Requested by Abby


Making me choose favorite books is evil. In no particular order, here are some that have meant a lot to me over the years. I'll try to limit it to ten.
  1. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R King
    Maybe the book I've reread the most. Definitely the book I've given as a gift most often. Sherlock Holmes with a brilliant woman apprentice. Gorgeous writing. What's not to love?
  2. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
    Classic. I still remember the feeling of reading this for the first time and being completely transported to another world.
  3. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
    This is the sweetest story with the best characters. I will never forgive them for the movie they butchered and gave the same title.
  4. Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffery
    My favorite of the Pern books. Tiny dragons, music, boarding school feel, and a female protagonist who was vulnerable, sweet, and all the stronger for it.
  5. Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
    All of the Tortall books were incredibly important to me growing up, but this was the first one I discovered, pulled at random from the library shelf. And it will always be my favorite for that reason.
  6. Fables by Bill Willingham
    This entire series. Which is now finished and collected in 22 volumes. A great representation of what comics can be.
  7. Troubling a Star by Madeline L'Engle
    Madeline L'Engle is the closest I come to having a definitive favorite author. I love all her books. This one inspired in me an unending love/fascination with Antarctica.
  8. Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
    Another author who deserves many more places on this list. What I love about this book is how dreamlike it feels while still having realistic characters. It's a very subtle magic story.
  9. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    Halfway through the first page I thought I was going to hate this book. By the end of the second, I couldn't put it down. Heart-rending sci-fi that has a ton to say and does it in a very unique voice.
  10. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
    My favorite book from last year. As can be seen from this list, I love fantasy and retold fairytales. Uprooted takes a familiar story and turns it on its head, telling a new, mature tale that is both terrifying and uplifting.