Happy Teen Read Week! Celebrated the third week of each October, Teen Read Week is designed to get teens reading and encourage literacy. The overall theme is always Read For the Fun of It, but there is also a sub-theme unique to each year. This year’s theme, Seek the Unknown, really encourages the promotion of fantasy, sci-fi, mystery books, and any other genre that gets your imagination going. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate and help spread the word.

Here are a few books I think sought out the unknown.

GracelingWithout a doubt one of my favorite fantasy novels, Graceling by Kristin Cashore features a brilliant cast of characters and a truly unique world.


 A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray has mystery and magic in spades. Seriously, if you like your historical fiction with a dose of spookiness and suspense, get your hands on this book immediately.


When will I stop recommending Melina Marchetta’s novels? NEVER! Read Finnikin of the Rock if you want a deep, complex, and gorgeous fantasy.

UnwindIf you want to be creeped out all week, then try Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Not only is it perfect to put you in the Halloween spirit, it is also great to read whenever you need a sci-fi fix. 

What books have you read that seek the unknown? Do you have any special plans for Teen Read Week?

For more information on Teen Reed Week, visit their website.