Recommended Reading

Here is a list of some of my all-time favorite books, to help you if you are in a reading slump:

Young Adult:

The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Shadowfell Trilogy by Juliet Marillier

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

East by Edith Pattou


Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier

The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

The Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip

In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

Archangel by Sharon Shinn

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith

Rebecca by Daphne du Marier

Middle Grade:

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

The Tale of Despereux by Kate DiCamillo

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


Anything by Jane Austen (but my favorites are Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion!)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

On Writing:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Essays & Autobiographies:

Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

One Man’s Meat by E.B. White

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet A. Jacobs

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

In My Place by Charlayne Hunter-Gault

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Herself by Madeline L’Engle

Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

Poetry & Folklore:

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Anything by Emily Dickinson

Love Her Wild by Atticus

East of the Sun, West of the Moon edited by Noel Daniel

Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer

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