’s past is causing death dorm’s reputation to stick around a little longer..but at least Heather has her P.I 🙂
Plus, “The Bride Wore Size 12” will be out in Sept!
These books are rom com’s in a novel format. This one, guy moves in next door, pretending to be nephew of old lady who lived there who is now in hospital, as favor to the read nephew and falls in love with the girl next door, who saved the old lady, but she doesn’t know his real name… will it work out?!
Boy Meets Girl (read)
Another rom com, Kate works in H.R, and fired someone without proper warning, per her boss, now they are being sued and Kate’s up to lose her job unless she plays along, but she didn’t expect a handsome, down to earth lawyer who wants help her tell the truth and maybe find love.
Every Boy’s Got One (read)
Jane’s best friend is eloping to Italy, and only bringing her and her fiancee’s best friend. When it turns out the jerk that Jane met in the airport is the fiancee’s best friend and the 4th person for their romantic trip to Italy Jane is livid. Handsome but arrogant Jane has to keep the best friend from talking the groom out of this wedding, if she can!
ADULT STAND ALONE BOOKS
She Went All the Way (read)
Hilarious, screen writer and actor who can’t stand each other get into a helicopter crash due to an attempt on the handsome actor’s life. How will these two survive in Alaskan wilderness, hunted by assassins when they already want to kill each other already?
Ransom My Heart by Mia Thermopolis (read)
Historical romance novel referenced in final Princess Diaries book. Interesting, not my favorite.
There you have it, my latest obsession! Let me know if you’ve read any of these! or any other good suggestions! 🙂